Some Physics 105 experiments attract the attention of the local media, andon March 22, 2000, all four news channels reported on a Physics 105 experiment in their local news shows.
In this experiment we are studying collisions between 2 carts which use soda cans as bumpers. The collisions are video taped for off-line analysis. Using the video clips, we are able to determine the velocity of the carts before and after the collisions, and thus the change in kinetic energy as a result of the collision. The change in kinetic energy is related to the deformation of the soda cans. The goal of this experiment is to investigate this correlation.
Video clips of these news shows are available by clicking on the links below.
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Last updated on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 7:00