The property of an object that determines how much it responds to a force in Newtonian mechanics, and how much it interacts with gravity in the Newtonian framework. Mass also refers to the intrinsic energy of a particle in particle physics.

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Why are photons massless (quantum field theory)

I'm really trying to understand Quantum field theory and gauge in-variance, I'd like to ask a question about this to aid my understanding. The QED lagrangian as below has a kinetic term for this gauge ...
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What particles travel near the speed of a photon?

I know photons travel at the speed of light. How does the size of a particle determine its maximum velocity? Phonons, Prions, Electron ect. Is there a scale in from the smallest particle's maximum ...
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Does gravity exist between quarks in a neutron?

Does gravity exist between quarks in a neutron? I mean, I've learned that gravity exists between objects that have mass/energy. But does this apply between quarks in a neutron?
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What is the smallest item for which gravity has been recorded or observed?

What is the smallest item for which gravity has been recorded or observed? By this, I mean the smallest object whose gravitational effect upon another object has been detected. (Many thanks to Daniel ...
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Why doesn't the four-gluon vertex give mass to gluons?

We have a four-gluon vertex and a gluon vacuum condensate. Why doesn't this provide us with gluon masses, as in the NJL model where the condensate gives rise to an effective mass term?
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How do we know the Schwarzschild solution contains an object of mass $M$?

The Schwarzschild metric is $$ds^2 = - \left( 1 - \frac{2GM}{r} \right) dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2GM}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2 d\Omega^2.$$ In Carroll's GR book, it is claimed that $M$ is the mass of the ...
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Conservation of Komar Mass

The definition of Komar Mass in GR is associated with one asymptotically flat end. However, a hypersurface may contain more than one end, such as the spacelike Einstein Rosen bridge in Kruskal ...
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Decay of massless particles

We don't normally consider the possibility that massless particles could undergo radioactive decay. There are elementary arguments that make it sound implausible. (A bunch of the following is ...
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The Sun's space-time warp [on hold]

Can we infer that the skin of the Sun is (to some depth) blanketed by the space-time warp created by its own mass? Does the Earth's mass create any measure of a space-time warp?
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Does the human body have a measurable gravitational field?

I am researching communication other than speech or vision. The human body emits radiation in the form of heat; As the body has mass, will it have a gravitational field?
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The force of gravitation [on hold]

Which is greater: attraction of the Earth to 5 kg of iron or attraction of 5 kg of iron to the Earth? give reasons. When an apple falls towards the Earth, the Earth moves up to meet the earth. Is ...
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Net force equal to mass multiplied by acceleration of centre of mass [closed]

$F=ma$ if $a=0$ then definitely the net force applied will be also zero (0). then, in this case $m=F/a$. If both net force and acceleration(of centre of mass) is equal to zero (0). then, isn't mass ...
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Moment of inertia and gravity

Would the objects have moment of Inertia if there was no gravity? Because imagine a bar, if I put my hand at the center of the bar and rotate it, it would be easier than rotate the bar picking one ...
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What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...
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Does deformation due to a force affect the acceleration produced by it? [closed]

You have two same masses, one non-deformable and the other plastically deformable. You exert the same force for same time. Will they move with the same speed? Obviously the one will deform and move, ...
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Mass spectrum of field theory

How can I find the mass spectrum of a field theory given a Lagrangian made of a canonical kinetic term and a potential. I mean, I think I have to find the matrix of the quadratic terms in all the ...
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Could there be a “massive gravity” theory?

If we talk about a "quantum theory" of General Relativity, we know that the particle that mediates the gravitational force would be the so called Graviton, a massless particle with spin $2$. I ...
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Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity?

The common understanding is that, setting air resistance aside, all objects dropped to Earth fall at the same rate. This is often demonstrated through the thought experiment of cutting a large object ...
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How precise can current technologies measure the mass of an object?

Masses of various objects are listed on this wikipedia page: Orders of magnitude (mass). For example, mass of an HIV-1 virus is on the order of 1 femtogram. Are these data actually measured (which I ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [closed]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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What is the physical meaning of reduced mass?

If we stick two block masses by a string and pass it over a pully and let the blocks free then mathematically we can obtain that the whole weight on the pully is more if the blocks are kept at rest, ...
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Equivalence of definitions of ADM Mass

ADM Mass is a useful measure of a system. It is often defined (Wald 293) $$M_{ADM}=\frac{1}{16\pi} \lim_{r \to \infty} \oint_{s_r} (h_{\mu\nu,\mu}-h_{\mu\mu,\nu})N^{\nu} dA$$ Where $s_r$ is two ...
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Is (rest) mass quantized?

I learned today in class that photons and light are quantized. I also remember that electric charge is quantized as well. I was thinking about these implications, and I was wondering if (rest) mass ...
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I want to know about the quantization of mass [duplicate]

Is mass quantized? If yes, then why do we see all amounts of mass? Well , can it be said quantized just for smaller masses?
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Can something without mass exert a force?

I am something of a dilettante in physics, so please forgive me if the answer to this question is painfully obvious. The question is simple, can something that theoretically has no mass exert a force. ...
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Center of mass motion and variation of mass

Here are the proofs regarding the center of mass motion as reported on my book. $$\vec{r_{cm}}=\frac{\sum\vec{r_i} m_i}{\sum m_i}$$ $$\vec{v_{cm}}=\frac{d{\vec{r_{cm}}}}{dt}=\frac{1}{M}\sum ...
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Find force using mass, $x$ and $y$ coordinate [closed]

Body with a 3.00 m move along the x,y cordinate.x=5t(2)-1, y=3t(3)+2, t=2.00 How to find force F? I tried to solve problem using newton`s second law
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The mass-energy equivalence for rest mass

It is clear that the kinetic energy can be derived as $(m-m_0)c^2$. However, why do we say that $m_0c^2$ is the rest mass energy? It seems that this mass-energy equivalence for rest mass is just a ...
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Spin of a gauge field

I was wondering what is the simplest way to understand the reduction of the Wigner's little group from $SO(d-1)$ to $SO(d-2)$ when one considers massive and massless fields respectively (in a $d$ ...
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Do all objects free fall at the same rate regardless of their mass? [duplicate]

Is it true that all object will fall at the same speed in vacuum irrespective of their mass because the acceleration due to gravity of Earth is 9.8 m/s2. Then what happens to the gravitational force ...
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Do greater mass objects attract objects quicker, than lessor mass objects? [duplicate]

If I jumped up and down on the moon it would take longer than if I jumped up and down on earth... the only changing variable being mass - the difference in mass between the earth and moon. wouldn't ...
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Force on a Massless String

Suppose we are just pulling a block with the help of a string which is massless. Now since the mass of the string is 0 the force exerted by us is transmitted without being diminished. So the equation ...
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Why is 1 kg of cotton heavier than 1 kg of stone? [closed]

I've been told that 1 kg of cotton has more density since Density = mass / volume, and volume of 1 kg of cotton is pretty big outside , and height of it very long, and stone is lighter because its ...
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1-Loop Mass Splitting of vector-like Fermions

In this paper the author argues that for a vector-like fermion doublet, with degenerate mass $M$ at tree level, we always have a mass splitting between the charged component of the doublet $L$ and the ...
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How to calculate the maximum speed of an object?

There is a spaceship, whose mass is $100 \, \mathrm{kg}$. The thrust of its rocket is $300 \, \mathrm{N}$. How is it possible to calculate the maximal speed that the spaceship can reach, and the time ...
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How is mass of observable universe calculated? [duplicate]

How is even mass of earth known ? How do we get to know them? Whilst I was studying about dark matter it was listed about 'mass of observable universe' and density and so on...so what is the ...
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Find the tension in each segment of rope suspending two hanging masses

I have the situation in the image where two masses are suspended along a piece of rope (resulting in three segments of rope). I need to find the tension in each of the three segments of rope. I ...
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Why do heavier objects fall faster on hills but not in straight drops?

All other things being equal, if a heavier object will roll at a higher speed down hill than a lighter one, because it's heavier with more mass, then how is it that dropped objects fall at the same ...
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What really is the smallest “mass” or “object” in the universe?

As the Wikipedia article Subatomic particles shows, with respect to the sciences, the atom is obviously not the smallest piece of mass. Apparently, if people have already broken down the atom in to ...
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How did gravity exist before mass?

I'm brushing up on my Big Bang, and I noticed that, apparently, although gravity is the first force to split from the original "superforce", mass does not appear on the scene until after the second ...
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Why should mass be attractive in nature?

Why does a mass attract all the masses around it? Why should't it repel or just stay calm? Why should it be like that?
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How much Oxygen is in ζ-phase metallic Oxygen?

I am playing with a sci-fi idea of Oxygen storage for breathing. I wonder how do some compressed forms of Oxygen compare to human-breath-Oxygen (room temperature, room pressure) in terms of density. ...
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Construct an effective field theory of neutrino mass

This is the problem I am trying to solve. I kinda write down the Lagrangian as $$L = \frac{1}{2}m_L \bar{v}_L^Cv_L$$ but I don't know how to continue. Can anyone help me?
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In Golf, What Influences More On How Far The Ball Travels?

Most of us are aware of the general concept that the harder you hit something, the farther it usually travels. (let us suppose we are neglecting any air resistance and friction that happens) And from ...
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Spinning a string with a mass on the end. What makes the mass rotate parallel to the ground? [closed]

Say you use your hand to rotate a string with a mass attached to the end. The string will first become taunt and then the mass and string will move upwards until they are spinning parallel to the ...
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Effective masses for different direction

Assume we have an indirect semiconductor where the effective mass becomes anisotropic in different directions. Usually, one talks about a mass in parallel and perpendicular direction referring to ...
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Force of baseball bat given force of ball and recoil distance

Say I swing a baseball bat and hit a ball. The ball is moving at 60 miles per hour and impacts the baseball bat squarely at that speed. The ball has moved twenty feet before impacting the bat. The ...
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Why is there no negative mass? [duplicate]

We know that the entire matter has a property called mass. Charge is also a property of matter. If negative charge can exist, why don't negative mass exist? Also, like charges repel each other. Then ...
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Distorting the space-time fabric

If point masses could be generated in a controlled manner distorting the fabric of space-time objects could be made to move in any direction relative to each other and not simply attract as is ...