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Changing Momentum on a Bike

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A happy bicyclist was coasting horizontally to the east, when a June-bug splattered on the front of his helmet. The June-bug had been moving horizontally to the west just before the interaction.

Which of the two objects (the June-bug or the person plus his bike) undergoes the greater change in momentum during the collision?

A

The June-bug.

B

The cyclist and his bike.

C

The magnitude of the change in momentum was the same for both.

D

The initial mass and velocity of each object is required in order to answer the question.