Space ship collision

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One space ship consist of two cabins of mass M connected by rod of length 2l (ship looks like dumbbell). One of cabins was hitted by small (mass m << M), but extremely fast (velocity u) meteorite. After collision the ship starts moving and also rotating (which angular velocity omega).
How far from untouched cabin the meteorite came? Assume, the speed of remains of meteorite after collision is negligible in comparison to u.
 

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dont know :biggrin:
 
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this looks like homework, so I'll refrain from answering, and give you some hints to the method instead.

draw a diagram and observe the distance from the centre, consider the transfer of rotational momentum, what equations do you have?
 

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