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How to calculate distance object traveled in completely inelastic collision?

  1. Oct 25, 2007 #1
    Ok, so I have this practice problem: a mass of 5 kg has hit a ball at 8 m/s. The ball it hit has a mass of 7 kg. What is the distance the ball traveled?


    It's really frustrating when my notes don't go over ANY of this.
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2007 #2

    Galileo

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    Are you sure that's the entire problem statement? It doesn't make much sense as it is.
    Distance travelled as in: how far from the moment of impact till it hits the ground? That would depend on the height at which the collision took place.
     
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