An extension to that well known experiment which demonstrates the conservation of momentum and energy. Click on the arrow at bottom left to get the simulation started. You can then alter the positions of the balls and the positions from where they are suspended.

## Software/Applets used on this page

Uses Cinderella interactive geometry

## Glossary

### conservation of momentum

the total momentum before the collision equals the total momentum after the collision

### energy

A scalar quantity associated with an object or system. Heat, light and sound are examples.

### momentum

the product of the mass of an object and its velocity, p=mv.

## This question appears in the following syllabi:

Syllabus | Module | Section | Topic | Exam Year |
---|---|---|---|---|

AQA A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

AQA AS Further Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Momentum and Collisions | Collisions | - |

AQA AS/A2 Further Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Momentum and Collisions | Collisions | - |

CCEA A-Level (NI) | M1 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

Edexcel A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

Edexcel AS Further Maths 2017 | Further Mechanics 1 | Momentum and Impulse | Collisions | - |

Edexcel AS/A2 Further Maths 2017 | Further Mechanics 1 | Momentum and Impulse | Collisions | - |

OCR A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M1 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

OCR AS Further Maths 2017 | Mechanics | Impulse and Momentum | Collisions | - |

OCR MEI AS Further Maths 2017 | Mechanics A | Momentum and Impulse | Collisions | - |

OCR-MEI A-Level (UK - Pre-2017) | M2 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

Pre-U A-Level (UK) | Mech | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

Universal (all site questions) | D | Dynamics | Collisions | - |

WJEC A-Level (Wales) | M1 | Dynamics | Collisions | - |