How to Calculate Inelastic Collision Velocity?

Inelastic Collision Velocity - Definition, Formula, Example

Definition:

An inelastic collision is opposite to an elastic collision. It is a collision in which kinetic energy is not maintained.

Formula:

m1v1 = (m1+m2)v2 Where m1,m2 - Mass of Objects v1,v2 - Velocity of Objects
Example:

Stationary object has mass of 4 kg with initial velocity 5 ms-1 and moving object has mass of 5 kg. Then find the initial velocity of a moving object?

Given:

Mass of Stationary Object (m1) = 4 kg Mass of Moving Object (m2) = 5 kg Velocity of Stationary Object (v1) = 5 ms-1

Solution:

Subsuite the given values in this formulla m1v1 = (m1+m2)v2 v2 = m1 v1 / (m1+m2) v2 = 4x5 / (4 + 5) v2 = 2.22 ms-1


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