Scarlett asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 1 month ago

# Is the maximum height reached by the identical block greater than, less than, or equal to the maximum height reached...?

Original Scenario:

The figure above shows a track consisting of a straight section that connects to a circular section. Three locations are indicated: location A on the straight section of the track, location B at the bottommost point of the track, and location C at the point where the track is vertical. Locations A and C are at the same height. A block is released from rest at the top of the straight section of the track. There is negligible friction between the track and the block.

The scenario is then repeated, but an identical block is at rest at location B, as shown above. When the block at the top of the straight section of the track is released from rest, it slides down the track and collides elastically with the identical block, and comes to rest. The identical block then begins sliding up the ramp.

(a) Is the maximum height reached by the identical block greater than, less than, or equal to the maximum height reached by the block in the original scenario? Briefly explain your answer.