Hot answers tagged


In Galilean relativity (pretty sure that is what you mean/need), you just add up the velocities. So $ V_{p_1} =v/2+x$ and $V_{p_2}=v/2+y=v/2-x$


This assumes a smooth surface collision. The component of velocity (momentum) along the surface of the wall cannot change because there is no friction and hence no forces along that direction. Because the mass of the wall is assumed to be much greater that the mass of the ball and the collision is assumed to be elastic the normal component of velocity of the ...


Exactly. In a 2D problem, it's usually a good idea to break the components into two dimensions based on the environment. In this case, the wall makes the best split, let's say that x is the direction of motion along the wall while y is perpendicular. In this simple situation, the force on the ball can only act in the Y direction. Which has the following ...

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible