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Difference between inelastic and nonelastic

  1. Jul 27, 2014 #1
    An inelastic collision, in contrast to an elastic collision, is a collision in which kinetic energy is not conserved.

    http://journals.aps.org/archive/abstract/10.1103/PhysRev.114.1584 [Broken]
    nonelastic (total minus elastic).

    Is inelastic just part of nonelastic ?
    nonelastic = inelastic + nuclear reaction [ (n,α),(n,γ), (n,p), (n,n'),fission ...]

    Is definition the same for charged and uncharged particles ?
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  3. Jul 27, 2014 #2


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    In high-energy physics, all those processes (apart from elastic scattering of course) would be called inelastic. I don't know about nuclear physics. In general, the same words can be defined slightly different between different authors.
  4. Jul 27, 2014 #3

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    The difference may be in quasi-elastic and diffractive collisions: these are ones where the incoming particles emerge intact, but the collision was not elastic.
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