In this interactive activity adapted from the University of Toronto, learn about the principle of the conservation of momentum. In a simulation of a closed system, observe how momentum is conserved when a moving cart collides with a stationary cart on an air track. Investigate both elastic and inelastic collisions by varying the mass of the stationary cart. Numerical values for mass and speed are provided for quantitative comparison.
This media asset was adapted from the University of Toronto's Collisions on an Air Track.