Help on elastic problem

  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. "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. I wanted to say how to I justify that the clay ball is inelastic using kinetic energy?
     
  5. 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. thanks cookiemonster!
     
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