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Carts of mass 3 kg and 10 kg move on a frictionless horizontal track with speeds of 4 m/s and 3 m/s, respectively. The carts collide and stick together. Find:
a) The velocity of the carts just after collision.
b) The loss of kinetic energy due to the collision.

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asked by killi
  1. conservation of momentum applies
    a. M1V1+m2V2=(m1+m2)Vf
    solve for vf

    loss of KE= initial KE-finalKE
    = 1/2 [m1(v1)^2 + m2(V2)^2 - (m1+m2)(Vf)^2 ]

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