1N30.55 - Elastic and Inelastic Model

Elastic and Inelastic Model

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PIRA Classification: 1N30.55

Description: A low friction cart contains masses allowed to oscillate along horizontal rods. The masses can be kept in place with a 'control' rod. When the cart collides with an object (in this case, a rod anchored to the table) while the masses are fixed, it experiences an elastic collision. When the masses are allowed to move, the cart experiences an inelastic collision.

Special Instructions: Don't give the cart a large initial velocity.

Condition: OK

Setup time: 3 minutes

Safety Issues: None