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 must inertial mass and gravitational mass be equal, not just proportional?

I'm certain I'm just under a grave misapprehension. I really just don't understand how one can conclude that inertial mass is equal to gravitational mass. It seems to me that we've simply scaled our "...
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Why does a black hole grow when it consumes matter? Isn't this a contradiction?

I've been thinking about this for a while but can't get my head around it. A black hole's mass is such that its gravity can overcome light. Its event horizon, as I see it, is the boundary up to which ...
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Would it be safe to say that mass is kind of a property of energy?

In a video i just saw about the true meaning of E=mc2, it said something that really got me thinking; "Mass is not really converted to energy" and that mass wasn't actually a thing, but more of a ...
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How should I interpret relativistic mass? [duplicate]

If I have a mass that gets accelerated to a near the speed of light, before it gets I would think its relativistic mass would expand its Schwarzschild radius enough to turn it into a black hole. I ...
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Will I weigh more if I have fever?

$E=mc^2$ means that energy is mass, and adding energy to an object (that is, making it hotter) makes it more massive. So if my body temperature increases, will I weigh more? or will i become lighter ...
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Galileo proved wrong? [duplicate]

Galileo stated that objects dropped from the same height will hit the ground at the same time, that the rate of gravity is constant for all objects no matter the mass. But I think there is a flaw in ...
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Effective mass approximation Wannier function lattice vector operator approximate representation proof. Yu and Cardona

I am having difficulty in Yu and Cardona 4th edition chapter 4 page 164, equation 4.9 to 4.10 I just do not understand how to go from line 4.9 to 4.10. 4.9: $$ R_{op} \psi(\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{n,\...
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What really is mass?

I was always taught that mass was how much matter something is made of, but I recently read that it is how resistant an object is to acceleration; as such, you could add mass to an object by ...
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Physical meaning of eigenvectors of mass matrix

What is the physical meaning of the eigenvectors of the mass matrix? If I consider a 2-dof system with one mass linked to two orthogonal springs and I write the equations in any orthogonal system of ...
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Does energy flowing from one place to another in an object cause displacement of that object?

Let's consider two situations: a) A solid metal box (not hollow) where some heat is put on its left side. After some time, the heat will have moved to the right and also have spread out throughout ...
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Force between two contacting masses on a frictionless surface pushed from left or right [closed]

The figure shows two boxes, with $m_1 > m_x$ that are on a level frictionless surface. We can apply a horizontal force $F$ either toward right on $m_1$ or toward left on $m_2$. The magnitude of the ...
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A cylinder in a zone of stationery dust particles [closed]

A rod of mass $M$ and cross - sectional area $A$ first enters a zone of stationery dust particles of density $ \rho_1 $ and length $ x_1 $ and then yet another zone of dust particles of density $\...
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Exercise pulleys and accelerations [closed]

The system shown has ideal massless pulleys and no friction. The pulleys 1 and 2 are fixed and the pulley 3 is mobile. The mass m2 is rigidly attached to the center of the pulley 3 by a support ...
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Can mercury evaporate if it's covered by water?

I was recently watching a video about elemental mercury and how it's cleaned up in water (fish tanks), and it was mentioned how mercury can be toxic in vapor form. My question is, if I were to drop a ...
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Area of phase space of Harmonic oscillator

We all know that the phase trajectory of an undamped linear harmonic oscillator is an ellipse. But when we calculate the area of the ellipse we find it does not depend of mass of the particle. Why is ...
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Can a black hole move at speed of light?

Black hole comes in all sizes ranging from microscopic black hole on a quantum scale to supermassive black hole that resides in the center of probably every galaxy. Photon have no rest mass hence they ...
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Fire: Understanding the states of matter and its mass

If the fire is a state of matter (plasma) and every matter has mass. My question is: how we can calculate the mass of a fire?
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How can photons/particles/objects/things be massless? [closed]

How could we say a photon be massless? A thing which has no mass is seem to be just like it does not exist or we say it is nothing. It should be very less but we can't say "massless". Everything which ...
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How do gravitons transmit gravity to occulted bodies?

If matter feels gravitation by way of absorbing gravitons, how is it that gravity passes through matter unfettered? For instance during a solar eclipse; shouldn't the moon block at least some of the ...
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Do other people's mass count when measuring the attraction of the earth on me? [duplicate]

Suppose that I'm alone on a planet of $M$. From what I learned from school, the gravitation force acting on me is given by $$F=G\frac{mM}{r^2},$$ where $m$ is my mass, $r$ is the distance between me ...
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What's the deal with Relativistic Mass? [duplicate]

So I have taken a first course in Special Relativity and the Relativistic Mass is defined as: $$m = \frac{m_o}{\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}}.$$ Now, when this was introduced in the course, it was introduced as ...
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Should these be called “weights” or “masses”? [closed]

Yeah, those circular metal disks. Weights or masses? I call them weights because when I attach them to a spring I'm interested in their weight, but it feels odd saying a "Pick up the 100g weight". "...
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Why is the apparent weight smaller when you crouch down on a scale?

I am having a problem understanding the concept of the apparent weight change when you crouch down, stand up, and jump on the scale. What is happening that makes the scale change?
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The (relativistic) mass of a proton in the LHC

What would be the (relativistic) mass of a proton, in grams, as it is traveling at the maximum possible speed in the LHC?
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Justification of $P_{\text{photon}}=E/c$ in derivation of $E=mc^2$

I recently was reading up on the derivation of $E=mc^2$. Now, I came across this derivation at this link. I noticed that several lines into the derivation they throw in the equation $$P_{\text{photon}}...
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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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Mass of a particle ( relativity)

A hypothetical atom has a rest mass of $15.000000136\,\mathrm{u}$. Overtime it undergoes a spontaneous breakdown into two masses of $7.000000229\,\mathrm{u}$ and $6.902727019\,\mathrm{u}$ respectively....
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Does not the mass of those living on the Earth add on to the mass of the Earth or is it too negligible to be cared for?

Source: Earth weighs about 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds (or 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms). Since Earth is too big to be placed on a scale, scientists use mathematics ...
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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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Is a blackhole just a neutrino with much more mass?

If there was a blackhole that had a mass similar to that of a neutrino ($0.320 ± 0.081\,\mathrm{eV/c^2}$), would we still be able to differentiate the blackhole from the neutrino? Is there any ...
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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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Two-body systems quantum physics (Transformation) [closed]

Given the Schrödinger equation $i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\Psi(\vec r_1,\vec r_2,t) =\left [ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_1}\nabla_{r_1}^2-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_2}\nabla_{r_2}^2 +V(\vec r_1,\vec r_2)\right ...
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Is it possible for an object to have mass but zero volume?

Can there exist a particle/object in the universe having mass but no volume? Is it possible that mass can exist without volume and density? We think we know that matter is anything having mass and ...
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Applying downward force on someone without adding to their weight

I am creating a scenario for a superhero comic, and need help with an idea. I'd like the solution to be based in scientific theory, or at least scientific fantasy, as opposed to resorting to simply ...
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Do photons have no mass? [duplicate]

My Quantum Mechanics' teacher said today on the class that photons don't have mass. I was puzzled because I knew that photons have momentum. If a particle hasn't mass then its momentum sould be $0$ ...
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Does a rotating object have more inertia, mass and gravitational pull?

When an object is rotating on an axis, it has stored rotational energy in it. Since energy and mass are related, does this stored rotation increase the mass of the object? And if so, will it be harder ...
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Planks, supports, and a scale [closed]

I've got two equal dimension planks with the same homogenous mass. They're placed next to each other like this (bird's eye view): [ ][ ] They're sitting ...
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Significance of imaginary mass

Can real mass be thought of as producing a deformation in spacetime leading to a stable equilibrium (valley curve in gravitational potential energy) of the massive body, and imaginary mass as similar, ...
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Can the up quark still be massless?

It used to be commonly discussed that the bare mass of the up quark can be $0$. This was because we can't observe its effect directly. To my knowledge the up quark can only be measured by its effect ...
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Flamant's use of mass and weight

I apologize for the stupid question, but I've consulted teachers and found their answers unsatisfactory. Professor E.Brune, in the XIX century, delivered a course on l'École des beaux-arts on ...
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Centre of gravity vs centre of mass for a pyramid mounted on a cube, all sides of length $l$ [duplicate]

A uniform solid body is constructed using a square-based pyramid mounted on a cube. If each edge of the solid has length $l$ show that the centre of gravity of the body lies within the cube is, $\frac ...
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Mass to Light Ratios

I know that the mass to light ratio for galaxies is between 2 and 10. I also know that the ratio changes primarily based on what kind of galaxy you have (elliptical, spiral, etc). Is there a table ...
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Is the relativistic mass of a photon non-zero?

A photon has rest $m=0$, but it is never at rest, so it has no rest mass, then the relativistic mass is according to me non-zero because: $E = \text{work}=m \times \text{acceleration} \times \text{...
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How is the fall time for a parachute affected by the mass of the load?

Why do parachutes with a heavier load fall faster than a parachute with a lighter load?
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is there an operator which measures the mass of particles?

When I studied a spin, the textbook said spin is an intrinsic quantity like mass. However, while we can calculate just expectation values $ \langle \textrm{S}^2\rangle $ or $ \langle S_z\rangle $, the ...
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Difference between mass and weight [duplicate]

I already know that when I standing on weighing machine it's measuring my mass not my weight, but when I take the same machine to moon it's will read different value. According to my information that ...
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One stupid question about Dirac mass term and Grassmann numbers

Let's have Dirac mass term in lagrangian: $$ L_{M} = \bar{\Psi}\Psi $$ Lagrangian must be real-valued, i.e., its Hermitian conjugation doesn't change it. But due to Grassmann nature of spinor fields, $...
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Could the Big Bang have simply been two black holes hitting each other at 99% of the speed of light? [closed]

Given two equally massive black holes moving at 99% of light speed, it seems there would clearly be enough energy for most (99%?) of the mass of both to be ejected and / or radiated well beyond the ...
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Would a fast moving (approaching $c$) stream of particles be affected by the gravitational pull of a gas giant?

I was inspired by this SE question. Would the gravitational field of a gas giant (such as Yavin IV) have an effect on the super laser (i.e. slow it down, change the direction), or is the mass so ...
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What is the baryonic mass distribution of the Milky Way

There are many, many studies of the Dark Matter halo around the Milky Way but I'm having trouble finding good raw data about visible matter. I'm investigating a MOND like model and would like some ...