(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A car moving to the right at 40 m/s has a mass of 2000 kg. It strikes a car of mass 1500

kg and both cars immediately come to rest. What was the speed and direction of the

second car just prior to the collision?

2. Relevant equations

p_{initial}=p_{final}

p=mv

K=1/2mv^{2}

3. The attempt at a solution

In determining the speed of the second car, I set up my formula to try to resemble what the problem provides in how the first car is moving:

If p_{initial}=p_{final}, then:

m_{1}v_{1}=m_{2}v_{2}

I set it up like this since we're only told that the first car is traveling in a given direction towards the second car and we we want it so that we can find v_{2}. So:

(2000 g) (40 m/s) = (1500 g)v_{2}

v_{2}=53.3 m/s

Otherwise, I'm not sure what approach to take the find the direction. I thought maybe in the x direction with sin equaling 180 degrees with car one in applying the kinetic energy equation but I am not exactly sure if this is correct.

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# Homework Help: Collision problem in momentum

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