Realizing Equal Velocities
air track carts are fitted with connectors for an inelastic collision. They are
placed apart on the air track with their connectors facing each other. A meter
stick is laid across their tops. One of the carts is pushed gently, giving both
carts the same velocity. The meter stick is then removed. The first cart makes
an elastic collision with the end of the air track and bounces back with reversed
motion. The two carts then collide and stop in an inelastic collision.
of carts and meter stick.
after both collisions have occurred.
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