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Flavia Gutierrez Balcazar Lab Partners: James Stapleton, Carter McCullough, Blake Perott, and Max Roetcisoender Conservation of Linear Momentum Lab Report Abstract In this lab my group and I studied the conservation of momentum and kinetic energy through inelastic and elastic collisions within an air track. The Conservation of Linear momentum is when a body or system of bodies in motion retain its total momentum. To start off, we started by creating an experiment in which we could test inelastic and elastic collisions to understand the conservation of momentum and kinetic energy and see how each collision affected them. We began by measuring the mass of each glider which would remain the same before and after collisions. Then, we got photogates to measure the velocity of the gliders as they passed these photogates which were connected to the Logger Pro recording exact velocities before and after collisions. With this data we were able to calculate linear momentum and kinetic energy and prove if they were conserved or not. Lastly, linear momentum for both inelastic and elastic collisions were conserved but kinetic energy was mostly conserved only for elastic collision while some energy was lost in inelastic collision. Objectives The purpose of this experiment was to prove the that the Law of Conservation of Linear Momentum. To prove that a body system in motion (which in this case is the gliders) will retain its total momentum no matter the collisions we will create. The main difference between these two types of collisions, elastic and inelastic, is that elastic collisions are those collisions between two gliders one at rest and another moving but the total kinetic energy of the two will remain the same. On