Sunday, October 21, 2007

Conservation of Momentum

Admittedly this video isn't that cool. By the way, I hope the other embedded video works now.

However, this is an example of (variation upon) newton's cradle. It's better than showing you the one on my desk. Here, momentum is conserved. When one ball is pulled back and allowed to hit the stationary balls the momentum is transfered to the ball on the opposite side and it moves. Here the balls (of same size and mass, and same plane of movement) are involved in an elastic collision. The KE is not changed to anything else. I also see this concept in the bowling ball return. When there is a line of bowling balls and a ball comes back and hits the series of balls only the last ball moves away. So anyways, happy rest of weekend everyone.

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