Billiard Ball Physics

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Instructions

Here are two animations of billiard ball collisions:

  • Collision #1
    What is the ratio of the black mass to the red mass?
  • Collision #2
    The green and the blue balls have the same mass. Does the collision shown violate any conservation laws?

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You may start, stop and single frame advance each simulation using the buttons at the bottom of the animation. To restart the animation, click on the collision title. The X coordinate of each ball is given next to that ball. (Position is given in metres and time is given in seconds)

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