Colliding gliders (different masses): Quantitative Observational Experiment


Develop physical quantities and a rule to explain what happens when two gliders collide on a frictionless airtrack

Prior Knowledge

  1. Understanding of speed and velocity
  2. Understanding of motion diagrams and graphing.

Description of the Experiment

Two gliders of different mass collide in various ways on a frictionless air track. Try and refine your model and invent new physical quantities (if necessary) to describe and explain what you see here.

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Make a list of physical quantities or their combinations that are the same before and after the collision. How is this list different from the previous experiment?