Difference between revisions of "Conservation of momentum"

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The conservation of momentum in a collision between two objects where the two objects become one is expressed as <math> \left(M_\mathrm{1}V_\mathrm{1i}\right) + \left(M_\mathrm{2}V_\mathrm{2i}\right) = \left(M_\mathrm{1} + M_\mathrm{2}\right)V_\mathrm{f}</math>
The conservation of momentum in a collision between two objects where the two objects become one is expressed as <math> \left(M_\mathrm{1}V_\mathrm{1i}\right) + \left(M_\mathrm{2}V_\mathrm{2i}\right) = \left(M_\mathrm{1} + M_\mathrm{2}\right)V_\mathrm{f}</math>
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Revision as of 13:57, 15 November 2007

Momentum is always conserved. The momenta of individual objects in a system may vary, but the vector sum of all the momenta will not change. Therefore, momentum is said to be conserved.

The conservation of momentum in a glancing collision between two objects is expressed as


The conservation of momentum in a collision between two objects where the two objects become one is expressed as