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Determine the velocity after collision

  1. Dec 25, 2015 #1
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    three small spheres, A , B and C with mass of 3kg , 4kg , 7kg respectively are arranged as shown in the figure. Initially , sphere B is placed in static condition,while the sphere A is moving with a velocity of 4u towards B and collides . Then , sphere C move to right with velocity u , the elastic coefficient between A and B is 0.75 , and B and C is 0.5, determine

    the velocity of sphere A and B after the first collision . How to do this ?

    3(4u) +4(0) = 3V1 +4V2

    12u = 3V1 +4V2

    V2 - V1 / ( U1 -U2 ) = 0.75

    since U2 = 0 ,

    V2 - V1 = 0.75 u

    12u - 3( V2- 0.75u ) +4V2

    14.25u = 7V2 , V2 = 2.035 u , V1 = 1.29u ,

    is my ans correct ? i dont have the ans btw
     

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  3. Dec 25, 2015 #2
    I think that elastic coefficient refers to kinetic energy loss ratio.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2015 #3

    what will occur after that ? sphere A and B sticked together and collide with C or ?????
     
  5. Dec 25, 2015 #4
    Take all together in one step with 3 bodies.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2015 #5
    can you show how to do that ?
     
  7. Dec 25, 2015 #6
    Sorry, I'm wrong. IP ask two steps, 1st A collides B and 2nd by B and C are collides.
    Take momentum conservation for every step combined with the correct energy relation.
     
  8. Dec 25, 2015 #7

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    I would think it refers to the coefficient of restitution. This relates to velocity ratios. The fraction of KE retained will be the square of this.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2015 #8
    I would think it refers to the coefficient of restitution. This relates to velocity ratios. The fraction of KE retained will be the square of this.

    For this reason, if we divide velocities after with the same factor, the momentum conservation is not correct.
     
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