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Collision with an unknown mass and velocity after

  1. Apr 23, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    You slide a 2 kg block on a flat icy surface towards a static block of mass M. Before the collision, the 2 kg mass is moving at 3 m/s. The total kinetic energy is not changed by the collision. After the collision, the 2 kg mass is moving at −1 m/s i.e. opposite to its original direction. Calculate the mass M in kg and the velocity of the mass M after the collision.

    2. Relevant equations
    Eq 1.) 0.5mv1i2+0.5Mv2i2=0.5mv1f2+0.5Mv2f2
    Eq 2.) mv1i+Mv2i=mv1f+Mv2f

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I got v2f=2 m/s and M=4 kg. I solved for M for the second equation and substituted that in into the first equation.
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2016 #2

    ehild

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    What is your question then? That result is correct.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2016 #3
    Oh sorry. I just wanted to make sure those were right because I tend to make small simple math errors. Thank you!
     
  5. Apr 25, 2016 #4

    ehild

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    You are welcome:oldsmile:
     
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