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Physics - elastic collision

  1. Nov 1, 2005 #1
    (3) two blocks are free to slide along the frictionless wooden track. a block of mass m1=5.00kg is released from A. Protruding from its front end is the north pole of a strong magnet, repelling the north pole of an identical magnet embedded in the back end of the block of mass m2=10.0kg, initially at rest. the two blocks never touch. Calculate the maximum height to which m1 rises after the elastic collision.

    Do you use conservation of kinetic energy and momentum to figure out the final velocity of the block M1 after the collision. Then let all that kinetic energy be converted to gravitational potential energy to determine how high it rises???

    what equations are appplied to a question like this?

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  3. Nov 1, 2005 #2

    Chi Meson

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    Yes. Since you have two unknowns (v1 and v2, both "after" the collision) you need two equations. The equations you use are the "total momentum before = total momentum after" and the "total KE before = total KE after" equations:
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