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perfectly inelastic vs. inelastic collisions

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by badasshairday, May 8, 2007.

  1. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology
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    For some reason I always thought there were two types of inelastic collisions. Perfect and not perfect collisions. I thought that the perfectly inelastic collisions conserved Kinetic Energy as well as momentum while the normal inelastic collisions only conserved momentum but not energy.

    What say you?
     
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    I think you have it backwards. elastic conserve energy and inelastic loses energy
     
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    both inelastic types do not conserve kinetic energy.

    only perfectly inelastic types stick together.

    that's it.
     
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    the MCAT usually asks about perfectly inelastic collisions which do NOT conserve energy but DO conserve momentum-which is how they ask questions.

    Elastic- Energy and Momentum conserved
    Inelastic- just Momentum
     
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    All the replies above are correct: all inelastic collisions involve a loss of KE. I'll add, however, that perfectly inelastic collision -- those after which the objects stick together -- produce the maximum possible loss of KE (consistent with conservation of momentum).
     

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