Take the speed of the block at the base of the hill to be v.
An iron block with mass mB slides down a frictionless hill of height H. At the base of the hill, it collides with and sticks to a magnet with mass mM.
Now assume that the two masses continue to move at the speed v from Part A until they encounter a rough surface. The coefficient of friction is μ. If the blocks come to rest after a distance s, which of the following equations would you use to find s?
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