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Conservation Laws- Inelastic collison

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In an inelastic collision, is the final total momentum more than the initial momentum, less than the initial momentum or is it the same as the initial momentum?

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Inelastic collisions are discussed. Whether total momentum is more than the initial momentum is analysed.

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