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INelastic collisions

  1. Jan 9, 2015 #1
    I don't understand how momentum is conserved during inelastic collision.....plz help me out with some relevant and practical examples...........thanks
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  3. Jan 9, 2015 #2
    yes , momentum is conserved but energy is not during inelastic collision (if there is no friction in the system )
    suppose a car hits a garbage can and then they both continue going on with a same speed ... you can just google search for lots of examples with mathematical explanations
  4. Jan 9, 2015 #3
  5. Jan 9, 2015 #4


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    Both energy and momentum are conserved in any kind of collision. Its just that in inelastic collisions, kinetic energy is not conserved.
  6. Jan 9, 2015 #5
    yes .. that's what i meant to say .. it's a part of the kinetic energy that transforms into another form of energy during inelastic collisions ....
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