In introductory mechanics, the momentum of a particle is its mass times its velocity. In electrodynamics, the momentum of a field is proportional to the cross-product of the electric field with the magnetic field. In special relativity, momentum is generalized to four-momentum.

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Relationship between crystal momentum and true momentum

Most textbooks make it clearly that crystal momentum is not true momentum. However, in a lot of literature, crystal momentum is treated as true momentum. Here's two examples: Rashba spin splitting. ...
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How to calculate the linear momentum on a dumbbell? [closed]

In this picture there is a dumbbell and a mass in motion that hits one of the masses of the dumbbell. Now the problem is I have to find the velocity of the CM and the rotational speed around the CM. ...
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What is momentum really?

Wikipedia defines momentum as in classical mechanics: In classical mechanics, linear momentum or translational momentum is the product of the mass and velocity of an object. However, an ...
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How to understand the momentum operator in a exponential function? [on hold]

What's the integral expression or matrix expression of the quantum parlance $$U\left( {x - \Delta {x_i}} \right) = \left\langle {x|\exp \left( { - i\Delta {x_i}P} \right)|U} \right\rangle ,$$ where $...
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Solar Sail Questions

I'm just looking for a good (better) analogy. How do massless photons put pressure on a surface especially when it's a mirror? Using the analogy of the wind (atmosphere) on a sail breaks down when I ...
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How can a lateral wind gust create a lateral acceleration for a flying object?

We had a lot of wind today and we weren't able to fly our drone with some friends If a quadrotor of mass $1kg$ flying along the positive $x$-axis at a speed of $4m.s^{-1}$, why would a wind gust ...
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Trouble following an argument about a rocket problem

This is from pages 32-33 of Physics for Mathematicians. A rocket + fuel system of mass $m(t)$ is moving along at velocity $v(t)$, with its fuel being ejected at the velocity (relative to the rocket) $...
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Collisions; Linear Momentum [on hold]

Let's say we got a rough surface with friction and there are 2 blocks, the block of the left has initial velocity and will collide with the block of the right, which is in rest. Consider an elastic ...
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Is the Potential Energy just a bookkeeping device?

It is said that if the space is homogeneous then momentum is conserved. But I've been thinking in the following situation: Consider a parallel plates capacitor. In between the plates there is a ...
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Does momentum increase with out of phase photons?

This paper speculates that the EM drive produces thrust with out of phase photons: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/adva/6/6/10.1063/1.4953807 My question is this, do out of phase ...
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Can the momentum of a system be spacelike?

For a particle, we always have $Eu=p$ where $u$ is the speed of the particle and correspondingly the momentum is always timelike. For a system of particles, if the potential energy is not considered ...
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Three connected balls

I'm stuck solving this problem with three small balls of masses $m$, $2 m$ and $3 m$ on a smooth table, connected by two equal, light inextensible strings as shown, and initially at the vertices of an ...
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How can $\hat p = - i \hbar \partial_q$ be derived starting from the definitions of $\hat q$ and $\hat p$ in terms of creation/destruction operators? [duplicate]

Consider the position and momentum operators $\hat q$ and $\hat p$, defined respectively in terms of creation and destruction operators in the usual way: $$ \hat q = c (\hat a + \hat a^\dagger), \...
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Momentum flux through cylinder wall

A fluid flows through a hovercraft, is bended and the freejet has a certain velocity $c$ with which it flows after exiting the hovercraft / beeing bended. There's a pressure difference between under ...
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Integrals of motion for a free particle

I'm struggling to understand the argument on p. 13 in Landau and Lifshitz that for a system with $N$ degrees of freedom there must be $2N-1$ integrals of motion. In particular, I can't understand ...
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Collision/Crumpling problem possible solution mistake

This question is from Physics for scientist and engineers , Ohanian . Two automobiles of 540 and 1400 kg collide head-on while moving at 80 kmh in opposite directions. After the collision the ...
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If I throw or kick a ball, how much will the Earth move in the opposite direction?

I understand that for momentum to be conserved, if I throw a tennis ball (or kick a football) the Earth must move in the opposite direction to the ball. Obviously this is an infinitesimally small ...
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Is conservation of momentum and energy valid for non-inertial frames?

Conservation laws of momentum and energy are said to be the most basic principles of physics. Are they also valid for non-inertial frames, and in what way?
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Newton's 2nd Law with Dirac Delta, as a way to derive the Ideal Gas Law

I'm trying to derive the ideal gas law from first principles, namely that a particle bouncing off a wall will exert a force on the wall. Newton's second law $F=\frac{dp}{dt}$ relates the force an ...
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Can internal forces bring any change in momentum of the system?

Imagine a rectangular box placed at the tip of an iceberg; the box contains a man who can freely walk/jump/rotate inside the box. The man walks up to one of the corners of the box and starts jumping. ...
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Heisenberg EOM for $\langle x \rangle$ in momentum eigenstate - where is my error?

Equation of motion for expectation value of a quantum particle in a momentum eigenstate: $$\frac{d}{dt} \langle x \rangle = \frac{1}{i h} \langle [x,H] \rangle$$ and since it's in a momentum ...
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What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? [closed]

What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? All the phenomena I can think of can be explained with the help of Newton's first law or second law. ...
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Impulse of two different objects

I was running over a question, A collision occurs between particles A and B which are moving in opposite directions in the same straight line. The impulse on each particle in the collision is 2N.s, ...
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Probability to measure momentum of a certain range (eigenfunctions and such)

At a certain point in time a particle of mass $m$ has the corresponding function (function of $x$) $$\psi(x)=\begin{cases}Nx \exp[-bx]~~&\text{for}& x\geq 0 \\ 0 ~~&\text{for}& x&...
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Newton's Cradle: why does it stay symmetric? [duplicate]

How is it that always the same number of balls leave at the other end in Newton's cradle. I understand that the momentum needs to be conserved, but as momentum is defined as p=m*v couldn't you have a ...
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Double Integrals of Force

I took AP Physics C and Multivariable Calculus last year, and noticed something interesting. For non-relativistic particles in one dimension:$$F=\frac{\partial p}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial E}{\...
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Eigenstates of position and momentum operators in QM

In Griffiths pages 103-105 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" 2nd editiion he states that the eigenfunctions of the position and momentum operators are $$g_y(x) = \delta(x-y)$$ where the eigenvalue ...
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Where does $\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$ come from?

It's a very basic question, where does the relation $$\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$$ for any square integrable $\psi(x)$ come into existence? Some texts I found states that the above ...
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Momentum of transverse waves on a string

In general, if a wave carries energy density $u$ with velocity $v$, it also carries momentum density $u/v$. I've seen this explicitly shown for electromagnetic waves and (longitudinal) sound waves. ...
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Vacuum expectation value in presence of a source

If a vacuum is translationally invariant i.e., $P^\mu|0\rangle=0$ or $e^{(\pm ip\cdot x)}|0\rangle=0$, we can express the the vacuum expectation value of a field as $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle$ as $$\...
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Transverse momentum [duplicate]

I'm having an introduction on detector systems in particle physics. The sources I read constantly talk about the measurement of "transverse momentum". However, I cannot find a definition of what is ...
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How can you find the impact necessary to change the direction of Earth's spin?

If an object the mass of the moon was to hit earth's surface at an angle that would be in the opposite direction of earth's spin, how can you find how much momentum the object needs to cause earth to ...
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Inner product of standard-momentum one-particle states in Weinberg

My question has essentially already been addressed in Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT (third question), but unfortunately ...
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How to find initial direction of an object using components [closed]

I have a basic (not for me) physics question that I am struggling to get my head around. It involves a car moving at an unknown speed that explodes into 3 pieces. I am having trouble finding the ...
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With the descent of Newtonian mechanics is Newton's third law still valid?

Or more specifically, with the standard model, quantum theory and other advances in physics, all those experiments in CERN and other accelerators, was there any occurrence where this law was violated? ...
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Momentum Conservation

The Problem: There are three masses all of equal mass $m$. One mass breaks of with velocity $v$ at an angle $\theta$ to the rod. I have to find max velocity of $A$ and the time at which this ...
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Intuitive picture for Mandelstam $t$

In tree-level electron-positron scattering one has two possible channels corresponding to Mandelstam variables $s$ and $t$. The $s$-channel ist fine, there $\sqrt s$ is just the center of mass energy ...
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How high does a slide need to be if the person at the bottom grabs a pole and rotates the pole 72 degrees?

My attempt: $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I \omega^2$ $\omega^2 = 2 \alpha\Delta \theta$, so $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I 2 \alpha \Delta \theta$ $mgh = I \alpha \Delta \theta = \tau \Delta\theta$ $\tau = rF\sin \...
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Throwing masses to gain velocity. A question of efficiency

I was thinking the other day of a system in which you eject mass. And then I wonder whether it was more efficient to throw a big mass or many little. Let me put it in other terms. Suppose you are ...
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Norm of the momentum 4-vector

The norm of the momentum 4-vector is $\mathbf{P}.\mathbf{P}$ $= (\gamma mc, \gamma mv).(\gamma mc, \gamma mv) = \gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2$ But why is $\gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2 = mc^2$?
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Quotient Rule in Vector Calculus

Wikipedia gives the quotient rule for (1) the gradient of two scalar fields "$f$" and "$g$" and (2) the divergence of a vector/tensor field and a scalar field "$\boldsymbol{A}$" and "$g$" as $$\nabla ...
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what is actually mean by momentum in deepest level of physics?

What does something called "Momentum" actually measure?I know that generally momentum of a object is describe by the multiplication of mass and object's velocity and it is a conserve quantity without ...
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Can deformations of time-space continuum violates law of momentum conservation?

Based on Einstein’s theory of relativity a mass as property of physical objects creates deformation of time-space continuum. Therefore the light path bends in gravitational fields of massive objects. ...
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Does momentum scale linearly with time, assuming a constant nonzero net force, even at relativistic speeds?

I would expect it to, since you'd think the loss of velocity due to relativity would be made up for by the gain in relativistic mass. I'd like this to be confirmed, though. and if so, in whose ...
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How do you determine which way two objects will travel after collision when given their respective masses and speeds?

I was practicing some Mechanics, and I came across a problem that involved an impact between two objects: I understand how to approach the question: Apply the conservation of momentum, and use the ...
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Conservation of momentum when one body is fixed

When we fire a gun, it recoils. Both bullet and gun gain in momentum. Before the shot, momentum of both is zero. If we make the gun unmovable somehow, after the shot, what will be the effect on the ...
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When a bomb explodes, does it momentum remain same?

If, from an aircraft, a bomb is thrown to an object placed at ground and bomb explodes before it hits the object, i.e if it explodes in the middle of its path, does it momentum remain same? I knew ...
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Why don't two objects move with the same velocity after collision?

I have a problem with understanding the nature of collisions and their outcomes. From my understanding, I come to think that when a mass collides with another, both of them should always have equal ...
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Are asymptotic states in scattering experiments really momentum eigenstates?

In a typical collider experiment, two particles, generally in approximate momentum eigenstates at $t=-\infty$, are collided with each other and we measure the probability of finding particular ...
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Momentum conserving delta-function in the transfer matrix of quantum-field-theoretic scattering theory

The $S$-matrix vanishes unless the initial and final states have the same total $4$-momentum, so it is helpful to factor an overall momentum-conserving $\delta$-function: $$\mathcal{T}=(2\pi)^{4}\...