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By partaking in three unique scenarios of both elastic and inelastic collisions, I was able to conclude that speed and velocity are both conserved. This conclusion was made through the change in velocity of a cart relative to its "crasher". For example: throughout the different-mass elastic collisions, the speed that which the cart started and ended were equivalent - indicating that there was conservation of speed, in addition to the complete transfer of velocity. However, in the different-mass elastic collisions, the transfer of the speed of the cart was not complete, but instead, the lighter cart moved quicker than the heavier cart. This shows us that although force may be the same, the transfer of momentum shows us why the lighter cart moves more quickly than the slower.

Throughout our previous unit, we described the constant velocity of objects in motion. That laid the basis for this next unit, where we will be studying why and how the object moves the way it does, specifically the "push" or "pull" of force. The heavier cart in a same-direction elastic collision seems to push the lighter cart, which causes an increase in speed for the lighter cart. Although we may have brushed on the surface of movement, this unit will pave the path for further investigation on velocity as well as momentum. According to today's lab, it is possible to measure the mass of the carts and then multiple the mass by the velocity to determine momentum. These two things will be related to almost everything that we will be doing in physics, as how can we study how things move if we don't know how they're moving?

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