Two objects of mass m and 2m are travelling in opposite directions with the same speed v. The objects collide and stick together. What is the kinetic energy lost in the collision?

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asked by Ramesh
  1. conserving momentum,
    mv - 2mv = 3mv'
    v' = -v/3
    KE lost is thus
    (1/2 mv^2 + 1/2 * 2m (-v)^2) - 1/2 (3m)v'^2

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