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Collisions: Head on inelastic collision of two cars

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Two bumper cars collide head-on. Before the collision, car 1 is coming from the right at 3 m/s and has a total mass of 200 kg. Car 2 is coming from the left at 5 m/s and has a total mass of 250 kg (the driver of car 2 is a lot fatter than the driver of car 1) At the time of the collision, the bumpers lock and the cars remain stuck together after the (inelastic) collision. Calculate the velocity (direction and speed) of the linked cars following the collision

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The final velocity is calculated.

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