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Ballistic Pendulum

A red sphere (of mass m) and a blue sphere (of mass
5m) are attached to the ceiling by massless strings of identical length
forming twin pendulums of length L. The red sphere is drawn to the
left so that its center of mass has been raised a distance h and is
then released. As the red sphere moves back through equilibrium it hits and adheres
to the blue sphere. The combined system swings to the right, eventually reaching
some maximum height before returning to equilibrium.

If the post-collision speed of the combined spheres is initially v, what maximum height
will be achieved?

v^{2}/(2gL)^{½}

mgh

v^{2}/g

v^{2}/(2g)

A B C D

In this problem:

momentum and energy are always conserved.

potential energy is converted into kinetic energy, but their total is conserved.

angular momentum is conserved since the string exerts no torque.

momentum is conserved only during the collision and mechanical energy is conserved at all
times except during the collision.