Two ice skaters, Daniel (mass 65.0 kg) and Rebecca (mass 45.0 kg), are practicing. Daniel stops to tie his shoelace and, while at rest, is struck by Rebecca, who is moving at 13.0 m/s before she collides with him. After the collision, Rebecca has a velocity of magnitude 8.00 m/s at an angle of 53.1 degrees from her initial direction. Both skaters move on the frictionless, horizontal surface of the rink.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

a) What is the magnitude of Daniel's velocity after the collision?

** I think it's an elastic collision assuming they stick together after the collision; I tried solving it by using the formula:

v_f = [m_1/(m_1 + m_2)v_1] + [m_2/(m_1 + m_2)v_2] is this right?

b) What is the direction of Daniel's velocity after the collision? (degrees from the Rebecca's original)

c) What is the change in total kinetic energy of the two skaters as a result of the collision?

** k_f = k_i using the formula for kinetic energy as k = 0.5*mass*(velocity)^2

Please help!!!

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# Homework Help: Ice skating collision

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