Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 7 - Linear Momentum - Problems - Page 193: 25


The mass of 0.440 kg has a final velocity of 1.27 m/s toward the east. The mass of 0.220 kg has a final velocity of 5.07 m/s toward the east.

Work Step by Step

Let $m_A = 0.440~kg$ and let $m_B = 0.220~kg$. We can use conservation of momentum to set up an equation. $m_A~v_A + 0 = m_A~v_A' + m_B~v_B'$ Since the collision is elastic, we can use Equation 7-7 to set up another equation. $v_A - 0 = v_B' - v_A'$ $v_A' = v_B' - v_A$ We can use this expression for $v_A'$ in the first equation. $m_A~v_A + 0 = m_A~v_B' - m_Av_A + m_B~v_B'$ $v_B' = \frac{2m_A~v_A}{m_a+m_B} = \frac{(2)(0.440~kg)(3.80~m/s)}{(0.440~kg)+(0.220~kg)}$ $v_B' = 5.07~m/s$ We can use $v_B'$ to find $v_A'$. $v_A' = 5.07~m/s - 3.80~m/s = 1.27~m/s$
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