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Experiment Of Conservation Of Linear Momentum

Experiment Of Conservation Of Linear Momentum

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PRINCIPLE OF CONSERVATION OF LINEAR MOMENTUM

EXPERIMENT PRINCIPLE OF CONSERVATION OF LINEAR MOMENTUM Objective: To verify the principle of conservation of linear momentum. Theory: Linear momentum, p is a vector quantity defined as the product of mass and velocity. For a body mass, m and velocity, v; its momentum is given as p = mv. In the absence of external force, that is, in an isolated system, the total momentum of the system is constant. In other words, the total momentum is conserved. This is known as the Principle of Conservation of Linear Momentum. Applying the Principle of Conservation of Linear Momentum in collision, the total momentum of the colliding bodies remains the same before and after the collision. Let m1 and m2 be the masses of two colliding bodies (i.e body 1 and body 2) as shown in Figure 3.1 and u1, u2, v1 and v2 are the velocities before and after the collision of the body 1 and body 2 respectively. We may write this as: m1u1 + m2u2 = m1v1 + m2v2 since momentum is a vector quantity, the principle of conservation of linear momentum is equally true in both x-axis and y-axis direction. In the case of an oblique impact, we resolve the momentum into x-axis and y-axis and we may write the equation as: x-axis and y-axis 0 = m1v1 sinα – m2v2 sinβ m1u1 = m1v1 cosα + m2v2 cosβ

.a) head-on-collision Figure 3. we shall study the collision between two ball bearings on a curved track.1 In the experiment. The first ball bearings is released from the top of the track so that it gains momentum m1u1 before it hits the second ball bearing which is stationary at the horizontal end of the track.

then from the kinematics equation.2b Let h be the height of the ball bearing 1 from the falling point to the ground when it starts to fall freely and R is its horizontal displacement. If t is the time of flight.2a Ball bearing 1 Ball bearing 2 Table Carbon paper Figure 3.Ball bearing 1 Curved track Horizontal end Table h R Figure 3. we may write: .

6 are practically satisfied.6 m1x0 = m1x1 + m2x2 3. Since the balls fall from the same height. .5 Evidently.4 Evidently. the principle of conservation of linear momentum is thus verified.-h = 0 + ½ (-g) t2 t = √ 2h/g The horizontal displacement of the ball bearing.2 and 3. the velocity of the ball bearing is directly proportional to its horizontal displacement.3 respectivelyninto equation 3. we may write: x-axis and y-axis 0 = m1y1 – m2y2 3. R.5 and 3.4. R = uxt Where ux = u = velocity of the ball bearing as it reach the horizontal track end R = u√2h/g Thus. by substituting equations 3. if equation 3. u = R√g/2h 3.

2 ball bearings (diameter of 1. A piece of drawing paper (A3) 8.0 cm) 4. A retort stand Carbon Paper Curved Track Pendulum Landing point of ball bearing 1 m1 R1 α β R2 x1 Table x2 x0 y1 y2 Table 3. A piece of string 5. A piece of carbon paper (A4) 9. A meter rule 7.Apparatus: 1. A curved track 3. A pendulum bob 6. A level table 2.3 .

These two ball bearings will subsequently collide and fall freely in a projectile motion.01) g Reading Distance from the pendulum to the . 7. This position was marked on the track. 4.y1 and y2 were measured. The position of landing points for each ball bearing i. x0 was measured. 11.1) cm Mass of ball bearing 1 : (28.Procedure: 1.(Refer to Figure 3. Observation: Height of point A : (46. The mass of the two ball bearing. The ball bearing 1 was released from a certain height on the curved track shown as point A in figure. In order to place the carbon paper on top of a drawing paper. The ball bearing 1 was released from point A (Refer to Figure 3.27 ± 0.71 ± 0.x2.0 ± 0. 2. 3.m1 and m2 was weigh. 5. Step 8 was repeated for at least another four times.01) g Mass of ball bearing 2 : (16. This step was repeated to obtain at least 5 readings and the average value of x0 were calculated. 8. the landing point of ball bearing 1 on the floor was observed. The ball bearing 1 was released from point A and the distance from the pendulum to the landing point of ball bearing 1.2a. x1.e. The ball bearing 1 was released from point A. 6.3) 10. The ball bearing 2 was placed on the end of the horizontal track slightly off the path of ball bearing 1 so that an oblique collision occurs. The apparatus was set up as in Figure 3. Tabulate the data. 9.2b).

.6 to calculate the results.827) 0 = 0.6 81.0 78.4 3.5 80.716) + (1366.0 79.0 3.2 Table 2 Ball bearing 2 X2(±0.984) (2238.8 2.1 83.4 3.27)(2.5 79.6 1. we used equation 3.878) = (2237. 0 = m1y1 − m2y2 0 = (28.71)(81.7 81.7 Calculation: In order to prove that the experiment verify the principle of conservation of linear momentum.71)(3. m1x0 = m1x1 + m2x2 = (870.594) (28.5 4.7) 0 = (62.984) Thus.2) – (16.8 79.194) – (61.2) = (28.4 84.8 1.367 Thus.27)(30.8) + (16.2 30.6 30.984 ≠ 2237.5 and 3.8) (2238. 2238.x0 (± 0.1) cm 78.6 2.7 3.3 2.2 Reading 1 2 3 4 5 Average Ball bearing 1 X1(±0.8 3.1 2 3 4 5 Average Table 1 landing point.1) cm 29.1) cm 78.1) cm Y2(±0. For x-axis.594 And for the y-axis.7 2.7 30.8 31.1) cm Y1(±0.7 81.27)(79.7 31.

0 ≠ 0. Conclusion . both equation does not verify the principle of conservation of linear momentum. The result was tempered and not accurate. Lastly try to reduce the errors by using the zero parallax error instrument. The point is only 0.367 So. there was no air resistance and another force that react on the experiment. In the vacuum medium. Discussion : The result cannot be obtained due to some error such as air resistance. This is because the experiment was handled in the room. To get the correct result the experiment should be carry out in the vacuum medium.1. The error also happens when taking the measurement using the metre rule. the calculation will never be accurate Besides that. The metre rule is not so accurate and not very sensitive. the collision of the ball bearing will never same as stated in the theory due to some limitation. So.

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