Posted by Darren on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:26am.
A particle A of mass 2.11 kg collides with another particle B of mass 3.86 kg. Their initial velocities are u1 = 2.16i + 0.88j and u2 = 0.7i + 1.12j just before impact. After collision, they both merged and becomes a composite particle, which travel with a velocity of V.
Calculate the speed V, a scalar, in ms1. Give your answer to 3 decimal places.

Math  Steve, Monday, September 3, 2012 at 12:57pm
the momentum of the center of mass stays constant.
p1 = m1*u1 = 4.5576i + 1.8568j
p2 = m2*u2 = 2.7020i + 4.3232j
p = p1+p2 = 7.2596i + 6.1800j
p = 9.5338
v = p/(m1+m2) = 1.597 m/s