Problem: Let two objects of equal mass m collide. Object 1 has initial velocity v, directed to the right, and object 2 is initially stationary. Let the mass of object 1 be m and the mass of object 2 be 3m. If the collision is perfectly inelastic, what are the velocities of the two objects after the collision?

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Let two objects of equal mass m collide. Object 1 has initial velocity v, directed to the right, and object 2 is initially stationary. 

Let the mass of object 1 be m and the mass of object 2 be 3m. If the collision is perfectly inelastic, what are the velocities of the two objects after the collision?

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