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Analyze Collision Data: Type of Collision

APPH12-PPDOPF

A physics teacher writes a problem where a $3\ kg$ block, initially moving to the right at $10\ { m }/{ s }$, collides with a $5\ kg$ block at rest. After the collision, the $3\ kg$ block is at rest, and the $5\ kg$ block is moving to the right at $6\ { m }/{ s }$.

What type of collision does the problem represent, or is a collision with these data even possible?

A

Elastic collision.

B

Inelastic collision.

C

Perfectly inelastic collision.

D

The collision described in the problem could never possibly occur.