(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A ball is attached to one end of a wire, the other end being fastened to the ceiling. The wire is held horizontal, and the ball is released from rest. It swings downward and strikes a block initially at rest on a horizontal frictionless surface. Air resistance is negligible, and the collision is elastic. The masses of the ball and block are, respectively, 1.60 kg and 2.40 kg, and the length of the wire is 1.20 m. Find the velocity (magnitude and direction) of the ball (a) just before the collision, and (b) just after the collision.

2. Relevant equations

.5m_{1}v^{2}= mgh

m_{1}v_{1}+ m_{2}v_{2}= m_{1}v_{f1}+ m_{2}v_{f2}

3. The attempt at a solution

So I've got part a ~

.5m_{1}v^{2}= mgh

v^{2}= 2gh

and I'm lost on part b:

m_{1}v_{1}+ m_{2}v_{2}= m_{1}v_{f1}+ m_{2}v_{f2}

since the final velocities of the ball and box are unknown how do I solve?

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# Elastic collision of a ball on a wire

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