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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inelastic_collision

An inelastic collision, in contrast to an elastic collision, is a collision in which kinetic energy is not conserved due to the action of internal friction. In collisions of macroscopic bodies, some kinetic energy is turned into vibrational energy of the atoms, causing a heating effect, and the bodies are deformed.

www.thoughtco.com/what-is-inelastic-collision-2698918

While an inelastic collision occurs anytime that kinetic energy is lost during the collision, there is a maximum amount of kinetic energy that can be lost. In this sort of collision, called a perfectly inelastic collision, the colliding objects actually end up "stuck" together.

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What are elastic and inelastic collisions? This is the currently selected item. Solving elastic collision problems the hard way. Deriving the shortcut to solve elastic collision problems. How to use the shortcut for solving elastic collisions. Next lesson. Center of mass.

hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/elacol.html

Elastic and Inelastic Collisions. A perfectly elastic collision is defined as one in which there is no loss of kinetic energy in the collision. An inelastic collision is one in which part of the kinetic energy is changed to some other form of energy in the collision. Any macroscopic collision between objects will convert some of the kinetic energy into internal energy and other forms of energy ...

softschools.com/formulas/physics/inelastic_collision_formula/91

An inelastic collision is any collision between objects in which some energy is lost. A special case of this is sometimes called the "perfectly" inelastic collision. In a perfectly inelastic collision, two objects collide and stick together. The momentum of the objects before the collision is ...

socratic.org/physics/momentum-and-collisions/inelastic-collisions

In an inelastic collision part of the kinetic energy is changed to some other form of energy in the collision. Macroscopic collisions are generally inelastic and do not conserve kinetic energy, but they obey the general principle of conservation of energy and the conservation of momentum. If a car strikes an insect, it will not appreciably slow your car, but, if a small object collides ...

hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/inecol.html

Inelastic Collisions Perfectly elastic collisions are those in which no kinetic energy is lost in the collision. Macroscopic collisions are generally inelastic and do not conserve kinetic energy, though of course the total energy is conserved as required by the general principle of conservation of energy.The extreme inelastic collision is one in which the colliding objects stick together after ...

www.khanacademy.org/.../v/elastic-and-inelastic-collisions

If that collision happens over a short time interval, there's not enough time for an external force to cause enough impulse to impact the momentum greatly. So if it's one of these instantaneous impacts that happen in collisions, then the momentum will be conserved for both elastic collisions and inelastic collisions.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastic_collision

At any instant, half the collisions are, to a varying extent, inelastic collisions (the pair possesses less kinetic energy in their translational motions after the collision than before), and half could be described as “super-elastic” (possessing more kinetic energy after the collision than before