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Homework Help: 2-d momentum collision

  1. Dec 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two hockey pucks of equal mass undergo a collision
    on a hockey rink. One puck is initially at rest, while
    the other is moving with a speed of 5.4 m/s. After the
    collision, the velocities of the pucks make angles of
    33° and 46° relative to the original velocity of the
    moving puck. Determine the speed of each puck after the

    V2i= 0

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    k so i understand we have two unknowns and thus we should have two unknown equations.

    so ..


    masses equal so they can be cancelled
    and we know V2=0 so that whole part is removed

    v1= v1'+v2'

    5.4= v1'+v2'


    ^^ first unknown equation

    now when i place it into 1/2mv1i^2+1/2mv2i^2=1/2mv1'^2+1/2mv2'^2
    it does not give me the right answer or better yet i do not know how to continue on from this i always get


    can someone please explain ...thank you in advance.
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  3. Dec 13, 2009 #2


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    This is a two-dimensional collision so you need to conserve momentum independently along the original direction of the puck and along a direction perpendicular to it. The problem does not mention that kinetic energy is conserved, so you may not assume that it is.
  4. Dec 14, 2009 #3
    oh okay thank you i will try to figure it out
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