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A billiard ball rolling across a table at 1.50 m/s makes a head-on elastic collision with an identical ball. Find the speed of each ball after the collision (a) when the second ball is initially at rest, (b) when the second ball is moving toward the first at a speed of 1.00 m/s, and (c) when the second ball is moving away from the first at a speed of 1.00 m/s.

Step 1

Let m be the mass of the billiard ball,

Using conservation of energy and momentum we will find the unknowns,

Step 2

a) It is given that second ball is initially at rest,

Step 3

b) The second ball is moving towards first ball with speed of 1 m/s.

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