High School Physics

# 3 Types of collisions & their basic differences

Last updated on November 21st, 2021 at 10:06 am

In this post, we will list down the differences among the 3 primary types of collisions, elastic, inelastic & perfectly inelastic collisions. Among these types of collisions, elastic and perfectly inelastic collisions are limiting cases; most collisions actually fall into a category between these two extremes. In this third category of collisions, called inelastic collisions, the colliding objects bounce and move separately after the collision, but the total kinetic energy decreases in the collision. Here is a detailed post on the fundamentals of collisions that you can go through.

## Differences among elastic, inelastic & perfectly inelastic collisions

Let’s present these differences in tabular form.

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