In the diagram below, a block of mass M=17 kg slides down a frictionless inclined plane and collides elastically with another block of mass m=4 kg. If the mass at the top of the wedge is initially at a height of 6 m above the horizontal plane, what is the velocity of m after the collision?
conservation of energy formula, conservation of momentum formula. shown below in my attempt at the solution.
The Attempt at a Solution
I used the momentum formula to find V2f
Since V2i of the smaller mass is zero, I'm only left with the first part, which is.
substituting the masses in I get V2f=34/21 V1i
To solve for V1i, I used mgh=1/2mv^2. (m=17kg, g=9.8, h=6m) and I got V1i=10.84m/s.
Then substituting the value i got back into the previous equation, V2f=34/21 * 10.84 = 17.56 m/s. This answer is obviously shown by the computer to be NOT correct. I don't understand where I went wrong, because I even used the conservation of kinetic energy to check that before and after the kinetic energy is the same! Please help!
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