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Elastic and Inelastic Collisions

Differentiate between collision types, solve elastic collision problems

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Elastic and Inelastic Collisions

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Recall that in all collisions momentum is always conserved.

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An elastic collision is a collision where both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved, whereas an inelastic collision occurs when momenum is conserved but kinetic energy is not.

Which type of collision is more common? Why?

Give an example of each type of collision.

What are some tell-tale signs that an inelastic or elastic collision has occurred?

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