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## Homework Statement

2 equal masses travel in opposite directions at equal speeds. They collide in a perfectly (inelastic) collision. Just after the collision their velocities are:

A)Zero

B)equal to their original velocities

C)equal in magnitude but opposite in direction of their original velocities

D)less in magnitude and in the same direction as their original velocities

E)less in magnitude and opposite in direction as their original velocities

## Homework Equations

p=mv

f=ma

k=.5mv^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I believe that the answer is zero, because if they collide with equal mass, and equal velocity, which means they have the same momentum, then they must stop each other, an inelastic collision is where they stick to each other, so then it must be zero.

I have 2 other questions just like this, expect one asks about a "perfectly elastic colllison" and another about a "collision that is between elastic and inelastic" ( i have no idea what that means..).

An elastic collision is a "perfect scenario collision", so they must hit each other and bounce back at the same speed...so it would be B for that one?

Thanks for taking time to read this long post, and please inform me if my logic isn't right..