Physics Homework

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2D elastic collisions:

In 2286, Admiral Kirk and his crew were forced to use the sling shot effect in a stolen Klingon Bird-of-Prey to travel back in time to the late 20th century to retrieve two humpback whales. The stolen Klingon Bird-of-Prey traveled towards the sun at a velocity of warp 9.8 (2.94 x 109 m/s), while the sun was moving towards them at a velocity of 5 x 107 m/s, then traveled around the sun (using the sun's gravitational field) such that the stolen Klingon Bird-of-Prey was now moving in the opposite direction from whence it started, with a new velocity. Find this new velocity, assuming the mass of the sun is much larger than the mass of the spaceship.

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