Physics 105 Collisions

March 22, 2000

Brought to you by the Physics 105 Students and Teaching Interns

In this experiment we are studying collisions between 2 carts which use soda cans as bumpers. The collisions are video taped for off-line analysis. Using the video clips, we are able to determine the velocity of the carts before and after the collisions, and thus the change in kinetic energy as a result of the collision. The change in kinetic energy is related to the deformation of the soda cans. The goal of this experiment is to investigate this correlation.

Our experiment attracted the attention of the local media, and all four news channels reported on our experiment in their local news shows. Video clips of these news shows are available by clicking on the links below.

 ABC segment

 CBS segment

 FOX segment

 NBC segment

Results of Collision 1 - 14


 Collision 1


 Collision 2


 Collision 3


 Collision 4


 Collision 5


 Collision 6


 Collision 7


 Collision 8


 Collision 9


Collision 10


 Collision 11


 Collision 12


 Collision 13


 Collision 14

© Frank L. H. Wolfs, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA

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