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Potential and potential energy are defined for pairs of objects, not individual objects. It's meaningless to say "the potential energy of A". One must say "the potential energy of the system consisting of A and B". There is only one potential and potential energy in your problem. Perhaps the confusion comes from the way potential is introduced in ...


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There is no conflict here. Let the two charged particles ($M,Q$) be the system with no external forces acting. Momentum is conserved and so for all time $M_BV = M_A V_{Af} + M_BV_{Bf}$ Energy is also conserved and so for all time $\frac 12 M_B v_B^2 + \dfrac{kQ^2}{R_i} = \frac 12 M_B v_{Bf}^2 + \frac 12 M_A v_{Af}^2 + \dfrac{kQ^2}{R_f}$ The ...



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