# Bullet Lodges In Baseball (vertical)

1. Apr 9, 2009

### Schoomy

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A 0.028 kg bullet is fired vertically at 185 m/s into a 0.15 kg baseball that is initially at rest. The bullet lodges in the baseball and, after the collision, the baseball/ bullet rise to a height of 37 m.

(a) What was the speed of the baseball/bullet right after the collision?

(b) What was the average force of air resistance while the baseball/bullet was rising? (Consider the positive direction to be upwards.)

2. Relevant equations

conservation of momentum.

3. The attempt at a solution

m1v1=m2v2 yeilding v2 (velocity of ball/bullet combo) of 29.1 m/s.
This was correct.

However, I can't figure out b.

I tried using Force of Air Resistance = KE - PE, but that doesn't work.

I also tried using Force Air Resitance =KE/h - m(total)-g

That didn't work either (found it on yahoo answers).

What am I missing here?

2. Apr 9, 2009

### LowlyPion

I think you need to consider that KE = PE_final + W_air

Where

W_air = AvgForce_air * distance.

3. Apr 9, 2009

### Schoomy

Yes, but I still don't get the right answer even then:

KE = PE_final + W_air

Thus, W_air = KE - PE

specifically:
Wair = ((.5)(.178)(29.1^2)) - ((.178)(9.8)(37)) = 75.366-64.543 = 10.823

Then,

W_air = AvgForce_air * distance

becomes:

AvgForce_air = w_air / distance

AvgForce_air = 10.823 / 37 = 0.293 (which isn't accepted)

Thoughts?

4. Apr 10, 2009

### LowlyPion

Look at it another way.

Figure acceleration against the upward motion.

V2 = 2*a*x

a = 29.12/(2*37) = 11.44 m/s2

Well you know g was 9.8 so you apparently had an additional force that affected a 1.64 m/s2 downward drag.

1.64*.178 = ... oops ... looks like .293N again.

5. Apr 10, 2009

### Schoomy

So im still confused?

6. Apr 10, 2009

### LowlyPion

Or maybe .293 is correct?

7. Apr 10, 2009

### Schoomy

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8. Apr 10, 2009

### Schoomy

Webassign sucks...this is for practice and it gives no feedback as to what we may be doing wrong...

9. Apr 10, 2009

### LowlyPion

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They want -.293 I think. The force is against the direction of motion which is up.

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