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Inelastic collisions

  1. Feb 8, 2004 #1
    Why is Kinetic Energy lost in an inelastic collision but not in an elastic collision?
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  3. Feb 8, 2004 #2


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    Uhh, because that's the definition of "inelastic" collision?

    If you are looking for more- like what makes on collision elastic and another inelastic, please rephrase the question.

    (If you wondering what happens to the energy, typically it becomes heat energy in the colliding bodies.
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