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Batman (mass = 90 kg) jumps straight down from a bridge into a boat (mass = 530 kg) in which a criminal is fleeing. The velocity of the boat is initially +20 m/s. What is the velocity of the boat after Batman lands in it?

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    The total momentum for motion along the water does not change, assuming the water applies negligible retarding friction along that direction as the boat stabilizes. Therefore
    M * 20 = (M + m)V
    V = M*20/(M+m)
    = (530/620)*20 m/s = ?

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