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January 28, 2015

Posted by **Anonymous** on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 6:45pm.

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**MathMate**, Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8:32pmIf the two cars stuck together, it is an inelastic collision, and energy is not conserved during the collision.

However, momentum is conserved, and since there is only one common final velocity, v, only the momentum equation is enough to solve for the unknown mass.

The equation of conservation of momentum:

m1 v1 + m2 v2 = (m1+m2)v ..... (1)

m1=9000 kg

m2=unknown

v1=17 m/s

v2=0

v=6.5 m/s

Solve for m2.

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