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Posted by **Scott** on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 3:47pm.

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What is the speed of the neutron after the collision?

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What is the speed of the helium nucleus after the collision?

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**bobpursley**, Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 5:04pmElastic? Ok, momentum equations and energy equations can be used.

The sum of the final KE =initial KE

The sum of momentums in orig direction=momentum of neutron originally.

The sum of momentum in direction perpendicular to orig direction=zero

You will have three unknowns:

velocity of neutron after

velocity of He after

Theta.

Three equations, three unknowns. A little algebra and trig :)

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**Scott**, Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 5:38pmthanks but I know that there are three unknowns and three equations. Getting the formulas are the difficult part.

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