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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This interactive homework problem for introductory physics involves conservation of energy and conservation of momentum. A bullet is fired, embedding itself in a resting pendulum suspended vertically by massless strings. Given mass of the bullet and pendulum, plus initial velocity of the bullet, how high will the pendulum rise after the collision? A user-activated "help" sequence is provided to guide students through each phase of this two-step problem. Immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.
Editor's Note: Why we like this resource: the questions are crafted to carefully guide students through an analysis of how to attack the problem strategically, using concepts central to momentum conservation and conservation of mechanical energy. As an inelastic collision, mechanical energy is conserved at all times EXCEPT during the collision (a notion that can be difficult for beginners). Taken as a whole, the author's problem set will help learners decide when to use kinematic equations, Newton's Second Law, Conservation of Momentum, and/or the Work/Energy Theorem.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
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Keywords:
collisions, conservation of mechanical energy, conservation of momentum, inelastic collision, momentum
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum>.
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Gladding, G. (2014, August 31). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, August 31, 2014. https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum (accessed 20 April 2021).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Ballistic Pendulum. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 31 Aug. 2014. 20 Apr. 2021 <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bpendulum>.
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This is the full index of interactive homework problems developed by the author for lower-level undergraduates of either algebra-based or calculus-based physics.

relation by Caroline Hall
Supplements Direct Measurement Video: Ballistic Pendulum

This Direct Measurement Video depicts the identical physical situation as this Illinois PER interactive problem. Good companion resource.

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