- Define the following terms: kinetic energy, elastic collision, inelastic collision.
- To be able to distinguish between an elastic and inelastic collision.
- To be able to show how the fundamental units for kinetic energy ot potential energy are related to the derived units (J) for energy.
- To solve problems relating to kinetic energy.
- Give examples of elastic and inelastic collisions in nature.
In this unit students will increase their abilities to:
- Kinetic energy is the energy of motion and can be calculated using
- The unit for kinetic energy is the joule.
- An elastic collision is one in which there is no change in kinetic energy.
- An inelastic collision results in some energy being dissipated when colliding objects are in contact. This dissipated energy usually produces heat.