Experiment Mg-03

Elastic Collisions with Air Carts

Description: Two identical air track carts are fitted with loops made of clock spring steel so that they can collide elastically. One or both of the carts are given an initial velocity towards the other cart. Since the carts are identical, they have the same mass. Weights can be added to one or both carts to change the results of the collision.


Setup of the carts on an air track.


Carts moving after collision.


Collision of original cart and weighted cart, which has twice the mass of the original cart.


Materials: Air carts, air track, weights


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