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

A 16 kg asteroid is traveling through space with velocity v = 180 m/s when it breaks up into three equal pieces. One piece is left at rest, and a second one continues with the same velocity. What was the energy of the explosion (in Joules)?

2. Relevant equations

E=1/2mv^2

3. The attempt at a solution

I tried using the kinetic energy equation cause it wants me to find energy, yet I'm pretty sure this is wrong. How do I go about solving this?

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# Homework Help: Energy of Explosion

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