“Classic” Perfectly Inelastic Collisions

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

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 travel at a common velocity after the collision.

Perfectly Inelastic “Sitting Duck” Collisions

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Perfectly Inelastic “Jousting” Collisions

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