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Inelastic Collisions and Collapse


Inelastic Collisions and Collapse

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This applet demostrates the importance of inelastic collisions in a toy model of granular flow. In the limit of elastic collisions, the velocity and density distributions can be calculated. Introducing inelasticity, however, gives rise to highly nontrivial phenomena such as inelastic collapse (infinte number of collisions in a finite time).
Material Type: Animation
Date Added to MERLOT: March 15, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 26, 2001
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Submitter: Bethany Gross


  • Editor Review avg: 4 rating
  • User Rating: 2.5 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: Grade School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

I am upgrading my ranking upon a second visit, as I found the applet to be more useful than originally thought. The explanation of the applet could use more detail.

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14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Site is of very limited scope, consisting of one applet to demonstrate a single idea. Applet caption is somewhat confusing.

Technical Remarks:

Applet appears to work fine.