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Homework Help: Momentum of particles

  1. Mar 4, 2004 #1
    I have doubt for the following question. Please help.

    A 4.5 g particle moving at 170 m/s collides with 0.89 g particle initially at rest. After the collision the two particles have velocities that are directed 26 deg on either side of the original line of motion of the 4.5 g particle. What is the speed of the 0.89 g particl after the collision?

    I used momentum conservation for X and Y direction to obtain 955 m/s, which was wrong.

    Px = 4.5 * 170 = 4.5V1cos26 + 0.89V2cos26

    for Py
    4.5 V1Sin26 = 0.89 V2sin26

    Thanks alot.
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  3. Mar 4, 2004 #2
    You will have to use momentum conservation to solve this. And momentum conservation will be correct.

    But you haven't supplied enough information to solve the problem. Is the collision perfectly elastic? Partially inelastic? Is energy conserved?

  4. Mar 5, 2004 #3


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