perfectly inelastic collision


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perfectly inelastic collision

[′pər·fik·lē ‚in·i′las·tik kə′lizh·ən]
(physics)
A collision in which as much translational kinetic energy is converted into internal energy of the colliding systems as is consistent with the conservation of momentum. Also known as completely inelastic collision.
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