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Elastic & Inelastic Collisions - Chapter Summary
Take a look at this chapter's lessons to refresh your basic understanding of elastic and inelastic collisions. Taught by expert science instructors, this chapter breaks down the differences between these collision types, as well as the concept of common final velocity. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between elastic and inelastic collisions
- Explain elastic/inelastic collision principles
- Analyze examples of elastic and inelastic collisions
- Evaluate one-dimensional elastic collisions
- Discuss common final velocity in an inelastic collision
These lessons are designed to be concise and simple so you can quickly move through the chapter and remember key collision terms. Our instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have about the material, and we've included plenty of self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter. You can also use any computer or mobile device to access these resources.
1. Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles
When objects come in contact with each other, a collision occurs. In this lesson, you'll learn about the two types of collisions as well as how momentum is conserved in each.
2. Analyzing Elastic & Inelastic Collisions
In this lesson, you'll have the chance to explore the differences between elastic and inelastic collisions, and use that knowledge to solve problems. Lesson topics will include equations and theories related to momentum.
3. Elastic Collisions in One Dimension
In this lesson, you'll learn how to solve one-dimensional elastic collision problems. You'll find that understanding the conservation of momentum and conservation of kinetic energy is essential to solving these types of problems.
4. Common Final Velocity in Inelastic Collisions
When two objects collide and stick together, this is called an inelastic collision. In this lesson, learn how to recognize inelastic collisions and how to use conservation of momentum to find the common final velocity.
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