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written by Walter Fendt
This applet demonstrates Elastic and Inelastic collision. Two wagons undergo a collision that is either totally elastic or totally inelastic. The mass and initial velocity of the carts can be set by the user. The applet illustrates the velocities, the momenta or the kinetic energies of the wagons.
This applet is available in a wide range of languages and is a part of a large collection of physics applets.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.4.2 of Java.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Impulse and Momentum
Unit Title: Teaching about Impulse and Momentum
This applet features two wagons which can undergo a collision that is either totally elastic or totally inelastic. The simulation is complex enough to allow users to set mass and initial velocity, but simple enough to promote student understanding of physical interactions in colliding systems.Link to Unit:
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