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Homework Help: Perfectly elastic problem

  1. Mar 31, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A marble with mass M rolls into a bowling ball with mass 100M, assuming the collision is perfectly elastic, which object would have higher momentum? higher Kinetic energy?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    First of all, what's the difference between an elastic and PERFECTLY elastic collision? aren't they both defined as one in which there is no loss of kinetic energy in the collision?

    So, the marble should bounce back and have a negative Velocity, therefore negative momentum, which means the momentum of the bowling ball should be higher even if it doesn't move (but it should, just barely).

    This is where I'm stumped. should the KE of the marble be equal to that of the bowling ball? I imagine the bowling ball having an extremely small velocity to make up for the extreme difference in mass.
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  3. Mar 31, 2015 #2

    Doc Al

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    Yes, saying perfectly elastic collision is a bit redundant. (But clear!)

    How can you express that mathematically, so you can figure out the final speeds, momentum, and kinetic energy?
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