The question hasn't been typed up yet but it's pretty basic. A particle of mass m runs into a particle of mass 2m. After the collision, the particle with m is at rest and the particle of mass 2m has split into two particles each with mass that have both y and x components to their velocity, separated by θ.
If you look at the people that commented on this question there seems to be a bit of debate. One quite intelligent and confident poster wrote that the velocity in the x direction for each particle is equal to v/2, since the initial velocity was v and horizontal momentum must be conserved. Another poster wrote that the x component of velocity for each particle does NOT equal v/2 because they aren't moving along the x-axis.
Who is correct and why?
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