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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Nail clippers and conservation of momentum

As I clip my fingernails using nail clippers, pieces of nails sometimes fly off violently, reaching the other end of the room. What's happening in terms of conservation of momentum, how are the pieces ...
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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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Is $E = p^0$ in non-inertial frames?

In special relativity the energy of a particle is the 0-component of the 4-momentum. However, is this still true in non-inertial frames, and in particular in non-freely-falling frames in general ...
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Why the speed of a cart stays the same, on a frictionless surface, as the sand falls out? [closed]

This is a question on my test. I got it right by guessing. Can someone explain it, in terms of equations of momentum. I first thought of the equation of conservation of momentum: $$(m_{sand}+m_{cart})...
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Portal 2 physics - one moving portal [closed]

A problem is posted and solved so many times on 9gag - till yet no good answer. The problem: you have two portals (one moving and one still standing). The one moving reach a still standing cube: what ...
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Calculating force of impact

Since $\text{force = mass}\times\text{acceleration}$, is it right to say that an object traveling at a high constant velocity (zero acceleration), exerts zero force upon impact with a stationary ...
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Conservation of 4-momentum in special relativity

I understand that the inner product of two 4-vectors is conserved under the Lorentz transformations, so that the absolute value of the four momentum is the same in any reference frame. This is what I (...
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Multiple conservation of momentum in one [closed]

I am in a Grade 12 Physics course and my teacher gave this question for bonus marks, to be solved with only highschool concepts. I suspect that this problem has to do with conservation of momentum, ...
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Four momentum in particle physics

I have seen four momentum defined in two different ways. One is $P =(E,\vec{p}c)$ and the other is $P =(E/c,\vec{p})$. Which one is correct and if they both are then why and when is it more convenient ...
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How does the uncertainty principle make sense of the fact that momentum for massive particles depends in part on position?

The momentum of an object is in part dependent on the change in position meaning the final position minus the initial position. The equation for momentum is $$p=\frac{m \Delta x}{t\sqrt{1-(\Delta x/...
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Lorentz covariant completeness relation

Let be $$ P^\mu |p> = p^\mu |p> $$ i.e. $|p>$ is the eigen-vector of the 4-momentum operator. Where does the following Lorentz-covariant completeness relation come from? $$ \int d^4p \...
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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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Violation of the Newton's first law of motion in the movement of spacecrafts in the vacuum of space [closed]

Suppose a rocket at rest in space where there is a complete vacuum and no force to influence the rocket: In the left we have the rocket with a metal ball in it. After the ball is thrown out of the ...
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Is my expansion of the state $| x \rangle$ correct? [duplicate]

In my quantum mechanics textbook it says that the relation between the basis $|x\rangle$ and $|p\rangle$ is given by: $\langle p | x \rangle = \Large \frac{e^{-ip x/ \hbar}}{\sqrt{2\pi \hbar}} \, .$ ...
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mass attached to spring rotates in a horizontal circle [closed]

So here is the question I have: A mass of 2kg rotates at 1m/s in a horizontal circle on a table at the end of a spring with an elastic constant of 50N/m. If the original length of the spring is 2 ...
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Why Velocity is referred as momentum? [closed]

In many text books the velocity is referred to as a linear momentum which is being convected. For example the table in the following page My old conception is that the momentum or more precisely ...
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Why does Conservation of Momentum fails because of friction? [closed]

I did this experiment in my lab. We had two cars with wheel connected by a string. One car has a spring that can be triggered by a switch at the top of the car. (Frictionless surface and light string$ ...
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Mechanics impulse related

A bead of mass 'm' is connected at one end of an inextensible massless string. The other end of the string is fixed to a fixed cylinder. An initial impulse J is given to the bead perpendicular to the ...
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Relativistic particle decay in ZMF [closed]

This is a problem that I feel is harder than I am making it but say you have: A particle at rest of mass $M$ decays into two smaller particles of masses $m_1, m_2$ where $m_1 \neq m_2$ and $M > (...
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Conservation of Momentum

Conservation of momentum can be derived during collisions by using Newton's laws of motion. But in other cases, do we simply take it like an axiom ?
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Comoving and physical momentum in a Friedmann universe

It is most probably a very basic question, but I'm a bit stuck with it. Let us consider a spatially flat Friedmann universe with the usual metric $$ds^2=dt^2-a^2(t)\left(dr^2+r^2d\vartheta^2+r^2\sin^...
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How do momentum get transferred?

Simple Question , Consider two objects namely $A$ and $B$ where $B$ is stationary and $A$ is moving towards $B$ with velocity $v$. When the two objects touch each other what does actually happen ...
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How does one account for the momentum of an absorbed photon?

Suppose I have an atom in its ground state $|g⟩$, and it has an excited state $|e⟩$ sitting at an energy $E_a=\hbar\omega_0$ above it. To want to excite the atom, one generally uses a photon of ...
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Newton's second law of motion in terms of momentum

I am reading a document and in answer to the question State Newton’s second law of motion the candidate answers that The force acting on an object equals the rate of change of momentum of the object. ...
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How is the conservation of momentum satisfied in long-range attraction such as electromagnetism and gravity?

I'm not a physicist, but my understanding is that electromagnetism (including attraction between opposite charges) is mediated by the photon, and gravity is probably (hypothetized to be?) mediated by ...
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Gravitons, photons and conservation of momentum

How can gravitons be emitted from a mass to cause an attractive force to another mass? The same question could be asked of attractive e-m forces as well. Don't these violate the conservation of ...
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A moving bus suddenly stops. Is its momentum destroyed?

Absolutely not but how does momentum transfer to surrounding (ground, air particles)?
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Optimal curve for a marble drop [closed]

I'm doing a marble roller coaster project for my physics class at school. The first part of our roller coaster involves a marble falling downwards into a curve that will drop then go up 12 inches. ...
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Can you do an n-body simulation in terms of energy and momentum?

An N-body simulation typically works directly in terms of the gravitational forces and accelerations. If you can solve the equations exactly, this is fine, but there are many instances where this is ...
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What is the difference between the momentum in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the conjugate momentum of the field?

What is the difference between the momentum $p$ in $e^{i\mathbf{p}\cdot{\mathbf{x}}}$ in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the corresponding conjugate momenta $\pi(x)$ of the scalar field?
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What happens if object is thrown in empty space?

If I throw a object in empty space, I apply a force to throw that. Then it gains some acceleration and it's speed increases. So will it's speed keep on increasing, or it will get stable? If yes, ...
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What is the reason behind the equation $p = mv$? [duplicate]

Now this is a very basic question, might look stupid too, but I am not able to understand it. I tried to imagine what momentum really is, and it is the impact of an object. I understood how momentum ...
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How can we solve 2D rigid body collision? [duplicate]

I know that usually collision with velocity collinear can be solved by simultaneous equations of both conservation of energy and linear momentum. But my question is when 2D velocity is encountered, we ...
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Spontaneous pair production?

So I've been looking into particle-antiparticle pair production from a gamma ray and don't understand one thing. Let's say I have a 1,1 MeV photon and it hits a nucleus - electron-positron pair with ...
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Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid? [closed]

A tennis ball bounces off a wall elastically. The momentum of the wall changes, but the kinetic energy of the wall remains zero. How is that possible? Walter Lewin Lecture 16 - Ball bouncing on wall?...
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Conservation of momentum and mechanical energy in different reference frames

I am a biologist developing an interest in physics. I am struggling with the implications of changing reference frames on momentum, mechanical energy and work done calculations. I invented the ...
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Annihilation process and photons [closed]

Why should two photons produced by the annihilation process move in opposite direction? I know you would say for the conservation of momentum but why can't they move in the same direction, I want to ...
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How does a bikerider turn by leaning on one side? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the following image: Could someone please help me understnding it. What I understood so far: Your angular velocity mutyplied by the impulse gives you the impulsemoment. By ...
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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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Conservation of linear momentum and velocity of a system (damper and spring in a series)

This example is from a book on dynamics. Let us consider the system above formed by two blocks (each of mass $m$) connected by a linear damper and spring in a series. They slide without friction on a ...
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Shifting momentum by a constant in the Schrodinger Equation

My book states that if we perturb a given Hamiltonian for the Schrödinger Equation $$ H = \frac{p^2}{2m} +V(x) $$ to $$ H' = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(x) + \frac{\lambda p}{m} $$ then we can rewrite ...
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A spinning bullet

I know the rifling in a gun or rifle puts a spin on the bullet along the axis of trajectory. Now I don’t understand exactly why does it make the trajectory more stable and allow for greater travel?
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Is momentum conserved in this system?

We have a mass initially at rest on a ramp/wedge of arbitrary shape (i.e., not necessarily a triangle). There is no friction anywhere (including no friction between wedge and table). (1) Am I ...
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What is 'momentum outflow'?

Feynman, in his lecture, on Field momentum, used this term while relating the momentum of matter the field is interacting with & the field's momentum itself. Here is the excerpt: Just as the ...
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Why is only angular momentum conserved for a planet and not linear momentum?

Suppose a planet is moving in an elliptical orbit with the Sun at one of its focii. I know that the forces in existence will be gravity which provides the necessary centripetal force. Now my book ...
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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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Momentum conservation in the one-loop contribution of the photon propagator

The lowest contribution to the photon self-energy is represented by the following diagram (Taken from F.Schwabl, Advanced quantum mechanics, p.365):: ($k$ is the momentum of the photon that decays in ...
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Why Use the Non-Relativistic Momentum Operator in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics?

In deriving the Klein Gordon equation one starts out with the relativistic energy relation E^2 = p^2 + m^2 and substitutes the quantum momentum operator that corresponds to non-relativistic QM, p = -i ...
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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 ($...