# 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Baryonic density in collision experiments

Does anyone know any way of estimating the net baryon density in collision experiments, e.g. in LHC, RHIC, or the upcoming ones at GSI-FAIR? I have comes across many hand-waving arguments, sample - ...
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### Modelling an Inelastic Collision

I've attempted to model the inelastic collision between a moving mass and a large stationary object, e.g. dropping an ball on the floor, for analysing the approximate kinematics and heat dissipation ...
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### Can a projectile moving at supersonic velocities leave a silhouette in whatever it hits?

I was recently reading this, and Floris's answer confirmed my knowledge that the information of an collision travels at the speed of sound. While I was thinking about that, my mind wandered and I ...
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### Trying to make a realistic simulation of 'breaks' (Pool)

I'm working on a 2D pool simulation project right now, and I'm trying to create good looking physics that are also performant. After collisions are detected, I update the velocities of the balls. So ...
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I have just covered a very brief module on special relativity as a part of my physics course. I have also done some extra reading mostly; Morrin's Classical Mechanics. While I found the book really ...
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### Collision of Discs and Snooker Kicks

I woke up this morning thinking about spinning discs. Could someone verify whether my reasoning below is correct? Problem 1 Suppose have two identical uniform discs constrained to move in a plane. ...
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### Lennard-Jones induced pseudo-molecules

It can be shown that the Lennard-Jones potential - which describes the interaction between particles in non-ideal gases - gives rise to pseudo-molecules: after a triple "collision" of three (classical)...
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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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### How to write down the detailed balance (microreversed) amplitude

I know that time-reversal of a reaction and the detailed balance (microreversed, or reciprocal) reaction are different. Textbooks on scattering theory explain how to relate the S-matrix elements of 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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### 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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### 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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### Plastic deformation energy dissipation due to inelastic collision

I have been attempting to determine an analytical expression for the coefficient of restitution (or any similar collision parameter) for an inelastic collision. So far, I've looked at Hertzian contact ...
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### Books on collision probability and collision processes

Are there any books specifically on collision processes between atoms and molecules and collision probability? I would like to get an overview of the factors that determine collision probability ...
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### Matrix element approximation

In the formula for the decay width of $\Upsilon(4S)$ to B-mesons from $\text{e}^+\text{e}^-$ collisions: \Gamma_{\Upsilon(4S)\to B\bar{B}}=\frac{\left|\underline{P}_B \right|}{8\pi M_{\Upsilon(4S)}^...
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### How to calculate the resulting velocitys and rotation speed after two concave polygons collide in 2d

so I've been searching google for how to do this, but all anyone seems to care about is collision detection =p, and no results come close to teaching me how to calculate 2d elastic collision between ...
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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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### 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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### Electron positron collision producing mesons

An electron of an energy 9 GeV and a positron of energy E collide to produce a $B^0$ and anti-$B^0$ meson, each with a mass of 5.3 GeV. What is the minimum positron energy required to produce the $B^0$...
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### Does final velocity after collision depends only on temperature change

An inelastic collision causes translational kinetic energy to be transferred into vibrational kinetic energy. Total kinetic energy is conserved. We measure the decrease in translational kinetic energy ...
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### Elastic Collision of Infinitely Large Body and an Infinitely Small Body

So I guess this is a somewhat conceptual question. There are two bodies, one with a mass $m$ that is so light it is massless and at rest so $v_{_i1} = 0$ And the other with mass $M$ that is almost ...
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### kinetic energy of flowing fluid

When a quantity of fluid (let's say equal to volumetric flow rate Litre/s) collides during a second with an object, do all the molecules of this quantity collides with it? I am asking this question ...
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### Discrepancy of capture from 2p+1 state to 2p(+-1)

In the (nlm) characterization of hydrogenic orbitals. Consider the collisions H+ + H(2p+1) ---> H(2p-1) + H+ H+ + H(2p+1) ---> H(2p+1) + H+ where an electron capture has ocurred. Should the ...
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### Glancing collision question

Can someone explain the energy loss in a glancing collision to me? And how this compares with head-on collisions. I know head-on collisions are when objects rebound on straight line paths that ...
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### Are the effects of faraday's law of induction worth considering in this experiment?

In my intro to physics lab at uni, we did an experiment where we were supposed to measure the amount of kinetic energy and momentum before and after collisions between two carts. For some reason, ...
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### two sphere collision, distribution of KE

If we have two glass balls of exact same mass and size. We tape to the first one a very little piece of titanium facing the other sphere and we collide the two spheres at the same speed. The question ...
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### Impact Time in Impulses

Impact time is said to be a key determinant in determining how much force is exerted upon a body. Because the impulse required to stop a falling block is the same regardless of what type of flooring ...
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### Precisely calculate velocities after collision of convex objects

I am writing a simple physics engine, and I'm now trying to calculate the post-collision velocities of two colliding, convex objects. I know the coefficient of restitution, but most of the math that I'...
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### Issues determining velocity in a totally elastic collision

A block of mass $M_1$ is attached by string to a support. The block is raised to a height and released. It then strikes a block of mass $M_2$ on a frictionless surface. Find the velocity of block $M_2$...
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### Star collision observation

What would these scenarios look like in real world? I mean, what the result would be?: 2 stars (not necessarily same mass) will collide "side by side", like in, they originally were traveling ...
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### Simple question relating to physics prac reports

I am writing a physics practical report relating to the elasticity of materials relating to their momentum in a collision. I have values for the elasticities that are all within 2% of each other but I ...
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### During perfectly elastic collision of two objects $A$ and $B$, how much is the initial speed of object $A$ affecting the force applied to $A$ itself?

I got stuck in what seemed to be an easy problem. If two bodies $A$ and $B$ collide perfectly elastically and head-on what is the equation that gives us the forces applied to $A$ and $B$, given a ...
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### What is the relationship between the Young's modulus of a material and the elasticity of a free fall collision

I'm coding a 2D physics simulator based around the Newtonian physics principles with some alterations due to computation limits and I am at the stage of creating a collision event between a planetary ...
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### Two cars colliding with different speeds

If I have one car travelling at 30 m/s and another travelling at 10 m/s both weighing the same amount, why is it that the car travelling 10 m/s would have more damage? According to Newton's third law ...
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### Experiment to verify a spring constant

In my high school physics class, I had students do a Hooke's Law lab to measure an unknown spring constant. Once we compared everyone's data we came up with a class value for $k$ of 253 N/m. We then ...
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### Speed of a magnet

What is the speed of two magnets during the congruent moment of their attraction? Theoretically, could a large enough magnet attract a significantly smaller magnet at near the speed of light? In ...
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### Collision force calculation with no future knowledge

For a personal project, I am attempting to write a fairly realistic collision simulator (for relatively large objects, not quantum stuff). As I was consulting my physics textbook and various online ...
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### Transfer Equation between two oscillating pendulum collision

How to model the energy transfer equation between two oscilators colliding? For example two pendulum oscilating at frequency $f_1$ and $f_2$ and they transfer energy during colision.
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### Collision between 2d circle and flat surface

First of all I want to preface this post by saying that I am absolutely terrible at maths, my level of geometry equals being able to discern a circle from a rectangle but that's about it, as for ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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### Collision of 2 particles - calculating the mass and a speed after the collision

Lets say we have a particle of mass $m_1$ which has a kinetic energy $W_{k1}$. This particle collides with another same particle. How can i calculate mass $m_2$ and the speed $v_2$ of the particle ...
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### Continuum mechanics and effects of stress

Going to word this question a bit more straightforward than I may have before. Also, I'm trying to use baby formulas so I can grasp exactly what's going on. Object A has an elasticity of ...