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2 Cars Colliding with same mass 
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Dec105, 07:44 AM

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Hiya. The problem i'm trying to solve is this:
To solve the problem of what speeds the two cars have after an ELASTIC collision, i used simultaneous equations. My process was:
From my workings, i seem to have found that if the masses of the two vehicles are equal, then in an elastic collision; the speeds afterwards of the two vehicles will just swap. e.g.
Will that be the same for all collisions where the mass is the same and the collision is elastic? 


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Dec105, 08:14 AM

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[tex]mv_1 + mv_2 = mv'_1 + mv'_2[/tex] [tex]mv_1^2 + mv_2^2 = mv'_1^2 + mv'_2^2[/tex] 


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