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Linear/angular momentum formulas

  1. Jul 12, 2006 #1
    Does anyone know the formulas for

    (1) linear momemtum
    (2) angular momentum

    for the situtation of two spacecrafts colliding in space or in orbit

  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 12, 2006 #2


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    That is not very simple.

    Are the collisions elastic or inelastic, and then one needs to know the impact parameter, i.e. how far from the combined CM both spacecraft CMs are.

    Please do not double post - the same question is asked in this thread

    An inelastic collision is described, and as DocAl asked, what is 'conserved' in this collision?
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2006
  4. Jul 13, 2006 #3
    What do mean by 'CM'?
  5. Jul 13, 2006 #4
    Centre of Mass.
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