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Homework Help: Need help. Momentum. Lost!

  1. Oct 29, 2008 #1
    Need help for Final Physics Exam. Gen Physics 1?
    I was given a bunch of problems from out of my book. I've cruised through most but chapter 8 is giving me a real hard time. Here are some examples from the chapter, any help with these type problems would be great.

    1. Block A has mass 1.00kg, and block B has mass 3.00kg. The blocks are forced together, compressing a spring S between them; then the system is released from rest on a level frictionless surface. The spring, which has a negligible mass, is not fastened to either block and drops to the surface after it has expanded. Block B acquires a speed of 1.20 m/s. (a) What is the final speed of block A? (b) How much potential energy was stored in the compressed spring?

    2. A 15.0 kg block is attached to a very light horizontal spring of force constant 500.0 N/m and is resting on a frictionless horizontal table. Suddenly it is struck by a 3.00kg stone traveling horizontally at 8.00 m/s to the right, whereupon the stone rebounds at 2.00 m/s horizontally to the left. Find the maximum distance that the block will compress the spring after the collision.

    3. A rifle bullet with mass 8.00g strikes and embeds itself in a block with a mass of 0.992kg that rests on a frictionless, horizontal surface and is attached to a coil spring. The impact compresses the spring 15.0cm. Calibration of the spring shows that a force of 0.750 N is required to compress the spring 0.250 cm. (a) Find the magnitude of the block's velocity just after impact. (b) What was the initial speed of the bullet?
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  3. Oct 29, 2008 #2
    What have you tried on these problems up to this point?

    One thing I can help you with is to point out that momentum will be conserved in each problem - whatever you start with will be equal to what you finish with since there are no sources of loss (e.g., friction).
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