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Conservation of Momentum Problem

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Homework Statement


Objects A and C are made of different materials, with different
“springiness,” but they have the same mass and are initially at
rest. When ball B collides with object A, the ball ends up at rest.
When ball B is thrown with the same speed and collides with
object C, the ball rebounds to the left. Compare the velocities of
A and C after the collisions. Is vA greater than, equal to, or less
than vC?

Homework Equations


Pi = Pf

The Attempt at a Solution


A: mb(Vbi) = mVAf
B: mbVBi = mbVBf + mvCf

Now...I can see that:
VAf= mb(Vbi)/m
VCf = (mb(Vbi) - mbVBf )/m

I don't think I can say, from the above equations which is bigger (VAf or VCf)...do I have to sub one into the other now? How do I continue the solution? Thanks for your help!
 

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kuruman
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First off equation B is incorrect. If the ball rebounds to the left, its final velocity should be negative.

Change the sign as indicated above and proceed as you did. Then take the ratio VAf/VCf. Is it greater or less than one?
 

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