Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles


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Which best describes an elastic collision?

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1. Why are perfectly elastic collisions rare?

2. When a soccer player kicks a soccer ball, which type of collision usually occurs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz will ask you to categorize particular collisions as either inelastic or elastic and to accurately describe a collision.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will ask you to understand and define the following terms and concepts:

  • Elastic collisions
  • Perfectly elastic collisions
  • The conservation of momentum
  • Collisions

Skills Practiced

The quiz will help you practice these skills:

  • Knowledge application-use your knowledge to answer a question that requires you to know whether a certain event is an elastic or inelastic collision
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the conservation of momentum in a system and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts-ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as elastic collision and collision

Additional Learning

Once you complete the quiz, be sure to check out the lesson called Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Defining collisions
  • Investigating the different types of collisions
  • Exploring the meaning of the law of conservation of momentum