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Posted by on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:44pm.

Two bullets have masses of 2.4 g and 5.2 g, respectively. Each is fired with a speed of 37.0 m/s.
a) What is the kinetic energy of the first
bullet?
b) What is the kinetic energy of the second bullet?

I initially used KE=1/2MV^2 and got 1642.8 J, but got it wrong. What is my mistake?

  • Physics - , Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8:23pm

    Mass is measurd in kg Not grams. S0 you
    must convert to kg:

    divide grams by 1000.

  • Physics - , Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8:54pm

    I see! Thank you!

  • Physics - , Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8:58pm

    Another quick question, what is the ratio
    K2/K1 of their kinetic energies. Is, it just dividing the second bullet's KE to the first?

  • Physics - , Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:41pm

    The ratio of K2 to K1 = K2/K1.
    The ratio of K1 to K2 = K1/K2.

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