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Inelastic collision

  1. Oct 31, 2011 #1
    hi experts
    Is collison of cars on road an inelastic collision? because friction force is present - plz help me in this regard.
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  3. Oct 31, 2011 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    The collisions are inelastic because the cars to not continue to move after the collision with the same total kinetic energy that they had before the collision. This energy is dissipated in the collision mainly in the form of heat (eg. bending metal).

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