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Homework Help: Freight Car-Caboose Collision

  1. Jan 11, 2010 #1
    Freight Car-Caboose Collision

    Hi, i'm a new user here. i need a help with this question:

    A 29000-kg railroad freight car collides with a stationary caboose car. They couple together, and 25 percent of the initial kinetic energy is dissipated as heat, sound, vibrations, and so on. What is the mass of the caboose?
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  3. Jan 11, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi alaajassar! Welcome to PF! :wink:

    Call the initial velocity u, and the final velocity v, and use conservation of momentum.

    What do you get? :smile:
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