Lab Report 4, Conservation of Momentum

Lab Report 4, Conservation of Momentum - Brandon Magalhaes...

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Unformatted text preview: Brandon Magalhaes UTEID bam2734 Partner: Joseph Lam Experiment 4: Collisions in one dimesnion Introduction For this lab we will be testing collisions of gliders along a horizontal, near-frictionless airtrack, simulating a collision in only the x direction without any external forces. There will be four different types of collisions, two elastic, one elastic, and one perfectly inelastic. For the first, two gliders of near-equal mass will collide and for the second elastic collision, a heavier glider will strike a much lighter one. In both of these cases, momentum (m*v) and kinetic energy (1/2*m*v*v) should be conserved before and after. For the inelastic collision a stationary glider with foil attached to the collision end will be struck by another glider. Here, momentum should be conserved but not KE as some will be used up as work in crushing the foil. Lastly, the perfectly inelastic collision will have one glider stationary with velcro on one end and the colliding glider will stick to it forming one mass upon collision. glider stationary with velcro on one end and the colliding glider will stick to it forming one mass upon collision....
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