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Speed of Asteroids With the same Radius?
Two spherical asteroids have the same radius R . Asteroid 1 has mass M and asteroid 2 has mass 2M. The two asteroids are released from rest with distance 10R between their centers. What is the speed of each asteroid just before they collide?
Hint: You will need to use two conservation laws.
Enter your answers separated by a comma. Express your answers in terms of the variables M, R, and appropriate constants.
momentum is conserved.
or v of the smaller=-2V of larger
conservation of energy
GM*2M/R^2= 1/2 Mv^2+ 1/2 (2M)V^2
2GM^2/R^2=1/2 M (4V^2 + V^2)
4GM/R^2=5V^2 that leads to the speed of the larger, and the speed of the smaller is twice that.
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