# physics

Two objects of masses m1 = 0.58 kg and m2 = 0.92 kg are placed on a horizontal frictionless surface and a compressed spring of force constant k = 300 N/m is placed between them as in figure (a) shown below. Neglect the mass of the spring. The spring is not attached to either object and is compressed a distance of 9.6 cm. If the objects are released from rest, find the final velocity of each object as shown in figure (b). (Let the positive direction be to the right. Indicate the direction with the sign of your answer.)
v1 =
m/s
v2 =
m/s

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1. Initial and final momentum must be zero and energy must be conserved so:
m1v1f = m2v2f
and 1/2 kx^2 = 1/2m1v1f^2 + 1/2m2v2f^2
solve the first for either v1f or v2f and plug it into the second.
The math is pretty straight forward from there (no quadratic)

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