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Elastic and inelastic collision

  1. Oct 29, 2011 #1
    Hi Experts
    two cars collide on road - it cannot be elastic collision but will it be a inelastic? and does in real life we can have elastic and inelastic collision.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 30, 2011 #2
    Cars are built with crumple zones so when they collide the collision will take a longer time, this also acts to make the collision inelastic.
    2 atoms bouncing off each other is a fairly elastic collision.
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