Can you make a model like the video below? It's so amazing that I want to check it out. enter link description here

  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean elastic collisions of two blocks? $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2020 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. As in the video, one side is the wall, and there is a full elastic collision between the two connections and the wall. $\endgroup$
    – Hoony
    Sep 15, 2020 at 23:04
  • $\begingroup$ I am happy that you got the answer, it is indeed a beautiful model. But please update the question to make it self-contained. External links may disappear, they should only play a supporting role. Also, it is in the rules of this forum to show some preliminary work. The absence of it explains so many downvotes (not me). $\endgroup$
    – yarchik
    Sep 16, 2020 at 19:03

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It is really amazing that Pi pops up. Here is a simulation, using constant energy and elastic collision with momentum conservation. Note that by a collision with the wall, energy stays constant, but momentum changes.

m1 = 1; m2 = 10;(*masses*)
x10 = 1; x20 = 2; (*initial locations*)
v10 = 0; v20 = -1;(*inital velocities*)
etot = m1 v10^2 + m2 v20^2;(*const energy*)
tmax =10; (*max. time for solution*)
  vv2_] := (tsol = 
   Quiet[Solve[{m1 vn1 + m2 vn2 == m1 vv1 + m2  vv2, 
      m1 vn1^2 + m2 vn2^2 == etot}, {vn1, vn2}]]; {vn1, vn2} /. 
   If[Sign[tsol[[1, 1, 2]]] != Sign[vv1], tsol[[1]], tsol[[2]]]);

sol = NDSolve[{x1'[t] == v1[t], x2'[t] == v2[t], x1[0] == x10, 
    x2[0] == x20, v1[0] == v10, v2[0] == v20, 
     x1[t] == x2[t], {tsol = newvelocity[v1[t], v2[t]], 
      v1[t] -> tsol[[1]], v2[t] -> tsol[[2]] }], 
    WhenEvent[x1[t] == 0, v1[t] -> -v1[t]]}, {x1, x2, v1, v2}, {t, 0, 
    tmax}, DiscreteVariables -> {v1, v2}];
Plot[{ x1[t], x2[t]} /. sol // Evaluate, {t, 0, tmax}, 
 PlotLegends -> {"m1", "m2"}, AxesLabel -> {"time", "space"}, PlotLabel -> 
 "Expected # of collisions:"<>ToString[Floor[Pi/ArcTan[Sqrt[m1/m2]]]]]

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  • $\begingroup$ It helps a lot. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Hoony
    Sep 17, 2020 at 4:32

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