Perfectly Inelastic Collisions Lab

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Perfectly Inelastic Collisions April 4, 2006 Performed by: Mitch , Tyler, and Trista. TA: Jingshan Zhang Problem: The problem presented in this lab is to see if KE and Momentum are conserved when two cars are collided with perfect inelasticity. In order to find out the answer, we set up a metal track and marked off 1 meter. Then we set up a camera that captured video of the first car (m1) colliding into the stationary car (m2). We used video analysis to find out the initial and final velocities for the system and found the KE and P. We made three videos, the first involved two identical cars: m1=m2, the second had the smaller car hitting the bigger car: m1<m2, and the third one had the bigger car hitting the smaller car: m1>m2. Prediction: We predicted that due to the Conservation of Momentum, the momentum in the system would be conserved in all three trials. In a perfectly inelastic collision, the maximum energy is lost, and so we predicted that the KE would not be conserved in any of the trials. For trial one, mass would double and velocity would be cut in half, the KE
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHYS 1301 taught by Professor Zudov during the Fall '06 term at Minnesota.

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