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Jan1611, 05:48 PM

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
1. Joe is sledding down a snow hill when he collides with Mike half way down the hill. Joe and the sled have a mass of 65 kg and their velocity before the collision was 12 m/s. If Mike has a mass of 55 kg, what velocity would Joe, Mike, and the sled have after the collision? 2. A 3 kg cart is moving along when it strikes a 2 kg cart (initially at rest). The velocity of the twocart combination after the collision is 4 m/s. Calculate the velocity of the 3 kg cart before the collision. 3. Tyler is standing at the 10yard line waiting to catch the initial kickoff. The .75 kg football experiences a change in velocity of 12 m/s in .17 s when caught by Tyler. What force does Tyler apply on the football? 2. Relevant equations P = mv I = F * (change in time) = m(final velocity) m(initial velocity) 3. The attempt at a solution 1. I know that.. mass 1 = 65 kg, mass 2 = 55 kg, velocity 1 = 12 m/s But I don't know what equation to use.. Or what needs to be found. 2. I got 6.7 m/s, I am not sure if it's correct (3kg * velocity 1) + (2kg * 0 m/s) = (3kg * 4m/s) + (2kg * 4m/s) 3. No idea.. But I did find that the change in time is .17 s and the mass is .75 kg and I think the final velocity is 12m/s. But I don't know what equation must be used. 


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Jan1711, 04:16 AM

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Hi Giggling! Welcome to PF!
Your 2. is correct. Now do 1. exactly the same way … you can assume that the two sleds carry on together just like the two carts. For 3., you need to apply the full version of good ol' Newton's second law … force = rate of change of momentum 


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Jan1711, 06:21 AM

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for 1) dont worry about the fact that then are moving on an incline ... you can always take your X axis as you need!!!



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