Unformatted text preview: of the system was not conserved. Our hypothesis is that if momentum is conserved during a collision, regardless of mass, the percent difference of momentum before and after the inelastic collision will be zero. This is supported by the Law of Conservation of Momentum. The law states that total momentum, p=mv, of an isolated system is constant. Interactions within the system do not change the system’s total momentum. Also, during the inelastic collision, we predict that energy will not be conserved. This is because kinetic energy is defined as ½ multiplied by the mass of an object multiplied by its velocity squared (K=1/2mv^2). In order to make our experiment inelastic, our carts had Velcro on the ends where the collision took place....
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- Spring '09
- Momentum, Collision, Inelastic collision, Law of Conservation of Momentum