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Collisions velocity

  1. Aug 30, 2015 #1
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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A ball with the mass 0.48kg is hanging on a string. The ball is moved to the side and then released . When the string is vertical, the ball hits the side of a block which is at rest . The ball's position is then 1.5 lower down than from the beginning.

    a) the speed gets the ball ?

    I used the formulas mgh=mv^2/2 and the answer is 5.4 m/s

    b) The block has a mass of 2.5 kg. The block slides 0.65 m on the floor before stopping. The friction coefficient is 0.20. What is the block's initial velocity when hit by the ball?

    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution

    Now this is where it gets tricky. The ball's impulse must be the same as the impulse of the block. The ball's impulse is 0.48 * 5.4 = 2.592 . So that menas that the block's ivelocity 2,592 / 2.5 = 1,0368 m/s But it is wrong and I do not understand why.

    One of newtons law says that the impulse is the same in a collision.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2015
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  3. Aug 30, 2015 #2

    Doc Al

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    Forget about the ball. You have all the information needed to analyze the block.

    You assume the ball stops dead. Don't.
  4. Aug 30, 2015 #3
    oh so the impulse is the same only if one of the objet stops?

    hmm I have seen some people say that the work of the friction is equal to the ball's energy but I dont understand why
  5. Aug 30, 2015 #4

    Doc Al

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    No, but you do not have enough information to calculate the impulse. At least not yet.

    It is friction that makes the block come to rest.
  6. Aug 30, 2015 #5
    oh i forgot... thanx so much !
  7. Aug 30, 2015 #6
    i think i have enough information because the imoulse is the change in momentum. So the change in momentum of the ball is 5,4^2 * 0,48/2
  8. Aug 30, 2015 #7

    Doc Al

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    Do not assume you know the final speed of the ball after the collision.

    That's the kinetic energy of the ball just before the collision.
  9. Aug 30, 2015 #8
    okay now i know why thank you
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