I need help with this question! I don't really understand the concept of conserving angular and linear momentum while in outer space..
You (101.6kg) and your partner (110kg) are in outer space. As a result of an accident you are drifting away from the space station at 0.1m/s to the left. Your partner is stationary, in between you and the space station. Your partner is 100m away from the space station. The space station cannot move and no one is on board to come and get you and your partner. Your partner (stationary) is badly injured and unable to move at all. You (drifting away) are facing your partner and the space station and holding a 20kg tool box.
Using the concepts of conservation of linear and angular momentum, explain how you could get yourself and your partner back to your space station.
I'm trying to do this question, but I don't even know where to begin.. How can I use the toolbox to help me move in the other direction, back towards my partner and the space station? Will just pushing the toolbox in one direction cause me to move in the other direction? Or will that not work because I am 101.6kg and the toolbox is only 20kg?