Exploding Carts

The Exploding Carts Interactive animates several explosions between two carts on a no-friction track. The explosions differ in terms of the relative mass of the two carts. Post-collisions speeds of the two carts are shown. Trials can be performed with a varying ratio of mass for the two carts.

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Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. Or if desired, The Physics Classroom has prepared an activity for a more directed experience. The activity was designed with the intent of being used by classroom teachers with their classes.
Our Exploding Carts simulation is now available with a Concept Checker. Do the simulation. Then follow it up with a Concept Checker.

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.