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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

A wooden block of mass M rests on a table over a large hole as in Figure P6.84. A bullet of mass m with an initial velocity vi, is fired upward into the bottom of the block and remains in the block after the collision. The block and bullet rise to a maximum height of h. (a) Describe how you would find the initial velocity of the bullet using ideas you have learned in this topic. (b) Find an expression for the initial velocity of the bullet.

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Figure P6.84 Problems 84 and 85.

(a)

To determine
Describe how the initial velocity of the bullet can be found.

Explanation

The relation between the speed of the block and bullet just after collision to the maximum height is found from the conservation of mechanical energy of the bullet-block-earth system from just after the impact until it reaches maximum height...

(b)

To determine
The expression for the initial velocity of the bullet.

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