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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
2. Relevant equations
3. The attempt at a solution
When the particle of mass M/2 collides with the pan ,an impulsive tension acts on the (pan+particle) . Let us call this J . Tension acting in the string between the two blocks is T .
Speed of particle before collision = u = √(gl)
Speed of (pan+particle) after collision = v
Applying impulse momentum theorem on (pan+particle), Mu/2 J = Mv/2
Applying impulse momentum theorem on block A, J = Mv
From the above two equations we get v = √(gl)/3 .
Is my reasoning correct ? How should I proceed ? I would be grateful if somebody could help me with the problem .
2. Relevant equations
3. The attempt at a solution
When the particle of mass M/2 collides with the pan ,an impulsive tension acts on the (pan+particle) . Let us call this J . Tension acting in the string between the two blocks is T .
Speed of particle before collision = u = √(gl)
Speed of (pan+particle) after collision = v
Applying impulse momentum theorem on (pan+particle), Mu/2 J = Mv/2
Applying impulse momentum theorem on block A, J = Mv
From the above two equations we get v = √(gl)/3 .
Is my reasoning correct ? How should I proceed ? I would be grateful if somebody could help me with the problem .
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