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# Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Taylor on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 10:54pm.

Car 1 has a mass of m1 = 65 103 kg and moves at a velocity of v01 = +0.78 m/s. Car 2, with a mass of m2 = 92 103 kg and a velocity of v02 = +1.4 m/s, overtakes car 1 and couples to it. Neglect the effects of friction in your answer.
(a) Determine the velocity of their center of mass before the collision
m/s

(b) Determine the velocity of their center of mass after the collision
m/s
(c) Should your answer in part (b) be less than, greater than, or equal to the common velocity vf of the two coupled cars after the collision?

• Physics - bobpursley, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 10:57pm

c) they should be the same, momentum is conserved.
a) M1V1+M2V2=(M1+M2)Vcmass

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