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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Simple conservation of momentum

Imagine a particle moving right at 10 mph. It enters a cylinder with an open left end and closed right end. The cylinder is moving right at 1 mph. In the frame of reference of the cylinder, the ...
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Where did 2mv come from in the solution to the question below?

I know that this is an inelastic collission, which is why the two objects have the same final velocity. However, I don't understand why they equated the V1(M+m) to 2mv. Where did they get 2mv from?
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Orbiting in space

Background I'm making a game where a spaceship needs to orbit another object in space at a set distance. Space is, unlike other game, like space is in reality. Friction less. (at least to my ...
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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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Is it possible to measure the spin of an electron without moving it?

I know that the position and spin operators commute, so it is theoretically possible. What I want to know is, what experiments currently exist that achieve this?
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How to write the velocity of gas in rocket motion

Consider the motion of a rocket of mass $m$ in space with gas expelled at relative velocity $u$. I found two different version of writing the momentum of the system on Klepper Kolenkow and Morin book. ...
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How can you calculate the thrust-to-weight ratio of a gun?

Is there some formula I can apply to the weight of a gun, along with the force of thrust it creates, and calculate if it will be able to lift itself off the ground or not? Without actually handling ...
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Does solar eclipse have impact over increase of earth's temperature?

Does a solar eclipse have an impact on global temperature? Wired theory : When I jump, does the Earth recoil? Yes, the Earth has to move in some way for momentum to be conserved. However, since ...
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Can a submarine be powered by a wind turbine?

This is not intended as a realistic way for propulsion of submarines, it is just an interesting thought experiment. Say I want to travel directly towards the wind, only powered by the wind. This is ...
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Calculating post-collision velocity [closed]

Consider two persons $p1$ and $p2$ of the same mass , such that they are together moving rightward with a velocity of $v/2$ Now person $p1$ pushes $p2$ in the left direction. According to newton's ...
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When a ball bounces on a wall at an angle, why does the angle of incidence equal angle of reflection?

When a ball is thrown to a wall without spin and bounces, supposing it's an elastic collision, why does the angle of incidence equal the angle "reflection" (relatively to the normal), why isn't it any ...
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conservation of momentum? [closed]

At hyperphysics I got this image, with the same description in text as is in this image It says that when a massive particle (say $A$) moving with a velocity collides with an object having a ...
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Mathematical proof of an electron can't absorb a photon [duplicate]

How can we mathematically prove that a free electron can't absorb a photon totally?
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two object connected by a spring : momentum/energy topic [closed]

Here is my question below: Question Two objects A and B, connected by a light elastic spring with elastic constant 5.0 N/m, are initially at rest. The mass A is 2.0 kg and the mass B is 1.0 kg. ...
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Angular Momentum and Kepler's Second Law

Let me preface by saying that I get the gist of the conservation of angular momentum, at least qualitatively. To better illustrate my question, I will consider the case of a planet orbiting a star. ...
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How is momentum conserved when is is only dependent on mass and velocity, and so many other factors come into play?

I've been trying to get a good grip on the difference between conservation laws. Momentum is particularly tricky, I don't understand how quantities like $m\mathbf v$ can be conserved when other things ...
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Clarification in deriving the radial momentum operator $p_r$

In deriving an expression for $p_r$, a particle's radial momentum, I am unsure what is happening at a certain step. The derivation given in The Physics of Quantum Mechanics by Binney and Skinner is as ...
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How do I solve for $v_2$ where $mv_1^2 + MU_1^2 = mv_2^2 + M U_2^2$ and $MU_1 - Mv_1 = MU_2 - mv_2$ by eliminating $U_2$?

I was trying to solve the head on collision slingshot problem where the rocket moving with speed $v_1$ approaches a planet which is moving with speed $U_1$. I wanted the final speed of the rocket ($...
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Application of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle on photons

While I was hobby-reading about quantum mechanics I came across Heisenberg's theory. But while I was trying to understand it I thought of this: if the speed of light (as well as the momentum of a ...
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Understanding elastic collisions of objects with the same velocities

I am having trouble understanding the following statement from my book: The law of cosines tells us that if the sides of a triangle obey the Pythagorean formula, they must form a right triangle. ...
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Invariance and conservation

Why in a collision between particles is the four-momentum conserved within a frame of reference but not invariant between frames of reference?
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Trouble Understanding the Concept of Invariance

I am reading the book by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw: "Why does E=MC^2". It is getting to the point of explaining what invariance is. According to Cox & Forshaw, invariance states that the laws ...
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Why is force called the rate of change of momentum? [closed]

Why is force called the rate of change of momentum? If I push a wall I do exert a force but there is no movement; so is there force acting on the wall?
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Linear momentum experiment

trying to design an experiment for linear momentum. Could someone tell me whether this would work. Get a wooden toy car and attach it to some string which is hung over a pulley on the end of the ...
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After a glancing collision, why do air hockey pucks spins around in circle?

For a lab testing the conservation of momentum, I had to hit an air hockey puck so that it would hit another stationary puck in a glancing collision. After the pucks collided, they travel their ...
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Where would be the source of thrust for a rocket thruster in space?

I am making a game that involves spaceships and I was building an engine block. That engine block spawns a "thruster fire" under it that represents the...thruster fire. My question revolves around ...
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Why does it hurt more to fall from 10 stories, than 1?

$F=ma$. Falling from any distance, mass stays the same, and acceleration due to gravity stays the same. So, why does it hurt more, the longer you fall?
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How would a plane hitting a ball move (opposite of Pong)?

When a moving ball hits a stationary plane at an angle of incidence to the normal, it bounces away at the same angle (the angle of reflection), which is commonly understood. My question is 1) What ...
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Collisions between an object and a wall

Is momentum conserved when an object bounces back against a wall? The wall doesn’t move, but the object moves in the opposite direction. Assume this is an ideal, elastic collision. If, initially, the ...
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What is the function type of the generalized momentum?

Let $$L:{\mathbb R}^n\times {\mathbb R}^n\times {\mathbb R}\to {\mathbb R}$$ denote the Lagrangian (it should be differentiable) of a classical system with $n$ spatial coordinates. In the action $...
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Calculating $\langle x | \hat{x} | p \rangle$ in $p$ basis

I am trying to calculate $\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle$. I can work in the $x$-basis like so: $$\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle=\int dx'\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ x'\rangle\langle x'\ |\ p\...
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Why is momentum conserved in inelastic collisions? How is it related to momentum-impulse theory?

First of all I want to mention, that I've found many questions around this site and in other websites dealing with my question; however, I don't think they answer my question fully. So I am here to re-...
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What does “spread of momentum” actually mean?

I was reading Feynman's lecture in which Feynman invoked his own way of explaining the uncertainty principle using single-slit experiment. There I found: To get a rough idea of the spread of ...
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Elastic Collisions and Relative Velocities

In a 1D elastic collision, it is well-known that the relative velocities of the two objects (before and after the collision) are reversed. What is the extension of this result to 2D or higher? Is ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in a free rod

When a collision is elastic and no external torque acts on a system, angular momentum is conserved I found this example and checked the results: A ball (m = 1 Kg , v = p =+22 m/s, Lm = +11, Ke = 242 ...
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How does the space shuttle move in a vacuum? [duplicate]

If there is no friction in space, then how does the space shuttle boost? According to Newton's law we move by pushing something; in space, there is vacuum, so how the space shuttle moves without ...
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Force of a Train

Imagine that there are two trains and the first train is twice as long as the second train. They have the same mass per unit length and they are traveling at exactly the same speed. If the first ...
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Why do these two derivations of the formula for impulse contradict?

I was trying to derive $I = F\Delta T$ from $p = mv$. First I converted $v = at$: $$\begin{align} p &= mv \\ p &= m \times at \\ p &= ma \times t \\ p &= Ft \\ \Delta p &= F \...
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What matters more in the strength tester game at a carnival, momentum or force?

A buddy and I were arguing over which matters more in the strength tester game (assuming the same accuracy of the hit): 1) momentum or 2) force. He was arguing that if you swing the hammer directly ...
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Momentum conservation in an electromagnetic system?

Suppose that I have two charged particles in the configuration below. Let us assume the following: We apply a constant force $f$ to the the bottom particle so that it has a constant acceleration $...
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What is the time dependent expectation value for momentum

For an electron in an equal linear superposition of two eigenstates in a one-dimensional infinitely deep square potential well of width L, how do you isolate the time dependent part of the expectation ...
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Redshift of a reflected photon from a solar sail

Can someone help me understand my mistake here? I'm thinking of a photon travelling with momentum $p=h/\lambda$ which reflects off a solar sail of mass $m$ travelling with momentum $p_0$ in the same ...
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Why won't this reactionless drive idea work (motor with a moving weight in space)

I know people will say it violates many laws of motion and conservation but could anyone explain why it is so? It's NOT a question about free energy. Imagine a motor in space. It has an arm (rod) ...
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How do I calculate stopping power?

Malcolm Gladwell made a claim in a recent talk that a sling with a stone going at 30m/s has the same stopping power as a .45 calibre handgun. How would I verify whether or not this claim is true - ...
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The exact definition of conjugate momentum density

After checking various websites, I've seen the conjugate momentum density defined as either: \begin{align*} P_r ~=~ \frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{A}_r} \end{align*} or \begin{align*} P_r ~...
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Explain Momentum

It's a shame for me to be in Year 12 and still haven't understood the concept of Momentum. This is what I think, and I know I'm wrong. But, it is a good place to start for you to explain: "Since the ...
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Changing Momentum

Okay, so I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Before looking at the answer, I worked the example and got the answer only because I used dimensional analysis to get me to the right ...
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effect of vertical collision on kinetic friction and subsequent change in horizontal velocity

Suppose somehow a block of mass $m$ is moving on ground, and the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the block is $\mu_k$. If I drop a tennis ball(of same mass) on it from a height, ...
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Integration of constant: $\int dp = \Delta p$ in impulse formula

In University Physics, it has something like: $$\int \sum F dt = \int \frac{dp}{dt} dt = \int dp = \underbrace{p_2 - p_1}_{\Delta p?}$$ But I thought $\int dp = p$? Though my maths is really rusty ....
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Cyclic co-ordinates implying the constant velocity motion of center of mass of a system of particles

I'm reading the section on Central Force in my textbook (Goldstein's Classical Mechanics has a similar argument in the chapter titled "The Central Force Problem", first section), where we have the ...