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It's a well-known physics formula that force equals mass times acceleration. Jen wants to throw a softball with the same force as Jack throws a baseball. If the softball has a mass of 200 g and the baseball has a mass of 150 g, what is the ratio of acceleration of Jen's ball to Jack's? Answer as a fraction in lowest terms.

 Apr 22, 2020
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\(f=ma\)

 

f is force, m is mass, a is acceleration

 

f=200\({a}_{1}\)for the softball and f=150\(a_2\) for the baseball

 

Since they both have the same amount of force, then 200\(a_1\)=150\(a_2\). This means that the ratio of the acceleration of the softball to the baseball is 150:200 or \(\frac{3}{4}\).

 Apr 22, 2020

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