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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity?

Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity or they just mean the same thing? My textbook does not clarifies this point.
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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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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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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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Why is the definition of mass and matter interlinked?

In my textbook the definition of matter and mass are: Matter: Any thing that occupies space and has mass . Mass: The amount of matter contained in a body. While defining "matter" we refer to "...
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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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Is it possible to have a black hole in empty space?

If the escape velocity of two very massive objects is near the speed of light, and those objects are orbiting each other (let's ignore the Roche limit for this exercise), is it possible that the ...
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Why don’t photons interact with the Higgs field?

Why don’t photons interact with the Higgs field and hence remain massless?
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What are the six quark mass values when extrapolated to Planck energy?

Let us assume that the standard model is correct up to Planck mass. (Yes, I know, this is a big assumption.) If we continue the running of quark masses with energy (due to renormalization), what are ...
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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 $931~\...
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Quarks in a hadron- where does the mass come from

We know that the sum of the masses of the quarks in a proton is approximately $9.4^{+1.9}_{-1.3}~\text{MeV}/c^2$, whereas the mass of a proton is $\approx931~\text{MeV}/c^2$. This extra mass is ...
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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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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 holes)...
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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 is effective mass of holes positive?

i am trying to understand this. I know that the effective mass of electrons or holes is calculated as: $$m^* = \frac{h^2}{(4\pi^2)\frac{d^2E}{dk^2}}$$ Now,if i look at this plot for example: I ...
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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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A problem with ADM mass in the derivation of 1st law of black hole thermodynamics

The definition of ADM mass is $$M=\frac{1}{16\pi}\lim_{r\rightarrow\infty}\int \left(\frac{\partial h_{\mu\nu}}{\partial x^\mu}-\frac{\partial h_{\mu\mu}}{\partial x^\nu} \right)N^\nu dA$$ according ...
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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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The relativity of gravity: If mass is relative how much gravity do I experience?

Now let's say the I am on a spaceship. The spaceship is not accelerating, i.e., it is not firing its rockets. Most of the ship's mass is in the back of the ship. Let's say it is moving arbitrarily ...
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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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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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How can individual photons have different amounts of energy?

If photon is an elementary particle, how can different photons have different energy, if $E=mc^2$ and all photons have (or don't have) the same mass and the speed of photon is constant shouldn't it ...
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2 airplanes same size and shap different mass

2 identical balls of different mass dropped from same height reach the ground at the same time due to the acceleration of gravity being constant. If I understand correctly the ball with more mass ...
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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 the ...
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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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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 ...
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Conditions for the tension to vary in the rope

What are the conditions for the tension to vary in the rope. I have read below conditions 1. rope has to have some mass 2. rope is accelerating I get the 1st one,...
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Is there anything that has mass but no charge?

Is there anything that has mass but no charge? I am of course aware of neutrons, but since these have internal structure and only a net non-zero charge, they will have a non-trivial electric field (e....
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Does the shape of a containter affect the apparent mass of liquid inside it when measured by a scale? [duplicate]

For both containers it is true that: $p_{bottom}=p_{atm}+\rho gh$ and $F_{bottom}=a*p_{bottom} \iff F_{bottom}=a*p_{atm} + a\rho gh$ I do not know how a scale functions, but I guess that the only ...
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Mass of a point charge [closed]

A point charge is defined as an electric charge at a mathematical point with no dimensions(Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_particle#Point_charge). Can anything be said about its mass in ...
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Doubts About Force and Inertia!

But then what does inertia mean at all!? Cant we calculate how much it resists the applied force? I mean considering an imaginary plane with no friction but gravity as of Earth and an enormous mass of ...
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Do we feel 0.4% less body weight on mount everest?

Weight of the object at surface of earth(where $g=9.8066$). considering Weight=$100~\rm kg$ ,Weight ($W_1$)=$mg$ , mass=$10.1972~\rm kg$ At mount Everest top: Height of Mount Everest = $8.848\rm km$...
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Balancing Utensils: Center of Mass

If you have a cork piece on top of a nail, it is extremely hard to keep it stable, and the slightest action will make the cork fall off. However, when you balance it on top of a nail but put forks ...
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How can the Schwarzschild radius of the universe be 13.7 billion light years?

So i was reading about Schwarzschild radius on Wiki and I found a interesting thing written there link. It says that the S. radius of the universe is as big as the size of the universe? How is ...
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Inertia on relativistic mass when particle is near speed of light

Inertia is directly proportional to mass but what happens when something travel to speed near to light. Its relativistic mass tends to infinity but that is false mass so I want to know if inertia is ...