Interaction between two or more bodies that results in physical contact and an exchange of momentum between the bodies involved.

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Technique to Solve 2-Dimensional Linear Momentum Problem

Problem: After a completely inelastic collision, two objects of the same mass and initial speed stick together and move away at half their initial speed. Find the angle between their initial ...
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Instantaneous Velocity after bouncing off a wall

I have a ball, and I throw it at a wall as a projectile (assume that the ball's position the instant the journey begins is on level-ground). The ball hits the wall with a velocity that is at right ...
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What decides distribution of momenta and energy in rigid collisions?

I recall in Highschool physics receiving a problem of the form "assume 2 spherical bodies" $P_1, P_2$ enter a collision where $P_1$ has momentum $m_1 V_1$ and $P_2$ has momentum $m_2 V_2$, both ...
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Particles velocities directly after an inelastic impact with a smooth frictionless surface

Let us consider the following situation where a dumbbell falls onto a smooth and frictionless surface. The dumbbell is formed of 2 particles, each of mass $m$, linked by a massless rod of length ...
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Rain drop sliding on car windshield

Problem Definition As shown in the figure below, an automobile is travelling horizontally in the rain with a constant velocity V. The windshield has a slope of θ. A raindrop with a mass of m, ...
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Why do tops move opposite to each other when colliding, not tangentially?

When two well-balanced tops collide, they tend to bounce directly away from each, in other words along the line connecting their centers. Intuitively I would expect the tops to move tangentially, not ...
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Motion after a collision of objects not involved in it [closed]

I'm confused about collisions where there are parts of the objects not involved in it. How do these parts move after the collision? I'll make an example. Consider a cart with an incline attached ...
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Inelastic collision problem [closed]

A car of mass $1400$ $\mathrm{kg}$ moving south at $11$ $\mathrm{ms}^{−1}$ collides into another car of mass $1800$ $\mathrm{kg}$ moving east at $30$ $\mathrm{ms}^{−1}$. The cars ...
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Free falling and bouncing back

My confusion arises with free falling body. For a free falling body the displacement ~ time graph has a kink (at the time when the body hit the ground ). at a kink point, a function is not ...
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Inelastic collisions

During inelastic collision the kinetic energy does not remain constant. In many texts, I have seen it is because there is loss in energy from the system. If there is loss in energy, then how can mass ...
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A cruise ship bumping against a lock gate [closed]

For my project, I need to create a lock gate which will be used for the Panama Canal. One of the many thing my teacher said, was that for the design of the lock gate, the gate should not fail when it ...
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Collision between airborne stone and car

If two cars are driving with a certain distance from each other, and the tires of the first car makes a stone (from the asphalt) become airborne with a high velocity - towards the second car: The ...
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Energy and Momentum: Impact

Boat A has just lost another race to Boat B. In a fit of rage, the driver of Boat A (mass = 500 kg) turns his boat towards Boat B (mass = 450 kg) which is at rest as the driver gloats over yet ...
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Does the Inertia of a Cue Ball Affect its Reflection Angle off a Resting Billiard Ball?

Consider the following Diagram in which a Cue Ball (A) of mass M is shot twice at another pool ball with identical mass M. When the force with which the cue ball (A) is hit (v1) is increased (v2) ...
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What formula do I use to calculate the force of impact of a falling object?

I am trying to calculate the force of impact of a falling object. I did my egg drop project. I dropped the egg from 10m with a mass of 126kg and with the velocity of 14.1 m/s. Which formula should I ...
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Newton's third law & punching walls [closed]

N-law 3: if you punched a wall as hard and as you could, would it possible to retract your hand before the reaction from the wall could affect your hand less than if you wouldn't retract at all? ...
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Can a tomato pierce a hole in a steel plate if only the tomato is travelling fast enough?

A tomato is travelling very fast towards a 1 cm thick steel plate. Let's say this happened in a vacuum, so that the air resistance wouldn't rip the tomato apart before it even hit the steel plate. ...
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The basic probabilistic relation of collision theory

In "Classical Mechanics", John R. Taylor gives this basic relation of collision theory $$N_{sc}=N_{inc}n_{tar}\sigma$$ for firing projectiles into targets. $N_{sc}$ is the number of projectiles ...
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Role of forces in this collision?

Consider two identical objects of equal mass collide with eachother with equal opposing accelerations. Wouldn't the forces of the objects cancel each other resulting in the objects both comming to a ...
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Proton-Proton collision [duplicate]

How are the people at CERN able to exactly collide protons head on? What about the HUP? Do they accelerate many particles and smash them so that at least some of them collide head on?
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Question about 3d collision of 2 particles [duplicate]

I'm wondering about how to calculate the resultant velocity vectors of an elastic collision of two particles of same mass, in 3d. I've seen a post on the subject in which you answered, but I didn't ...
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Determine resultant velocity of an elastic particle-particle collision in 3d space

So I have two particles that have collided in 3 dimensional space. I want the particles to rebound off of each other in an elastic manner. How do I determine the resultant velocity vector if I know: ...
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Coulomb collision

I was reading an article by N. Bohr and came upon the following problem (the following wording is actually taken from a book by Thompson - Conduction of Electricity Through Gases): Let $M_1, M_2$ ...
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Collision of moving large mass and small stationary mass?

Hypothetically if a mass, roughly the size of earth, was accelerating at 100m/s and came in contact with a 1kg stationary mass, due to newtons 3rd law wouldn't the small mass accelerate and the large ...
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Total Momentum in the Center of Mass Reference Frame

For solving problems involving elastic collisions it is useful to use the center of mass reference frame as to avoid quadratic equations. However, I am confused about why the total momentum in the ...
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What is the probability of two bullets to get clashed? [closed]

I was surfing on Instagram, and I found this amazing proto whose description is "the probability of such an event to happen is incredibly small, so this is a really curious finding". Well.. I'm ...
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Gravity and force

I have a question and am not able to answer it. Suppose you drop two objects from different heights. They are exactly the same shape, size and weight. Now we know that the gravitational acceleration ...
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How can momentum but not energy be conserved in an inelastic collision?

In inelastic collisions, kinetic energy changes, so the velocities of the objects also change. So how is momentum conserved in inelastic collisions?
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What is the magnitude of a collision force?

First off, I want to clarify that when I refer to collision, I mean the situation in which two particles cannot be at the exact same position in the space. When two particles get closer and closer, ...
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Classical particle in a box [closed]

I'm trying to work out some of the details for this system. A particle with mass $\mu$, initial velocity $v_0$ at $x_0$ and moving freely between two walls located at $\pm L/2$, with which it bounces ...
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Collision: How can I calculate the effect of an object below 1 kg on another heavier object after colliding [closed]

I have a question on collision: 1. A light object (0.75 kg) is travel in velocity V m/s. 2. This object collide into another object which is about 9.5 times of its weight. 3. So, the question is ...
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Ball collides with another. Find velocities [closed]

A ball moving at a velocity of 5.0 m/s east when it collided with an identical ball at rest. Both balls are the same mass. The first ball moved at 60 degrees north of east. The second went 30 ...
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Collision of electron and proton of high energy [closed]

What will happen when proton and electron with high energy like in 100 TeV collide?
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Where can I find the equations for “quasi” elastic collisions?

Yes, you all talk about neutrinos and spins, but I came out with this basic s**t :D All of us learnt the basic equations of collisions, elastic (everything bounces and energy remains the same), or ...
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2-D Elastic Collision [closed]

A bocce ball moving at 3.60 m/s strikes a second identical ball initially at rest in a perfectly elastic collision. The first ball moves off at a 36 degree angle from its original path and ...
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How did the scientists know two black holes collided 1.3 billion years ago?

I saw a TEDx talk the previous day about the LIGO experiment and in that video he said they are waiting for the day Jan 1st 2017 for the Ripple in Gravity caused by two black holes colliding each ...
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Collision symmetry and measuring the asymmetry in the Drell-Yan process

I saw a talk the other day about an asymmetry in the Drell-Yan process caused by CP-violation: Apparently one way this can be measured (ATLAS is doing this) is to collide protons and observe the ...
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Why don't electrons collide among themselves

The Heisenberg principle states that we cannot ascertain simultaneously the position or momentum of any small particle. However slight, is there a chance that 2 or more electrons from the same or ...
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Rigid bodies and inelastic collision

If two rigid bodies collide - how the collision can be inelastic? where the energy goes? If the energy transffered to heat, doesn't it contradict that the bodies are rigid?
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Is the center of mass in general relativity equal to the center of mass in newtonian gravity?

Consider 2 point masses $A,B$ a distance $d$ away from eachother without velocity or rotation spin. Is the center of mass in general relativity equal to the center of mass in newtonian gravity ? In ...
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Can collisions between particles in the canoncial ensemble be represented by a potential?

The professor in a statistical mechanics class said that in the canonical ensemble, you could represent interaction between particles as a potential in the partition function expression. But how about ...
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Black Hole Collision [duplicate]

What would happen if two equally massive black holes directly collided at 5% the speed of light. I'm not talking about slowly orbiting each other for thousand of years. I mean one instant catastrophic ...
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Transfer of angular momentum during oblique impact with(out) adhesion [duplicate]

I am solving a problem of 2 identical spherical particles colliding. The impact is oblique. I consider both normal and tangential contact forces. Tangential force is a combination of elastic force ...
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Calculating post-collision velocity [closed]

Consider two persons $p1$ and $p2$ of the same mass , such that they are together moving rightward with a velocity of $v/2$ Now person $p1$ pushes $p2$ in the left direction. According to newton's ...
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Predicting contact time and COR (coeff of restitution) for a cricket ball and pitch

For real world application, COR --> Bounce produced by pitch, for both spinners & seamers; Contact time --> grip provided by pitch, mainly for spinners Assuming cricket ball to be a sphere and ...
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Does inelastic collision mean the colliding particles have to necessarily stick?

In a case when particle 1 is moving vertically upwards and particle 2 if moving horizontally and they collide perfectly inelastically, why would the particles stick ? Since inelastic collision means ...
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When a ball bounces on a wall at an angle, why does the angle of incidence equal angle of reflection?

When a ball is thrown to a wall without spin and bounces, supposing it's an elastic collision, why does the angle of incidence equal the angle "reflection" (relatively to the normal), why isn't it any ...
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momentum and inelastic collisions

I have two bodies with mass of $A >B$ , these start from the endpoint of a straight line path and move towards each each other with a constant velocity $v$ , so that they collide for time $t$ , so ...
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conservation of momentum? [closed]

At hyperphysics I got this image, with the same description in text as is in this image It says that when a massive particle (say $A$) moving with a velocity collides with an object having a ...
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Off-center impulse equations [closed]

A rigid steel bar with mass $M$ is hit sideways (very close to its end) by a steel ball with mass $m$ and velocity $v$. What are the equations of motion after elastic impact and how about conservation ...