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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Alex on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 4:28pm.

A 3.0kg air puck sliding at 4.0m/s collides with a 5.0kg puck. After the collision the 3.0kg puck is moving north at 1.0m/s while the 5.0kg puck is moving south at 1.0m/s.
a) What was the initial velocity of the 5kg puck?

I did:
m1v1 + m2v2 = m1v1' + m2v2'
(3)(4) + (5v2) = (3)(1) + (5)(1)
and got -0.8m/s for v2.

b) What percentage of the initial kinetic energy remained after the collision?
I did
KE1' + KE2'
----------
KE1 + KE2
and got 16%

Now these questions I'm completely lost with because of the angles.

2) A 3kg ball moving east strikes a 2kg ball that is moving east at 2m/s. Following the collision the 3kg ball moves at 4m/s in a direction [E55S] while the other ball moves in a direction of [E35N].

a) By considering components of momentum in a N-S direction, calculate the speed that the 2kg ball had after the collision.
b) By considering conservation of momentum in an east-west direction, find the initial speed of the 3kg ball.

3) A 20kg child sitting on smooth ice is sliding straight north at 2m/s when she throws a big 2kg snow ball which (after the throw) moves [N60E] at 10m/s.
a) Calculate the momentum, speed and direction of motion of the child following the throw.

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