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Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
1* Give an example of a threedimensional object that has no mass at its center of mass.
A hollow sphere.
2 Three point masses of 2 kg each are located on the x axis at the origin, x = 0.20 m, and x = 0.50 m. Find the center
of mass of the system.
Use Equ. 84; note that y
cm
= 0 x
cm
= [(2
0 + 2
0.2 + 2
0.5)/6] m = 0.233 m
3 A 24kg child is 20 m from an 86kg adult. Where is the center of mass of this system?
Take the origin at the position of the child.
Use Equ. 84 x
cm
= (86
20/110) m = 15.6 m
4 Three objects of 2 kg each are located in the xy plane at points (10 cm, 0), (0, 10 cm), and (10 cm, 10 cm). Find
the location of the center of mass.
Use Equ. 84 x
cm
= [(10
2 + 10
2 + 10
2)/6] cm = 6.67 cm
5* Find the center of mass x
cm
of the three masses in Figure 846.
Use Equ. 84 x
cm
= [(1
1 + 2
2 + 8
4)/11] m = 3.36 m
6 Alley Oops clubax consists of a symmetrical 8kg stone attached to the end of a uniform 2.5kg stick that is 98
cm long. The dimensions of the clubax are shown in Figure 847. How far is the center of mass from the handle end
of the clubax?
1. Locate CM of stick and of stone
2. Use Equ. 84
By symmetry, x
cm
(stick) = 0.49 m; x
cm
(stone) = 0.89 m
x
cm
= [(2.5
0.49 + 8
0.89)/10.5] m = 0.795 m
7 Three balls A, B, and C, with masses of 3 kg, 1 kg, and 1 kg, respectively, are connected by massless rods. The
balls are located as in Figure 848. What are the coordinates of the center of mass?
Use Equ. 84 x
cm
= [(3
2 + 1
1 + 1
3)/5] m = 2 m
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
y
cm
= [(3
2 + 1
1 + 1
0)/5] m = 1.4 m
8 By symmetry, locate the center of mass of an equilateral triangle of side length a with one vertex on the y axis
and the others at (a/2, 0) and (+a/2, 0).
1. Draw the triangle; assume vertex at y > 0
2. Locate the intersection of the bisectors; see sketch
3. Give the coordinates of CM x
cm
= 0; y
cm
= 1/2a tan 30
o
= 0.289a
9* The uniform sheet of plywood in Figure 849 has a mass of 20 kg. Find its center of mass. We shall consider this
as two sheets, a square sheet of 3 m side length and mass m
1
and a rectangular sheet 1m
2m with a mass of m
2
.
Let coordinate origin be at lower left hand corner of the sheet. Let
kg, m
2
= 2
kg
x
cm
= (9
1.5  2
1.5)/7
= 1.5 m
y
cm
= (9
1.5  2
2.0)/7
= 1.36 m
10 Show that the center of mass of a uniform semicircular disk of radius R is at a point (4/3
dA
3. y = r sin
, dA = r d
dr, and M =
R
2
R
M
0
0
r
2
sin
dr =
R
M
0
2
r
2
dr =
M 3
2
R
3
=
3
4
R0
11 A baseball bat of length L has a peculiar linear density (mass per unit length) given by
=
0
(1 + x
2
/L
2
). Find the x
coordinate of the center of mass in terms of L.
Use Equ. 85. x
cm
=
x dm/
dm. Here M =
dm =
dx =
0
0
L
(1+x
2
/L
2
)dx = 4
0
L/30
and
L
0
xdm =
0
0
x
L
(1 + x
2
/L
2
)dx = 3
0
L
2
/4.0 We find that x
cm
= (9/16)L.
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
12 Find the center of mass of a homogeneous solid hemisphere of radius R and mass M.
The volume element for a sphere is dV = r
2
sin
dr, where
2
0
2 /
0 0
R
M
r
3
sin
cos
dr =
M
R
2
4
1
]
1
2
sin
2
1
0
2 /
=
M
R
4
4
; M =
,
_
3
3
4
2
1
R
; z
cm
=
8
3
R.
13* Find the center of mass of a thin hemispherical shell.
The element of area on the shell is dA = 2
R
2
sin
be the
surface mass density. Then M = 1/2(4
R
2
) = 2
R
2
2 /
0
2
3
2
2
R
R
sin
cos
= R/2.
14 A sheet of metal is cut in the shape of a parabola. The edge of the sheet is given by the expression y = ax
2
, and y
ranges from y = 0 to y = b. Find the center of mass in terms of
a and b.
The parabolic sheet is shown here. Note that by
symmetry, x
cm
= 0.
The element of area is dA = xdy, and x = y
1/2
/
a
0.
y
cm
=
b
b
xdy
xydy
0
0
=
b
b
dy y
dy y
0
2 / 1
0
2 / 3
=
2 / 3
2 / 5
3
2
5
2
b
b
=
5
3
b.0
15 On the night before your physics exam, you hear a banging on your door, and in walks Kelly. She says, Theres a
big problem here. According to Newtonian physics, only external forces can cause the center of mass of a system to
accelerate. But a car accelerates because of its own engine, so obviously Newton was wrong. She crosses her arms
in a way that suggests that she is not going anywhere until she gets a satisfactory explanation. How can you explain
Kellys error to her in order to rescue Newton and get back to your studying?
The external force here is the force of static friction between the tires and the road.
16 Two pucks of mass m
1
and m
2
lie unconnected on a frictionless table. A horizontal force F
1
is exerted on m
1
only.
What is the magnitude of the acceleration of the center of mass of the pucks? (a) F
1
/m
1
(b) F
1
/(m
1
+ m
2
) (c) F
1
/m
2
(d) (m
1
+ m
2
)F
1
/m
1
m
2
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(b) by application of Equ. 810.
17* The two pucks in Problem 16 are lying on a frictionless table and connected by a spring of force constant k. A
horizontal force F
1
is again exerted only on m
1
along the spring away from m
2
.What is the magnitude of the
acceleration of the center of mass? (a) F
1
/m
1
(b) F
1
/(m
1
+ m
2
) (c) (F
1
+ k
x)/(m
1
+ m
2
), where
m
ivi
)/M = (v1
+ v2
)/2.
vcm
= 3 m/s i  1.5 m/s j
19 A 1500kg car is moving westward with a speed of 20 m/s, and a 3000kg truck is traveling east with a speed of
16 m/s. Find the velocity of the center of mass of the system.
Let east be the positive i direction. vcm
= (
m
ivi
)/M vcm
= [(3000
16  1500
,
_
+ +
g m
kh
k
g m
b
b
2
1 1 0
Scale reading = (m
p
+ m
b
)g
F = m
p
g + m
b
g
,
_
+ +
g m
kh
b
2
1 1 0
25* True or false: (a) The momentum of a heavy object is greater than that of a light object moving at the same speed.
(b) The momentum of a system may be conserved even when mechanical energy is not. (c) The velocity of the center
of mass of a system equals the total momentum of the system divided by its total mass.
(a) True (for magnitude) (b) True (inelastic collision) (c) True
26 How is the recoil of a rifle related to momentum conservation?
precoil
+ pgun
= 0; precoil
= pgun
.
27 A man is stranded in the middle of an ice rink that is perfectly frictionless. How can he get to the edge?
If he throws something forward, he will move backward.
28 A girl jumps from a boat to a dock. Why does she have to jump with more energy than she would need if she were
jumping the same distance from one dock to another?
She must give the boat a recoil momentum, and E
boat
= p
boat
2
0/2m
boat
.
29* Much early research in rocket motion was done by Robert Goddard, physics professor at Clark College in
Worcester, Mass. A quotation from a 1921 editorial in the New York Times illustrates the public acceptance of his
work: That Professor Goddard with his chair at Clark College and the countenance of the Smithonian Institution
does not know the relation between action and reaction, and the need to have something better than a vacuum against
which to reactto say that would be absurd. Of course, he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high
schools. The belief that a rocket needs something to push against was a prevalent misconception before rockets in
space were commonplace. Explain why that belief is wrong.
Conservation of momentum does not require the presence of a medium such as air.
30 Liz, Jay, and Tara discover that sinister chemicals are leaking at a steady rate from a hole in the bottom of a
railway car. To collect evidence of a potential environmental mishap, they videotape the car as it rolls without friction
at an initial speed v
0
. Tara claims that careful analysis of the videotape will show that the cars speed is increasing,
because it is losing mass as it drains. The increase in speed will help to prove that the leak is occurring. Liz says no,
that with a loss of mass, the cars speed will be decreasing. Jay says the speed will remain the same. (a) Who is right?
(b) What forces are exerted on the system of the car plus chemical cargo?
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(a) Jay is right.
(b) No net external force acts on the car plus cargo.
31 A girl of mass 55 kg jumps off the bow of a 75kg canoe that is initially at rest. If her velocity is 2.5 m/s to the
right, what is the velocity of the canoe after she jumps?
F
ext
= 0;
m
ivi
= 0 vc
= (55
m
ivi
= 0 v10
= (5
20.8) kg
.
m/s = (120
v
xf
) kg
.
m/s; v
xf
= 12.1 m/s
t = (24 sin 30
o
)/g s = 1.22 s
x = [(20.8 + 12.1)1.22] m = 40.1 m
36 A block and a handgun loaded with one bullet are firmly affixed to opposite ends of a massless cart that rests on a
level frictionless air table (Figure 853). The mass of the handgun is m
g
, the mass of the block is m
bk
, and the mass of
the bullet is m
bt
. The gun is aimed so that when fired, the bullet will go into the block. When the bullet leaves the barrel
of the handgun, it has a velocity v
b
as measured by an observer at rest with the table. Take the fall of the bullet to be
negligible and its penetration into the block to be small. (a) What is the velocity of the cart immediately after the bullet
leaves the gun barrel? (b) What is the velocity of the cart immediately after the bullet comes to rest in the block? (c)
How far has the block moved from its initial position at the moment when the bullet comes to rest in the block?
(a) Use pb
= pcart
; vcart
= [m
b
/(m
g
+ m
bk
)]vb
.
(b) F
ext
= 0; pi
= pf
= 0; vcart
= 0.
(c) v
rel
= v
b
+ v
cart
= v
b
[(m
g
+m
b
+m
bk
)/(m
g
+m
bk
)]; time of flight = L/v
rel
; d = v
cart
t = L[m
b
/(m
g
+m
b
+m
bk
)].
37* A small object of mass m slides down a wedge of mass 2m and exits smoothly onto a frictionless table. The wedge
is initially at rest on the table. If the object is initially at rest at a height h above the table, find the velocity of the wedge
when the object leaves it.
p
x
= 0 = mv
x
 2mV; V = 1/2v
x
; v
x
=
gh 2
;
2 / gh V
0, directed opposite to that of the mass m.
38 Describe how a basketball is moving when (a) its total kinetic energy is just the energy of motion of its center of
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mass, and (b) its total kinetic energy is the energy of its motion relative to its center of mass.
(a) It has a speed v but is not spinning about its axis.
(b) It has no velocity but is spinning about its center of mass.
39 Two bowling balls are moving with the same velocity, but one just slides down the alley, whereas the other rolls
down the alley. Which ball has more energy?
The rolling ball has more energy, 1/2mv
cm
2
+ K
rel
.
40 A 3kg block is traveling to the right at 5 m/s, and a second 3kg block is traveling to the left at 2 m/s. (a) Find the
total kinetic energy of the two blocks in this reference frame. (b) Find the velocity of the center of mass of the two
body system. (c) Find the velocities of the two blocks relative to the center of mass. (d) Find the kinetic energy of the
motion of the blocks relative to the center of mass. (e) Show that your answer for part (a) is greater than your answer
for part (d) by an amount equal to the kinetic energy of the center of mass.
(a) K = K
1
+ K
2
(b) Use Equ. 813
(c) vrel
= v  vcm
(d) K
rel
= K
1,rel
+ K
2,rel
(e) Find K
cm
K = 1/2[3
25 + 3
4] J = 43.5 J
vcm
= (3
5  3
3.5
2
+ 3
3.5
2
) J = 36.75 J
K
cm
= 1/2(6
1.5
2
) J = 6.75 J = K  K
rel
41* Repeat Problem 40 with the second, 3kg block replaced by a block having a mass of 5 kg and moving to the right
at 3 m/s.
We follow the same procedures as in the preceding problem.
(a) K = 1/2(3
5
2
+ 5
3
2
) J = 60 J; (b) vcm
= (3
5 + 5
1.25
2
+ 5
0.75
2
) J = 3.75 J; (e) K
cm
= 1/2(8
3.75
2
) = 56.25 J = K  K
rel
.
42 Explain why a safety net can save the life of a circus performer.
It reduces the force acting on the performer by increasing
t. Note that
p = F
t is constant.
43 How might you estimate the collision time of a baseball and bat?
Assume that the ball travels at 80 mi/h = 35 m/s. The ball stops in a distance of about 1 cm. So the distance
traveled is about 2 cm at an average speed of about 18 m/s. The collision time is 0.02/18 = 1 ms.
44 Why does a wine glass survive a fall onto a carpet but not onto a concrete floor?
The average force on the glass is less when falling on a carpet because
t is longer.
45* A soccer ball of mass 0.43 kg leaves the foot of the kicker with an initial speed of 25 m/s. (a) What is the impulse
imparted to the ball by the kicker? (b) If the foot of the kicker is in contact with the ball for 0.008 s, what is the
average force exerted by the foot on the ball?
(a) Use Equ. 819
(b) Use Equ. 820
I = mv = 10.75 N
.
s
F
av
= 10.75/0.008 N = 1344 N
46 A 0.3kg brick is dropped from a height of 8 m. It hits the ground and comes to rest. (a) What is the impulse
exerted by the ground on the brick? (b) If it takes 0.0013 s from the time the brick first touches the ground until it
comes to rest, what is the average force exerted by the ground on the brick?
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(a) I =
p
(b) F
av
= I/
t
I = mv = 0.3
(2
9.81
8)
1/2
N
.
s = 3.76 N
.
s
F
av
= (3.76/0.0013) N = 2891 N
47 A meteorite of mass 30.8 tonne (1 tonne = 1000 kg) is exhibited in the Hayden Planetarium in New York. Suppose
the kinetic energy of the meteorite as it hit the ground was 617 MJ. Find the impulse I experienced by the meteorite up
to the time its kinetic energy was halved (which took about t = 3.0 s). Find also the average force F exerted on the
meteorite during this time interval.
1. I =
p; find p
i
and p
f
; use Equ. 823
2. p
f
2
= p
i
2
/2
3. F
av
= I/
t
p
i
= (2
30.8
10
3
617
10
6
)
1/2
kg
.
m/s
= 6.165
10
6
kg
.
m/s
p
f
= p
i
/
2
0;
p = p
i
(1  1/
2
0) = I = 1.81 MN
.
s
F
av
= 0.602 MN
48 When a 0.15kg baseball is hit, its velocity changes from +20 m/s to 20 m/s. (a) What is the magnitude of the
impulse delivered by the bat to the ball? (b) If the baseball is in contact with the bat for 1.3 ms, what is the average
force exerted by the bat on the ball?
(a) I =
p
(b) F
av
= I/
t
I = 0.15
40 N
.
s = 6 N
.
s
F
av
= (6/1.3
10
3
) N = 4.62 kN
49* A 300g handball moving with a speed of 5.0 m/s strikes the wall at an angle of 40
o
and then bounces off with the
same speed at the same angle. It is in contact with the wall for 2 ms. What is the average force exerted by the ball on
the wall?
1. Find
v; v
xi
= v
0
cos 40
o
, v
xf
= v
0
cos 40
o
2. F
av
= m
v/
v = 2
5.0
cos 40
o
m/s = 7.66 m/s
F
av
= 0.3
7.66/2
10
3
N = 1.15 kN
50 A 2000kg car traveling at 90 km/h crashes into a concrete wall that does not give at all. (a) Estimate the time of
collision, assuming that the center of the car travels halfway to the wall with constant deceleration. (Use any reason
able length for the car.) (b) Estimate the average force exerted by the wall on the car.
(a) Assume a car length of 6 m; then
t = (3/2v
av
) s = 1.5/(25/2) s = 0.12 s.
(b) F
av
=
p/
t = (2000
t = d/v
av
F
av
=
p/
t
(b) w/F
av
= mg/F
av
= 0.0175
v = (2gh)
1/2
= (2
9.81
40)
1/2
= 28 m/s; v
av
= 14 m/s
t = 0.7/14 s = 0.05 s
F
av
= (0.15
28/0.05) N = 84 N
Yes; w is less than 2% of the average force
52 A handball of mass 300 g is thrown straight against a wall with a speed of 8 m/s. It rebounds with the same speed.
(a) What impulse is delivered to the wall? (b) If the ball is in contact with the wall for 0.003 s, what average force is
exerted on the wall by the ball? (c) The ball is caught by a player who brings it to rest. In the process, her hand moves
back 0.5 m. What is the impulse received by the player? (d) What average force was exerted on the player by the
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ball?
(a) See Problem 848
(b) See Problem 848
(c) I = m
v
(d)
t = d/v
av
; F
av
= I/
t = Iv
av
/d
I = 0.3
16 N
.
s = 4.8 N
.
s
F
av
= 4.8/0.003 N = 1.6 kN
I = 0.3
8 N
.
s = 2.4 N
.
s
F
av
= (2.4
4/0.5) N = 19.2 N
53* The great limestone caverns were formed by dripping water. (a) If water droplets of 0.03 mL fall from a height of
5 m at a rate of 10 per minute, what is the average force exerted on the limestone floor by the droplets of water? (b)
Compare this force to the weight of a water droplet.
(a) 1. Find the mass of the droplet
2. Find v at impact
3. Find F
av
= Nm
v/
t; N/
t = (10/60) s
1
(b) w/F
av
= 3
9.81/4.95 = 6
m = (3
10
5
L)(1.0 kg/L) = 3
10
5
kg
v = (2
9.81
5)
1/2
m/s = 9.9 m/s
F
av
= (3
10
5
9.9/6) N = 4.95
10
5
N
w is about six times the average force due to 10 drops
54 A favorite game at picnics is the egg toss. Two people toss a raw egg back and forth as they move farther apart.
If the force required to break the eggs shell is about 5 N and the mass of the egg is 50 g, estimate the maximum
separation distance for the egg throwers. Make whatever assumptions seem reasonable.
Assume
= 45
o
for the maximum range; then R = v
0
2
/g. Assume the movement of the hand is d = 0.7 m. With F
max
=
5 N, we have 5
0.7 J = 1/2
0.05
9.81
R J. So R = 14.3 m.
55 True or false: (a) In any perfectly inelastic collision, all the kinetic energy of the bodies is lost. (b) In a headon
elastic collision, the relative speed of recession after the collision equals the relative speed of approach before the
collision. (c) Kinetic energy is conserved in an elastic collision.
(a) False (b) True (c) True
56 Under what conditions can all the initial kinetic energy of colliding bodies be lost in a collision?
This occurs in a perfectly inelastic collision in which the velocity of the center of mass is zero.
57* Consider a perfectly inelastic collision of two objects of equal mass. (a) Is the loss of kinetic energy greater if the
two objects have oppositely directed velocities of equal magnitude v/2, or if one of the two objects is initially at rest and
the other has an initial velocity of v? (b) In which situation is the percentage loss in kinetic energy the greatest?
(a) Case 1: K
i
= 2(1/2mv
2
/4), K
f
= 0;
K = mv
2
/4. Case 2: K
i
= 1/2mv
2
, K
f
= 1/2[2m
(v/2)
2
] = mv
2
/4;
K = mv
2
/4.
The energy losses are the same.
(b) The percentage loss is greatest (infinite) in case 1.
58 A mass m
1
traveling with a speed v makes a headon elastic collision with a stationary mass m
2
. In which scenario
will the energy imparted to m
2
be greatest? (a) m
2
<< m
1
(b) m
2
= m
1
(c) m
2
>> m
1
(d) none of the above
(b) All of the energy is imparted to m
2
.
59 Joe and Sal decide that little Ronny is wellbehaved enough to sit at the table with the family for Thanksgiving
dinner. They are wrong. Ronny throws a 150g handful of mashed potatoes horizontally with a speed of 5 m/s. It
strikes a 1.2kg gravy boat that is initially at rest on the frictionless table. If the potatoes stick to the gravy boat, what is
the speed of the combined system as it slides down the table toward Grandpa?
Use p
i
= p
f
; v
f
= v
i
m
1
/(m
1
+ m
2
) v
f
= (5
K/K
i
= (v
1
2
+ v
2
2
 2v
f
2
)/(v
1
2
+ v
2
2
) = 0.2
61* An 85kg running back moving at 7 m/s makes a perfectly inelastic collision with a 105kg linebacker who is
initially at rest. What is the speed of the players just after their collision?
Use p
i
= p
f
; v
f
= v
i
m
1
/(m
1
+ m
2
) v
f
= 85
3.0  5
v
f,bat
; take left
as the positive direction
v
f,ball
= v
i,ball
+ 2v
i,bat
v
f,ball
= 3v
64 During the Great Muffin Wars of 98, students from rival residences became familiar with the characteristics of
various muffins. Mushy Pumpkin Surprise, for example, was good for temporarily blinding an attacker, while Mrs.
OBriens Bran Muffins, having the density of lacrosse balls, were used more sparingly, and mainly as a deterrent.
According to the rules, all muffins must have a mass of 0.3 kg. During one of the more memorable battles, a muffin
moving to the right at 5 m/s collides with a muffin moving to the left at 2 m/s. Find the final velocities if (a) it is a
perfectly inelastic collision of two pumpkin muffins and (b) it is an elastic collision of two bran muffins.
(a) Use p
i
= p
f
; v
f
= (v
1i
m
1
+v
2i
m
2
)/(m
1
+ m
2
)
(b) 1. Find v
cm
and transform to CM system
2. Use u
f
= u
i
and transform back
v
f
= m(5  2)/2m m/s = 1.5 m/s, to the right
v
cm
= 1.5 m/s; u
1i
= 3.5 m/s, u
2i
= 3.5 m/s
u
1f
= 3.5 m/s, u
2f
= 3.5 m/s; v
1f
= 2 m/s, v
2f
= 5 m/s
65* Repeat Problem 64 with a second (illegal) muffin having a mass of 0.5 kg and moving to the right at 3 m/s.
(a) Use p
i
= p
f
; v
f
= (v
1i
m
1
+v
2i
m
2
)/(m
1
+ m
2
)
(b) 1. Transform to CM system; u = v  v
cm
2. Use u
f
= u
i
; transform back to lab system
v
f
= [(0.3
5 + 0.5
4/5) m/s
= 4.8 m/s
K
i
= 1.5
16 J = 24 J; K
f
= (1.5
0.8
2
+1
4.8
2
) J = 24 J
68 Night after night, Lucy is tormented by nocturnal wailing from the house next door. One day she seizes a revolver,
stalks to the neighbors window with a crazed look in her eye, takes aim, and fires a 10g bullet into her target: a 1.2 kg
saxophone that rests on a frictionless surface. The bullet passes right through and emerges on the other side with a
speed of 100 m/s, and the saxophone is given a speed of 4 m/s. Find the initial speed of the bullet, and the amount of
energy dissipated in its trip through the saxophone.
1. Use p
i
= p
f
2. Find
K = K
i
 K
f
(0.01v
i
) kg
.
m/s = (0.01
100 + 1.2
4) kg
.
m/s;
v
i
= 580 m/s
K = [0.005
580
2
 0.6
4
2
 0.005
100
2
] J
= 1622 J
69* A block of mass m
1
= 2 kg slides along a frictionless table with a speed of 10 m/s. Directly in front of it, and
moving in the same direction with a speed of 3 m/s, is a block of mass m
2
= 5 kg. A massless spring with spring
constant k = 1120 N/m is attached to the second block as in Figure 854. (a) Before m
1
runs into the spring, what is
the velocity of the center of mass of the system? (b) After the collision, the spring is compressed by a maximum
amount
x? (c) The blocks will eventually separate again. What are the final velocities of the
two blocks measured in the reference frame of the table?
(a) Use Equ. 813
(b) 1. At max. compression, u
1
= u
2
= 0; K = K
cm
2. Use conservation of energy: 1/2k
x
2
= K
i
 K
cm
3. Solve for and evaluate
x
(c) 1. Collision is elastic; find u
1i
and u
2i
; u
1f
and u
2f
2. Transform to reference frame of table
v
cm
= (2
10 + 5
5
2
J = 87.5 J
K
i
= (100 + 22.5) J = 122.5 J; 1/2k
x
2
= 35 J
x = (2
35/1120)
1/2
m = 0.25 m = 25 cm
u
1i
= 5 m/s, u
2i
= 2 m/s; u
1f
= 5 m/s, u
2f
= 2 m/s
v
1f
= 0 m/s, v
2f
= 7 m/s
70 A bullet of mass m is fired vertically from below into a block of wood of mass M that is initially at rest, supported
by a thin sheet of paper. The bullet blasts through the block, which rises to a height H above its initial position before
falling back down. The bullet continues rising to a height h. (a) Express the upward velocity of the bullet and the block
immediately after the bullet exits the block in terms of h and H. (b) Use conservation of momentum to express the
speed of the bullet before it enters the block of wood in terms of given parameters. (c) Obtain expressions for the
mechanical energies of the system before and after the inelastic collision. (d) Express the energy dissipated in the
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
block of wood in terms of m, h, M, and H.
(a) v
m
=
gh 2
0; v
M
=
gH 2
0.
(b) mv
mi
= mv
m
+ Mv
M
; v
mi
=
gh 2
+ (M/m)
gH 2
.
(c) E
i
= 1/2mv
mi
2
= mg[h = 2(M/m)
hH
+ (M/m )
2
H]; E
f
= g(mh + MH).
(d) W
f
= E
i
 E
f
= gMH[2
H h/
+ (M/m) 1].
71 A proton of mass m is moving with initial speed v
0
toward an
of the
particle (a)
when the distance between the two particles is least, and (b) when the two particles are far apart.
(a) This problem is similar to Problem 869; here the electrostatic repulsion takes the place of the spring. When
the distance between the two particles is least, both move at the same speed, namely v
cm
.
Find v
cm
(b) Use Equ. 830b
v
cm
= v
= v
0
/5 = 0.2v
0
v
f
= (2/5)v
0
= 0.4v
0
72 A 16g bullet is fired into the bob of a ballistic pendulum of mass 1.5 kg. When the bob is at its maximum height,
the strings make an angle of 60
o
with the vertical. The length of the pendulum is 2.3 m. Find the speed of the bullet.
1. Use p
i
= p
f
2. From energy conservation, v
2
=
gH 2
0
3. Evaluate v
2
and v
1
, the speed of the bullet
0.016v
1
= 1.516v
2
v
2
= [2
9.81
2.3
(1  cos 60
o
)]
1/2
v
2
= 4.75 m/s, v
1
= 450 m/s
73* A bullet of mass m
1
is fired with a speed v into the bob of a ballistic pendulum of mass m
2
. The bob is attached to a
very light rod of length L that is pivoted at the other end. The bullet is stopped in the bob. Find the minimum v such that
the bob will swing through a complete circle.
1. Find v
i
of bob + bullet to make complete circle
2. Use p
i
= p
f
to find v
1/2(m
1
+m
2
)v
i
2
= 2gL(m
1
+m
2
); v
i
= 2
gL
0
v = 2[(m
1
+m
2
)/ m
1
)]
gL
0
74 A bullet of mass m
1
is fired with a speed v into the bob of a ballistic pendulum of mass m
2
. Find the maximum
height h attained by the bob if the bullet passes through the bob and emerges with a speed v/2.
1. Use p
i
= p
f
to find v
2
2. Use conservation of energy to find h
m
1
v = 1/2m
1
v + m
2
v
2
; v
2
= 1/2(m
1
/m
2
)v
1/2m
2
v
2
2
= m
2
gh; h = (m
1
v/2m
2
)
2
/2g = (v
2
/8g)(m
1
/m
2
)
2
75 A 3kg bomb slides along a frictionless horizontal plane in the x direction at 6 m/s. It explodes into two pieces, one
of mass 2 kg and the other of mass 1 kg. The 1kg piece moves along the horizontal plane in the y direction at 4 m/s.
(a) Find the velocity of the 2kg piece. (b) What is the velocity of the center of mass after the explosion?
We shall do part (b) first and use the result to solve part (a).
(b) vcm
= vi
from conservation of p
(a) Use pi
= pf
= (3 kg)
vcm
vcm
= 6 m/s i
18 m/s i = 1
4 m/s j + 2
v2
; v2
= 9 m/s i  2 m/s j
76 The beryllium isotope
4
Be is unstable and decays into two
10
27
kg)
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
with the release of 1.5
10
14
J of energy. Determine the velocities of the two
2(1/2m
2
) = 1.5
10
14
J; v
= 1.5
10
6
m/s
77* The light isotope of lithium,
5
Li, is unstable and breaks up spontaneously into a proton (hydrogen nucleus) and an
particle (helium nucleus). In this process, a total energy of 3.15
10
13
J is released, appearing as the kinetic energy of
the two reaction products. Determine the velocities of the proton and
10
27
kg and m
= 4m
p
= 6.68
10
27
kg.)
1. Use p
i
= p
f
= 0
2. Use energy conservation
3. Solve for v
p
and v
4m
p
v
= m
p
v
p
; v
= v
p
/4
1/2m
p
v
p
2
+ 1/2m
2
= (5/8)m
p
v
p
2
= 3.15
10
13
J
v
p
= 1.74
10
7
m/s; v
= 4.34
10
6
m/s
78 Jay and Dave decide that the best way to protest the opening of a new incinerator is to launch a stink bomb into
the middle of the ceremony. They calculate that a 6kg projectile launched with an initial speed of 40 m/s at an angle of
30
o
will do the trick. The bomb will explode on impact, no one will get hurt, but everyone will stink. Perfect. However,
at the top of its flight, the bomb explodes into two fragments, each having a horizontal trajectory. To top it offthis
really isnt their daythe 2kg fragment lands right at the feet of Dave and Jay. (a) Where does the 4kg fragment
land? (b) Find the energy of the explosion by comparing the kinetic energy of the projectiles just before and just after
the explosion.
(a) 1. Find h at explosion
2. Find v
x
at explosion
3. To land at origin, v
x
of 2 kg = 34.64 m/s
4. Find time of flight
5. Find distance traveled by 4 kg
(b) 1. Find K
i
and K
f
at explosion site
2. Energy of explosion = K
f
 K
i
Mgh = 1/2Mv
yi
2
; h = (40 sin 30
o
)
2
/2g m = 20.39 m
v
x
= 40 cos 30
o
m/s = 34.64 m/s
p
i
= p
f
; 6v
x
= 4v
4x
 2v
x
; v
4x
= 8v
x
/4 = 69.3 m/s
t = 2v
yi
/g = 40/9.81 s = 4.08 s
d = (2.04
34.64 + 2.04
69.3) m = 212 m
K
i
= 3
34.64
2
J = 3600 J; K
f
= (34.64
2
+ 2
69.3
2
) J
= 10800 J
Energy of explosion = 7200 J
79 A projectile of mass m = 3 kg is fired with initial speed of 120 m/s at an angle of 30
o
with the horizontal. At the top
of its trajectory, the projectile explodes into two fragments of masses 1 kg and 2 kg. The 2kg fragment lands on the
ground directly below the point of explosion 3.6 s after the explosion. (a) Determine the velocity of the 1kg fragment
immediately after the explosion. (b) Find the distance between the point of firing and the point at which the 1kg
fragment strikes the ground. (c) Determine the energy released in the explosion.
(a) 1. Find v and r at point of explosion
Find t
1
, time until explosion and x
2. Find v2
of 2 kg after explosion
v = v
x0
i; v
x0
= (120 cos 30
o
) m/s = 104 m/s
y = v
y0
2
/2g = 60
2
/19.62 m = 183.5 m
t
1
= v
y0
/g = 6.12 s; x = v
x0
t
1
= 636.5 m
v
x2
= 0;183.5  v
y2
3.6  1/2
9.81
3.6
2
= 0;
v
y2
= 33.3 m/s
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
3. Use pi
= pf
to find v
x1
and v
y1
(b) 1. Find t
2
, time for 1 kg to reach ground
2. Find distance traveled by 1 kg mass
(c) 1. Find K
i
and K
f
at explosion;
E
expl.
=
K = K
f
 K
i
v
x1
= 3
15.94) m = 5610 m
K
i
= 1.5
104
2
J = 16.2 kJ;
K
f
= 33.3
2
+ 1/2(312
2
+ 66.6
2
) J = 52 kJ
K = E
expl.
= 35.8 kJ
80 The boron isotope
9
B is unstable and disintegrates into a proton and two
10
14
J. In one such event, with the
9
B nucleus at rest prior to decay, the
velocity of the proton is measured to be 6.0
10
6
m/s. If the two
= 4m
p
= 6.68
10
27
kg (see Problem 877)
2. Use conservation of energy to find v
3.
pi
= 0
4. Give the angle with respect to vp
1/2m
p
v
p
2
+ 2(1/2m
2
) = 4.4
10
14
J; m
2
= 1.4
10
14
J
v
= 1.45
10
6
m/s
2(4m
p
)(1.45
10
6
cos
) = m
p
10
6
;
= 58.9
o
= (180
o
 58.9
o
) = 121.1
o
81* The coefficient of restitution for steel on steel is measured by dropping a steel ball onto a steel plate that is rigidly
attached to the earth. If the ball is dropped from a height of 3 m and rebounds to a height of 2.5 m, what is the
coefficient of restitution?
Find the ratio v
rec
/v
app
and use Equ. 831
e0 =
app
rec
v
v
=
app
rec
gh
gh
2
2
=
0 . 3
5 . 2
= 0.913
82 According to the official rules of racquetball, a ball acceptable for tournament play must bounce to a height of
between 173 and 183 cm when dropped from a height of 254 cm at room temperature. What is the acceptable range
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
of values for the coefficient of restitution for the racquetballfloor system?
See Problem 881
e
min
=
254 / 173
= 0.825; e
max
=
254 / 183
= 0.8490
83 A ball bounces to 80% of its original height. (a) What fraction of its mechanical energy is lost each time it
bounces? (b) What is the coefficient of restitution of the ballfloor system?
(a) Since K
v
2
, e = (0.8)
1/2
= 0.894.
84 A 2kg object moving at 6 m/s collides with a 4kg object that is initially at rest. After the collision, the 2kg object
moves backward at 1 m/s. (a) Find the velocity of the 4kg object after the collision. (b) Find the energy lost in the
collision. (c) What is the coefficient of restitution for this collision?
(a) Use p
i
= p
f
(b) E
loss
= K
i
 K
f
(c) Use Equ. 831
(2
6) kg
.
m/s = [(2
1) + 4
v] kg
.
m/s; v = 3.5 m/s
E
loss
= 36 J  (1 + 2
3.5
2
) J = 10.5 J
e = (3.5 + 1)/6 = 0.75
85* A 2kg block moving to the right with speed 5 m/s collides with a 3kg block that is moving in the same direction at
2 m/s, as in Figure 855. After the collision, the 3kg block moves at 4.2 m/s. Find (a) the velocity of the 2kg block
after the collision, and (b) the coefficient of restitution for the collision.
(a) Use p
i
= p
f
(b) Use Equ. 831
(2
5 + 3
2) kg
.
m/s = (2v
1f
+ 3
4.2) kg
.
m/s;
v
1f
= 1.7 m/s
e = (4.2  1.7)/(5  2) = 0.833
86 In a pool game, the cue ball, which has an initial speed of 5 m/s, makes an elastic collision with the eight ball, which
is initially at rest. After the collision, the eight ball moves at an angle of 30
o
with the original direction of the cue ball.
(a) Find the direction of motion of the cue ball after the collision. (b) Find the speed of each ball. Assume that the balls
have equal mass.
(a) Elastic collision, use energy conservation;
m
1
=m
2
cf
+
8
= 90
o
(b) 1. Use pi
= pf
2. Solve for v
cf
and v
8
v
ci
2
= v
cf
2
+ v
8
2
; Note that v
ci
, v
cf
, and v
8
form right triangle
cf
= 60
o
5 m/s = v
cf
cos 60
o
+ v
8
cos 30
o
; v
cf
sin 60
o
= v
8
sin 30
o
v
cf
= 2.5 m/s; v
8
= 4.33 m/s
87 An object of mass M
1
= m collides with velocity v
0
i into an object of mass M
2
= 2m with velocity 1/2v
0
j. Following
the collision, the mass m
2
has a velocity v
0
/4 i. (a) Determine the velocity of the mass m
1
after the collision. (b) Was
this an elastic collision? If not, express the energy change in terms of m and v
0
.
(a) 1. Use pi
= pf
2. Find v1f
(b) Find
E = K
i
 K
f
pi
= mv
0
i + mv
0
j = pf
= 1/2mv
0
i + mv1f
v1f
= v
0
(1/2 i + j); v
1f
2
= (5/4)v
0
2
E = 1/2mv
0
2
+ mv
0
2
/4  mv
0
2
/16  (5/8)mv
0
2
= mv
0
2
/16
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
88 A puck of mass 0.5 kg approaches a second, similar puck that is stationary on frictionless ice. The initial speed of
the moving puck is 2 m/s. After the collision, one puck leaves with a speed v
1
at 30
o
to the original line of motion; the
second puck leaves with speed v
2
at 60
o
, as in Figure 856. (a) Calculate v
1
and v
2
. (b) Was the collision elastic?
(b) Yes; this is identical to Problem 886. Since the angle between pucks is 90
o
, the collision is elastic.
(a) Follow procedure of Problem 886(b) with v
ci
= 2 m/s. v
1
= 1 m/s, v
2
= 1.73 m/s.
89* Figure 857 shows the result of a collision between two objects of unequal mass. (a) Find the speed v
2
of the
larger mass after the collision and the angle
2
. (b) Show that the collision is elastic.
(a) 1. Use pi
= pf
;
Note:
5
0sin
1
= 2,
5
0cos
1
= 1
2. Solve for
2
3. Solve for v
2
(b) Find K
i
and K
f
3mv
0
=
5
0mv
0
cos
1
+ 2mv
2
cos
2
;
5
0mv
0
sin
1
= 2mv
2
sin
2
2 cot
2
= 3  2; cot
2
= 1,
2
= 45
o
v
2
=
2
0v
0
K
i
= 4.5mv
0
2
; K
f
= 2.5mv
0
2
+ 2mv
0
2
= 4.5mv
0
2
; Q.E.D.
90 A ball moving at 10 m/s makes an offcenter elastic collision with another ball of equal mass that is initially at rest.
The incoming ball is deflected at an angle of 30
o
from its original direction of motion. Find the velocity of each ball
after the collision.
This is identical to Problem 888 except that the initial speed of the object is 10 m/s. It follows that the velocities
are 5 m/s at 60
o
and 8.66 m/s at 30
o
.
91 A particle has an initial speed v
0
. It collides with a second particle that is at rest and is deflected through an angle
. Its speed after the collision is v. The second particle recoils. Its velocity makes an angle
= (v sin
)/(v
0
 v cos
+ m
2
v
2
cos
(1) and m
1
v sin
= m
2
v
2
sin
(2). m
2
v
2
cos
= m
1
v
0
 m
1
v cos
(1a).
Divide (2) by (1a) to obtain: tan
= (v sin
)/(v
0
 v cos
).
(b) You did not use energy conservation. Therefore, the result is valid for elastic and inelastic collisions.
92 Describe a perfectly inelastic collision as viewed in the centerofmass reference frame.
The two objects approach with equal but opposite momenta and remain at rest after the collision.
93* A particle with momentum p
1
in one dimension makes an elastic collision with a second particle of momentum p
2
=
p
1
in the centerofmass reference frame. After the collision its momentum is p
1
'. Write the total initial and final
energies in terms of p
1
and p
1
', and show that p
1
' = p
1
. If p
1
' = p
1
, the particle is merely turned around by the col
lision and leaves with the speed it had initially. What is the significance of the plus sign in your solution?
K
rel
= p
1
2
/2m
1
+ p
1
2
/2m
2
= p
1
2
(m
1
+ m
2
)/2m
1
m
2
; K
cm
= (2p
1
)
2
/2(m
1
+ m
2
) = 2p
1
2
/(m
1
+ m
2
); K = K
rel
+ K
cm
, i.e.,
K = (p
1
2
/2)[(m
1
2
+ 6m
1
m
2
+ m
2
2
)/(m
1
2
m
2
+ m
1
m
2
2
)]. In an elastic collision, K
i
= K
f
. Consequently, (p
1
')
2
= (p
1
)
2
and
p
1
' = p
1
. If p
1
' = p
1
, the particles do not collide.
94 A 3kg block is traveling to the right at 5 m/s, and a 1kg block is traveling to the left at 3 m/s. (a) Find the velocity
v
cm
of the center of mass. (b) Subtract v
cm
from the velocity of each block to find the velocity of each block in the
centerofmass reference frame. (c) After they make an elastic collision, the velocity of each block is reversed in this
frame. Find the velocity of each block after an elastic collision. (d) Transform back into the original frame by adding
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
v
cm
to the velocity of each block. (e) Check your result by finding the initial and final kinetic energies of the blocks in
the original frame.
(a) Use Equ. 813
(b) Follow the indicated procedure
(c) Follow procedure
(d) Transform back to lab system
(e) Evaluate K
i
and K
f
v
cm
= [(15  3)/4] m/s = 3 m/s
u
3
= 2 m/s, u
1
= 6 m/s
u
3
= 2 m/s, u
1
= 6 m/s
v
3
= 1 m/s, v
1
= 9 m/s
K
i
= 1/2(3
25 + 1
9) = 42 J; K
f
= 1/2(3
1 + 1
81)
= 42 J
95 Repeat Problem 94 with a second block having a mass of 5 kg and moving to the right at 3 m/s.
Following same procedures one obtains:
(a) v
cm
= 3.75 m/s. (b) u
3
= 1.25 m/s, u
5
= 0.75 m/s. (c) u
3
= 1.25 m/s, u
5
= 0.75 m/s.
(d) v
3
= 2.5 m/s, v
5
= 4.5 m/s. (e) K
i
= 1/2(3
5 + 5
9) J = 60 J; K
f
= 1/2(3
6.25 + 5
20.25) J = 60 J.
96 A rocket burns fuel at a rate of 200 kg/s and exhausts the gas at a relative speed of 6 km/s. Find the thrust of the
rocket.
Use Equ. 839 F
th
= 6
10
3
200 = 1.2 MN
97* The payload of a rocket is 5% of its total mass, the rest being fuel. If the rocket starts from rest and moves with
no external forces acting on it, what is its final velocity if the exhaust velocity of its gas is 5 km/s?
1. No external forces are acting
2. Evaluate v
f
for m
f
/m
0
= 1/20
Equ. 842 reduces to v
f
= u
ex
ln(m
f
/m
0
)
v
f
= [5 ln(20)] km/s = 15 km/s
98 A rocket moves in free space with no external forces acting on it. It starts from rest and has an exhaust speed of
3 km/s. Find the final velocity if the payload is (a) 20%, (b) 10%, (c) 1%.
From Problem 897, v
f
= u
ex
ln(m
0
/m
f
).
(a) m
0
/m
f
= 5; evaluate v
f
(b) m
0
/m
f
= 10
(c) m
0
/m
f
= 100
v
f
= 3 ln(5) km/s = 4.83 km/s
v
f
= 3 ln(10) km/s = 6.91 km/s
v
f
= 3 ln(100) km/s = 13.8 km/s
99 A rocket has an initial mass of 30,000 kg, of which 20% is the payload. It burns fuel at a rate of 200 kg/s and
exhausts its gas at a relative speed of 1.8 km/s. Find (a) the thrust of the rocket, (b) the time until burnout, and (c) its
final speed assuming it moves upward near the surface of the earth where the gravitational field g is constant.
(a) Use Equ. 839
(b) mass of fuel = 0.8
30,000 kg = 24,000 kg
(c) Use Equ. 842
F
th
= 1.8
10
3
200 N = 360 kN
t = 24,000/200 s = 120 s
v
f
= [1.8
10
3
ln(5)  9.81
0.5
2
) J = 31.25 mJ;K
f
= 1/2(0.65
0.192
2
) =
12 mJ
104 (a) Find the total kinetic energy of the two modeltrain cars of Problem 103 before they couple. (b) Find the initial
velocities of the two cars relative to the center of mass of the system, and use them to calculate the initial kinetic
energy of the system relative to the center of mass. (c) Find the kinetic energy of the center of mass. (d) Compare
your answers for (b) and (c) with that for (a).
(a) See Problem 8103
(b) 1. See Problem 8103; Use Equ. 834
2. Find K
i,rel
(c) Find K
cm
= 1/2Mv
cm
2
(d) K
i
= K
i,rel
+ K
cm
K
i
= 31.25 mJ
v
cm
= 0.192 m/s; u
1
= 0.308 m/s, u
2
= 0.192 m/s
K
i,rel
= 1/2(0.25
0.308
2
+ 0.4
0.192
2
) J = 19.23 mJ
K
cm
= 1/2(0.65
0.192
2
) J = 12 mJ
105* A 4kg fish is swimming at 1.5 m/s to the right. He swallows a 1.2kg fish swimming toward him at 3 m/s.
Neglecting water resistance, what is the velocity of the larger fish immediately after his lunch?
Use Equ. 813 v = v
cm
= (4
1.5  1.2
6
2
+ 6
3
2
) J = 81 J
v
cm
= (3
6 + 6
4
2
) J = 72 J
K
rel
= 9 J
107 A 1500kg car traveling north at 70 km/h collides at an intersection with a 2000kg car traveling west at
55 km/h. The two cars stick together. (a) What is the total momentum of the system before the collision? (b)
Find the magnitude and direction of the velocity of the wreckage just after the collision.
(a) p = p1
+ p2
(b) vf
= vcm
= p/M
p = 1.05
10
5
j kg
.
km/h  1.1
10
5
i kg
.
km/h
v
f
= (1.05
2
+1.1
2
)
1/2
10
5
/3500 km/h = 43.4 km/h
= tan
1
(1.1/1.05) = 46.3
o
west of north
108 The great white shark can have a mass as great as 3000 kg. Suppose such a shark is cruising the ocean when it
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
spots a meal below it: a 200.0kg fish swimming horizontally at 8.00 m/s. The shark rushes vertically downward at
3.00 m/s and swallows the prey at once. At what angle to the vertical
= tan
1
(p
x
/p
y
)
2. v = v
cm
= (1/M)(p
x
2
+ p
y
2
)
1/2
= tan
1
[(200
8)/(3000
3)] = 10.1
o
v = (1/3200)(9000
2
+ 1600
2
)
1/2
m/s = 2.86 m/s
109* Repeat Problem 106 for a 3kg block moving at 6 m/s to the right and a 6kg block moving at 3 m/s to the left.
Follow the procedures outlined in Problem 8106. One obtains the following results.
(a) K
t
= 81 J (b) v
cm
= 0 (c) K
cm
= 0 (d) K
rel
= 81 J
110 Repeat Problem 106 for a 3kg block moving at 10 m/s to the right and a 6kg block moving at 1 m/s to the right.
Follow the procedures outlined in Problem 8106. One obtains the following results.
(a) K
t
= 153 J. (b) v
cm
= 4 m/s. (c) K
cm
= 72 J. (d) K
rel
= 81 J.
111 A 60kg woman stands on the back of a 6mlong, 120kg raft that is floating at rest in still water with no friction.
The raft is 0.5 m from a fixed pier, as in Figure 858. (a) The woman walks to the front of the raft and stops. How
far is the raft from the pier now? (b) While the woman walks, she maintains a constant speed of
3 m/s relative to the raft. Find the total kinetic energy of the system (woman plus raft), and compare with the
kinetic energy if the woman walked at 3 m/s on a raft tied to the pier. (c) Where does this energy come from,
and where does it go when the woman stops at the front of the raft? (d) On land, the woman can put a lead shot 6 m.
She stands at the back of the raft, aims forward, and puts the shot so that just after it leaves her hand, it has the same
velocity relative to her as it does when she throws it from the ground. Where does the shot land?
We shall use the following convention: Take the origin at initial position of right hand end of raft; measure positive
displacement to the left; let
x; distance to dock, d = (
x + 0.5) m
(b) Find u
w
, u
r
, and v
cm
; note that the time elapsed
is 2 s
Determine K
t
and K on land
(c) 60 J derives from the chemical energy of
the woman.
(d) The shot will land in the water; the raft shifts
to the left.
(120
3 + 60
6) kg
.
m
= [120
(3 +
x) + 60
x] kg
.
m
x = 2.0 m; d = 2.5 m
u
w
= 3 m/s; u
r
=
x/
t = 1 m/s
K
t
= 1/2(60
3
2
+ 120) J = 330 J; K (on land) = 270 J
112 A 1kg steel ball and a 2m cord of negligible mass make up a simple pendulum that can pivot without friction
about the point O, as in Figure 859. This pendulum is released from rest in a horizontal position and when the ball is at
its lowest point it strikes a 1kg block sitting at rest on a rough shelf. Assume that the collision is perfectly elastic and
take the coefficient of friction between the block and shelf to be 0.1. (a) What is the velocity of the block just after
impact? (b) How far does the block move before coming to rest?
(a) Find v
ball
at impact
Since m
ball
= m
block
, v
block
= v
ball
after collision
v
ball
= (2gh)
1/2
= (4
9.81)
1/2
m/s = 6.26 m/s
v
block
= 6.26 m/s
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
(b) a
block
=
k
g = 0.981 m/s
2
; v
2
= 2as s = 6.26
2
/1.962 m = 20 m
113* In World War I, the most awesome weapons of war were huge cannons mounted on railcars. Figure 860 shows
such a cannon, mounted so that it will project a shell at an angle of 30
o
. With the car initially at rest, the cannon fires a 200
kg projectile at 125 m/s. Now consider a system composed of a cannon, shell, and railcar, all rolling on the track without
frictional losses. (a) Will the total vector momentum of that system be the same (i.e., conserved) before and after the
shell is fired? Explain your answer in a few words. (b) If the mass of the railcar plus cannon is 5000 kg, what will be the
recoil velocity of the car along the track after the firing? (c) The shell is observed to rise to a maximum height of 180 m as
it moves through its trajectory. At this point, its speed is 80 m/s. On the basis of this information, calculate the amount of
thermal energy produced by air friction on the shell on its way from firing to this maximum height.
(a) Momentum of system is not conserved; there is an external force, the vertical reaction force of rails.
(b) Use p
xi
= p
xf
(c) 1. Find h without air friction; h = v
y
2
/2g
2. W
f
= mg
h + 1/2m(v
x0
2
 v
x
2
)
200
125 cos 30
o
= 5000v
rec
; v
rec
= 4.33 m/s
h = 199 m
W
f
= 200
9.81
19 + 100[(125 cos 30
o
)
2
 80
2
)] J
= 569 kJ
114 A 15g bullet traveling at 500 m/s strikes an 0.8kg block of wood that is balanced on a table edge 0.8 m above
ground (Figure 861). If the bullet buries itself in the block, find the distance D at which the block hits the floor.
1. Find v
cm
2. Find t, time to drop 0.8 m; D = v
cm
t
v
cm
= (500
9.2 m = 3.72 m
115 In handpumped railcar races, a speed of 32 km/h has been achieved by teams of four. A car of mass 350 kg is
moving at that speed toward a river when Carlos, the chief pumper, notices that the bridge ahead is out. All four
people (of mass 75 kg each) jump simultaneously backward off the car with a velocity that has a horizontal
component of 4 m/s relative to the car after jumping. The car proceeds off the bank and falls in the water a
distance 25.0 m off the bank. (a) Estimate the time of the fall of the railcar. (b) What happens to the team of
pumpers?
(a) 1. Use momentum conservation
2. Given that u
car
 u
p
= 4 m/s; solve for u
car
3. Use Equ. 834 to obtain v
car
4. t = d/v
car
(b) Pumpers hit the ground at 6.74 m/s = 24 km/h
u
car
350 = (4
75)u
p
; u
p
= (350/300)u
car
u
car
= [4/(1 + 350/300)] m/s = 1.85 m/s
v
car
= (1.85 + 8.89) m/s = 10.74 m/s
t = (25/10.74) s = 2.3 s
They may get bruised a bit
116 A constant force F = 12 N i is applied to the 8kg mass of Problem 5 at t = 0. (a) What is the velocity of the
center of mass of the threeparticle system at t = 5 s? (b) What is the location of the center of mass at t = 5 s?
(a) a
cm
= F/M; v
cm
(t) = a
cm
t
(b) x
cm
(t) = x
cm
(0) + 1/2v
cm
(t)
t
v
cm
(5) = 5
5] m = 17 m
117* Two particles of mass m and 4m are moving in a vacuum at right angles as in Figure 862. A force F acts on both
particles for a time T. As a result, the velocity of the particle m is 4v in its original direction. Find the new velocity v
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
of the particle of mass 4m.
1. Determine FT =
p
2. Find p4m
= p4m
(0) +
p, and v
FT = 3mv i
p4m
= 3mv i  4mv j; v
= 0.75v i  v j
118 An open railroad car of mass 20,000 kg is rolling without friction at 5 m/s along a level track when it starts to rain.
After the car has collected 2000 kg of water, the rain stops. (a) What is the cars velocity? (b) As the car is rolling
along, the water begins leaking out of a hole in the bottom at a rate of 5 kg/s. What is the velocity after half the water
has leaked out? (c) What is the velocity after all the water has leaked out?
(a) Assume rain falls vertically; use p
i
= p
f
(b), (c) Drops fall with v of car, so v
car
unchanged
v
f
= (20,000/22,000)
2/(140 + m)] m
x
cm
= [(60 + m)
(2 0.2) 80
0.2]/(140 + m) m
m = 60 kg or 104 kg
121* A small car of mass 800 kg is parked behind a small truck of mass 1600 kg on a level road (Figure 864).
The brakes of both the car and the truck are off so that they are free to roll with negligible friction. A man sitting on
the tailgate of the truck shoves the car away by exerting a constant force on the car with his feet. The car
accelerates at 1.2 m/s
2
. (a) What is the acceleration of the truck? (b) What is the magnitude of the force exerted on
either the truck or the car?
(a) F
ext
= 0,
a
cm
= 0
800
1.2 kg
.
m/s
2
= 1600a
t
; a
t
= 0.6 m/s
s
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
(b) F = ma F = 960 N
122 A 13kg block is at rest on a level floor. A 400g glob of putty is thrown at the block such that it travels
horizontally, hits the block, and sticks to it. The block and putty slide 15 cm along the floor. If the coefficient of sliding
friction is 0.4, what is the initial speed of the putty?
1. Find K
i
of block + glob; use energy conservation
2. Find Mv
cm
after collision; then use p
i
= p
f
K
i
= f
k
s =
k
Mgs = 0.4
13.4
9.81
0.15 J = 7.89 J
Mv
cm
=
i
2MK
= m
gl
v
gl
v
gl
=
13.4 7.89 2
/0.4 m/s = 36.4 m/s00
123 A careless driver rearends a car that is halted at a stop sign. Just before impact, the driver slams on his brakes,
locking the wheels. The driver of the struck car also has his foot solidly on the brake pedal, locking his brakes. The
mass of the struck car is 900 kg, and that of the initially moving vehicle is 1200 kg. On collision, the bumpers of the
two cars mesh. Police determine from the skid marks that after the collision the two cars moved 0.76 m together.
Tests revealed that the coefficient of sliding friction between the tires and pavement was 0.92. The driver of the
moving car claims that he was traveling at less than 15 km/h as he approached the intersection. Is he telling the truth?
1. Use v =
as 2
and a =
s
g to find v = v
cm
2. Use p
i
= p
f
to find v
ci
, initial speed of moving car
v
cm
= (2
0.92
9.81
0.76)
1/2
m/s = 3.7 m/s
v
ci
= (2100
9.81
1.6[cos 5.73
o
 cos 53
o
] J = 2.47 J
v
mi
= [2
9.81
1.6(1  cos 53
o
)]
1/2
m/s = 3.544 m/s
v
mf
= [2
9.81
0.4 = p
M
0.396
0.4;
p
M
= 1.576 or 1.26 kg
.
m/s
M = 0.32 kg or M = 0.50 kg
125* Initially, mass m = 1.0 kg and mass M are both at rest on a frictionless inclined plane (Figure 866). Mass M rests
against a spring that has a spring constant of 11,000 N/m. The distance along the plane between m and M is 4.0 m.
Mass m is released, makes an elastic collision with mass M, and rebounds a distance of 2.56 m back up the inclined
plane. Mass M comes to rest momentarily 4.0 cm from its initial position. Find the mass M.
1. Use conservation of energy
2. Find M: x = 0.04 m, m = 1 kg, k = 11
10
4
N/m
mg
h = 1/2kx
2
 Mgx sin 30
o
;
h = 1.44 sin 30
o
= 0.72 m
M = kx/g  2m
h/x; M = 8.85 kg
126 A circular plate of radius r has a circular hole cut out of it having radius r/2 (Figure 867). Find the center of mass
of the plate. Hint: The hole can be represented by two disks superimposed, one of mass m and the other of mass m.
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
By symmetry, x
cm
= 0. Let
be the mass per unit area of the disk. Then the mass of the complete disk is
r
2
= M,
and the mass of the material removed is
r
2
/4 = M/4. Thus, y
cm
= (M/4)(r/2)/(3M/4) = r/6.
127 Using the hint from Problem 126, find the center of mass of a solid sphere of radius r that has a spherical cavity of
radius r/2, as in Figure 868.
Since V
r
3
, the mass of the material removed is M/8. Thus, x
cm
= y
cm
= 0, and z
cm
= (M/8)(r/2)/(7M/8) = r/14.
128 A neutron of mass m makes an elastic headon collision with a stationary nucleus of mass M. (a) Show that the
energy of the nucleus after the collision is K
nucleus
= [4mM/(m + M)
2
]K
n
, where K
n
is the initial energy of the neutron.
(b) Show that the fraction of energy lost by the neutron in this collision is
n
n
K
K
=
2
) (
4
M m
mM
+
=
2
) / 1 (
) / ( 4
M m
M m
+
.
(a) 1. Write the expression for energy conservation
2. Use momentum conservation
3. Eliminate p
nf
in (1) using (2); simplify
4. Use (3) to write p
ni
2
/2m in terms of p
M
5. Express K
M
= p
M
2
/2M in terms of K
n
(b) From energy conservation,
K
n
= K
M
p
ni
2
/2m = p
M
2
/2M + p
nf
2
/2m (1)
p
ni
= p
nf
+ p
M
; p
nf
= p
ni
 p
M
(2)
p
M
/2M + p
M
/2m  p
ni
/m = 0 (3)
p
ni
2
/2m = K
n
= p
M
2
(M + m)
2
/8M
2
m (4)
K
M
= p
M
2
/2M = K
n
[4Mm/(M + m)
2
]; Q.E.D. (5)
From (5):
K
n
/K
n
= 4Mm/(M + m)
2
129* The mass of a carbon nucleus is approximately 12 times the mass of a neutron. (a) Use the results of
Problem 128 to show that after N headon collisions of a neutron with carbon nuclei at rest, the energy of the
neutron is approximately 0.716
N
E
0
, where E
0
is its original energy. Neutrons emitted in the fission of a uranium
nucleus have an energy of about 2 MeV. For such a neutron to cause the fission of another uranium nucleus in a
reactor, its energy must be reduced to about 0.02 eV. (b) How many headon collisions are needed to reduce the
energy of a neutron from 2 MeV to 0.02 eV, assuming elastic headon collisions with stationary carbon nuclei?
(a) 1. Write K
nf
/K
ni
= (K
ni

K
n
)/K
ni
(see 8128b)
2. In this case K
nf
/K
ni
= 0.716
(b) In this case (0.716)
N
= 10
8
; solve for N
K
nf
/K
ni
= (M  m)
2
/(M + m)
2
= fractional loss per collision
After N collisions, K
nf
= K
0
0.716
N
8 = N log(0.716); N = 55
130 On average, a neutron loses 63% of its energy in an elastic collision with a hydrogen atom and 11% of its energy in
an elastic collision with a carbon atom. The numbers are lower than the ones we have been using in earlier problems
because most collisions are not headon. Calculate the number of collisions, on average, needed to reduce the energy
of a neutron from 2 MeV to 0.02 eV (a desirable outcome for reasons explained in
Problem 129) if the neutron collides with (a) hydrogen atoms and (b) carbon atoms.
(a) In this case, K
nf
/K
ni
= 0.37 per collisions.
(b) In this case, K
nf
/K
ni
= 0.89 per collision.
(see Problem 8129b) 8 = N log(0.37); N = 19
8 = N log(0.89); N = 158
131 A rope of length L and mass M lies coiled on a table. Starting at t = 0, one end of the rope is lifted from the table
with a force F such that it moves with a constant velocity v. (a) Find the height of the center of mass of the rope
as a function of time. (b) Differentiate your result in (a) twice to find the acceleration of the center of mass. (c)
Assuming that the force exerted by the table equals the weight of the rope still there, find the force F you exert on
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
the top of the rope.
(a) Let
y)/
L = y
2
/2L; but y = vt, so y
cm
= v
2
t
2
/2L.
(b) a
cm
= d
2
y
cm
/dt
2
= v
2
/L.
(c) F = ma
cm
+ mg, where m =
y =
,
_
+
+
b c
(
2
m m g
kh
m m
b p
0
134 Two astronauts at rest face each other in space. One, with mass m
1
, throws a ball of mass m
b
to the other, whose
mass is m
2
. She catches the ball and throws it back to the first astronaut. If they each throw the ball with a speed of v
relative to themselves, how fast are they moving after each has made one throw and one catch?
Note that each collision is perfectly inelastic. Also, v
cm
= 0. Let v
b
be velocity of ball.
1. Find v
1
and v
b
after the first throw; use p
i
= p
f
2. Find v
2
and v
b
after m
2
catches the ball
3. Find v
2
after m
2
throws the ball; let this be v
2f
4. Find v
bf
, velocity of ball after m
2
throws it back
v
1
= m
b
v/(m
1
+ m
b
); v
b
= m
1
v/(m
1
+ m
b
)
v
2
(m
2
+ m
b
) = m
b
v
b
; v
2
= vm
b
m
1
/[(m
1
+ m
b
)(m
2
+ m
b
)]
v
2f
= v[m
b
/(m
2
+ m
b
)][1 + m
1
/(m
1
+ m
b
)]
v
bf
= v{1  [m
b
/(m
2
+ m
b
)][1 + m
1
/(m
1
+ m
b
)]
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
5. Apply momentum conservation to find v
1f
6. Simplify the expression for v
1f
v
1f
(m
1
+ m
b
) = v
bf
m
b
+ v
1
m
1
v
1f
= m
2
m
b
v(2m
1
+ m
b
)/[(m
1
+ m
b
)
2
(m
2
+ m
b
)]
135 The ratio of the mass of the earth to the mass of the moon is M
e
/m
m
= 81.3. The radius of the earth is about 6370
km, and the distance from the earth to the moon is about 384,000 km. (a) Locate the center of mass of the earth
moon system relative to the surface of the earth. (b) What external forces act on the earthmoon system? (c) In
what direction is the acceleration of the center of mass of this system? (d) Assume that the center of mass of this
system moves in a circular orbit around the sun. How far must the center of the earth move in the radial direction
(toward or away from the sun) during the 14 days between the time the moon is farthest from the sun (full moon) and
the time it is closest to the sun (new moon)?
(a) Use Equ. 84; take origin at center of the earth
(b) Gravitational force of sun (and other planets)
(c) Acceleration is toward the sun
(d) Note that CM is at a fixed distance from sun
r
cm
= m
m
r
em
/(M
e
+ m
m
) = r
em
/82.3 = 4670 km
d = 2
4670 km = 9340 km
136 You wish to enlarge a skating surface so you stand on the ice at one end and aim a hose horizontally to spray
water on the schoolyard pavement. Water leaves the hose at 2.4 kg/s with a speed 30 m/s. If your mass is 75 kg,
what is your recoil acceleration? (Neglect friction and the mass of the hose.)
1. Differentiate p
1
+ p
2
= 0
2. Here dm
1
/dt = 2.4 kg/s, a
1
= 0; dm
2
/dt = 0
(dm
1
/dt)v
1
+ m
1
a
1
= (dm
2
/dt)v
2
 m
2
a
2
a
2
= (2.4
30/75) m/s
2
= 0.96 m/s
2
137* A neutron at rest decays into a proton plus an electron. The conservation of momentum implies that the
electron and proton should have equal and opposite momentum. However, experimentally they do not. This
apparent nonconservation of momentum led Wolfgang Pauli to suggest in 1931 that there was a third, unseen
particle emitted in the decay. This particle is called a neutrino, and it was finally observed directly in 1957. Suppose
that the electron has momentum p = 4.65
10
22
kg.m/s along the negative x direction and the proton
(m = 1.67
10
27
kg) moves with speed 2.93
10
5
m/s at an angle 17.9
o
above the x axis. Find the momentum
of the neutrino. (The kinetic energy of the electron is comparable to its rest energy, so its energy and momentum
are related relativistically rather than classically. However, the rest energy of the proton is large compared with
its kinetic energy so the classical relation E = 1/2mv
2
= p
2
/2m is valid.)
1. Momentum conservation: pe
+ pp
+ pv
= 0
2. Since p
px
+ p
e
= 0, pv
= p
py
j
p
p
= 1.67
10
27
2.93
10
5
kg
.
m/s
= 4.89
10
22
kg
.
m/s
p
px
= 4.89
10
22
cos 17.9
o
= 4.65
10
22
kg
.
m/s = p
e
pv
= 4.89
10
22
sin 17.9
o
j kg
.
m/s
= 1.5
10
22
j kg
.
m/s
138 A stream of glass beads, each with a mass of 0.5 g, comes out of a horizontal tube at a rate of 100 per second
(Figure 869). The beads fall a distance of 0.5 m to a balance pan and bounce back to their original height. How much
mass must be placed in the other pan of the balance to keep the pointer at zero?
1. Find v
y
of the bead as it hits the pan v
y
= (2gh)
1/2
= 3.13 m/s
Chapter 8 Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum
2. Find
p
y
per bead
3. F = N
p/
p
y
= 2mv
y
M = (100
6.26/9.81) N = 63.8 g
139 A dumbbell consisting of two balls of mass m connected by a massless rod of length L rests on a frictionless floor
against a frictionless wall until it begins to slide down the wall as in Figure 870. Find the speed v of the bottom ball at
the moment when it equals the speed of the top one.
By symmetry, the speeds will be equal when the angle with the vertical is 45
o
.
1. Use energy conservation; E
i
= E
f
2. Solve for v
E
i
= mgL/2 = E
f
= mgL/2
2
0 + 1/2(2m)v
2
v = [Lg(
2
0  1)/2
2
0]
1/2
= 1.2
L
0
140 A chain of length L and mass m is held vertically so that the bottom link just touches the floor. It is then dropped.
(a) Show that the acceleration of the top end of the chain is g. (b) If the chain is moving downward with speed v at
time t, and speed v +
v at time t +
t, find an expression for the change in momentum of the chain during the
interval
= m/L. Then a length dy just above the bottom has a downward speed of gt and momentum given by
dp =
gt dy =
gtv
y
dt =
g
2
t
2
dt. Thus,
p =
g
2
t
2
t
(c) The force exerted on the floor is dp/dt + m
g, where m = 1/2
g
2
t
2
is the mass resting on the floor.
F = (3/2)
g
2
t
2
.