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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How do astronauts measure weight/mass on other planets? [closed]

At the start of The Martian movie the astronauts collect samples, targeting for "100 grams". Hence the question ... what units do astronauts actually use? I did some quick google search but all I get ...
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If two objects have the same drag coefficient, but one is much heavier, would it fall faster?

Not sure this is a good example but imagine we have two feathers, both with exactly the same drag coefficient, they have the exact same shape and everything, but the only difference is that one of ...
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Does vehicle tire mass effect efficiency?

This question has an interesting origin: A tire salesman was recommending tires (aka tyres) for a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. He said the vehicle was light (compared to most production cars), and ...
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Does mass as a measure of inertia have a meaning in zero gravity?

Mass apart from the amount of material, is also a measure of the inertia of an object, ie. the resistance to change its motion. In zero gravity, does still mass count as the amount of inertia? In ...
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Relativistic mass increment [duplicate]

Is the mass increment with an increase absolute velocity of a body, a direct consequence of energy to mass conversion
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Lorentz Invariants and Time dilation/Distance contraction?

If distances contract in direction of motion and time dilates at high speeds, why are the rest mass $m_0$ and proper time $t_0$ called "invariant" under Lorentz transformations. Since depending on ...
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Mass has the same value in all inertial reference frames?

Is mass the same in all inertial frames? If it is, why is that? If not, can you also explain?
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How do Higgs field provide mass to other particles? [closed]

I know this question has been posted so many times here but still I have some confusions about Higgs mechanism. I watched some videos relating to Higgs mechanism and they says the Higgs field provide ...
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Do neutrinos have mass? [closed]

I'm really curious on this subject and I want to know if neutrinos have mass. I know they are a subatomic particle, but how much mass.
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Does mass compress space-time?

My understanding of relativity explains that the presence of mass warps space-time so that light travelling through the warp follows at straight line but the warp itself is curved and therefore the ...
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What is the relation between interaction range and the mass of gauge bosons?

I have just started to read spontaneous symmetry breaking, where it is mentioned that EM fields are infinite in range, so the gauge boson has to be massless, while for the strong and weak ...
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What's the distance between the center of mass and geometrical center of Earth? [closed]

With a good approach we can say that they are identical. But how accurate is this approach? Since Earth is not homogeneous there must be (can be) some difference. In other words I'm asking if Earth ...
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Friction Resulting from Differing Masses

A friend and I are curious about something. We created a ramp from some wood (like a skate ramp) that's not purely circular in nature. We did so with the intent to test how the mass of an object can ...
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Calculate 2D Effective mass from bulk effective mass

I am trying to create a self consistent Shrodinger Poisson Solver for various semiconductors. There is already one done by Professor Hu from UC Berkeley - QM CV Simulator. Looking at the code, they ...
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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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Concept of mass

In classical mechanics, there seems to be a need to distinguish between inertial and gravitational mass. Some texts show how the concept of mass may be defined with some mathematical rigor. There is ...
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How are photons influenced by gravity? [duplicate]

Are photons actually a zero-mass particle, or are they a low-mass particle. Ive heard many mentions of photons having no mass at all, but shouldnt the massive gravity of a black hole not affect light ...
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Measuring the effective mass

Intro: To avoid any terminology confusion, this is asked in the context of Solid State Physics and semiconductors. The canonical definition given for the effective mass is that it is related to the ...
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Why do we say that photons are particles? [closed]

This question may appear stupid but I really do have to understand. Maybe it's just semantic and nothing else. Why do we say that photons are (elementary) particles? They are pure radiation, since ...
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Weight or Mass? [duplicate]

I would like to ask about what bathroom scales indicate. I already read some forums about it but it just lead me into confusion. I know that it measures weight, but if it points to 70 does it mean ...
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How can neutrinos have both mass and helicity?

If a neutrino has mass it must travel at less than the speed of light. So how can it possess helicity, which can change depending on relative velocity?
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Biot-savart's Law and mass of an electon

One of the my questions is that in Physics lab we use the Biot-Savart law to derive the equation to get Mass of Electron. $B=(8\mu_0NI)/(\sqrt{125}\cdot a)$ I started by trying to integrate both ...
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Why only left-handed neutrinos have been observed yet?

This is what I understood (it may be wrong, so please correct me): since every particle is "divided" into a lefthand and a righthand partner, which is what guarantees the particles to have mass, and ...
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Do relativistic frames imply different realities? [duplicate]

From Einstein's principle of relativity space-time and mass are relative to the frame from which they are being observed. Now would that mean a ball moving at the speed of light wrt to earth would ...
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Confused about volume, density and mass, help!

I got into an argument with my friend, which cast confusion on my understanding of density and its relationship to volume. I'm hoping to get some clarity. The argument involved describing density in ...
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How does Newton's third law work

This law states that to each action there is an opposite and equal reaction. and I understand that this is the law that Rocket thrusters are built on. they use the combustion of fuel to push out hot ...
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Deriving a diffusion equation from a given mass flux density [closed]

I am given that the mass flux density $q$ of a substance in a medium obeys the following physical law. $$q=-D\frac{n^3}{n-n_0}\frac{\partial n}{\partial x}+nv,$$ where $n(x,t)$ is the ...
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Theoretical Possibility of “Opposite” Gravitational Mass? [duplicate]

This is an unusual idea that I have been entertaining for some time, and I can't find anything about it online. However, it is so simple that someone must have conceived it before. First, I will ...
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Sudbery's Quantum Mechanics and the Particles of Nature, Chapter 1, Problem 2: Calculate the mass of the electron [closed]

I'm currently working on the problems for Chapter 1 of Quantum Mechanics and the Particles of Nature: An outline for mathematicians by Anthony Sudbery (Cambridge University Press, 1986; reprinted ...
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Neutrinos are slower than gravitational waves according to their mass?

Neutrino bursts are observed before the visible light of supernovas, most famously SN 1987A. Astronomers likewise expect gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are supposed to travel at exactly the ...
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If mass increases as velocity increases, does gravity increase as well? [duplicate]

The way I understand it, velocity and mass are tied together with relativity. As I increase in velocity, I increase my mass until my mass is so great that it would take more energy than the entire ...
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Top quark mass $m_t$ at energy scales $\mu < m_t$?

Edit - Maybe formulated differently: Does it make sense to talk about the top mass at energies below $m_t$, although in all processes the corresponding energy scale is above $m_t$, because of the rest ...
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Applications on Newtons' laws [closed]

A light string passes over a smooth pulley and carries at one of its ends a body of mass 90 grams and it carries a body of mass 50 grams at its other end.the system started its motion from rest when ...
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What is mass constituted by quarks in a proton?

In a question I read Quarks in a hadron- where does the mass come from "The sum of the masses of the quarks in a proton is approximately $30~\text{MeV}/c^2$, whereas the mass of a proton is ...
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Does light have mass? [closed]

Does light have mass? If yes, will it exert force? If no, then how are light particles are travelling at light speed? If light doesn't have mass how is it attracted by gravitational force (black ...
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Where does the energy lost due to light emission come from?

If an object lose energy when it emits light, does that energy come from the mass of the object? Examples: Does a flashlight lose mass when it's turned on? Does a regular object (like a pencil or a ...
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Is my mass relative?

Mass is said to be a source of gravity (I think:p), but if I were to travel into space. Would it change with respect to someone on earth? Since the gravity changes in space, but does it affect the ...
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How does an Atoms electric field overcome an electrons inertia?

An electron has mass, and therefore has inertia. How does an atoms electric field perpetually overcome an electrons inertia, necessary to hold it in its shell? Does this require continual work to be ...
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Why are we mentioning weight of the product in kg? Why not Newton? [closed]

I am confused using this units. Why this changes happened?
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Can absolute speed be determined by an object's mass?

It's been said that nobody can actually know how fast the Earth is moving through space, because a reference point is needed to determine absolute velocity. But if mass increases as speed increases, ...
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W and Z boson masses' running neglected?

Since the Lagrangian mass term of $W$ boson involves the bare coupling $g$, it cannot be the measured mass. Then the measured mass will "run" with momentum transferred. But everywhere I look the ...
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A question about the Dirac mass and Majorana mass

I am sorry if my question seems to be naive. For the free Dirac field, the Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m_D)\psi$$ or expressed in the Weyl spinor, the mass term ...
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How were the solar masses and distance of the GW150914 merger event calculated from the signal?

The GW150914 signal was observed, giving us the frequency and amplitude of the event. Because LIGO has two detectors a rough source location could be derived. But how do these three factors allow for ...
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Bondi mass aspect

I'm looking for a good reference that defines the Bondi mass aspect and his relations to Bondi and ADM mass. Googling a bit I've not founded any satisfactory exposition of the subject. A short ...
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In GR what is a “source-frame mass”?

In the recent LIGO paper, "GW150914: First results from the search for binary black hole coalescence with Advanced LIGO, (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration)", they refer to the ...
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Weight of mass falling through liquid

If I place a container of fluid on a scale and drop a non-buoyant mass into the fluid, will the scale read less as long as the mass is in motion downward as compared to when the mass is at rest on ...
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Mass, velocity and inertia [closed]

If 5 ozs of weight is my engine, and this weight starts in the back of a four wheeled vehicle traveling down a decline gaining speed due to the engine mass to allow its inertia to carry it across a ...
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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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What is my real weight? [duplicate]

My weighting machines notes my weight to be 65. Should I read it 65N or 65kg. PS: I only need a correct comment. This question is different, since, I know very clearly what mass and weight are. But ...