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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This is an interactive homework problem for introductory physics students involving conservation of energy and conservation of momentum.  A bullet is fired, embedding itself in a resting pendulum suspended vertically by massless strings.  Given mass of the bullet and pendulum, plus initial velocity of the bullet, how high will the pendulum rise after the collision?  

A user-activated "help" sequence is provided to guide students through each phase of this two-step problem, from conceptual analysis through quantitative calculation.  To promote critical thinking, immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.  This item is part of a larger collection of interactive homework problems for introductory physics.  See Related items on this page for a link to the full index of the author's materials.
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Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
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- Lower Undergraduate
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Keywords:
collisions, conservation of mechanical energy, conservation of momentum, inelastic collision, momentum
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum).
AJP/PRST-PER
G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum>.
APA Format
Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Retrieved November 21, 2014, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum
Chicago Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum (accessed 21 November 2014).
MLA Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 21 Nov. 2014 <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gary Gladding", Title = {Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum}, Publisher = {University of llinois Physics Education Research Group}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {21 November 2014}, Month = {June 16, 2006}, Year = {2006} }
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