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The mass m1 has the velocity (v1i)[tex]\hat{i}[/tex] and makes an off-center collision with m2=2m1. The final velocities are v1f=a1[tex]\hat{i}[/tex]+b1[tex]\hat{j}[/tex], and v2f=a2[tex]\hat{i}[/tex]+b2[tex]\hat{j}[/tex]. Assuming elastic collision and v2i=0m/s, obtain the values of a1, a2, and b2 for the given value of b1. Also obtain the angles [tex]\theta[/tex]1 and [tex]\theta[/tex]2 of v1f and v2f with the x-axis. Retain the solutions for a1>0.

m1=1.24 kg

v1i=6.00 m/s

b1=1.80 m/s

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I have tried using the equations derived from the conservation of linear momentum in several forms but every time I end up with too many unknowns. How do I solve this problems without knowing either angle of the final velocities. All he gives us is the y component of the final velocity of mass 1. I'm stuck. Please help.

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# Homework Help: Off-center elastic collision with m2=2m1

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