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Problem 8.3: Determine Δp for two collisions
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Two carts collide with a wall as shown in the animation (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Assume the two carts are identical. Restart.
- Is kinetic energy constant for either collision?
- Which cart, top or bottom, undergoes the greater change in kinetic energy due to colliding with the wall?
- Is this the same cart that undergoes the greater change in momentum?
- Explain how carts can change their momentum but not their kinetic energy.