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Unformatted text preview: conservation of momentum equation is enough to predict the outcome of the collision. The two particles in a completely inelastic collision must move at the same final velocity, so our linear momentum equation becomes: m 1 v 1o + m 2 v 2o = m 1 v f + m 2 v f Thus m 1 v 1o + m 2 v 2o = Mv f In this equation M denotes the combined mass of the particles. Thus we can solve for completely inelastic collisions, given the initial conditions. In studying onedimensional collisions we are essentially applying the principle of conservation of momentum. The fact that many of these problems are soluble speaks to the importance of this principle. From our understanding of collisions in one dimension, we will move on to the two dimensional case, in which the same principles are applied, but the situations themselves become more complex....
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 Fall '10
 DavidJudd
 Physics, Energy, Kinetic Energy, Momentum

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