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Will Coffee Spill on an Airplane?

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Megan is carrying a cup full of coffee while walking back to her seat on an airplane. The ride is very smooth and the plane is moving at constant velocity.

If the plane suddenly turns sharply to the right the coffee will

A

spill, since the coffee will stop moving while the cup will continue traveling with the same velocity as before.

B

not spill, since the coffee will resist the change of its velocity and will continue moving at a different speed than the cup.

C

not spill, since the coffee will resist the change in its state of motion and will move with the cup.

D

spill, since the coffee will resist the change of its velocity and will continue moving at a different speed than the cup.