# Tagged Questions

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

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### Question regarding elastic collisions and the conservation of momentum / energy [on hold]

I've been working on this question for a few hours and I cannot quite convince myself that my answer is correct. I've read the relevant section in my textbook, but I guess the lightbulb just isn't ...
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### Could a meteor cause the flood from Noah's time in the bible? [on hold]

In the Bible it was said before Noah's flood man lived to be around a thousand years old. Shortly after the flood the life span went to about 120 years. Today 80 years. Could a meteor have hit at ...
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### Does the shape of a meteor make any difference during an impact? [on hold]

Would the shape of the meteor make a difference on the impact? Like a Olympic diver would a spear shaped meteor make less damage to the surface of the Earth while creating more magma movement rather ...
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### Bottle stability optimization

A few days ago some friends and I played a game called "flunkeyball" where you need to upset a bottle with a ball. Then a question occurred: "How much water do we need to put into the bottle that its ...
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### Determining velocity and angular velocity after a collision between two 2D rectangles [on hold]

Say I have two rectangles, which each have four vectors (which represent their vertices), a velocity, a mass, an angular velocity and a rotation (which is only used to simplify calculations as I don't ...
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### When do two point masses orbit or collide? [on hold]

Suppose we have a universe containing two point particles with possibly different masses and initial positions/velocities (with respect to some fixed reference frame). Neglecting relativity and ...
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### In the following problem, where did $v_{cm}$ come from? [on hold]

In the following problem, where did come from? I don't recall any formula that this equation could be derived from...?
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### Where does the force to stop a constant velocity object come from?

If a ball hits a wall at a constant velocity, it will slow down and eventually come to rest. Since the ball was at constant velocity, it was not accelerating, and so there was no force. Also, the ...
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### Why are ions and electrons at different temperatures in a plasma?

In plasmas, the collision rate among ions or electrons is much larger than the collision rate between ions and electrons. Why is that so?
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### How to explain the momentum exchange of two solid particles collision at molecular scale?

Here is my question: assume two solid sphere collided to each other in vacuum, at macroscopic, it can be explain by Newton's law. But at molecular scale, does the surface atoms touch to each other or ...
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### Where did 2mv come from in the solution to the question below?

I know that this is an inelastic collission, which is why the two objects have the same final velocity. However, I don't understand why they equated the V1(M+m) to 2mv. Where did they get 2mv from?
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### In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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### Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision?

Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision? What would be the difference that lead to conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not ...
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### Impulse in perfectly elastic collision

I am implementing this simplified model at the moment, and I am trying to get my head around the physics concepts behind this model. Event-Driven Simulation So the model has two parts, first is ...
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### 2d pool collision with rotational motion

I'm trying to calculate a collision between two 2d disks with rotational motion. The collision is perfectly elastic: the sum of translational and rotational energy is conserved. In the instant of the ...
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### What happens in this collision? [closed]

First, I describe a simple contraption. Second, I describe a simple collision. Third, I replace a box in the collision with the contraption and ask whether, "What happens after the collision?"-i.e., "...
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### What would the collision between a (large) solid planet and a gas giant be like?

Assuming a Jupiter-like planet and an Earth-like planet (Except, say... half the mass of Jupiter), what would happen when the two collide? For clarification: What would the actual collision be like? ...
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### Is it possible for an asteroid to shoot through the earth like a bullet?

Is it possible for an asteroid to shoot through a planet like a bullet ? If so how much force would be necessary for it too go through and out the other side . Using the earth diameter as a base ...
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### Two carts on a frictionless rail collide [closed]

There're 2 carts on a frictionless rail. Their masses are $4m$ and $2m$. (The carts are on the rail in this order). The first cart has a velocity of $v_1$. The first cart hits the second. Knowing that ...
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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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### Would it help if you jump inside a free falling elevator?

Imagine you're trapped inside a free falling elevator. Would you decrease your impact impulse by jumping during the fall? When?
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### Ball flying towards me or me flying towards ball

Suppose a ball is flying towards me at a speed of 10m/s and that, on impact, I feel "x" amount of pain. If, instead, it was me flying towards the ball at the same speed, with all other conditions ...
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### Collision/Crumpling problem possible solution mistake

This question is from Physics for scientist and engineers , Ohanian . Two automobiles of 540 and 1400 kg collide head-on while moving at 80 kmh in opposite directions. After the collision the ...
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### Could ions emitted by an ion thruster represent any realistic danger?

As ion thurster designs improve, the ions emitted could have a velocity (relative to the spacecraft) of well above 10^5 or even 10^6 m/s. It the likelihood of any such ions ever hitting a human ...
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### Finding if two objects collide

The question that I'm trying to understand is this: This is the part of the solution I don't understand: From my knowledge, if $v_p-v_q$ is due south, this means $r_p-r_q$ is also due south, ...
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### What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand?

What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand a briefcase for example. Wouldn't the center of mass move horizontally towards the side carrying ...
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### Intro Mechanics: Finding ball speeds after collision

So I'm reading about conservation of energy, momentum, balls colliding etc. and unsurprisingly there are hundreds of questions in my textbook where essentially they give me some of the variables (m1, ...
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### Impulse of two different objects

I was running over a question, A collision occurs between particles A and B which are moving in opposite directions in the same straight line. The impulse on each particle in the collision is 2N.s, ...
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### Collision between a “spring” and a particle

I am currently attempting to create a simple 2D physics engine, and I just need to know how to solve a certain collision. I have particles, and between any two particles, springs can be connected. ...
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### Newton's Cradle: why does it stay symmetric? [duplicate]

How is it that always the same number of balls leave at the other end in Newton's cradle. I understand that the momentum needs to be conserved, but as momentum is defined as p=m*v couldn't you have a ...
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### The geometrical-locus result of collision and fall

A classical momentum-conservation experiment follows about this way: On a table there is a sloped track and a ball is rolled down. At the bottom of the track, a second ball is at rest. The balls ...
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### How can you find the impact necessary to change the direction of Earth's spin?

If an object the mass of the moon was to hit earth's surface at an angle that would be in the opposite direction of earth's spin, how can you find how much momentum the object needs to cause earth to ...
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### Simple mathematical model for a bouncing ball

I started coding a physics program that simulates gravity - specifically a bouncing ball - and I've already learned a lot researching the topic but the bounce still doesn't look quite right. I need a ...
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### What are the general solutions to a hard sphere collision? [duplicate]

Surely someone has found the solutions to the hard sphere collisions (in $n$ dimensions) of two bodies of mass $m_1$ and $m_2$, respectively--that is the resultant velocities (or momenta) of the two ...
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### Colliding beams vs static target

In this problem I need to find the threshold energy of a positron-electron collision that creates a Z boson (the reverse of the following picture; Z mass 92 GeV) in two distinct cases: collision ring ...
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### How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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### $e^+e^-\to q\bar{q}$: Reconstructing $q\bar{q}$ energy and momentum

Question In a real collider experiment e.g. LHC / LEP how can one reconstruct the energy and momentum of the resultant $q\bar{q}$ pair produced from the process $e^+e^-\to q\bar{q}$? Specifically, ...
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### Intuitive picture for Mandelstam $t$

In tree-level electron-positron scattering one has two possible channels corresponding to Mandelstam variables $s$ and $t$. The $s$-channel ist fine, there $\sqrt s$ is just the center of mass energy ...
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Suppose an insect travelling south at some velocity, collides with a train travelling north at some other (opposite) velocity. The insect hits the front of the train, where it splats to an ...
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### Perfectly elastic and inelastic collision of photon

I`m having some trouble understanding (and finding any relevant information) about the elastic and inelastic collision between a photon and a mirror in non-quantum machanical terms. When a photon hits ...
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### Why a bullet leaves a hole on glass where stone makes scratch?

When we throw a stone it breaks the glass with scratches. But when a bullet hits the glass it leaves a small hole(not always) . I want to know the specific reason behind making hole and scratch.
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Assume two objects moving near light-speed (for this experiment let's say $0.9c$) towards each other. The speed is measured from an observation platform at the collision point (as I understood ...
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### How do you determine which way two objects will travel after collision when given their respective masses and speeds?

I was practicing some Mechanics, and I came across a problem that involved an impact between two objects: I understand how to approach the question: Apply the conservation of momentum, and use the ...
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### Simple deduction of differential cross section from total cross section

In Povh's book "Particles and Nuclei" we read the following: I simply cannot wrap my head around what happened from eq. 5.20 to 5.22. How did he deduce that the cross section for the scattering into ...
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### Change in linear momentum [closed]

Let A and B be to rigid blocks. A is stationary while B is moving with a velocity $u$. So if B collides with A. (These blocks are on a frictionless surface.) What would happen after B collides with ...
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### Why don't two objects move with the same velocity after collision?

I have a problem with understanding the nature of collisions and their outcomes. From my understanding, I come to think that when a mass collides with another, both of them should always have equal ...
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### How is a ballistic pendulum affected by two objects with different masses?

Imagine that bullet A (made of lead) has twice the mass of bullet B It is shot at the same muzzle velocity as bullet B onto a ballistic pendulum; all other initial variables are the same: size and ...
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### Momentum equation of a beam hitting a stationary target to create antiprotons

I'm struggling with the solution of a physics exercise which is to calculate the minimum energy needed to create antiprotons when a proton beam scatters on a stationary proton target: p + p \...
This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...