On a frictionless horizontal air table, puck A (with mass 0.247 kg ) is moving toward puck B (with mass 0.375 kg ), which is initially at rest. After the collision, puck A has velocity 0.118 m/s to the left, and puck B has velocity 0.655 m/s to the right. What was the speed vAi of puck A before the collision? Calculate ΔK, the change in the total kinetic energy of the system that occurs during the collision.

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On a frictionless horizontal air table, puck A (with mass 0.247 kg ) is moving toward puck B (with mass 0.375 kg ), which is initially at rest. After the collision, puck A has velocity 0.118 m/s to the left, and puck B has velocity 0.655 m/s to the right.

What was the speed vAi of puck A before the collision?

Calculate ΔK, the change in the total kinetic energy of the system that occurs during the collision.

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