Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321993721
ISBN 13: 978-0-32199-372-4

Chapter 9 - For Thought and Discussion: 13

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In elastic collisions, no kinetic energy will be lost, so the satellites will go in the opposite direction they were going with the same velocity. With an inelastic collision, however, kinetic energy is lost, so depending on how much energy is lost, the satellites could go nowhere, or they could go in all directions.
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