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A 5kg object moves to the right with a speed of 2m/s. It collides in a perfectly elastic collision with a 2 kg object moving to the left at 5m/s.What is the total kinetic energy after the collision?

In elastic collisions KE is conserved so KE_i =KE_f
KE_f=1/2(5)(2)^2+ 1/2(2)(5)^2
=35 J
Is this correct?

  • physics - ,

    The toal Ke is the same as it started with, that is the definition of an elastaic equation.

    Yes, you have it.

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