Hi, I was attempting to work through this question.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Anyways, I was working from a graph, so the radius 2.5 cm, the two of them collided, it was an inelastic collision as the two objects did part ways, so how do I find the centre of gravity?

I attempted to calculate it... but if someone could help me out? The masses were 500g and 500g.

So for x and y, would I do:

Xcg = (500)(0.025) + (500)(1.5)(0.025) / 1000 ?

Ycg = (500)(0.025) + (500)(0.025) / 100 ?

That's what I was thinking but I'm not entirely sure.

After this, I also have to find the momentum of the centre of gravity... so for that, I need the masses and the speed.

Even though the objects didn't stick together, would I add the masses when solving for the momentum at the centre of mass?

I was reading on the internet and it said: "The center of mass velocity of a system of particles is the average velocity of all the particles weighted relative to their mass"

but what I'm confused about is, do I add all the velocities... like the velocities of both the masses before and after the collision? So I'd have 4 velocities? But I'd only add the masses twice right? So it would be the velocities / 1000 g

Could someone really help me. Please.

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# Homework Help: 2D Collision b/w two objects, How do I find the speed of the centre of mass?

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