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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

A skater is using very low-friction rollerblades. A friend throws a Frisbee to her, on the straight line along which she is coasting. Describe each of the following events as an elastic, an inelastic, or a perfectly inelastic collision between the skater and the Frisbee. (a) She catches the Frisbee and holds it. (b) She tries to catch the Frisbee, but it bounces off her hands and falls to the ground in front of her. (c) She catches the Frisbee and immediately throws it back with the same speed (relative to the ground) to her friend.

(a)

To determine
The type of collision.

Explanation

In a perfectly inelastic collision, the kinetic energy which is lost is maximum.

As the skater catches the Frisbee and holds it, the co-efficient of restitution is zero...

(b)

To determine
The type of collision.

(c)

To determine
The type of collision.

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