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Conservation of Momentum

In this lab, students use a SMART cart to experimentally demonstrate that linear momentum and kinetic energy are conserved in an elastic collision, and that linear momentum is conserved but kinetic energy is not conserved in an inelastic collision.

Source: Essential College Physics


Student Files

SC_Conservation_of_Momentum_JJ1.cap 9.22 KB
SC_Conservation_of_Momentum_JJ9.docx 201.72 KB
SC_Conservation_of_Momentum_JJ9.pdf 444.43 KB
SC_Conservation_of_Momentum_JJ2.spklab 7.10 KB

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Basic Smart Cart Metal Track 1.2 m System

The Basic Smart Cart and Metal Track 1.2m System includes two Wireless Smart Carts and a 1.2 m aluminum track without the accessories package.

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