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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 does a Black hole attract light? [duplicate]

Please no hate for lack of knowledge: I am somewhat fascinated with the subject of black holes. However, I do not understand a concept which is constantly attributed with black holes: that a black ...
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How fast does gravitational information travel? [duplicate]

Imagine two objects with equal mass in empty space attracting each other. One of these objects moves tangentially with a very high speed (lets say 0.9c). (p1 = (0, 0) p2 = (1, 0) v1 = (0, 0) v2 = (0, ...
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Is it possible to decrease the mass of the object?

It is known that the Higgs boson gives mass to elementary particles. Also known that if manipulate with the Higgs field and decrease mass of particles then atoms starts to decay and the object will be ...
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Must we test whether e.g. $A=B$ and $A=C$ implies $B=C$ by experiment?

Chaper 10, conservation of momentum in "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" in the chapter entitled, the authors write that Suppose we know from the foregoing experiment that two pieces of matter, ...
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Using the product rule to expand Newton's Second Law?

Newton's second law says that $$F=\frac{\text{d}p}{\text{d}t},$$ where $F$ is the net force on a body. My question is, why can't the product rule be used to yield ...
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Relativistic momentum

I have been trying to derive why relativistic momentum is defined as $p=\gamma mv$. I set up a collision between 2 same balls ($m_1 = m_2 = m$). Before the collision these two balls travel one ...
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Can mass be uncertain?

If you can have uncertainty in momentum, then wouldn't you have uncertainty in mass and velocity? Why can't mass be uncertain?
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Can a 0.1mm iron cannonball fired with a proportional cannon damage a tumbler (glass)? [closed]

A teammate just used the well known phrase "a storm in a teacup". I looked at my tumbler (full of water) and asked this question: "If a pirate ship the size of a nutshell had cannons with iron ...
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Rotational dynamics equation for a variable mass system?

I'm searching for the formulation of Euler's rigid body dynamics in the case of a variable mass system. I'm reading the book Mechanics of Flight by Warren F. Phillips (2nd edition) and unfortunately ...
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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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The relation between mass and speed

Massless particles (or luxons) have no (rest) mass ($m = 0$) and a speed equal to the speed of light ($v = c$). Massive particles (or bradyons) have mass ($m > 0$) and a speed lower than the speed ...
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Is density of an element directly proportional to atomic number or atomic weight? [duplicate]

Is the density of an element directly proportional to any power/order of atomic weight or atomic number? I know very less, probably only highschool level physics, after which my brain has been ...
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An atomic bomb explodes inside of an “unbreakable” container which is on a scale. Does the “weight” of the container change?

I read that most of the "mass" in the proton was actually energy from the quarks and gluons, as opposed to the actual mass which was coupled to the Higgs field. This made me start thinking about ...
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What happens to theoretical physics if a photon has non-zero mass?

I want to know the theoretical implication if photons have a non-zero mass. What happens to the Maxwell equations? What happens to QFT? If the photon have mass it can decade?
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How many human cells will get affected at the prick of a pin? [closed]

Wikipedia states that there are 10^14 cells in a human body. My question is if I was to take a needle or a pin and pierce it just 2 mm in the body, how many cells will I be piercing?
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Can we find actual rest mass of things on Earth

Earth moves around the Sun and the Sun moves around the galaxy and the galaxy moves with unknown speed and direction. We have speed so the mass of us all altered. Can we know the real rest mass? If ...
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How is mass conserved when a muon decays?

A small disclaimer: I am a layperson and not a formal student of physics so forgive any glaring stupidity betrayed in the nature of the question. A muon is supposed to always decay into an electron ...
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Why is the momentum of a particle $\gamma mv$?

I am very new to relativity, and as I was going through Resnick & Halliday, I saw that momentum was no longer $mv$, rather $\gamma mv$. This was the proof: p = mv = m \frac{\delta x}{\delta ...
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Bottle stableness optimization

A few days ago me and some friends played a game where you need to upset a bottle with a ball(flunkyball). Then a question occured: "How much water do we need to put into the bottle that its ...
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How the mass is conserved during continuous expansion?

If universe is continuously expanding doesn't it contradict the fact that mass is conserved? Because if mass is conserved so how is universe expanding?
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How do scientists measure miniscule constants like the mass and charge and speed of an electron?

What can measure the extremely tiny mass of an electron? Is it through indirect means? The same goes for charge. The pull of a single electron must be infinitely small. And if one is to attempt to ...
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Taking a derivative in a dynamic mass balance?

I'm practicing for a transport phenomena exam and I came across this question: A mothball with a diameter of 1.0 cm is hung (by a thread) in stationary air. Mothballs consist of pure naphthalene. ...
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Feathers and Human Flight

In the case of Angels where they're supposed to have wings full of feathers and can fly. If we created a flight suit for humans made out of feathers, how big would the feathers have to be? If the ...
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How can you explain objects of unequal masses falling at the same rate using GR?

Isn't gravity caused by the curvature of space-time, and the stronger it's curved the stronger the attraction? it makes more sense to me that if a heavier object is falling on earth it would fall ...
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Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise

Using a tennis ball as an example object, if one ball weighs 1 ounce and the other is 2 ounces, and both are struck at 100 mph on the same trajectory, would there be any difference in the deceleration ...
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Does a photon exert a gravitational pull?

I know a photon has zero rest mass, but it does have plenty of energy. Since energy and mass are equivalent does this mean that a photon (or more practically, a light beam) exerts a gravitational pull ...
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Question about finding $k$ in Hooke's Law

My textbook (Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Dennis Zill) offers the following explanation of Hooke's Law: By Hooke's Law, the spring itself exerts a restoring force $F$ opposite to the ...
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What is the use (/ meaning) of $F =ma$? [closed]

I have noticed that Euler's formula for force is useful with a couple of natural forces (at distance), like gravity, that can follow a body any length. If you consider the most common occurrences of ...
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What did Tesla mean by “there is no energy in matter”?

I was reading "THE ETERNAL SOURCE OF ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE, ORIGIN AND INTENSITY OF COSMIC RAYS" by Nikola Tesla, and he states: "There is no energy in matter except that absorbed from the ...
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Are there any naturally occurring examples of photons without mass?

I read that a photon is said to have zero mass at zero velocity. Does this mean that they only exist in a state of probability until observed && interacting with some system? And then when ...
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Preventing a block from sliding on a frictionless inclined plane

I want to demonstrate what force $F$ you would have to exert on an inclined plane of angle $t$, mass $M$ to prevent a block on top of it with mass $m$ from sliding up or down the ramp. I worked out ...
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Mass scaling in molecular dynamics

I've noticed some authors scale the mass of particles in molecular dynamics simulations while leaving the force field parameters the same in order to achieve materials of different densities. Does ...
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Can change in temperature cause a change in mass of an object?

If a gold bar is heated to say 200 degree Celsius then will it have the same mass at say 10 degree Celsius. Does energy has mass? If so then does this increased 'heat energy' cause an increase in the ...
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Does negative mass reverse the arrow of time?

General relativity predicts that normal mass (positive mass) results in the curvature of spacetime which in return leads to gravitation. Since space and time are bonded together, any change on the ...
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How to calculate the mass of a sun that is similar to our own

How would you calculate the mass of a sun that could host a habitable planet, with only given the values of the mass of our own sun. And the fact that it takes a specific amount of years for life to ...
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Why does mass in the universe have no limit in large size, but has a limit in small size?

We found VY Canis Majoris, a star so big it can't even be seen in scaled illustratations with the sun itself. However, we stop at particle physics, or quantum mechanics, i.e. particles, subatomic, ...
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How did Newton find out gravity is proportional to the product of two masses? [duplicate]

I am going to ask a really stupid question here. It is a very well known fact that gravity is inversely proportional to the distance squared between two masses. I understand how he arrived at this ...
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We know that weight is measured in Newtons. Since, $weight= mass\times gravity$. What will be the units of Newton? Will that be $N = kg\times g$ ? But we always measure our weight using the unit $kg$! ...
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Do photons gain mass when they travel through glass?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that photons slow down when travelling through glass. Does this mean they gain mass? Otherwise, what happens to extra kinetic energy? I understand now ...
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Elements of particle mass

From what I can tell, it seems that particles have two kinds of mass, the mass inherent in a fundamental particle itself, or for composite particles, additional mass associated with the Higgs field. ...
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Connection between moment/torque and centre of gravity?

So I understand how moments work with regards to basic examples like pushing a door, in that the further you are away from the hinges of the door, the greater the moment, which is like a turning ...
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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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First and Second Moment of Mass

I recently came across the definition of the Center of Mass of a system as the point about which the first moment of mass is zero. Further, it defined Moment of Inertia as the second moment of mass. ...
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Why are $W$ bosons massless above electroweak scale? [duplicate]

Because of the Higgs mechanism, one must replace the Higgs field $\phi$ with $\phi_0 + \phi_1$ where $\phi_0$ is the vacuum expectation value. As far as I understand, the $\phi_0$ gives the mass term ...
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...
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Do we weigh more when standing near massive buildings?

I'm very new to the concepts of SR/GR and curvature of spacetime. My understanding is that the bending of spacetime is the causation of gravity, and that matter is the causation of the bending of ...
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How black hole lose mass? [duplicate]

Even in empty space virtual particles can constantly pop in and out of existence in pairs, when 1 of the pair fall into the black hole while the other escape this is hawking radiation but black hole ...
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What is the difference between pole and running mass?

For example, when we meassure Higgs boson mass to be 125 GeV, do we think about renormalized or pole mass? Should the mass of the Higgs change if it is produced at higher energies?