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Homework Help: Conservation of momentum question

  1. Oct 16, 2007 #1
    A shell is fired with an initial velocity of 20 m/s at an angle of 60° above the horizontal.
    At the top of its trajectory, the shell explodes into two fragments of equal mass. One
    fragment, whose speed immediately after the explosion is zero, falls vertically. How far
    from the gun does the other fragment land? Assume that the terrain is level and air
    resistance is negligible.

    Should I do this with conservation of momentum for each dimmension? I don't know how I would get a distance from this...
    So basically I am having a hard time getting the problem set up, I appreciate if anyone can help me with this.
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  3. Oct 16, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    Questions to guide you:
    - Where is the top of the shell's trajectory? (Use coordinates where the gun is at the origin.)
    - What is the shell's velocity and momentum just before it explodes?
    - What is the initial momentum and velocity of the two fragments?
    - Treating the "other" fragment as a projectile, where does it land?
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