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Help on elastic problem

  1. Apr 2, 2004 #1
    Hi, can someone please help me explain this problem,

    If a ball that is made of clay is inelastic, how do I justify that using kinetic energy? If inelastic, where does the "lost" energy go in this case?

    THANKS!
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 2, 2004 #2
    "How do I justify that using kinetic energy?" That using kinetic energy does what?

    In the case of clay balls, most of the lost energy goes into deforming the balls.

    cookiemonster
     
  4. Apr 2, 2004 #3
    I wanted to say how to I justify that the clay ball is inelastic using kinetic energy?
     
  5. Apr 2, 2004 #4
    An elastic collision is defined to be a collision in which kinetic energy is conserved.

    An inelastic collision is defined to be a collision in which kinetic energy is not conserved.

    cookiemonster
     
  6. Apr 2, 2004 #5
    thanks cookiemonster!
     
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