“Classic” Elastic Collisions

These are “famous” collisions whose outcomes are either obvious or can be calculated mentally.

(Perfectly) Elastic “Sitting Duck” Collisions

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  • Notice that,
    • the total momentum is conserved.
    • when one mass is much larger than the other, the velocity of the heavier mass is hardly changed by the collision.
    • The two masses approach and separate from each other at relative speed of u.

(Perfectly) Elastic “Jousting” Collisions

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  • Notice that
    • the total momentum is conserved.
    • when one mass is much larger than the other, the velocity of the heavier mass is hardly changed by the collision.
    • The two masses approach and separate from each other at relative speed of 2u.

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