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A truck of mass 500 kg moving at 4 m/s collides with another truck of mass 1500 kg moving in the same direction at 2 m/s.
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02/11/2021 4:29 pm
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A truck of mass 500 kg moving at 4 m/s collides with another truck of mass 1500 kg moving in the same direction at 2 m/s. What is their common velocity just after the collision if they move off together?
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02/11/2021 4:31 pm
Mass of first truck, m_{1} = 500 kg
Speed of first truck, u_{1} = 4 m/s
Mass of second truck, m_{2} = 1500 kg
Speed of second truck, u_{2} = 2 m/s
Combined mass of both trucks, m = 1500 + 500 = 2000 kg
Combined velocity v
Acc. to the law of conservation of momentum
m_{1}u_{1} + m_{2}u_{2} = mv
500 x 4 + 1500 x 2 = 2000 x v
v = \(\frac{2000 + 3000}{2000}\) = 2.5 m/s
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