Introduction

AP® Physics

1. Basics

2. Kinematics

3. Forces & Newton's Laws

4. Torque & Rotational Dynamics

5. Centripetal Force & Orbits

6. Energy, Work & Power

7. Momentum & Collisions

8. Simple Harmonic Motion & Waves

Now that we know what
**momentum**
is, let's learn about the conservation of momentum and collisions.

Similar to the law of conservation of energy, this becomes a useful tool for studying and predicting the motion of objects. If we know the total momentum of a system of objects at any moment in time, we know that value will be the same at another moment in time.

The most common scenario where we apply the conservation of momentum is a **collision**. A collision is when 2 or more objects come
into contact with each other, like 2 cars colliding. But we can also consider scenarios like explosions, where
objects or pieces of an object start together and then fly apart. We'll learn about several types of events including
**elastic** collisions, **inelastic** collisions, **perfectly inelastic** collisions and **explosions**.

Angular momentum is also conserved over time, just like linear momentum. Although they are very similar, it's important to establish that the law of conservation of angular momentum is separate because it actually provides its own predictions for the motion of objects.

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**Answers**

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- Professor Dave - Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
- Matt Anderson - Collisions in 2D
- Matt Anderson - Explosions
- Khan Academy - How to use the shortcut for solving elastic collisions

- Michel van Biezen - Momentum in Space
- Michel van Biezen - Colliding with a Semi Truck
- Organic Chemistry Tutor - Conservation of Momentum
- Organic Chemistry Tutor - Elastic Collisions in One Dimension
- Organic Chemistry Tutor - Inelastic Collisions in One Dimension
- Organic Chemistry Tutor - Conservation of Momentum in Two Dimensions

Now that we know what
**momentum**
is, let's learn about the conservation of momentum and collisions.

Similar to the law of conservation of energy, this becomes a useful tool for studying and predicting the motion of objects. If we know the total momentum of a system of objects at any moment in time, we know that value will be the same at another moment in time.

The most common scenario where we apply the conservation of momentum is a **collision**. A collision is when 2 or more objects come
into contact with each other, like 2 cars colliding. But we can also consider scenarios like explosions, where
objects or pieces of an object start together and then fly apart. We'll learn about several types of events including
**elastic** collisions, **inelastic** collisions, **perfectly inelastic** collisions and **explosions**.

Angular momentum is also conserved over time, just like linear momentum. Although they are very similar, it's important to establish that the law of conservation of angular momentum is separate because it actually provides its own predictions for the motion of objects.

Conservation of Momentum and Collisions

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