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A 2.0 kg object is moving at 5.0 m/s NORTHWEST. It strikes a 6.0 kg object that is moving SOUTHWEST at 2.0 m/s. The objects have a completely inelastic collision. The velocity of the 6.0 kg object post collision is:

2. Relevant equations

m1v1+m2v1 = m1v2+m2v2

3. The attempt at a solution

I know the answer to be 2.33 m/s at 14 degrees North of West. I don't know how to get there. I THOUGHT, since the collision is inelastic, the equation is m1v1+m2v1=(m1+m2)v, and solve for v. That tells me the velocity of both the objects to be 3.2 m/s. Then I think I have to approach this collision from a 2 dimension perspective... but without angle to go off of, I am lost! Please help!

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# Homework Help: Inelastic collision

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