# Conservation of mass with fireworks

1. Mar 22, 2004

### KingNothing

Hi. This was the one extra problem credit problem I couldn't figure out in our momentum unit. (Since its not homework I posted here)

In a fireworks display, a 3.0 kg rocket moving at 4 km/h straight up explodes into three equal pieces of of 1.0 kg in mass. Piece A moves straight horizontally at a speed of 4 km/hr. Piece B moves at 37 degrees down from the horizontal and opposite piece A at a speed of 5 km/hr.

What is the magnitude and direction of the velocity of piece C?

My ideas: Well, since there's conservation of mass we know the velocity.

Can someone work this out for me?

2. Mar 22, 2004

### Chen

Can you assume that the momentum is preserved? If so then it's just:
$$M_TV_0 = m_1v_1 + m_2v_2 + m_3v_3$$
Write that for two axes, X and Y, and separate the velocity vectors as well. You will have two equations with two unknowns. The unknowns would be the 3rd piece's velocity and the angle (direction) of that velocity.

Similar Threads for Conservation mass fireworks Date
B Law of conservation of mass Feb 27, 2018
I Underpinnings of conservation of energy/mass Jul 7, 2017
I Mass to Energy: how is momentum conserved? Nov 19, 2016
I Why are some systems defined with the name "variable mass"? Apr 8, 2016
Electron 'mass' Feb 17, 2016