Exploration 8.6: An Explosive Collision
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The system's total kinetic energy is increased in a 1200-J explosion in the animation (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Restart.
Use a mass ratio of 1:2 for the following questions.
- Draw energy diagrams for the system before and after the explosion.
- What percentage of the explosion's energy is converted to kinetic energy?
- What percentage of the explosion's energy is usable as kinetic energy?
- Is the process shown in the animation reversible?
Vary the mass of the left cart from 0.1 kg to 1.0 kg for the following questions.
- Does the larger or the smaller mass receive the most energy?
- Does the larger or the smaller mass receive the most momentum?
- Does the ratio of the two masses have any effect on the total resulting kinetic energy?
- Does the ratio of the two masses have any effect on the recoverable energy?