Science of Apps! - Part 1: Flappy Bird

Classical Mechanics Level 3

In the insanely addictive game, Flappy Bird, the player's objective is to get a bird through some pipes. Sounds simple, right?

Wrong. The bird is a odd one that only flaps it's wings when you touch your screen. This causes a small burst in speed sending it up, and then causing to plummet, requiring you too tap the screen again. This incessant screen-tapping is especially difficult when you get to the pipes, because maintaining a level height is feat which requires quite a lot of finesse.

Now, every time you tap the screen, the bird is launched up, and comes back down to its original height after just \(1\) second. If the game obeys the laws of physics, and takes place on Earth, (\(g=9.8 \text{ m/s}^2\)), and the small bird has a mass of about \(500\) grams, find the momentum of the bird right after you touch the screen.

This problem is part of the Science of Apps! series


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