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Transition from elastic to completely inelastic

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My objects are vibrating after they lose pretty much all of their momentum, and I feel that some method of ignoring really small forces would be useful. Are there any simple models that do this? If I throw an actual superball or spin a coin, eventually it seems to lose all bounciness suddenly.

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i think that the reason why this vibrating behavior with elastic objects doesn't happen in real life is that the elasticity of a collision is in fact a function of the speed at the point of impact, such that at v = 1.0 m/s: e = .5 and at v = .01 m/s: e = .1.

Something like that. You could do some experiments by measuring the time a superball hits the ground after dropped from a certain height. From this you approximate the curve of the coefficient of restitution function. Just some ideas..

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The truth is that real objects never stop vibrating. Most stationary objects we see are vibrating constantly down to the smallest level. I imagine the problem is that the effect is too pronounced to look good, which I usually handle by treating collisions that happen below a certain momentum by reducing that momentum to 0 - but only when it's necessary for style.

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