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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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A mosquito collides head-on with a car traveling Is the force of the mosquito on the car larger than, smaller than, or equal to the force of the car on the mosquito? Explain.

The force of the mosquito on the car is equal to the force of the car on the mosquito.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1 : Given information

A mosquito collides head-on with a car travelling

Step 2 : Explanation

This problem can be explained with the help of Newton's Laws of motion.

According to Newton's third law of motion, "to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction".

The two forces (force of the mosquito and the car) act as an action-reaction pair. So, they are equal.

Since, whenever a body exerts a force on another body then an equal and opposite force is exerted on the first body by another body.

Step 3 : Final answer

The force of the mosquito on the car is equal to the force of the car on the mosquito because whenever a body exerts a force on another body then an equal and opposite force is exerted on the first body by another body.

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