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Homework Help: What is the target's mass?

  1. Dec 13, 2004 #1
    I can't solve this problem:

    Suppose a tennis ball moving to the right at 185 km/h hits a moveable target of unknown mass. After the one-dimensional, perfectly elastic collision, the tennis ball bounces to the left with a speed of 80.0 km/h. If the tennis ball's mass is 5.70x10^-2kg, what is the target's mass? (Hint: use the conservation of kinetic energy to solve for the second unknown quantity.)

    Thank you very much!!
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2004 #2

    dextercioby

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    The hint the problem gave u solves things just by half,since there's another equation u have to put in.The equation which results by a proper projection of the linear momentum conservation eq. along the axis of the movement.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2004 #3
    thank you for your help, but i do not know how to combine these equations.
    so far i have:
    1=tennis ball
    2=movable target
    m1v1i+m2v2i=m1v1f+m2v2f
    m2(v2f-v2i)=m1(v1i-v1f)
    m2=[m1(v1i-v1f)]/(v2f-v2i)
    Is the movable target initaily at rest?
    And, how can I use the conservation of KE to solve for the final velocity of the movable target?
    Thank you for all your help!
     
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