Mechanics: Momentum and Collisions
Momentum and Collisions: Audio Guided Solution
Jack D. Ripper flipped out after missing a Must-Do-It question for the third time on his Minds On Physics assignment. Outraged by the futility of his efforts, he flings a 4.0-gram pencil across the room. The pencil lodges into a 221.0-gram Sponge Bob doll which is at rest on a countertop. Once in motion, the pencil/doll combination slide a distance of 11.9 cm across the countertop before stopping. The coefficient of friction between the doll and the countertop is 0.325. Determine the speed at which the pencil is moving prior to striking Sponge Bob.
Editor's Note: In the audio solution, the post-collision speed of the doll is incorrectly reported as 0.758 m/s. This is the square of the post-collision speed. By taking the square root, the post-collision speed is found to be 0.8706 m/s. Subsequently, the answer reported in the audio file is incorrect. Click the show answer button below to view the correct answer. Sorry for the error.
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