hiarker (srh959) – homework 20 – Turner – (58220)
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001
10.0 points
An object having an initial momentum that
may
be
represented
by
the
vector
below
strikes an object that is initially at rest.
Which of the following sets of vectors may
represent the momenta of the two objects af
ter the collision?
Note carefully:
The original vector above
and the following vectors are all drawn to the
same length scale.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
correct
6.
7.
Explanation:
There is no external force for the twoobject
system, so the total momentum is a constant.
From the choices, applying the vector sum
mation for the momenta of the two objects,
we can easily identify the correct choice.
The figure below shows the sum of the
x

and
y
components of the vectors which repre
sent the correct answer.
initial momentum
The horizontal vectors add to be the same
length as the vector presented in the question.
The vertical vectors cancel, as expected, since
there is no vertical momentum.
002
10.0 points
A uranium nucleus
238
U may stay in one piece
for billions of years, but sooner or later it de
cays into an
α
particle of mass 6
.
64
×
10
−
27
kg
and
234
Th nucleus of mass 3
.
88
×
10
−
25
kg,
and the decay process itself is extremely fast
(it takes about 10
−
20
s). Suppose the uranium
nucleus was at rest just before the decay.
If the
α
particle is emitted at a speed of
2
.
58
×
10
7
m
/
s, what would be the recoil speed
of the thorium nucleus?
Correct answer: 4
.
41526
×
10
5
m
/
s.
Explanation:
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hiarker (srh959) – homework 20 – Turner – (58220)
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Let :
v
α
= 2
.
58
×
10
7
m
/
s
,
M
α
= 6
.
64
×
10
−
27
kg
,
and
M
Th
= 3
.
88
×
10
−
25
kg
.
Use momentum conservation: Before the de
cay, the Uranium nucleus had zero momentum
(it was at rest), and hence the net momentum
vector of the decay products should total to
zero:
vector
P
tot
=
M
α
vectorv
α
+
M
Th
vectorv
Th
= 0
.
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 Physics, Momentum, Work, 105 m/s, 106 m/s, 3.63 kg, 7.99999 6.6 m/s, 52.7999 kg

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