From a large distance away, a particle of mass m1 and positive charge q1 is fired at speed v in the positive x direction straight toward a second particle, originally stationary but free to move, with mass m2 and positive charge q2. Both particles are constrained to move only along the x axis. (Use any variable or symbol stated above along with the following as necessary: ke for 1
(a) At the instant of closest approach, both particles will be moving at the same speed. Find this speed.
(b) Find the distance of closest approach.
After the interaction, the particles will move far apart again. At this time, find the velocity of the following.
(c) the particle of mass m1
(d) the particle of mass m2
There are probably more but, I'm not entirely sure what they are.
The Attempt at a Solution
For part a. I got the correct answer v-(v/(m1*(1/m1+1/m2))
For part b I tried to use the antiderivative of Part a. I also tried extracting r^2 from the formulae in part a. ie. vi-Δv1=Δv2
However I made a few errors in this part and do not know how to calculate Δv1. I am not entirely sure why part a is correct because I, instead of plugging in values for Δv I used values for acceleration.
For part C I tried using the acceleration formula I used in Part A. F/m=a and I've been trying to figure out the Δv. However I forgot/never knew how to do it.
I have not yet started part D. However I figure it to be about the same as part c.
Thank you for your help.