Originally Posted by
thermalwarrior I have the following information:
A particle A of mass m is moving along a smooth horizontal surface with velocity of 2i + 3j. A second particle of mass 3m is moving with velocity 6i - 5j, collides with A at the origin at t=0. After this the particles coalesce.
question:
Find the expressions of Ra(t) and Rb(t), the respective position vectors of the particles A and B at time <0. Hence find the position vector of the centre of mass of the system before the collision. Hence determine the velocity of the centre of mass.
how do i go about this?
cheers