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Inelastic Collisions and Collapse

Inelastic Collisions and Collapse

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).


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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
18 years ago
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.