College Physics (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32160-183-1
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Chapter 6 - Linear Momentum and Collisions - Learning Path Questions and Exercises - Multiple Choice Questions - Page 213: 11


(c) In an inelastic collision, the kinetic energy is not conserved.

Work Step by Step

In an inelastic collision, the total mechanical energy is conserved. Keeping with that, either part of or the entire kinetic energy changes into some other form of energy. Change in velocity is reflected in change in momentum of the individual bodies, but the momentum of the system as a whole remains constant. Mass is also conserved.
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