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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Is there any gravitational force between two stationary neutrinos, a billion light years apart?

Gravity is supposed to act over an infinite distance. But if the force is very weak (due to low masses) and the distance is very far, is the force actually 0? Or is the force so low that it is ...
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Why do massive force carriers result in short range forces

I've been reading the answers to a few questions relating to force carrier particles, and it has been mentioned that massive force carriers always result in short-range forces, while massless carrier ...
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Total Mass in Universe [duplicate]

Currently (2015), what is the total mass of the universe? How can we say with mathematical certainty that 69% is dark energy; 25% is dark matter; 5% is atomic matter; and 1% is neutrino, photon, and ...
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Motivation for Negative Mass

Lately I've been reading a little bit (mostly here and on Wikipedia) about exotic matter, particularly matter with a negative mass. This question appears to be the original question on the site of the ...
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How to find the centre of mass of 3 masses (astronauts and a rock) connected by a rope

To be more specific on the problem, a 50kg astronaut, an 80kg astronaut and a 20kg rock are tied together by a light rope during a space walk. I am asked to find the center of mass. Now, I've chosen ...
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How can I determine the pound-force behind a punch?

I am a martial arts instructor always looking for the next best way to enhance the performance of my students. However, I'm having difficulty understanding how to determine the pound-force (ibf) of a ...
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Particle with 1 GeV mass?

I know a proton as a mass of 0.938 GeV also neutron at 0.939. But I was wondering if there is anything with a measured mass of 1 GeV? Or, whether a proton can have a mass of 1 GeV within a system (as ...
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Will all the mass collapse in one place?

Will the stars, planets and everything in the universe collapse due to the gravity? Or does the constant expansion of the universe break that idea ? What will happen with the energy?
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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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How to calculate the energy required to rotate a planet?

How to calculate the energy required to rotate a planet from non-rotating state? Say the planet is Venus with equally distributed mass of $4.8676 \times 10^{24}$ kg, and desired rate of 1 rotation per ...
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What is the fastest speed that a massive object can travel at? [duplicate]

What is the fastest speed (in miles per hour) that a massive object can travel at? I have heard that an object can travel at the speed of light, but I've also heard that massive objects cannot travel ...
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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 aren't all black holes the same “size”?

The center of a black hole is a singularity. By definition, a singularity has infinite density. So how can a black hole with a different mass or density be described?
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Is my calcualtion from the mass of a photon right? [closed]

The Mass off a Photon The right format can be found here: Photon E = hv E = mc2 E = av (amplitude, frequency) m = hv/c2 Mass = movement of electromagnetic fields Planck’s constant = electromagnetic ...
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How can spacetime affect massless entities? [duplicate]

Why is light affected and "bent" by spacetime if it has no mass or density?
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Why are the neutron and proton masses nearly equal? [duplicate]

The neutron to proton mass ratio is nearly one. Is there some fundamental reason from this or this simply a coincidence?
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Why are heavy things harder to lift?

According to multiple websites, any object in free-fall (no air resistance) on earth will accelerate towards the Earth at 9.8 m/s. If all objects fall towards the Earth at the same rate, regardless of ...
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How can we prove simply that acceleration for every freely falling body is equal to $g$? [duplicate]

If I allow two bodies of different masses to fall freely from same height towards the earth, how can I prove that the acceleration produced in both was constant and equal to gravity.
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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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How fast does an object have to be going to turn into energy [closed]

Albert Einstein's equation, $E=mc^2$, says that an object has to be going at the speed of light squared to turn into energy. How fast would this be in miles per hour?
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Why do we use $i\tau^2\Phi^*$ in standard model Yukawa terms? [duplicate]

If we for example only look at the first family of quarks, the Yukawa terms in the standard model are (ignoring the prefactors) $$ ...
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Mass spring system, elongation of the spring [closed]

Is it possible to calculate the elongation of a spring with only the length of the spring, a spring constant and the mass that is attached to the spring?
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What's wrong with this calculation of the center of mass of a triangle?

Find the center of mass $(x_G,y_G)$ of a homogeneous triangle of mass $m$. Divide it into infinitesimal rectangles of width $dy$, length $x$, mass $dm$ and area $dA$. We have $d A = x dy $ ...
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Can a cubic meter of space at absolute zero have any object with mass inside?

I ask this question because, I have seen many places where they say the average temperature of the universe is some 2 degrees K and this somehow relates to mass present within a given volume of space. ...
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What are the effects of increased mass on persons traveling at near light speed?

It's been a long time since I studied physics (and then only very superficially), so please bear with my gross naivete. This question's been running around in my head for about two weeks now, and I ...
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Relation between gauge symmetry and mass difference

Usually (like in Georgi's Lie Algebra book) people argue the reason why Gellmann $SU(3)$ flavor symmetry (u,d,s) can't extend to $SU(4)$ (u,d,c,s) or higher flavour symmetry is the their mass ...
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Uniqueness or multiplicity of ADM masses for spacetime manifolds with more than one “end”?

The question is: What is the mathematical and/or physical basis for saying that a (static) spacetime manifold with more than one asymptotically flat region at infinity ("end") has a distinct ...
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Finding the center of gravity of an object that does not have equal distribution of mass

NOTICE: I have very limited knowledge of physics so try not to confuse me, though I know it is inevitable. Say I have a grid of squares, where a □ has 1g of mass, while a ■ has 5g of mass. If I ...
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What is the total matter equivalent of the Sun's output per year?

Say we can collect all the energy from the sun's output and all the particles from the solar wind. If we had an energy to mass converter and turned everything into say, carbon, how many kilograms of ...
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What would be the photon's effective mass in Newton's Law of Gravitation?

If we equalize the force from the Newton's Law of Gravitation to Force on a photon in a gravitional field (I don't know if there is an equation for it). What would be the photon's effective mass? (I ...
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Is anything without mass an EM wave?

For the longest time I thought the distinction between matter wave and other types of wave is the non-relativist mass of the "thing" under discussion. Photons are EM wave, electrons are matter waves. ...
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If you are on Earth, are your mass and weight the same?

I was wondering how mass and weight are different so I Googled it. I found that mass is constant no matter where you are because it is the amount of matter in an object and weight changes because it's ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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How can a black hole increase mass? [duplicate]

As far as I know, the time dilation at the event horizon of a black hole is infinite, so everything falls asymptotically towards, but never reaching, the horizon for an outside observer. How then can ...
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Why are the neutrino flavour eigenstates and mass eigenstates different?

Why does this happen for neutrinos and not for say, electrons and muons. Is there some way to predict which particles might oscillate amongst their flavour and which won't?
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Why does my apple not weigh 500 tons?

Related to this question: What is potential energy truly? $E=mc^2$ - energy equals mass. So, if an object has gravitational potential energy relative to another object, it should have additional mass ...
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How to determine sign of coefficients in simple spring, damper, mass system?

For a system of the sort shown below: I have come to realize that I continuously make mistakes when it comes to determining the signs (or specifically the direction of the forces) of the ...
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What is the relativistic mass of this spinning ball? [closed]

Relativistic Mass is: $$ m_r = \frac{m}{\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}} $$ So Einstein says that the faster an object moves, the more mass it gains (relativistic mass). So suppose you have a spherical ball ...
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Evidence that stationary masses in space actually attract each other

I'm finding it rather difficult to find experimental evidence that two stationary masses in space (unaffected by external massive bodies or gravities) actually attract one another. For moving masses, ...
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Mass without Matter?

My cursory studies of general relativity had introduced me to the concept of how gravity is associated with the warping of spacetime and that the presence of matter in space warps space and this ...
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Measuring mass zero G [closed]

I work for a company that produces (among other things) a microbalance that can measure mass/weight from around 100ng to 100mg ie it is accurate over 6 orders of magnitude. However, this relies on ...
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The mass-energy equivalence for rest mass

It is clear that the kinetic energy can be derived as $(m-m_0)c^2$. However, why do we say that $m_0c^2$ is the rest mass energy? It seems that this mass-energy equivalence for rest mass is just a ...
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Why does reduced mass help when talking about two body problems?

I hear people say that reduced mass, $\mu$, is used for two body problems, but what sort of problems? Is it so that the two body system can be treated as one body or is it to simplify calculations ...
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Why are generally two of three effective masses identical?

In indirect semiconductors, the effective mass of electrons depend on the direction. There are three principle directions pointing away from the global energetic minimum in which the effective masses ...
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Higgs boson and gravity [closed]

I was reading earlier about how Higgs boson (aka The God Particle) is responsible for giving mass certain properties. Among these properties is gravity. What I'm wondering is, by studying Higgs boson, ...
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Can a superpartner be less massive than its SM counterpart?

Theoretically, can a superpartner be less massive than its standard model counterpart? I realize there are experimental constraints.
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Exoplanet Mass-Radius Diagram

I'm currently studying the following diagram: But I'm not entirely sure I understand what's going on. Is it just, that most exoplanets discovered, is pretty much made up of Hydrogen and Helium ? ...
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Weight of empty versus inflated balloon [duplicate]

Will the weight of a balloon filled with air be less than, greater than or the same as the same balloon after it has been deflated?
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Are all fermions massless at high temperatures?

According to the standard model, the electroweak symmetry is unbroken at high temperatures, and therefore all gauge bosons are massless then. But since fermions are said to acquire mass by a different ...
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Understanding variable mass equation for mass ablation/ejection

The "Variable-mass system" entry in Wikipedia, under the "Mass ablation/ejection" title, shows: $$p_2 = (m+dm)(v+dv) + u(-dm)$$ The parameter $p_2$ is for the momentum at $t+dt$, meaning $p_2 = ...