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Homework Help: Momentum of colliding bodies

  1. Nov 4, 2008 #1
    Hi.I have some confusion on this question ....here is the question

    1.A(n) 2.6 kg object moving with a speed of
    7.9 m/s collides with a(n) 3 kg object mov-
    ing with a velocity of 7.4 m/s in a direction
    56.1768◦ from the initial direction of motion
    of the 2.6 kg object.What is the speed of the two objects after
    the collision if they remain stuck together?
    Answer in units of m/s

    here is what i did but my answer out to be wrong .
    Mass * velocity + Mass * velocity =( Mass +Mass)velocity

    2.6 * 7.9 + 3*7.4 *cos56.1768 = (2.6 +3)v
    20.54 +12.357 = 5.6v
    so velocity = 5.8745 m/s

    thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 4, 2008 #2
    Re: momentum

    You're only considering the component of the velocity in the direction of the first object. That's why you did cos(56.1768). Don't forget to factor in the other component, namely, sin(56.1768). You should get the right answer if you do.
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