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Homework Help: Modern Physics Question

  1. Jan 29, 2005 #1
    Hello Everyone,

    Can you please help me with this problem. I am not looking for a complete solution to it, I just need a few guidelines on how to proceed. Here it is,

    Let us consider a perfectly inelastic collision between two protons: an incident proton with mass m, kinetic energy K, and momentum magnitude p joins with an originally stationary target proton to form a single product particle of mass M. Show that the energy available to create a product particle is given by,


    Thank you.
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  3. Jan 29, 2005 #2


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    The total energy of the incoming protons is obviously
    [tex] E=2mc^{2}+K=2mc^{2}(1+\frac{K}{2mc^{2}}) [/tex]

    I don't know what your formula means... :confused:

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