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

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Force when acceleration is zero

i tried to find it in books but i was unable to do so and i am not able to understand this and I couldn't think of a better example. i repeat. its just an example. if i punch someone's face with my ...
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How to apply conservation of angular momentum with a shock? [closed]

I got this tricky question, need help. A uniform rod of mass $M$ and length $L$ is attached to an axis at its top, a bullet with mass $m$ traveling at speed $U$ (horizontal) hits the rod at $2L/3$ ...
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Angular Velocity after a frictional impulse

I am modelling 2D physics collision into simulations. In Physics for Game Programmers, Grant Palmer book, the velocity Vn1 after collision is mentioned to be independent of the friction coeff. ...
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How can I calculate the time until collision?

I'm programming a 1 dimensional physics simulator in python. How do I calculate the amount of time until two particle points that are traveling towards eachother collide? I am using the equation: ...
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Electron and photon collision

So electron moving left ($v_{initial}=0.8c$) collides into photon going right. After the collision electron is moving to right ($v_{after}=0.6c$) and the photon is moving to left. What is the ...
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absorption length of thermal neutrons in a medium

My book states that $$N(x)=N_0\cdot e^{n\cdot \sigma \cdot x}$$ for $n$ absorbing particles per volume element with a cross section $\sigma$. Can somebody explain where this comes from?
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effect of object mass in coeficient of restitution

I know the coefficient of restitution depends on the velocity before and after the impact of a bouncing ball. How does the mass affect it. Can't figure it out. v ...
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How do you make a collision more elastic?

Currently, as described in this question, collisions cannot be elastic. However, is there a way to make a collision more elastic? Background: We're working on a project right now involving high ...
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When is energy conserved in a collision and not momentum?

Consider the following example: A bullet of mass 45g is fired at a speed of 220 m/s into a 5.0 kg sandbag hanging from a string from the ceiling. The sandbag absorbs the bullet and begins to ...
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How to calculate the force in an “impulse based reaction model”? [duplicate]

I have a sphere moving forward with v (pre collision) = v1i A second sphere colliding with the first one has its own pre collision ...
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Do particles ever touch each other during a collision? [duplicate]

Do particles ever touch each other during a collision? My understanding is that they can get really close to each other but never actually touch, is that true? Another thing I've read about is, the ...
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What is the appropriate device for measuring energy loss from collision with surface?

The surface of a running track (i.e. cinder or rubber) has an effect on a runner's performance. I would like to get some device for measuring how much energy a runner loses on each surfaces. I've ...
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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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Relativistic elastic head-on collision: The momentum just reverses direction

Consider a relativistic elastic head-on collision between a projectile, with mass $m_a$ and velocity $\mathbf{v}_a$, and a stationary target of mass $m_b$. Here "head-on" means that the two particles ...
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Collision between a photon and a massive particle

Just a small question regarding collisions. Imagine a head-on collision between a photon and a particle with mass that moves with a non-relativistic speed, the particle was on its ground state, ...
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How does this formula for calculating the “mass sum” in a collision translate to 3D?

According this tutorial, formula number 5: $$j = \frac{-(1 + e)((V^{A} - V^{B}) * t)}{\frac{1}{mass^{A}} + \frac{1}{mass^{B}}}$$ translates into formula number 6: $$j = \frac{-(1 + e)((V^{A} - ...
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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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How close together must air molecules be to bounce off one another?

When, say $\text{N}_2$, is in the wild, it regularly collides with other $\text{N}_2$. I assume these collisions happen as, having become sufficiently close, the atomic electrons are repelled from ...
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Need for acceleration in particle-antiparticle annihilation? [closed]

If an electron and positron are accelerated towards each other, at distances quite far away, there wouldn't be any significant electrostatic attraction, hence they need to be accelerated. But when ...
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How to calculate velocities after collision?

I'm currently writing a program for a particle simulator. One of the requirements is that the particles collide in a realistic way. However, I don't know how to calculate the final velocities. For ...
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Light bodies at high speeds behave like heavy objects when recorded by a high speed camera

This is potentially a very dumb question, but recently I was looking at some slow motion footage of bullets hitting stuff and I realized something interesting. One of the clips showed two metal ...
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Can computers accurately model all of the details (to the subatomic level) of macro objects in collisions?

Frequently when trying to solve cosmology questions physicists turn to computer simulations of the universe (albeit massively simplified) in order to verify or disprove their hypotheses. This got me ...
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How can one calculate the gamma-ray energy spectrum for proton-proton collisions?

How does one calculate the the energy spectrum of gamma-rays produced by a proton-proton collision? I'm at a complete loss.
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Centrality and collision parameter b

Can someone tell me what does it 20-30% collision centrality mean in terms of impact parameter b?
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Lifetime of Positron and its existence

Since we know in condensed matter the lifetime of positron is about 10^-10 seconds, how do we collide positrons with electrons? How many positrons were there during the LEP experiment? I know ...
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when water falls to the ground and forms a puddle, where does most of the energy go?

When water falls from some height to the ground and forms a puddle, where does most of the initial potential energy go? Sound, heat, surface tension, or motion of the earth?
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Bullet: Piercing vs. Deflection

I am trying to create a simulation where a projectile (imagine a bullet) is fired at a surface of some kind. When it collides with the surface, I need to figure out what happens between the bullet and ...
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Understanding the forces involved in a bounce from a collision?

A rock is thrown towards a window, and hits it. The window does not break and the rock reverses its direction and falls under the window. My question is, under this circumstance since the rock ...
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Asteroid collision debris calculation

I wonder how to determine the directions, in which the collision debris is launched when 2 asteroids collide. I am aware of: m1*v1 + m2*v2 = m*v = m3*v3 + m4*v4 + m5*v5 + ... and this works just fine ...
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Velocity after inelastic collision between bullet and block [closed]

The following is the problem that I am working on. A bullet of $.01\: \mathrm{kg}$ is shot into a block of mass $.89\: \mathrm{kg}$ that is hanging from the ceiling. After the bullet has been ...
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Acceleration of a car in a collision?

For example because of newton law $F=ma$ force is acceleration times mass but if I go at a high constant velocity ($900\: \mathrm{miles/hour}$) in my car for examples I have $0$ acceleration but if I ...
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Is two cars colliding at 25 mph the same as one car colliding into a wall at 50 mph in reference to injuries?

This question has been asked using 50 & 100 mph reference, see this Phys.SE post and links therein. However, I am interested in the potential injuries to occupants of the autos. As the one going ...
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Confused about elasticity and collisions

I was solving the following problem and the explanation to it confused me. There are two objects with mass $m$ and $M$, respectively. The object with mass $m$ has a velocity of $\sqrt{2gl}$ and ...
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Hamiltonian function for classical hard-sphere elastic collision

I'm trying to find the Hamiltonian function for a system consisting of a single particle in one dimension colliding elastically with a wall at x = 0. Everything I've read on the topic (e.g. this ...
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Converting impact speed to pressure magnitude

In explosive safety and stability testing, a drop test is commonly used to determine the sensitivity to impact. In the test, an impactor of known mass is dropped. The initial height varies throughout ...
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Can the velocity of the center of mass of two spheres change after a collision?

I'm curious as to whether or not the velocity of the center of mass of a system comprised of two spheres can change after the two spheres collide. Looking at the equation for the velocity of the ...
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Can a photon survive a collision? If so, is it at rest during the process?

Background Irving Kaplan, in Article 6.7: The Compton Effect of Nuclear Physics (2nd Ed.) explains the Compton effect as follows: Compton (1923) was able to show that when a beam of ...
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what happens during collision at molecular level?

When two massive bodies collide we treat them simply by their mass interactions with momentum and energy conservations. Down at the molecular level it must be more like a field particle collision for ...
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Is a collision with an immovable object equal to a head-on collision? [duplicate]

Scenario 1 Two identical and bilaterally symmetrical cars, driven by identical drivers in the exact center of the car and in the same body position, each traveling the same speed, collide exactly ...
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Perfect elastic collision and velocity transfer

So my teacher told me that when you have two identical balls in a perfectly elastic collision, the first ball A will collide with B and afterwards A will stop and B continue. Why is this? Doesn't ...
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Physics engine - collisions

I'm working on a 2D physics engine somulator and I want it to be very accurate on a Physics point of view. Currently I'm making some researchs about how rigid body collisions may be calculated, and ...
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How to formally write down the Boltzmann equation?

Can someone write down the Boltzmann equation, not neglecting any of the variables of the involved functions and integrals? Specifically, how to concisely capture the "primed" variables in a sensible ...
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Nucleon-nucleon collision density

Can someone help me derive expression for nucleon-nucleon collision density as a function of transverse plane coordinates (ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions) using Wood-Saxon nuclear densities( ...
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Moment of inertia of rotating particles in center of mass frame?

I am trying to simulate a collision between two molecules. I know the energy for every position/orientation, from which I can calculate the forces. The treatment is classical and the molecules are ...
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Antimatter collision - Energy Released

I think it's about time for me to ask this question, as I've been contemplating this for a while. $$E = mc^2.$$ This is Einstein's most famous equation. But what does it mean? On my own, I had to ...
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Decrease in Intensity [closed]

A beam of particles pass through a target made of thin foil of a very small thickness $\Delta x$ having $N$ particles per unit volume. Let the collision cross section be $\sigma$ . If the intensity of ...
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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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Trouble evaluating an integral arising from particle collision

Assume we have two charged particles colliding. He have particle 1 with mass $m_1$, charge $Z_1 \cdot e$ which travels in $x$-Direction passing by a STATIONARY particle 2 (mass $m_2$, charge $Z_2 ...
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Elastic collision of photon [closed]

Consider an elastic collision of a photon with 100 eV energy hitting a mirror. How much momentum is exchanged in the collision? Also, can one model the reflection of an elastically colliding photon ...
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Collision of 2 neutrons

If two neutrons collide in 3D space and we want to determine the final velocities of both nuetrons (3 components for each neutrons), we can use the conservation of momentum equations and the ...