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Explain Why Passengers Are Thrown Forward from Their Seats When a Speeding Bus Stops Suddenly - Physics

Explain why passengers are thrown forward from their seats when a speeding bus stops suddenly

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Solution 1

When a speeding bus stops suddenly, the lower portion of a passenger’s body, which is in contact with the seat, suddenly comes to rest. However, the upper portion tends to remain in motion (as per the first law of motion). As a result, the passenger’s upper body is thrown forward in the direction in which the bus was moving.

Solution 2

The passengers in a speeding bus have inertia of motion. When the bus is suddenly stopped the passengers are thrown forward due to this inertia of motion.

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NCERT Class 11 Physics Textbook
Chapter 5 Laws of Motion
Q 23.2 | Page 111
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