Need help with a problem(Energy and Momentum)

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In summary, the conversation discusses a problem involving a bullet with a speed of 300m/s passing through a block suspended on a cord. The bullet imparts an impulse to the block and the conversation includes questions about the speed of the bullet after it leaves the block, the height of the block after the bullet passes through, the work done by the bullet, and the hypothetical scenario of the bullet lodging in the block. The conversation suggests starting with the conservation of momentum equation, m1v1=m2v2, to solve the problem.
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I don't even know where to start, completely lost. Can someone at least get me started on this thing??


A 3g bullet with a speed of 300m/s passes right through a 400g block suspended on a long cord. The bullet imparts an impulse to the block and a speed of 1.5m/s


1. draw a picture

2. what is the speed of the bullet after it leaves the block?

3. how high does the block rise after the bullet passes through?

4. what is the work done by the bullet by passing through the block?

5. if the bullet did not pas through the block but instead lodged in the block, what would be the velocity of the block and the bullet after the collision?
 
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Start with the conservation of momentum, m1v1=m2v2 (the v's are vectors but since in this case its a linear problem it doesn't matter)
 
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I would recommend starting by reviewing the concepts of energy and momentum and their equations. This problem involves both of these principles, so understanding them will be crucial in solving it. Additionally, drawing a picture of the scenario can help visualize the situation and identify any relevant variables.

Once you have a clear understanding of the concepts and have drawn a diagram, you can start by using the equations for momentum and impulse to solve for the speed of the bullet after it leaves the block. From there, you can use the equations for energy to calculate the height the block rises and the work done by the bullet.

If the bullet were to lodge in the block instead of passing through, the principle of conservation of momentum would come into play. This means that the total momentum before and after the collision must be equal. By using this principle and the equations for momentum, you can solve for the velocities of the block and the bullet after the collision.

Remember to always double check your units and to clearly label your calculations. If you are still having trouble, don't hesitate to ask for help from your teacher or classmates. Good luck!
 

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