(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two balls of equal mass collide and stick together as shown in the figure. The initial velocity of ball B is twice that of ball A. (Take θ = 56°.)

(a) Calculate the angle above the horizontal of the motion of mass A + B after the collision.

(b) What is the ratio of the final velocity of the mass A + B to the initial velocity of ball A, vf/vA?

(c) What is the ratio of the final energy of the system to the initial energy of the system, Ef/Ei?

3. The attempt at a solution

a) x= m ( 2vcos(56) + vcos(56) ) = 2mVfx

2vcos(56) + vcos(56)= mvfx

y = m ( 2vsin(56) + vsin(56) ) = 2mVfy

2vsin(56) + vsin(56) = 2mVfy

Am I suppose to take the magnitude of this ? How do I solve for two unknowns ?

Do all the m's and v's cancel out?

Thanks

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