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Homework Help: Speed problem

  1. Oct 28, 2007 #1
    A 10,500kg railroad car travels alone on a level, frictionless track with a constant speed of 15.0 m/s. An additional 5,000kg load is dropped from a tower onto the car. What will then be its new speed?

    2. Relevant equations

    Momentum of conservation: m1i+m2i=(m1+m2)vf

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Plugging in the numbers i get:

    10,500kg(15m/s) + 0 = (10,500 kg+5000 kg)vf

    10.16 m/s=vf

    is this correct?
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  3. Oct 28, 2007 #2


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    Looks good to me.
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