posted by siera on .
An alpha particle collides with an oxygen nucleus, initially at rest. The alpha particle is scattered at an angle of 60.9° above its initial direction of motion, and the oxygen nucleus recoils at an angle of 51.9° on the opposite side of that initial direction. The final speed of the nucleus is 1.32 105 m/s. In atomic mass units, the mass of an alpha particle is 4.0 u. The mass of an oxygen nucleus is 16 u.
(a) Find the final speed of the alpha particle.
(b) Find the initial speed of the alpha particle.
Duplicate post; answered elsewhere