Education Technology

Bell Ringer: Perfectly Inelastic Collisions

Published on 01/14/2011

Activity Overview

Students use a simulation of a one-dimensional perfectly inelastic collision to explore the relationship between mass, velocity, and momentum.

Key Steps

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    Students use a simulation to explore conservation of momentum during perfectly inelastic collisions.

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    First, students explore the effects of changing mass and velocity on the momentum of an object by calculating the total momentum of a system before a collision.

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    Then, they explore the effects of changing mass and velocity of one of the objects on the final mass and velocity of the system after a perfectly inelastic collision.