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Brett
06/06/13 3:37pm

I'm trying to solve a system of 6 equations with 6 unknowns that comes from a physics problem involving a mass that explodes into two pieces with 16 J of kinetic energy added by the explosion. My attemp is

Solve[{aa/ab == -ma/mb, ma + mb == 8.2, 0 == ma*va + mb*vb,
16 == 0.5*ma*va^2 + 0.5*mb*vb^2, va == aa*0.16, vb == ab*0.16}, {aa,
ab, ma, mb, va, vb}]

I get an error saying "Solve::ivar : 0.16aa is not a valid variable"

then it spits out the following:

Solve[{aa/ab == -ma/mb, ma + mb == 8.2, 0 == ma*va + mb*vb,
16 == 0.5*ma*va^2 + 0.5*mb*vb^2, va == aa*0.16, vb == ab*0.16}, {aa,
ab, ma, mb, va, vb}]

This is my very first attempt at using Mathematica, so please bear with me.

ps what's the difference between "=" and "=="??

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Author Date Posted
system of equations for conservation of momentum Brett 06/06/13 3:37pm
Re: system of equations for conservation of mom... Bill Simpson 06/07/13 2:00pm
Re: system of equations for conservation of mom... jf 06/07/13 2:06pm
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