So for those who aren't familiar with the Gauss Gun here is a video demonstrating its function:
As you can see in the video, a steel ball is rolled towards a sequence of magnets and other steel balls and as the incoming ball strikes the magnet, the ball on the other end ejects at a higher velocity. NOTE: in the video there is recoil but in my case there isn't recoil as the magnet is stuck in place.
Momentum is calculated by mass*velocity.
The Attempt at a Solution
But this doesn't make sense to me as both the incoming and outgoing steel balls have the same mass but they travel at different velocities so when momentum is calculated, isn't the momentum different and means that momentum isn't conserved in this system?
Please clarify this for me as I've been struggling with this concept for quite a while and can't get my head around it. I would also like to have an equation for showing the conservation of momentum for multiple variations of this setup.
Thanks in advance