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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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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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 ...
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Statics of a rigid solid [closed]

I need help with this problem... I need to calculate the angle so that this whole thing is in equilibrium. I don't have any problem with the conservation of the force. But when I get to the ...
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What happens to the kinetic energy of a system in a non-elastic collision? [duplicate]

I know that the kinetic energy of a system is NOT conserved in a non-elastic collision. But energy is supposed to be conserved, so where does all that energy go? Is it transformed into other forms ...
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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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Questions about the velocity of the center of gravity

I have a physics test coming up in a couple of days and I really need to have some things explained to me. It is about something that I think is called in english "the velocity of the center of ...
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Why is the angular average of the direction of the momentum squared a third instead of one?

In the article http://www.nano.northwestern.edu/intranet/pubdocs/quasiclassical.pdf (in going from eq. (6.13) to eq. (6.14)) it is stated that ...
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Why can we model a body to have a center of mass?

I accept that bodies have a center of mass. I also accept that if I were to suspend a body by only supporting it at its center of mass, then the body wouldn't rotate. In the scenario that we suspend a ...
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4-Momentum conservation for particle annihilation

Disclaimer: this is a homework question, so I am happy with just a hint or the expressions needed to proceed with my understanding. I am working on the momentum conservation of a ...
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QED: basic process which violates energy-momentum conservation

Why is the following process not possible? My book says it's because it violate energy and momentum conservation. Can someone explain me explicitly why? Why couldn't an energetic electron not ...
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Why does the rule that elastic collisions are at 90 degrees in 2 dimensions not apply?

When one object collides with another object of the same mass in a 2D plane, we know that we can derive that the angles that the objects leave the collision at add up to 90 degrees in a perfectly ...
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Newton's 3rd Law: How can I break things?

If I punch a wooden board hard enough and it breaks in two, has the board still exerted a force of equal magnitude on my fist? When the board breaks in two due to my force, the halves have a ...
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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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Is momentum truly conserved? [closed]

Suppose I have a system of a person holding a rock on a frictionless sheet of ice. He throws the rock at an angle above the horizontal to propel himself off the ice. Is the momentum of that system ...
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Neutrino Oscillations and Conservation of Momentum

I would like to better understand how neutrino oscillations are consistent with conservation of momentum because I'm encountering some conceptual difficulties when thinking about it. I do have a ...
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Path followed by centre of mass of a ball when ball breaks up in two parts due to internal stresses

A ball was moving along a parabola and it breaks up into two parts. How can I say that the centre of mass will follow the same parabola ? I know that ( for simplicity I am assuming that the ball is ...
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Inertia and momentum

Question #1: Why does speed have nothing to do with inertia? Question #2: If a car hits a steel wall and stops, where did the momentum go?
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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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Does energy flowing from one place to another in an object cause displacement of that object?

Let's consider two situations: a) A solid metal box (not hollow) where some heat is put on its left side. After some time, the heat will have moved to the right and also have spread out throughout ...
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Derivative of the action integral [closed]

I need to find the partial derivative of the action $S$ with respect to the generalized coordinate $q(t_f)$ and according to my textbook, it should equal the generalized momentum $p(t_f)$. I ...
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Why time of flight remains same for a projectile even though collision takes place?

Why time of flight remains same for a projectile even though collision takes place ? Suppose a ball is projected with some velocity V with some angle θ the the time of flight is T. Now if another ...
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Conservation of momentum in a baseball

Conservation of momentum: A thought experiment. A baseball is placed on top of a baseball holder, the kind used to train young batters. A batter hits the stationary ball perfectly horizontal, sending ...
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Why is it easier to drop on to a downslope?

On a bicycle, why is it easier to land from a drop or jump on a slope going downwards than landing on a flat surface or on an upslope? I've already heard answers such as "because that's how a bike ...
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How can make myself sure that I can apply Conservation of Momentum in a system?

How do I know I can apply Conservation of Momentum in the System ? And What happens if there is a Impulse in the system?
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How does the 'water jet pack' work?

So I was cruising around at YouTube and saw this sweet video, and as I was watching started to wonder: "How is this possible?". For a little bit of background, in case you decide to not watch the ...
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Stored Energy in My Badge Reel Finds Equilibrium With Centrifugal Force?

Probably a most horrible question title, please respond with suggestions for a better one. In the example of my badge reel, I grab hold of my badge itself and pull on the reel until the string is ...
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Why is momentum conserved (or rather what makes an object carry on moving infinitely)?

I know this is an incredibly simple question, but I am trying to find a very simple explanation to this other than the simple logic that energy is conserved when two items impact and bounce off each ...