Perfectly Inelastic

  • #1
Ball 1, with a mass of 100 g and traveling at 10 m/s, collides head-on with Ball 2, which has a mass of 300 g and is initially at rest. What are the final velocities of each ball if the collision is perfectly inelastic?


We're suppose to be talking about Energy, but I figured I could use:

mv+mv (initial)=mv (final)



I got 2.5 m/s for both balls, because if the objects are inelastic they will be traveling at the same speed after collision and momentum is conserved.
Is this right?

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  • #2
LowlyPion
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That would be correct.
 
  • #3
but now I just tried to use conservation of Energy and got a different answer. I tried
1/2 mv^2 + 1/2 mv^2 = 1/2mv^2 (final for system)

I got both balls traveling at 5 m/s ??
 
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LowlyPion
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but now I just tried to use conservation of Energy and got a different answer. I tried
1/2 mv^2 + 1/2 mv^2 = 1/2mv^2 (final for system)

I got both balls traveling at 5 m/s ??
Kinetic energy is not conserved in an inelastic collision.
 
  • #5
I tried the V' substitution before but was wrong.

The expression that the book describes it to be:
---> the square root of [(m+M)kd^2] / m^2
 
  • #6
You might want to find out the kinetic energy of the balls before the collision, because you are talking about a change in energy.
 

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