To what height does the m2 rebound ? The Collision problem.

A ball with small mass m2 placed on a ball with large mass m1. The bottom of the m1 is a height h above the ground and the bottom of the m2 is a height h + d above the ground. The balls are dropped. To what height does the m2 rebound?

Note. Please consider the balls are separated by a very small distance at the beginning, m1 is much larger than m2 and assume that the balls bounce elastically.

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Solution.

Let’s start with the law of the conservation of energy in order to find the velocity of the balls just before the lower ball hits the ground.

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