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Homework Help: Conservation of energy in elastic collision

  1. Mar 25, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    Need help with question 13
    2. Relevant equations

    Conservation of energy and momentum occurs in elastic collision

    3. The attempt at a solution

    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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  3. Mar 25, 2010 #2

    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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