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Homework Help: Velocity of a striken system

  1. Nov 5, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A rifle bullet with mass 8.00g strikes and embeds itself in a block with mass 0.992kg that rests on a frictionless, horizontal surface and is attached to a coil spring. The impact compresses the spring 15.0cm. The callibration of the spring shows that a force of 0.750N is required to compress the spring 0.250cm.
    (a) find the magnitude of the block's velocity just after impact.
    (b) what is the initial speed of the bullet?

    2. Relevant equations
    1/2mu^2+1/2mv^2 = KE
    Work done(spring)= 1/2kx^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    (a) I tried 1/2mv^2=KE(SINCE u=0)
    I then got v~26.83
    (b) I guess the best attempt is of using the law of conservation of energy relating KE to the Work done(spring)
    i am not sure of this trial because i don't know k, also is it wise for me to look at the initial velocity of the system as large?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 5, 2009 #2
    You do know k. F=kx. Im sure with k you know all you need with conservation of energy.
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