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Inelastic collisions

  1. Sep 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two clay balls of the same mass stick together in an completely inelastic collision. Before the collision, one travels at 5.6 m/s and the other at 7.8 m/s, and their paths of motion are perpendicular. If the mass of each ball is 0.23 kg, what is the magnitude of the momentum of the combined balls after the collision?

    2. Relevant equations

    vf= (m1vi1 + m2vi2) / m1 + m2

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Sep 22, 2009 #2


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    split the final momentum into x and y components
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