A two-ended "rocket" that is initally stationary on a frictionless floor, with its center a the origin of an x axis. The rocket consists of a central block C(of mass M = 6.00kg) and blocks L and R (each of mass m = 2.00kg) on the left and right sides. Small explosions can shoot either of teh side blocks away fro mblock C and along the x axis. Here is the sequence: (1) At time t = 0, block L is shot to the left with a speed of 3.00 m/s relative to the velocity that the explosion gives the rest of the rocket. (2) Next at the time t = .80 s, block R is shot to the right with a speed of 3m/s relative to the velocity that block C then has. At t = 2.80s, what are the (a) velocity of block C and (b) the position of its center?
Pi = Pf
The Attempt at a Solution
Pi = m1v1 + m2v2 + m3v3 Pf = m1v1f + m2v2f + m3v3f
I dont really understand whats happening in the problem