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Homework Help: Collision problem

  1. Nov 14, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a 10.0-g bullet is fired into a stationary block of wood (m=5.00 lg). the bullet imbeds into the block. the speed of the bullet-plus-wood combination immediately after the collision is 0.600 m/s. what was the original speed of the bullet

    2. Relevant equations

    v= (m1)(v1a)/((m1)+(m2)
    I=delat p
    i am not 100% if you would even use that, or if that is what you need. i tryed it out and i will post it in about 10min. but the answer was given to me, and when i tested it out, i was wrong

    3. The attempt at a solution

    to be added soon.
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  3. Nov 14, 2007 #2


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    If you tried to work out the answer using this then you would be wrong. You're trying to find the speed of the bullet. the equation you've given is arranged for the speed of the bullet and block which you already know. Start with the conservation of momentum equation and try rearranging it again.
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