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    Hey.
    How can i conclude on part ii (a) that the direction of motion of n is reversed.
    I calculated the total momentum after as being positive but i don`t see how this helps.
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    (Original post by SamuelN98)
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    The total momentum in the direction of M is positive, yes. If N were to continue in the original direction then both spheres/particles would have a negative momentum. So it must be the case than N reverses its direction.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    The total momentum in the direction of M is positive, yes. If N were to continue in the original direction then both spheres/particles would have a negative momentum. So it must be the case than N reverses its direction.
    So after the collision M is travelling in the opposite direction?
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    (Original post by SamuelN98)
    So after the collision M is travelling in the opposite direction?
    Okay, so M is travelling to the right and N is travelling to the left. Their combined momentum before colliding is 0.85 (+ve) in the direction of M's motion (so total momentum before collision positive towards the right).

    Then M collides with N, the total momentum after is also positive (momentum is conserved) towards the right. But if N was travelling to the left (i.e original path, then so should M because well, imagine it, N is pushing M) so the momentium would be negative in the direction to the right. But we know the momentum is positive, so N must be moving right i.e: opposite. We don't know about M.
 
 
 
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