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Impulse Comparison for Elastic and Inelastic Collisions

Keith Michaelsen, Southington High School, Southington, CT, contacted us to discuss ways to show students that the impulse delivered during an elastic collision is twice the impulse delivered by an inelastic collision. This is a counter-intuitive concept, and performing an experiment to observe this can be a challenge. Here’s how we would do it.

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