Lecture 8 - Dynamics of Multiple-Body System and Law of Conservation of Momentum

author: Ramamurti Shankar, Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: June 3, 2010,   recorded: October 2006,   views: 3810
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The dynamics of a many-body system is examined. Through a variety of examples, the professor demonstrates how to locate the center of mass and how to evaluate it for a number of objects. Finally, the Law of Conservation of Momentum is introduced and discussed. The lecture ends with problems of collision in one dimension focusing on the totally elastic and totally inelastic cases.

Reading assignment:

Wolfson and Pasachoff, Physics with Modern Physics, chapter 10.

Resources: Problem Set 5 [PDF] Problem Set 5 Solutions [PDF]

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