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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Remotely finding the mass of a satellite

I have a question similar to one I've asked earlier (Calculating mass of an orbiting body with force and acceleration), but without a specific formula... How can you find the mass of a satellite body ...
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Calculating mass of an orbiting body with force and acceleration

I'm new to physics, and it's a lot to take in- but there is a problem that I really can't seem to wrap my head around- finding the mass of an orbiting body, like an asteroid. I've looked around a lot ...
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Is there a connection between gluons and photons?

I was wondering if there is any sort of connection between a gluon and a photon since they are both considered massless.
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If there is no gravity, does that mean there's no mass as well? [duplicate]

I have demonstrated that weight only is measured based on the gravitational pull of where you live. For example, the gravity on the surface of Mars is three times smaller than the gravity on the ...
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Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end?

Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end? Since objects of different mass tend to fall at the same speed (assuming a vacuum), why do then heavier objects push harder ...
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Negative Mass Square

I'm reading a book about neutrino physics (from 1997). In the chapter about neutrino mass they list results of certain experiments. All of them get a negative value for $m(\nu_e)^2$ but a positive one ...
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Constructing a Hamiltonian from a mass matrix?

I was solving some questions regarding the Hamiltonian, which required a lot of algebra, but as I finished and looked professor answer I saw that he constructed a matrix from the kinetic energy and ...
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Does a toy top weigh less when it is spinning?

I am under the understanding that a toy top will weigh less when it is spinning. The Russians made a spinning type transport back in the 70s to lessen its payload over the tundra. Is this an effective ...
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What is the mass of a wave?

The slide called "QUANTA" here says that "One Quantum has a definite mass" and the picture shows a wave. So, What is meant by the mass of a wave?
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Proving that the Center of Mass of a solid sphere is at the origin [closed]

For my own knowledge and to understand why. I am trying to convince myself that the center of mass for a rigid solid sphere is at the origin (0,0,0). I begin with the basic definition of CM ...
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What defines the mass of elementary particle?

The electron is particle. The mass of electron is $9.10938215(45)\times 10^{−31}\, {\rm kg}$. But why is the mass exactly what it is? What in physics defines the mass of elementary particle?
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Mass - Unification of kinetic and gravitational mass definitions

As a kinetic definition, mass of a body is a measure of the translational inertia of the body. There is also the gravitational definition of mass. Can these definitions (kinetic and gravitational) be ...
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How to derive an equation for the mass of a pendulum bob?

How to derive an equation for the mass of a pendulum bob? If anyone knows of a resource that shows this (I've looked) or could explain how to derive an equation for the mass of a pendulum would be ...
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If quarks didn't have mass, could protons (and neutrons) exist?

I read here (mass of a proton) that the mass of a proton is mostly (99%) due to the energy of the strong nuclear force which binds the quarks together, and not the actual mass of the quarks. My ...
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Point of zero gravity for fixed masses?

Given a number of fixed point masses in 3D space, is there necessarily one or more points where there is zero gravity (ie, the combined gravity of the masses cancels out), and, if so, how do I find ...
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Charged Universe and charge-dependent inertia/anti-inertia

I posted this same question as a follow up for the main question here. I expected to get a quick answer but since none have come up I raise it as a topic in its own right. So the question is: Suppose ...
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Smallest Black hole nessesary to devour Earth?

While looking into black holes I can across the idea of hawking radiation, and the fact that microscopic black holes would near instantaneously evaporate before doing any damage. However larger black ...
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Why do non-accelerating objects exert force on each other?

The equation for force is $\vec{F} = m\vec{a}$, where $\vec{a}$ is acceleration. Acceleration is a change in velocity. However, if an object with constant velocity (i.e. 0 acceleration) hits another ...
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Can 3 objects be collinear?

Suppose there are 3 objects floating in some space, without anything else besides this 3 objects. Is there any way for them to end up collinear at any given moment (assuming they start at completely ...
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Acceleration due to gravitational force [duplicate]

I need some help with below. So according to Newton's 2nd law, $a=F/m$, for a given mass, the acceleration depends on mass. But acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass. There seems some ...
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A drop falling in the condensed air

A drop is falling in humid air with air resistance equal $F_r = - \alpha v^2$. In $t = 0$ the drop is ideally spherical, $h$ above the ground, has mass $m_0$ and velocity $v_0 = 0$. What mass and ...
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Is spacetime elastic or inelastic [closed]

If spacetime is nonelastic and the zero mass curvature is zero than local perturbations of spacetime by mass describable as circumference -2r(pi)is less than zero must be balanced by areas of ...
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Kinetic energy during 1 minute - wrong? [closed]

I've come across this IEEE paper whilst researching for a project I've undertaken regarding a bicycle generator. This paper concerns an exercise bike powered electric generator. Essentially they have ...
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When Sugar Is Added to Water, How Does the Mass Change, and How does That Affect the Water's Density and Boiling Point?

I can't find a good answer anywhere. How does the amount of sugar added change the boiling point, mass, and density of water? Does it affect the mass or the volume? Or both?
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In which experiments the charge to mass ratio of proton was determined?

Are there experiments where the charge to mass ratio for protons have been determined in the same way as in Thompson’s experiments (where he determined the charge to mass ratio of electron) but with ...
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Does adding static charge to a body increase its mass?

If a body becomes charged by losing electrons for example, it will experience a braking force when it is accelerated due to radiation called Bremsstrahlung radiation. Part of the energy used to ...
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Which is the lightest thing in this universe? Is that a photon or neutrino?

I hear a lot of people saying that neutrino is the lightest subatomic particle but according to me a photon must be the lightest as nothing can travel faster than light because it gets heavier and ...
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Why isn't a meter defined from a kilogram of water?

Why are there different official definitions for a kilogram and for a meter when a meter can be defined by the volume of a kilogram of water? For instance, using the triple point or some other state ...
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Weighing a baloon

I know of methods of measuring the mass of a gas using chemistry, but this is unrelated. I was wondering if it is possible to deduce the mass of a helium balloon by measuring its mass it on a scale ...
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Other values of mass of the electron and the charge of the electron?

Are there whatever experimental data other than Millikan Oil Droplet experiments data and Stoney calculations from electrolysis low, or some experimental indications pointed on the possibility that ...
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Why can center of mass be used in calculating gravity?

Why can gravitational forces be based on the center of mass. Due to the fact that gravity is related to the square of the distance should not the gravitational sum of every particle exceed the force ...
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What is the real meaning of mass in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

I know the meaning of mass in classical physics, the ratio of force and acceleration. But what do we mean when we talk about the mass of an electron in quantum mechanics?
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Does dark energy work like gravity, but the opposite way?

If a body has more mass gravity will exert a greater force on it. Does that apply also to dark energy? In other words, if a body has more mass, will it be affected more by dark energy? (that is, will ...
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Question regarding the mass of an alpha particle when travelling at a speed approaching the speed of light [duplicate]

The speed of an Alpha particle is: 10^7 m/s. This is a speed approaching the speed of light. hence, should the (relativitic) mass of the Alpha particle vary?
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Have hypothetical particles with gravitational mass unequal to their inertial mass been proposed in the past, e.g. as candidates for dark matter?

This is a question about history. To my understanding the equivalence of intertial and gravitational mass for all known particles is a weird empirical coincidence that has been confirmed to high ...
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How to model vibration damped by applied/contact force?

I am computer science student and I am working on a project which needs to know how the vibration of phone is damped by applied force (when human touches the phone). I have read many articles about ...
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Why is $V=(1/2) m^2 \phi^2$ for a free relativistic scalar field of mass $m$?

Bit of a basic question here but how come for a free relativistic scalar field of mass $m$ such as Klein Gordon theory, we take the potential to be $$V=\frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^2$$ Is the mass term ...
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What is the relationship between the “mass” of QFT and that of Newtonian mechanics?

In QFT we work with Lagrangians which contain terms $m$ such that the relativistic relation $E^2 = p^2 + m^2$ is satisfied. By classical analogy $m$ is called the 'mass'. We note that due to the ...
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Speed of light, lasers and mass

Hopefully this isn't a bad question. Light travels at the speed it does and nothing else can travel that fast because things have mass, correct? Or at least correct on an elementary level. And if ...
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Can the Higgs mechanism provide complex masses for quarks and neutrinos?

Can the Higgs mechanism give complex masses to quarks and neutrinos, or is only real mass generation possible? There exist complex phases in the CKM and PMNS matrices, can they be explained through ...
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Do all black holes have the same mass density? [duplicate]

I have been reading about black holes in Stephan Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'. Then I was reading more about it on Wikipedia; I am making a school project on it. I do not really remember what ...
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Electric skateboard speed calculations [closed]

I have a slight issue figuring out how the mass of person (≈110kg) will affect the theoretical top speed achieved. Below are the details: (1) Motor kv : 270 kV (2) Batteries: 19.8V Motor Speed: ...
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How can one interaction influence the way another interaction generates mass?

This question arose as a follow-up of this one and applies generally to all interactions and all ways to generate mass. To make it clear, I take here the example of the neutron, whose mass is in ...
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What is the effective electron mass in a plasma?

Is there a way to calculate the effective electron mass in plasmas? Effective electron mass is usually defined as varying from the vacuum electron mass in solid state physics. However, momentum ...
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Where does mass come from in pair production?

In pair production, two gamma rays with > .511Mev can come together to create a positron and an electron. So two electromagnetic waves E and B fields, with No mass and No gravity and traveling at ...
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How does mass change with speed? [duplicate]

While reading a textbook on Physics, I came across this : Mass is a universal constant. It does not depend upon the position of the body on the Universe but it changes with speed of the body. ...
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Does the (relativistic) mass change? Why?

I learned recently that when an object moves with a velocity comparable to the velocity of light the (relativistic) mass changes. How does this alteration take place?
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Neutrino oscillation and mass [closed]

Neutrino oscillations indicate that neutrino have little bit mass. Among three neutrinos - electron, muon and tau neutrino - which is heavier? What is the mass range of these neutrino?
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Confused by gravity and weight [closed]

I know that $F = mg$ so $2,00 \textrm{ KG m} \cdot 9,81 \textrm{ N g} = 19,62 \textrm{ N F}$ Why does my book say that the weight of a $2,00 \textrm{ KG}$ object is $19,62\textrm{ N}$, the mass is ...
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Gravity amplifier

Just a hypothetical question. Is it possible to increase or amplify gravitational interactions between two or more bodies ( without changing the mass)? Will changing the graviton ...