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Hammer On Nail

  1. Feb 6, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 1.2- kg hammer hits a nail at a speed of 15 m/s and rebounds at 60 percent of that speed. The resisting force of the nail is 9000 N. Approximately how long is the hammer in contact with the head of the nail?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    This is what is was told to do:
    Find P of hammer before, then find v after by mult.
    by the % (60%= .60). Use that to find P after. add them,
    then divide by the force to find time. deltaP=N*t

    before: 1.2*15=18
    i don't understand why this answer is wrong
    any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2007
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  3. Feb 6, 2007 #2


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    Recheck for an error in line 2. It is always best to go step by step, write the equations, do the maths, avoid shortcuts.
  4. Feb 6, 2007 #3
    the 80% is an example from how i was told to do it my percent is 60% i forgot to fix that is that the problem with line two you are talking about?
    i'll edit it right now.
  5. Feb 6, 2007 #4
    is that the error in line 2?
  6. Feb 6, 2007 #5


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    No, The final speed is 60% of what value?
  7. Feb 6, 2007 #6
    do you mean 15m/s
  8. Feb 6, 2007 #7
    ok i see so instead of what i did first it would be:
  9. Feb 6, 2007 #8


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    Yes, but you may have got the answer inadvertently, since you did not proceed systematically. Forgeting the units at first, the initial momentum P_i is 18 down, the final momentum P_f is 10.8 up. Using down as the positive direction, the change in momentum is P_f - P_i = -10.8 - (18) =
    - 28.8 Kg.m/s (that is up). So the force on the hammer acts up? Did you understand this when you added the 2 momenta??
  10. Feb 6, 2007 #9
    i did realize it but i just didn't pay any attention to it on this problem thank you for pointing that out.
  11. Jan 7, 2010 #10
    okay so you guys figured out the speed which is exellent how much force in pounds on average does it take to extract a nail from wood ? !
    i cant figure it out what so ever ? !
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