## A 58 g firecracker is at rest at the origin when it explodes into three pieces. The first, with mass 12 g , moves along the x axis at 37 m/s

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A 58 g firecracker is at rest at the origin when it explodes into three pieces. The first, with mass 12 g , moves along the x axis at 37 m/s in the positive direction. The second, with mass 22 g , moves along the y axis at 34 m/s in the positive direction. Find the velocity of third piece.

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6 months 2021-08-11T00:07:32+00:00 1 Answers 2 views 0

Explanation:

We shall apply conservation of momentum law in vector form to solve the problem .

Initial momentum = 0

momentum of 12 g piece

= .012 x 37 i since it moves along x axis .

= .444 i

momentum of 22 g

= .022 x 34 j

= .748 j

Let momentum of third piece = p

total momentum

= p + .444 i + .748 j

so

applying conservation law of momentum

p + .444 i + .748 j  = 0

p = – .444 i –  .748 j

magnitude of p

= √ ( .444² + .748² )

= .87 kg m /s

mass of third piece = 58 – ( 12 + 22 )

= 24 g = .024 kg

if v be its velocity

.024 v = .87

v = 36.25 m / s .