A 16 g rifle bullet traveling 170 m/s buries itself in a 3.2 kg pendulum hanging on a 2.5 m long string, which makes the pendulum swing upward in an arc. Determine the horizontal component of the pendulum's displacement.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I'm having trouble starting this problem. I know it's inelastic because kinetic energy is transformed into potential energy. I think I need to use this equation:

KE1 + PE1 = KE2 + PE2

Using that I can get the height that the block reaches. I need to find the horizontal displacement and I'm having trouble working the geometry because I don't know the angle above the x-axis. If I knew the angle, I could just use the equation:

Horizontal Displacement = h/tan(theta)

Any suggestions?

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# Homework Help: Ballistic Pendulum

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