An astronaunt at rest in space with a mass of 84kg expels 35g of hot gas at 875m/s. What is the velocity of the astronaut after firing the shot?

1 Answer | Add Yours

llltkl's profile pic

llltkl | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted on

Before firing,

`m_A=84 kg`

`v_A=0` m/s

`m_B` =35 g= 0.035 kg

`v_B=0` m/s

`v'_B` =875 m/s

Since the firing is instantaneous, momentum shall be conserved for the firing process. i.e.



Sinec `v_A` and `v_B` are both zero, the above relation reduces to,


`rArr m'_A*v'_A=-m'_B*v'_B`

`rArr v'_A=-(m'_B*v'_B)/(m'_A)`


`=-0.365 ` m/s

Thus, the astronaut recoils in a direction opposite to that of the moving gas with a velocity of 0.365 m/s.


We’ve answered 319,621 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question