School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mj-6 Elastic Collisions

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate elastic collisions on the air track.

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Elastic Collisions

Elastic Collision Diagram

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Elastic Collisions

Description

The air glidersare fitted with loops made of clock spring steel so that they can make elastic collisions. The gliders may be weighted and different initial velocity conditions may be studied.

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