Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 6 - Think and Explain: 80

Answer

The collision is more damaging if the cars bounce.

Work Step by Step

The momentum change for a car is greater if it bounces backward compared to when it sticks to the other car. To produce this greater impulse, a larger force is required, which means more damage.
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