Mj-6 Elastic Collisions

Aim

To demonstrate elastic collisions on the air track.

Apparatus

  • Linear air track
  • Air gliders
  • Compression springs

Elastic Collisions Elastic Collison Diagram

Elastic Collision Setup.

Description

The air gliders are 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. Alternatively the air gladers can be fitted with opposite pole magnets to create an inelastic collisions.

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