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Ankit Patel Partner: Shawn Becker Professor Hardy Physics 1 Lab Experiment 7: Ballistic Pendulum Objective : To examine momentum and mechanical energy in an inelastic collision using a ballistic pendulum. Introduction : When two bodies collide and have equal and opposing forces on each other, they experience equal changes in momentum. This is assuming that there are no external forces acting upon them. This is called the law of conservation of momentum. In this experiment, the collisions are completely inelastic. This means that momentum is always conserved, but the kinetic energy is lost has heat or in some other form. The experiment consists of a pendulum and a spring launchers for shooting a metal ball. The pendulum has a hollow bob that can pivot when the projectile is shot into it. A set angle is measured and when the ball is launched, the launch angle is calculated. This is done for 3 different initial velocities. Data and Analysis : (See Data Tables for results) In the experiment, an analysis was performed to see whether or not momentum was conserved
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