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What does elastic collision mean?
An elastic collision is a collision in which there is no net loss in kinetic energy in the system as a result of the collision. Both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved quantities in elastic collisions.
Does elastic mean they stick together?
An elastic collision is one in which the objects after impact do not lose any of their internal kinetic energy. An elastic collision is one in which the objects after impact become stuck together and move with a common velocity.
Do inelastic collisions conserve momentum?
Momentum is conserved in inelastic collisions, but one cannot track the kinetic energy through the collision since some of it is converted to other forms of energy.
What is elastic collision example?
When we throw a ball on the floor, it bounces back. This is an example of elastic collision where both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved. The collision between the atoms is also an example of elastic collision. The collision between two billiard balls is an example of elastic collision.