# Three carts of masses m1 = 4.50 kg, m2 = 9.50 kg, and m3 = 3.00 kg move on a frictionless, horizontal track with speeds of v1 = 7.00 m/s to the right, v2 = 3.00 m/s to the right, and v3 = 5.50 m/s to the left, as shown below. Velcro couplers make the carts stick together after colliding.(a) Find the final velocity of the train of three carts.magnitude m/sdirection (b) Does your answer require that all the carts collide and stick together at the same moment?     What if they collide in a different order?

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Three carts of masses m1 = 4.50 kg, m2 = 9.50 kg, and m3 = 3.00 kg move on a frictionless, horizontal track with speeds of v1 = 7.00 m/s to the right, v2 = 3.00 m/s to the right, and v3 = 5.50 m/s to the left, as shown below. Velcro couplers make the carts stick together after colliding.

(a) Find the final velocity of the train of three carts.

 magnitude m/s direction

(b) Does your answer require that all the carts collide and stick together at the same moment?

What if they collide in a different order?

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Step 1

a)

According to law of conservation of linear momentum,

Step 2

Substitute the values in (I) and rearrange in terms of v

Step 3

The final velocity is 4.5...

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