Lab 5 Problem #2: Elastic Collisions
Thursday, April 3
rd
2008
Performed by: Ben DeYoung, Drew Chambers, Minkyu Lee, Brandon Nelson
TA name: Ji Li
Statement of the Problem:
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View Full DocumentThe problem was to determine (a) the initial velocity of the initially moving shuttle, (b)
the masses of both shuttles, and (c) the fraction of the moving shuttle’s initial kinetic energy that
is not dissipated during the collision.
We were able to use the data from Lab 4 Problem 4 for this
lab.
We calculated all (a), (b), and (c) in lab 4 problem 4.
We are also supposed to find the final speeds of both carts using the momentum and
kinetic energy conservation equations.
Theoretical Calculation:
To determine the initial velocity of the initially moving shuttle, we looked at the data we
collected from lab 4 problem 4, since we needed to find the initial velocity in that lab.
We were
also able to get the masses of the carts from that lab, since the mass was also needed to complete
that lab.
For the energy efficiency, we took what we had from lab 4 problem 4 since we had to
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 Kinetic Energy, Mass, Momentum, Velocity

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