Collisions and conservation laws
Collisions and conservation laws

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Collisions and conservation laws

Conclusion

Having completed this free course, Collisions and conservation laws, you should now be able to state the law of conservation of momentum and describe the essential features of elastic and inelastic collisions. You should also be able to use the law of conservation of momentum and (when appropriate) the law of conservation of kinetic energy to solve a variety of simple collision problems. In addition, you should recognise the expressions for momentum and energy that arise in special relativity and explain their implications for the creation of new particles in high-speed inelastic collisions at CERN.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course S217 Physics: from classical to quantum [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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