Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Conservation of Momentum

Students use two Smart Carts and a dynamics system to demonstrate that linear momentum and kinetic energy are conserved in an elastic collision, and linear momentum is conserved but kinetic energy is not conserved in an inelastic collision.

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IB Topics AP Topics
2.4 5.D.1.3; 5.D.2.2; 5.D.2.4

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Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Conservation of Momentum