Posted by Alex on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 8:04pm.
A perfectly (nonhead on) elastic collision occurs between a 0.25kg object moving east at 4m/s and a stationary 0.3kg object. Following the collision the 0.25kg object is moving at 2m/s.
a) What is the speed of the 0.3kg object after the collision?
I did:
What formula do you use?
I used m1v1^2 = m1v1'^2 + m2v2'^2
and got 3.16m/s but I'm not sure if that's right.
b) You must select suitable directions of motion for the 2 objects after this collision, which is not headon. Calculate the direction of motion for one of the 2 objects after the collision.

Physics  bobpursley, Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:43pm
The conservation of energy applies, you did it correctly in a).
For b), you have to use the result in a), and then set up a coordinate system E,N. The N components of both velocities have to add to zero, and the E components have to add to 4m/s. Use trig to get the components of each, assume some angle N of E, and S of E, theta1 and theta2. The algebra is a bit messy, but it works out.
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