Impulse and Momentum

A 1400-kg car traveling east at 25m/s collides with a 1800-kg car traveling at a speed of 20m/s in a direction that makes angle of 40degree south of west. The cars stick together after the collision. What is the magnitude and direction of the velocity of the cars after the collision?

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  1. momentum conserved. Write momnetum equations in x, y directions.

  2. M1*V1 + M2*V2 = M1*V + M2*V.
    1400*25 + 1800*20[180+40]=1400*V+1800*V.
    Divide both sides by 100:
    14*25 + 18*20[220o] = 14V + 18V.
    350 + 360[220o] = 32V.
    350 - 276-231i = 32V.
    74 - 231i = 32V.
    242.6[-72.2o] = 32V.
    V = 7.6m/s[-72.2o]=7.6m/s[72o] S. of E.

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