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Physics homework-momentum and impulse-

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hello I'm struggling with physics this year at school i found this site looks great :smile: if this is a bad 1st post i wont be to surprised :biggrin: any way heres my problem...

Homework Statement



A Car A (with a mass of 750Kg) is travailing at 30 m s-1 and collides head on with car B travailing at 20 m s-1 with a (mass 1600kg) in the opposite direction


Homework Equations


A Calculate the magnitude of the momentum of each car before crashing

B If the two cars lock together in the crash, in which direction will they be moving immediately after the collision?

C
I Calculate the initial speed of the combined wreck immediately after the collision

II why dose the speed quickly reduce to zero?

The Attempt at a Solution



.......ok so far i have drawn a picture like so...

(carA)----------------><---------(carB)
|750kg|-----|30ms-1|-------|20ms-1|--|1600kg|

lol i have no idea...also i have the answerers in the back of the book but thats not learning so thats why i came here :)

any help would be great! even if you could point me in the right direction

Thanks
housedog1
 

Answers and Replies

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rl.bhat
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use the law of conservation of linear momentum. Since the two cars are moving in the opposite direction, you have to use proper sign for each momentum.
 

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