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Head-on Elastic Collision

  1. Nov 12, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A rapidly moving body of mass m1 strikes a body of mass m2 at rest in a head-on elastic collision. How does m1 compare with m2 if the first body (m1)
    a. stops?
    b. comes back along its path at very nearly the same speed it had before the collision?
    c. continues along in the same direction with very nearly the same speed that it had before the collision?
    d. comes back along its path with a very small speed?
    e. continues along its path with a very small speed?


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 13, 2009 #2
    Hi there,

    The two laws of conservation will help you solve this problem: energy conservation, and momentum conservation.

    Cheers
     
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