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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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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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}\...
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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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What is canonical momentum?

What does the canonical momentum $\textbf{p}=m\textbf{v}+e\textbf{A}$ mean? Is it just momentum accounting for electromagnetic effects?
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How could you slow down or change direction with photonic propulsion?

So you have a laser shooting at a sort of solar sail to transfer momentum in the forward direction but could you have an onboard laser and turn the laser around to hit another sail? How could you turn ...
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Invariant amplitude in QED in terms of Mandelstam variables [closed]

So I'm having a little trouble with this question: These are my workings thus far: I just can't seem to get certain terms to vanish. I have the 1/4 factor for going between $8e^4$ to $2e^4$. Is ...
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Momentum equation of a beam hitting a stationary target to create antiprotons

I'm struggling with the solution of a physics exercise which is to calculate the minimum energy needed to create antiprotons when a proton beam scatters on a stationary proton target: $$p + p \...
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How to calculate impulse required to move an object vertically upward by given distance [closed]

Suppose I have a stationary object of mass $m$ and I want to apply a momentary force in the vertical direction so that it just reaches the height $h$. So how do I calculate the impulse required in ...
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Zeroth component of 4-momentum and relativistic energy-momentum relation

As I understand it one is forced to use 4-vectors since we require objects that transform as vectors under application of Lorentz transformations and 3-vectors do not (technically they do under ...
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Variation of Veritasium bullet block experiment

I'm new here. this is in reference to the video posted by veritasium on the bullet block experiment. i realise there is already a thread on this but i want to ask a variation of the question. so ...
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Why do particles of equal mass (with one at rest) undergoing elastic collisions scatter at only right angles?

This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...
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Momentum conservation problem, elastic collision [duplicate]

This question has got me thinking for a while now and I haven't been able to come up with any answer at all. I've done the basic conservation of momentum, kinetic energy but I have no idea how to ...
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Momentum of a rack and pinion gear system excited by a time variant force

Background I have a rack and pinion gear system as shown in the image below The pinion gear is attached to a flywheel at the back. The first state of the system, none of the gears or the ...
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How can there be net linear momentum in a static electromagnetic field (not propagating)?

I understand from basic conservation of energy and momentum considerations, it is clear in classical electrodynamics that the fields should be able to have energy and momentum. This leads to the usual ...
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Relating Initial velocity and acceleration to distance traveled up a ramp

This is the situation: I am conducting research on the ability of fin-fish to scale short wetted ramps for use alongside sea-lamprey barriers to allow non-target species to pass these barriers. We ...
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Why is the acceleration of the center of mass is equal to 0 in this problem?

I don't understand why the center of mass' acceleration is equal to 0 when the center of mass should be moving as an external force is exerted on the cue ? Billiard Balls. Now we can go back and ...
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Center of mass motion and variation of mass

Here are the proofs regarding the center of mass motion as reported on my book. $$\vec{r_{cm}}=\frac{\sum\vec{r_i} m_i}{\sum m_i}$$ $$\vec{v_{cm}}=\frac{d{\vec{r_{cm}}}}{dt}=\frac{1}{M}\sum \frac{d}{...
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Is the eigenvalue of Hamiltonian invariant under linear transformation of momentum operator?

It is given The dynamics of a particle moving one-dimensionally in a potential V(x) is governed by the Hamiltonian $H_0 = p^2 /2m + V(x) $, where $p = -i\hbar d/dx$ is the momentum operator. ...
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Question about Thrust; am I correct?

Basically, here's what I understand about Thrust: Thrust is a force. You get it by doing $v\times\frac{dM}{dT}$. Pretty basic, because that's the formula you're given. However, because I'm trying to ...
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What is the minimal G-force curve in 2-dimensional space?

Given two parallel roads, which need to be connected, what shape of curve would produce the minimum overall horizontal G-force(s) on travelers? Is it a $sin$ or $cos$ wave? Is it a basic cubic ...
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The ratio of masses in an elastic collision [closed]

Two blocks of mass $M_1$ and $M_2$ moving along a 1-dimensional straight line with velocities $V_1$ and $V_2$, respectively, collide elastically. After the collision they move with respective ...
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When to consider friction as an impulsive force?

Suppose a ball obliquely strikes a rough horizontal surface then it experiences a frictional impulse and conservation of linear momentum cannot be done on the horizontal direction. Now consider ...
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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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Spheres collide with merry-go-round [closed]

Four spheres, with uniform densities $\rho_1, \rho_2, \rho_3, \rho_4$ and radii $r_1, r_2, r_3, r_4$, respectively, roll without slipping with constant velocities $v_1, v_2, v_3, v_4$ along tracks ...
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Does conservation of momentum really imply Newton's third law?

I often heard that conservation of momentum is nothing else than Newton's third law. Ok, If you have only two interacting particles in the universe, this seems to be quite obvious. However if you ...
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Same quantum states represented in different basis

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose and then ...
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Schrödinger equation in momentum space

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose. It then ...
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Why is the “canonical momentum” for the Dirac equation not defined in terms of the “gauge covariant derivative”?

The canonical momentum is always used to add an EM field to the Schrödinger/Pauli/Dirac equations. Why does one not use the gauge covariant derivative? As far as I can see, the difference is a factor <...
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Is Momentum conserved in this block-wedge system?

There's a block slides downward along a frictionless wedge which sits on a frictionless horizontal surface, when the block leaves the wedge, both of the wedge and the block have a horizontal velocity ...
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Does inelastic collision say the ball bounces back to you when thrown at an angle on ground?

I created a bounce simulation using exactly the formula from Wikipedia. The behavior I observe is not what I would expect in two cases: When two balls hit off-centre, they act the same as if the ...
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Heisenberg theory of uncertainty

I was watching a video on YouTube about uncertainty theory of Heisenberg it said that there is a relation between momentum (multiple of mass and speed) and wave length. And the relation is that if ...
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A person on a concrete slab on a frozen lake starts walking $ 2 m/s$, what is the speed of the concrete slab? [closed]

Full question: My attempt: Let the M be the mass of the person. Let x be the length of the slab. The original center of mass is $\frac{5M\frac{x}{2}}{M + 5M}$. Let's say the person walks a ...
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Why are some system defined with the name “variable mass”?

I do not get why system such as the rocket in space are defined as "variable mass" since the mass of the system is not varying. The equation used for such systems $$\sum F^{(E)}=\frac{d\vec{P}}{dt} \...
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Inelastic collision and conservation of linear and angular momentum

Is it possible for two spheres (a & b) to have an inelastic collision with BOTH the total linear and angular momentum preserved? I'm doing some physics simulation of some spheres attracting each ...
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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 work be done during collisions? [closed]

Consider a collision between two material points, with no external forces acting on the system. Linear and angular momentum of the system are always conserved, while the kinetic energy of the system ...
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why laser beams don't get reflected (or knocked away) when they intersect with each other?

laser beams are photons with the same frequency and the same direction, but according to the wave-particle duality, photons have mass. but if we shoot two masses and they intersect at some point ...
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2D Momentum question

I am working through some questions in practice for a mechanics exam and I cant seem to find a solution to the following problem; Two objects, one of which is initially at rest, undergo a perfectly ...
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Why isn't momentum conserved in this pulley problem?

I have some conceptual doubt about method of solving this problem. 24. A block of mass $m$ and a pan of equal mass are connected by a string going over a smooth light pulley as shown in figure (9-...
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What happens to Newton's Third Law during the reflection of a pulse from a free end?

Well, it is known that a pulse gets inverted when it gets reflected from a fixed support while the polarity of the pulse remains same when the incident pulse gets reflected from a free end. However, ...
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Can a collision of 2 objects result in one object having a higher velocity than either object had before they collided?

Assume I had 2 perfectly elastic billiards balls of the same size and mass, that can roll on an endless billiards table losing no kinetic energy to friction. Is there a set of 2 velocities v1 and ...
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Why is the definition of inertial mass circular?

On Wikipedia, the definition of inertial mass is: Inertial mass is the mass of an object measured by its resistance to acceleration. And, can be evaluated using $F = ma$, Newton's second law....
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Car Crash Question… (Conservation of Momentum?) [duplicate]

Dumb car crash question. I think this is a conservation of momentum problem. In one scenario, two 4000 lb cars (car A and car B) each traveling at exactly 35 MPH in opposite directions have a ...
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Scenario where Newton's 3rd Law breaks down

In Kleppner and Kolenkow's Introduction to Classical Mechanics, it reads, One system that is particularly troublesome for our present formulation of Newtonian mechanics is the electromagnetic ...
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Application of Newton's third law

By newton's third law , we know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction .We move left when we push slightly on the right and move forward as we push backward. But how do rockets, ...
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How does rocket thrust work?

I can't seem to find a specific answer to this anywhere. I understand that in a rocket there is a chemical reaction that causes gas particles to leave the rocket at high velocity. By Newton's third ...
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Does the physical cross section of a projectile have an effect on the motion of a target? [closed]

Why can a baseball (moving with kinetic energy) move a baseball glove (or how a hammer displaces a nail),. yet a bullet can't move a person? I know the laws of conservation of energy, deformation, etc....