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**1. Homework Statement**

Block 1 of mass m1 slides along an x axis on a frictionless floor with a speed of 2.40 m/s. Then it undergoes a one-dimensional elastic collision with stationary block 2 of mass m2 = 2.00m1. Next, block 2 undergoes a one-dimensional elastic collision with stationary block 3 of mass m3 = 2.00m2.

what is the speed of block 3? the answer is 1.78.

i just can't figure it out.

more questions that relate to problem...are the speed, kinetic energy, and the momentum of block 3 greater than or less than, or th same as the initial values for block one?

the answers are less, less, greater...

but i don't need help with them because i haven't attempted them yet.

**2. Homework Equations**

v1f = m1 - m2 / m1 + m2 * v1i

v2f = 2m1 / m1 + m2 *v1i

**3. The Attempt at a Solution**

v1f = v2i = m1 - m2 / m1 + m2 * v1i

= m - 2m/ m + 2m *4

= -m/3m * 4

= -4/3

v2f = v3i = 2m1 / m1 + m2 * v1i

= 2m / m +2m *4

=2/3 *4

=8/3

v3f = m2 - m3 / m2 + m3 * v2i

= 2 - 4 / 2 + 4 * (-4/3)

= -2/6 (-4/3)

=-8/18

clearly this is wrong. i really did try a lot of different things. what am i doing wrong?