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**DISCUSSION and HINTS
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After block B strikes and sticks to block A, the two blocks move together as a single rigid body. In deriving your equation of motion here, focus on a system with a single block (of mass 3m) connected to ground with a spring and dashpot.

Recall the following *f**our-step plan* outline in the lecture book and discussed in lecture:

**Step 1: FBDs**

Draw a free body diagram (FBD) of A+B.

* Step 2: Kinetics (Newton/Euler)*Use Newton's 2nd law to write down the dynamical equation for the system in terms of the coordinate

*x*.

**Step 3: Kinematics**

None needed here.

**Step 4: EOM**

Your EOM was found at Step 2.

Once you have determined the EOM for the system, identify the natural frequency, damping ratio and the damped natural frequency from the EOM. Also, from the EOM we know that the response of the system in terms of x is given by: *x(t) = e ^{-ζωnt }*[

*C*cos(ω*]. How do you find the response coefficients

_{d}t)+ S*sin(ω_{d}t)*C*and

*S*? What will you use for the initial conditions of the problem? (Consider linear momentum of A+B during impact.)

Should we be given v0 for this problem or are we to leave our answers in terms of v0?

I would assume that the answer could be in terms of v0 unless you could somehow use the time derivate (x_dot), but then I do not think that you would have the value for S for that to be useful.

It should be in terms of v0

How do we find the speed right after the blocks stick together? I thought of using linear impulse momentum, but there are external forces from the spring and the dashpot so that wouldn't work, right?