Hi, I am having problems with a particular question it says:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Two 30kg children, each with a speed of 4.0m/s, are sliding on a frictionless frozen pond when they collide and stick together because they have Velcro straps on their jackets. The two children then collide and stick to a 75kg man who is sliding at 2.0m/s. After the collision, the three-person composite is stationary. What is the angle between the initial velocity vectors of the two children?

So what i did was you have the mass and velocity of both kids, they are both the same, and i found the total velocity of them using V=m1v1+m2v2/m1+m2.

Then i used the mass and velocity and mass of the man and I used the new velocity I found and the combined mass (doubled the original mass) and this time solved for the angle using Tan(theta)= m2v2/m1v1 and took the inverse of that to find the angle.

I am not sure if that was the correct angle to find or not, or if I even went about this problem the right way, if anyone could help me out it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance

Mike

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