Education Technology

Bell Ringer: Momentum in Two Dimensions

Published on 08/12/2010

Activity Overview

Students explore a simulation of two masses traveling in two dimensions prior to a collision.

Key Steps

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    Students use a simulation to explore conservation of momentum during two-dimensional perfectly elastic collisions.

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    First, they explore the effects of changing angle on the x- and y-components of momentum of an object.

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    Then, they explore the effects of changing mass, velocity, and angle on the total initial and final momentum of a system during a perfectly elastic collision.