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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Law of conservation of momentum , elastic collision [closed]

In Law of Conservation of momentum , elastic collision occurs only in an isolated system. A case defined as,when Object A comes with initial velocity and collides with object B which is in rest V= ...
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Rigid Balls aligned along a line in vacuum

Recently I've been trying to visualize a situation where i have these really rigid identical balls aligned along a line so close to each other in vacuum.Now if I were to apply an impulsive force to ...
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Is the reaction force for a stone hitting a wall infinite?

Let us assume a rigid stone which moves in empty space with a constant speed of $v$. (Or in the air with no friction and drag or you can imagine a free fall with friction). This stone hits a rigid ...
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Motion in Spaces [duplicate]

How does a shuttle move in the space as, the whole mechanism of a rocket is based on 3rd law of newton but, we can not apply 3rd law of newton in space because there is no reactive force in space?
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Derivation of momentum operator

From a video lecture on quantum mechanics at MIT OCW I found that you didn't need to know Schrödinger's equation to know the momentum operator which is $\frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$. ...
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Conflicts between Bernoulli's Equation and Momentum Conservation?

The well known Bernoulli's equation states that $P+\frac{\rho V^2}{2}=c$ However, a simple momentum conservation considering $P_1$ and $P_2$ acting on two sides, and velocity changes from $V_1$ to ...
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How can photons cause charges to attract? [duplicate]

Photons are the force carrier of the electromagnetic force. I do not see how this could result in a transfer of momentum that attracts objects together. I am primarily interested in an intuitive ...
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When are energy, mechanical energy, momentum, and angular momentum conserved?

I am in AP Physics and my only real hangup is knowing when the said quantities are conserved. Please define what is the SYSTEM in your answer. I kind of have the basic idea. For example, if there ...
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How is conservation of momentum preserved in antimatter annihilation? [duplicate]

If an anti-proton collides with a proton, they are supposed to totally annihilate each other, correct? Then how is conservation of momentum preserved? Could you launch both protons and antiprotons ...
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What is the impact force of my punch while running at 28.8 km/h [closed]

My weight is 73 kg, my height is 1.87 m, my running speed is 28 km/h, and the speed of my punch is 61 km/h. the person i punched weighs 61 kg, and is 1.67 m tall. with how much force did i punch a ...
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Will the flash light accelerate in space? [duplicate]

As we know from school physics course light has pressure. So my question is will flash light accelerate in space in the direction opposite to light emission? If not, then will flash light with ...
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please help with physics! [closed]

A car is cruising along at 25m/s and decides to pass the car in front of him on the highway. The driver accelerates from his original speed to 30 m/s in 2 seconds the car has a mass of 800 kilograms ...
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Which has the larger change in momentum [closed]

This is a concept question in my physics class, It isn't for marks, its just to gauge your understanding of the subject. I'm not sure if I have the right idea. since the mass of block A is 4 times ...
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Simple frame of reference problem (conservation of momentum?)

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around a particular concept. Suppose we have a machine that fires balls of speed $u$ at some mass rate $\sigma$ (of units $\frac{kg}{s}$) directly at a car of mass ...
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Relativistic momentum (Lorentz boost) low velocity expansion

If I have a momenta $p^{\mu}=(E, p_x, p_y, p_z)$ and transform it via lorentz boost in x-direction with velocity v I'll get for the new 0th component $E'=\gamma E + \gamma v p_x$ why is this in the ...
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Momentum operator derivation in QFT from QM

In David Tong`s QFT notes there is a chapter about the derivation of the momentum operator from quantum mechanics (page 44) where he is showing that the momentum operator can be expressed by the ...
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What is the effective electron mass in a plasma?

Is there a way to calculate the effective electron mass in plasmas? Effective electron mass is usually defined as varying from the vacuum electron mass in solid state physics. However, momentum ...
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Matter waves and de Broglie wave length

The wavelength of a particle of momentum p is calculated using De Broglie relation. The de Broglie relation was postulated for what is called a matter waves. Now according to the statistical ...
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Does a gas in a container lose kinetic energy?

When a gas is in a container, it frequently collides with the container wall, exerting pressure. However, with a collision, kinetic energy ought to be transferred from the gas molecule to the ...
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Conservation of momentum in inelastic conservation

Why does momentum and velocity change along contact normal but not contact tangent In in elastic collision? Suppose a ball strike an inelastic surface. It's velocity component does not change along ...
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Can a balloon be used as an anchor point for a pulley?

For a physics/ engineering contest, I want to use a large balloon as an anchor point for a pulley. This would allow me to raise and drop masses. However, in testing, when I pull on the pulley the ...
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Why do we need the quantity momentum?

Why do we need the quantity Momentum in physics when we have the quantities like Force and Energy? Isn't it possible to substitute the usage of Momentum with equivalent of Force and Energy?
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Calculating the force $F$ for wich $S_2$ will be in uniform motion

The sketch is given: The double pulley groove of radius $r=5\;\mathrm{cm}$ and $R=10\;\mathrm{cm}$ is in rotation Two inextensible wires of negligible masses are wound around ...
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Does a conservation of momentum problem need to specify velocity, not just speed?

Problem: A $100$ g bullet is fired from a $10$ kg gun with a speed of $1000$ m/s. What is the speed of the recoil of the gun? This problem can be solved, if it can, using the law of conservation of ...
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Derivation of $E=pc$ for a massless particle?

In classical mechanics, massless particles don't exist because for $m=0$, $p=0$. The relativistic relation between energy, mass and spatial momentum is: $E^2= (pc)^2 + (mc^2)^2$ . So it is said that ...
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What is the definition of linear momentum?

Every where and book I search I get that the definition of linear momentum is the amount of speed (quantity of motion) contained in it or simply it is mass $\times$velocity? So, what is an ...
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Does third law of motion apply to light or EM waves? [duplicate]

Third law of motion - "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" I was considering the situation, where I may be motionless in space with only a flashlight and no forces acting on me. ...
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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'\ |\ ...
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How to construct the radial component of the momentum operator?

I'm having trouble doing it. I know so far that if we have two Hermitian operators $A$ and $B$ that do not commute, and suppose we wish to find the quantum mechanical Hermitian operator for the ...
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Expectation value of momentum in any bound state [duplicate]

How do we prove that the expectation value of momentum operator in any bound state is zero ? $$ \langle \hat{P} \rangle_{\text{bound state}}=0 $$ and what about the position expectation value ? How ...
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Optimization of Bottle Rocket Water Level

My (entry-level) physics class is building bottle rockets, and we are competing to build the longest-flying bottle rocket. The rockets are filled partway (we get to decide how much to fill them) with ...
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For elastic collisions, can I transfer mass to velocity?

I think my teacher said that because the momentum is the same if you multiply/divide mass and velocity by the same factor, you can make the masses equal and then do a shortcut. Is this right?
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Momentum and Collision of a ball head on? [closed]

I'm stuck on a question with momentum and collision of two balls. Two balls move toward each other. Ball one is moving in the positive direction, has a mass of m1, and a velocity of v initially. ...
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Conservation of momentum homework problem [closed]

A 2-stage rocket travels $1200 \text{ m/s}$ relative to earth. When the first stage runs out of fuel, the explosive bolt separates the first stage from the second with a velocity of $35 \text{ m/s}$ ...
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Momentum change of a photon upon diffraction at a grating

How is the momentum change of a photon is related to the grating periodicity and diffraction order? I came across with this question while studying surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and how to excite ...
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The acceleration of the centre of mass [closed]

Given two balls that are thrown straight up in the air at a speed of $40 \:\mathrm{m/s}$, $0.10 \:\mathrm{s}$ apart. One ball is twice the mass of the other. The heavier ball is thrown second. ...
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Impulse and Momentum

Case 1- We have two masses of equal size. Mass 1, with positive velocity, collides with Mass 2. This causes Mass 1 to have 0 velocity in the end and Mass 2 to have a velocity. Case 2- A mass (1) ...
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Relation between $\Delta E$ and $\Delta p$

This will be a very quick question. I've seen in some books, that when describing the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, it was used implicitly the application of the following statement: $$\Delta ...
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Particle anti-particle annihilation and photon production

This is just a conceptual question I guess. The annihilation of a particle with a finite mass and its anti-particle cannot lead to the emission of only one photon, and this is due to the conservation ...
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Why the photon can't produce electron and positron in space or in vacuum?

$$\frac{hc}{\lambda} = K_e + K_p + 2m_e c^2$$ could be the energy conservation equation for a photon of wavelength $\lambda$ decaying into a electron and positron with kinetic energies $K_e$ and $K_p$ ...
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Pair production - mathematically?

Allover the web i am only seeing a statement similar to this: Pair production is not possible in vaccum, 3rd particle is needed so that conservation of momentum holds. Well noone out of many ...
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How do waves have momentum?

A question on a practice test I'm taking is as follows: By shaking one end of a stretched string, a single pulse is generated. The traveling pulse carries: A. mass B. energy C. momentum D. ...
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Why does gravity conserve linear momentum but not forces at a pivot point?

What forces count as an external force in the conservation of linear momentum? Consider an initially stationary rod that can rotate about one end-point. A ball comes in at a constant speed and ...
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Force of an object “skidding”?

Let's say I put the brakes on really suddenly in a car that was moving at 40mph. If I know how much force it takes to break the adhesion of the wheels, how do I find the force the car is exerting? ...
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Why does the angular average of the divergence result in a factor 1/3?

In going from eq.(6.13) to (6.14) in http://www.nano.northwestern.edu/intranet/pubdocs/quasiclassical.pdf it is assumed that ...
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Problem regarding bullet penetration [closed]

Which property remains constant when we say that bullets are penetrating the wall? I mean is the resistive force always constant for a given wall (assumed stationary and immovable) irrespective of the ...
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The momentum representation of $x$ and $ [x,p]$ [duplicate]

To deduce the momentum representation of $[x,p]$, we can see one paradom $$<p|[x,p]|p>=iℏ$$ $$<p|[x,p]|p>=<p|xp|p>−<p|px|p>=p<p|x|p>−p<p|x|p>=0$$ Why? If we ...
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Conservation of energy or conservation of momentum- which one is applicable in this problem?

There was this question from Kleppner and Kolenkow's Classical Mechanics: PROBLEM: And I found its solution from this Link: It is quite an extended solution and I am not drawing you into the ...
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What is the initial velocity of an object, given a change in mass, and an exerted force [closed]

An 8.0-g bullet is shot into a 4.0-kg block, at rest on a frictionless horizontal surface (see the figure). The bullet remains lodged in the block. The block moves into an ideal massless spring and ...
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Switch from the position representation to the momentum representation

If we use Fourier Transform, we can switch from the position representation to the momentum representation, like the following formula here comes the problem, if we use dirac notation we can see it ...