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Ballistic Pendulum

The ballistic pendulum is a classic example of a dissipative collision in which conservation of momentum can be used for analysis, but conservation of energy during the collision cannot be invoked ...

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How a detector works

Find out how the detectors at CERN tell what particle has been created from the intense collisions.

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Virtual billiards Java Applet

2-dimensional collisions with variable velocity billiard balls

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Kinetic theory simulation

The site gives a practical demonstration on the collisions between gas molecules by varying the temperature and volume. Java applet.

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Gustav Hertz

Gustav Hertz (1887 - 1975) demonstrated the relationship between series of spectral lines and the energy losses of electrons in collision with atoms. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 ...

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Air Track Simulator

This applet simulates collisions in one dimension. Users can change variables of mass, elasticity and initial speeds of masses on an air track.

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NEO - Near-Earth Object Program

Good introduction to NASA's program dedicated to monitoring possible asteroid collisions. Basic knowledge of Solar System assumed. An informative, well-presented, well-focused site.

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Mean Free Path

The mean free path or average distance between collisions for a gas molecule may be estimated from kinetic theory.

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Momentum and its Conservation

The impulse-momentum change theorem and the law of conservation of momentum are introduced, explained and applied to the analysis of collisions of objects.

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Impulse and momentum

Revision guide about conservation of momentum, collisions and impulse.

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