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A firework is shot into the air at an angle ​and explodes into a spherical bouquet of sparkles (known as a peony pattern).

Assuming no air resistance, what path does the center of mass for all the pieces of the exploded firework follow?

A

The center of mass falls straight downward under the influence of gravity.

B

The center of mass continues along the same parabolic trajectory it was on before it exploded because of Conservation of Momentum.

C

The center of mass follows a new parabolic path that has it land beyond where the original, pre-explosion parabola would have landed because of the forces from the explosion.

D

The center of mass follows a new parabolic path that has it land nearer to its launch point than the original, pre-explosion parabola would have landed because of the forces from the explosion.

E

The movement of the center of mass can not be determined without precise information about the forces from the explosion.

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