Question

Step 1

Given that the mass of the bullet is *m*, its speed before collision is *v*, the mass of the bob is *M*, the speed of the bullet after collision is *v/2*. The radius of the circular path of motion of the bob is *l*.

The pendulum initially stood still before the bullet was fired, and hence the initial speed of the bob is zero. Apply the conservation of linear momentum to the given system.

Step 2

Consider the initial position of the bob as zero level. So that the bob makes a maximum height equal to twice the length of the string. Consider two points. Point 1 at the ground level in which bob is initially located, and point 2 at the maximum height point which is given by 2*l*. Now apply the conservation of mechanical energy to the bob. The kinetic energy at the top of the vertical circle (point 2) is zero since the bob comes to rest momentarily there. The gravitational potential energy at the bottom of the circle is zero.

Step 3

Use equation (3) in (2) to find the minimum speed *v* such that the pendul...

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