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collision of railroad cars and gravitational attraction

1. A 9000kg railroad car moving at 3m/s strikes a stationary (not moving) 5000kg railroad car. what is the kinetic energy of the 9000kg railroad car before the collision? What is the momentum of the 9000kg railroad car before the collision? If the two railroad cars couple and move off together after the collision, what is their velocity?

2. A star has a planet held in orbit by gravitational attraction. If the mass of the star were doubled, what effect would this have on the gravitational attraction between the star and its planet ? If the distance between the stars and planet were 3 times as great, what effect would this have on their gravitational attraction for each other?

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1. What is the kinetic energy of the 9000kg railroad car before the collision?
kinetic energy is 0.5mv^2 = 0.5 * 9000 * 3^2 = 40500 J.

What is the momentum of the 9000kg railroad car before the collision?
mv = 9000 * 3 = ...

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