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Linear Momentum and Collisions

A 16 g rifle bullet traveling 150 m/s buries itself in a 4.0 kg pendulum hanging on a 3.3 m long string, which makes the pendulum swing upward in an arc. Determine the horizontal component of the pendulum's displacement.

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Linear momentum is conserved
m1v1= (m1+m2) v2
m1= mass of bullet= 16g= 0.016 kg
m2=mass of pendulum= 4 kg
v1= initial velocity of ...

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The solution calculates the horizontal component of the pendulum's displacement when a rifle bullet buries itself in a pendulum.

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