a) In terms of G, Me, m, and r, find the total mechanical energy Ea and Eb of the two satellites plus Earth's system before collision.
b) If the collision is completely inelastic so that the wreckage remains as one piece of tangled material (mass = 2m), find the total mechanical energy immediately after collision.
c) Describe the subsequent motion of the wreckage.
a.)Total mechanical energy:
Ea = (1/2) mv0^2 + (-GMem/r) + (-Gm^2/x)
where x is the distance between two masses at any given instant.
assuming m<< Me: ...
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