1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A cubical box of mass 10 kg with edge length 5 m is free to move on a frictionless horizontal surface. Inside is a small block of mass 2 kg, which moves without friction inside the box. At time t = 0, the block is moving with velocity 5 m/s directly towards one of the faces of the box, while the box is initially at rest. The coeﬃcient of restitution for any collision between the block and box is 90%, meaning that the relative speed between the box and block immediately after a collision is 90% of the relative speed between the box and block immediately before the collision. After 1 minute, the block is a displacement x from the original position. Which of the following is closest to x? A) 0 m B) 50 m C) 100 m D) 200 m E) 300 m http://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2014/upload/exam1-2014-2-2-answers.pdf 2. Relevant equations Conservation of Linear Momentum x = vt (a = 0) 3. The attempt at a solution I am not sure how to do this question. My first idea was to use the coefficient of restitution to find the velocity of the box at individual time intervals between collisions and use x = vt to find the box's displacement and the block's displacement relative to the box. However, there seem to be several time intervals and it seems to be very time consuming. Is there a faster way to do this question? After all, this is a contest question.