(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two 23-cm long pendulums (each made of a massless string and a ball) are initially situated as shown in the figure. The masses of the left and right balls are m1= .145 kg and m2= .200 kg , respectively. The first pendulum is released from a height d= .092 m and strikes the second. Assuming that the collision is completely inelastic and neglecting the mass of the strings and any frictional effects, how high does the center of mass rises after the collision?

2. Relevant equations

U(x)=mgh

KE=1/2mv^2

3. The attempt at a solution

I started out by solving for the velocity of mass one when it strikes mass two. Because it is raised to a height d, its potential energy is mgd. Because energy is conserved, this is equal to the kinetic energy at its equilibrium point (where mass two is at rest). Thus, m1gd=.5m1V^2

sqrt(2gd)=V

I then used this velocity to calculate the Kinetic energy of mass two.

.5m2V^2=KE

.5m2(2gd)=KE

m2gd=KE

This, in turn, is equal to the potential energy at the height it goes to. Thus:

m2gh=m2gd

h=d

This, however is not the case (clearly). Whatever you could tell me about where my thinking has gone wrong would be greatly appreciated.

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Homework Help: Inelastic Collision and Pendulums

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**