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Homework Help: Collide and Stick Together

  1. Oct 28, 2008 #1


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    1. Two wads of putty are propelled horizontally directly toward each other. Wad 1 has a mass of 5.00 kg and is traveling at 21.0 m/s south. Wad 2, which is 5.90 kg, is moving at 16.0 m/s north. They collide and stick together. What is the velocity of the joint mass of putty?

    2. M1 V1i + M2 V2i = (M1 + M2)Vf

    3. I used M1 = 5kg, V1 = 21m/s, M2 = 5.90kg, and V2 = 16m/s. I used the equation to solve for Vf, but I must be doing something wrong because I am not getting the correct answer. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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  3. Oct 28, 2008 #2


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    Note that the two wads are traveling in opposite directions before colliding.

    +21 m/s and +16 m/s indicate two objects traveling in the same direction. So at least one of those velocities is wrong.
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