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A 5.00kg ball, moving to the right at a velocity of 2m/s on a frictionless table, collides head-on with a stationary 7.50kg ball. Find the final velocities of the balls if the collision is (a) elastic and (b) completely inelastic

for part A

I have m1v1f + m2v2f= m1vi1 +0

to solve for final velocity 1(the ball for 5kg) you use

vf1=(m1-m2/m1+m2)vi1

I really have no i do how to algebraically solve for vf1, can someone explain that to me because when i use the equation i get the right answer which is -.400m/s

To find vf2 we use the fact that it is an ellastic collision and the kinetic energy before and after is the same

1/2m1(vf1^2)+1/2m2(vf2^2)=1/2m1(vi1^2)+0

Using this i have to solve for vf2 but again i have a problem algebraically solving for vf2. But there is a similar example in the textbook so i used what they had to solve for vf1 and vf2 but they do not show the work

vf2=(2m1/m1+m2)vi1

answer should be 1.60m/s

My problem is not understand ellastic equations, it is how to solve the first equation for vf1 and the second for vf2. Can someone show me step by step how to use algebra to solve for vf2 with what i typed above,

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