Air Track - Scattering Without Contact

Purpose

To show that elestic scattering can occur between two objects without actual physical contact between the◙objects.◙

Equipment

Air track, gliders from inelastic collision set, disc magnets on spring clips, photocell gate timer.

Setup Time

5 min.

Images

c7-03

Description

Magnets with the same polarity mounted on air track gliders provide the repulsive force between the two gliders without actual physics contact. Elastic scattering between these two gliders proceeds in exactly the same way as when they contact through the bumper springs. ◙