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Momentum and impulse question # 2

  1. Mar 25, 2012 #1
    an object #1 is motionless and has a mass 10 times greater than the mass of object #2. if object #2 has a velocity of 50.0 m/s before impacting object #1 and if the collision is inelastic determine the final velocity of the objects...

    so i am confused do i mult. object #1 by 10 or object #2 i always get confused by 10 times greater than.. and how am i suppose to find velocity without given any masses?
    i know i will use (m1v1 + m2v2) before collision = (m1v1 + m2v2) after collision. equation.. but wt do u plug in for m (mass) ?
    i really need help..

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  3. Mar 25, 2012 #2

    cepheid

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    This should clear that up:

    This is a direct quote from your problem statement. All I did was remove some intermediate words and add boldface for emphasis.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2012 #3
    so that means object #1 is 10 times greater than #2 so i mult object #1 by 10 right?
     
  5. Mar 25, 2012 #4

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    Generally in a problem, if the answer is affected by the ACTUAL mass, you will be told that mass. If you are told, the ACTUAL mass will not make any difference to the final answer sought.

    SO ... let object 1 have a mass of 2kg, and thus object 2 have mass 20 kg and see what you get.
    If you suspect you shouldn't do that, repeat the problem with masses of 6kg and 60kg to check the final answer is the same.
     
  6. Mar 25, 2012 #5

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    Yes

    No.

    If object 1 is 10 times more massive than object 2, then this means you need to take the mass of object 2 (the lighter one) and multiply it by 10 in order to get the mass of object 1 (the heavier one). It's all there in the wording:

    "mass 1 is ten times mass 2"

    m1 = 10 x m2
     
  7. Mar 25, 2012 #6
    so it will be like this m1v1 + m2v2 = m1v1 + m2v2
    1m(0)+ 10m(5om/s) = 11m (v) ??
    v= 45.4 m/s ?/?
     
  8. Mar 25, 2012 #7

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    It should be 10m*0 + m*(50.0 m/s) = 11m*v

    The heavier object is the one that is initially motionless.
     
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