Posted by **RD** on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12:54pm.

A bullet of mass 3.2 g strikes a ballistic pendulum of mass 3.6 kg. The center of mass of the pendulum rises a vertical distance of 13 cm. Assuming that the bullet remains embedded in the pendulum, calculate the bullet's initial speed.

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**bobpursley**, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 1:39pm
you can only use conservation of momentum on the collision

Momentumbullet=momentumbullet/pendulum

.0032*Vi=3.6032*Vf

Now you can consider energy after the collision

1/2 (3.6032)Vf^2=(3.6032)*9.8*.13

in the second equation, solve for Vf, then put it in the first equation, and solve for Vi.

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