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Inelastic collision

What is it ?

An inelastic collision is a type of collision in which the two colliding bodies do not deform elastically and lose their initial kinetic energy. This means that the two bodies do not bounce against each other and part of their kinetic energy is converted into impact energy and dissipated into the environment.

When a car hits a wall, the kinetic energy of the car is converted into impact energy and dissipated into the environment as the car deforms and the wall absorbs energy. The car stops and does not bounce during this impact, indicating that the impact is inelastic.

The formula for kinetic energy before and after an inelastic collision can be written as follows:

Kinetic energy before > Kinetic energy after

Where ""Kinetic energy before"" is the kinetic energy of the two bodies before the impact, and ""Kinetic energy after"" is the kinetic energy of the two bodies after the impact.

It is important to note that in an inelastic shock, the kinetic energy is not conserved, but some of this energy is converted into shock energy and dissipated into the environment. Potential energy and elastic energy can also be converted into each other in an inelastic collision.

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