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A 5630 kg open railroad car coasts along with a constant speed of 8.64 m/s on a level track. Snow begins to fall vertically and fills the car at a rate of 3.50 kg per minute. Ignoring friction with the tracks, what is the speed of the car after 94.8 min?

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    Lateral momentum remains the same if friction can be ignored.
    331.8 kg of snow is added in 94.8 minutes.

    5630*8.64 = (5630 + 331.8)*Vfinal

    Solve for Vfinal.

    I can't imagine frictionless motion on a railroad track that is piled high with snow. In the real world, you can't blindly make wrong assumptions just to make the problem solving easier.

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