Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-134-98855-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-13498-855-9

Chapter 9 - Exercises and Problems - Page 172: 61


$\frac{2}{5}v, \frac{7}{5}v$

Work Step by Step

We know the following equation for elastic collisions: $v_{1f}=\frac{m_1-m_2}{m_1+m_2}v_{1i}+\frac{2m_2}{m_1+m_2}v_{2i}$ Thus, we find: $v_{1f}=\frac{4m-m}{5m}v+\frac{2m}{5m}(2v)=\frac{7}{5}v$ We use conservation of momentum to obtain: $2mv+4mv = \frac{7}{5}(4m)v+mv_f$ $v_f = \frac{2}{5}v$
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