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Homework Help: 1350Kg tuned up Civic moving at 15m/s hits a 1450Kg car moving at 12m/s

  1. Nov 2, 2003 #1
    Im not really good at elastic and inelastic collisions,, can someone help me with collisions plz.

    In the movie the fast and the furious, a 1350Kg tuned up Civic moving at 15m/s hits a 1450Kg car moving at 12m/s. Determine the final velocity of the cars if (a) the collision was elastic AND (b) the collision was inelastic.

    THank you for any help you can give.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 7, 2013
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  3. Nov 2, 2003 #2
    DrVirus,
    you have 2 unknowns (the final velocities).

    In an elastic collision, both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved. So 2 equations, fine.

    In an inelastic collision, only momentum is conserved. To get the 2nd equation, you usually assume that the bodies stick together after collision.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2003 #3
    Well, its been an hour since i posted the question. I got the first part for elastic collision right.. but the inelastic i cant solve it, can someone show me how to solve it, because then tomorrow i have a lab that has to do with collisions and i have to understand this. Thanks alot
     
  5. Nov 2, 2003 #4
    As I said:
    Momentum: pfinal=pinitial
    Sticking: v1,final=v2,final=:vfinal
    =>
    (m1+m2)vfinal=pinitial

    You have calculated pinitial in part (a), haven't you?
     
  6. Nov 2, 2003 #5
    No, i didnt solve for Pi. i used an equation that works with elastic collision only and has to have V2 as 0. so i change the frame of reference to be 0, and changed it back after i got the answer.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2003 #6
    pinitial=m1v1,initial+m2v2,initial

    Just plug in.
     
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