A2L Item 138

Goal: Problem solving with momentum

Source: UMPERG-ctqpe46

block slides along a frictionless surface and onto a slab with a rough
surface. The plot on the right shows the velocity of the blue slab as a
function of time. The slab has mass of 4kg and the block has mass of
2kg. If the block remains on top of the slab, what was its initial

  1. 2 m/s
  2. 4 m/s
  3. 6 m/s
  4. 8 m/s
  5. 12 m/s
  6. None of the above
  7. Cannot be determined



(6) The block initially has velocity 3 m/s. This problem is
difficult for students. They generally have difficulty obtaining
relevant information from a diagram. In this case they must use the plot
to tell that the final velocity is 1 m/s.