1N30.21 - Elastic & Inelastic Collision of Solids - Balls

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Elastic & Inelastic Collision of Solids - Balls
Conservation of Linear Momentum, Coefficient of Restitution
Area of Study:
Steel plate, Set of steel balls, Ping-Pong ball, Super ball, Handball, and Impulse Demo.

The happy/sad ball set has one ball that bounces much like a super ball and one ball that bounces very little.

Combinations of the other balls will give different elastic coefficients.

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