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Sphere collision physics help

  1. Jul 15, 2009 #1
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    Example 6: Two spheres
    shown in the figure below. They both hang under the influence of
    gravity on 2.0 m long strings and start at rest. The 2.0 kg sphere
    starts at an angle  to the vertical such that
    2.0 kg sphere is released. (
    assume that g = 10.0
    1. What is the speed of the 2.0 kg sphere just before it
    collides with the 4.0 kg sphere
    2. Assuming a perfectly elastic collision
    the 2.0 kg sphere immediately after the collision
    3. After the collision, what is the maximum possible angle
    achieved by the 2.0 kg sphere
    swings back up)?
    4. If both spheres had a mass of 2.0 kg, what would the speed
    of the incoming sphere have been after the perfectly
    elastic collision (

    I just need help with number 4 I did the rest. Thanks guys

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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Jul 15, 2009 #2

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    Sorry you need to supply more information about the layout of your problem, and more importantly where it is you are stuck in your solution.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2009 #3
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    i have attached the problem and the work that i have done. if someone could show me how to do number 4 i would really appreciate it. the work and the solution would be great.
     

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  5. Jul 15, 2009 #4
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    can anyone please help??
     
  6. Jul 15, 2009 #5
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    can somebody please do number 4. I would really appreciate it.
     
  7. Jul 15, 2009 #6
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    can somebody please solve number 4 for me by midnight. thanks
     
  8. Jul 16, 2009 #7
  9. Jul 16, 2009 #8
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    im in pacific time zone.

    is there any way you can work it out for me please? ive been trying to do this problem for a while now and cant seem to figure it out
     
  10. Jul 16, 2009 #9
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    after using that link i got the answer of 2 m/s is that correct?
     
  11. Jul 16, 2009 #10
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    The question asks about two equal masses in a perfectly elastic collision, so the answer should be zero. It's the only way to conserve both energy and momentum.
     
  12. Jul 16, 2009 #11
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    is there any way you can show the work for that please?
     
  13. Jul 16, 2009 #12
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    but the masses arent equal one is 2 kg while the other is 4kg
     
  14. Jul 16, 2009 #13
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    "4. If both spheres had a mass of 2.0 kg..."

    If you could do 1-3, how can you not do 4? It's the same thing with a different value of mass!
     
  15. Jul 16, 2009 #14
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    oh my bad misread the problem. i did 1-3 in class and have no idea how to do 4
     
  16. Jul 16, 2009 #15
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    can you please just show me how its done. thanks
     
  17. Jul 16, 2009 #16
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    i use the mv=mv+mv formula right then what?
     
  18. Jul 16, 2009 #17
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    That was to conserve momentum. Now conserve energy, KE of sphere before collision = KE of both spheres after collision. It's exactly the same as question 2.
     
  19. Jul 16, 2009 #18
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    i don't see how you get 0 can you explain please by showing the work. it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  20. Jul 16, 2009 #19
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    Conservation of momentum:
    [tex] m_1u = m_1 v_1 + m_2 v_2[/tex]

    Conservation of energy:

    [tex] \frac{1}{2}m_1 u^2 = \frac{1}{2}m_1 v_1^2 + \frac{1}{2}m_2 v_2^2 [/tex]


    You know m1, m2, and you can work out u. Solve for v1.
     
  21. Jul 16, 2009 #20

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    You will note that to conserve both energy and momentum after impact with twice the mass involved, something has to give.
    You at once have Va = Va' + Vb' and Va2 = Va'2 + Vb'2.
    Since Vb' must be non-zero, there is only one condition that can eliminate the extra middle term 2Va'Vb', namely that Va' must be 0.

    Va'2 + 2Va'Vb' + Vb'2 = Va'2 + Vb'2
     
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