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Conservation of energy in elastic collision

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Need help with question 13

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Conservation of energy and momentum occurs in elastic collision

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Why would the block 2 have an increase in energy? The velocity of block 2 will now be positive instead of negative but velocity is squared anyway.
The computer's answer was A. Increase, but shouldn't it remain the same?
 

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Pengwuino
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Imagine the situation here. A much much heavier object slams into an object with comparable (actually, the same!) speeds. What do you expect the smaller object to do?
 

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