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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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### 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 ...
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### How do you calculate impulse when given the height and not velocity without using conservation of energy?

I'm doing mechanics and I came across this question: ...
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### Area of phase space of Harmonic oscillator

We all know that the phase trajectory of an undamped linear harmonic oscillator is an ellipse. But when we calculate the area of the ellipse we find it does not depend of mass of the particle. Why is ...
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### Finding the momentum of a muon in $\pi\to\mu\nu_\mu$ [closed]

The $\pi$-meson's mass is 139.57 MeV, and it decays into a muon and a neutrino. The muon has a mass of 105.4 5MeV, and a proper lifetime of $2.197 \times 10^{-6}$. The neutrino can be treated as ...
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### Translational invariance implying diagonal representation in momentum space

I have just come across something in my reading of Peskin and Schroeder that claims that because a function, in this particular case a two-point correlation function, is translationally invariant, it ...
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### Four-momentum and Dirac equation in curved spacetime

Norm of four momentum in Minkowski spacetime is proportional to the square of rest mass as $$|P|^2= P^\alpha \eta_{\alpha\beta}P^\beta= (E/c)^2 - p^2 = (mc)^2$$ While in ...
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### Isolated system and conservation of momentum

I have a problem to understand isolated systems..If I have a ball and throw it upwards..then the momentum is not constant because the system is not isolated...and the reason is the external force from ...
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### Estimate for energy dissipated by a damper/dashpot

I have a system with a mass $m$ attached to the end of a cable. The cable mass is assumed negligible. The cable is attached to the ground at the one end while the other, with the attached mass $m$, ...
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### Equating $\frac{dp}{dt}$ and $F$ at a hydraulic jump?

A journal I am reading about circular hydraulic jumps provides the equation and I quote: $H$= Depth after hydraulic jump, $h$= depth before hydraulic jump, $V$= velocity after hydraulic jump, $v$= ...
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### Justification of $P_{\text{photon}}=E/c$ in derivation of $E=mc^2$

I recently was reading up on the derivation of $E=mc^2$. Now, I came across this derivation at this link. I noticed that several lines into the derivation they throw in the equation ...
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### Wavefunction interpretations in QM

From two-slit electron-interference experiment we can infer that there is a wave $\psi(x,t)$ that can be associated with electron. The amplitude at some point is the sum of amplitudes reaching that ...
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### Is this treatment of the momentum operator in the Dirac formalism allowed?

I have a problem understanding a specific bit of Dirac notation. Take, as an example this derivation: I'm dubious about the step from line 3 to 4. When momentum operator acts on the momentum ...
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### Do photons have no mass? [duplicate]

My Quantum Mechanics' teacher said today on the class that photons don't have mass. I was puzzled because I knew that photons have momentum. If a particle hasn't mass then its momentum sould be $0$ ...
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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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### How force is transferred from one body to another

If there are 3 coins , namely 1 , 2 and 3 as in figure. When coin $1$ strike coin $2$ ,the coin $2$ passes the force to coin $3$ and the coin $3$ moves away. Case :1 How does this happen? What ...
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### Momentum and collisions [closed]

Two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ connected by a spring of force constant $k$.The block $m_1$ is suddenly given a velocity $v_1$. Find the work done by the spring on both the blocks when it has ...
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### Physics Problem: Falling Rocket [closed]

A rocket, of mass $M = 40kg$, falls vertically with a speed of $60 m/s = v_0$ and explodes in two fragments of the same mass when it's at $H=2km$ from the ground. Immediately after the explosion one ...
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### Momentum conservation in a small time interval

I recently solved a problem in which I used the "fact" that the momentum is conserved just before and just after a collision between two (or maybe more) objects but I am not sure whether this is true ...
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### Why doesn't a wall move when you push it if there's space behind it?

In the first screen you can see that if a person were to push a wall within a typical household the wall would not move while keeping themselves tractioned to the floor. If you push hard and do not ...
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### Conservation of momentum - finding the angle between broken parts

Let a stationary block explodes into 3 equal pieces .The speeds are also equal which is $v$. If I am asked to determine the angle between the broken pieces that are moving then how to deal with this ...
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### If a photon doesn't necessarily travel in a straight line, doesn't it defy the law of cons. of momentum?

I just finished reading Richard Feynman's lectures on Quantum Electrodynamics (QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter) and it fascinated me. However, there's an unanswered question I have from ...
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### Light and momentum question? [duplicate]

Each photon of light bulb carries momentum. Why does the light bulb not recoil from conservation of momentum?
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### Why does a Ball bounce back if Forces are Equal and Opposite?

When a ball is thrown onto a wall, the ball exerts a force onto the wall. According to Newton's Third Law, the wall will exert an equal and opposite force to the ball. Thus, how would the ball be able ...
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### Water bottle rocket: Where does the energy go without water?

In Portland's OMSI there is a hands-on water bottle rocket station. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdtmVY76_PQ). The rockets are normal PET bottlers. The visitors fill their bottle with an amount of ...
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### What canonical momenta are the “right” ones?

I'm doing some classical field theory exercises with the Lagrangian $$\mathscr{L} = -\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu \nu}F^{\mu \nu}$$ where $F_{\mu \nu} = \partial_\mu A_\nu - \partial_\nu A_\mu$. To find the ...
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### Dot Product Force

Konopinski's "What the electromagnetic vector potential describes" (Gaussian dimension) equation (3): $$\frac{d}{dt}[M\vec{v}+(q/c)\vec{A}]=-\nabla q[\phi-(\vec{v}/c)\cdot\vec{A}].\tag{3}$$ contains ...
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### Doppler shift from a transversely moving plane mirror

Below is the diagram of the question I have on the Doppler shift of a light emitted from a stationary light source $S$ at an angle $\theta_1$ toward a transversely moving plane mirror $O$ having ...
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### Why is momentum quantized in a 1D box even though the operator doesn't give eigenstates?

We don't get eigenstates of momentum when we operate momentum operator in the wave function of particle in a 1D box problem yet we say momentum is quantized in this situation. Why is it so?
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### Is it possible to jump by using only my arms?

We can see that basketball players use their arms to jump higher. Is it possible to lose contact with the ground by only moving my arms? I know that the calculations have something to do with ...
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### Conservation of momentum and energy in an explosion

One simple problem is physics is to determine the mechanical energy difference after an explosion. To do this, you must assume that momentum is conserved because in a explosion you have internal ...
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### If we attach a fan at the end of a boat and switch it on, will the boat move? [duplicate]

I've been across a lot of questions like these, but I'm never quite able to get them. In this question, I reasoned that if I consider the boat and the fan to be a system, then there is actually no ...
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### Terminal velocity of a raindrop

I have solved the question and got the answer , but I do not understand why will the raindrop attain a terminal velocity.Without any resistive forces why does it attain a terminal velocity?
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### Is there difference in force when the height increases?

Consider a man with mass 50kg. When he jumps from a 2 meter height, the total force is $F=ma$ ie (mass * gravity), but nothing happens to him. When he jumps from a 50 meter height, the total force ...
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### Conservation of Mometum in integral form

Water is pumped from one reservoir into a another. The pipe expands after a lenght of $L/2$ to a diameter of $d$. Given: $\dot{V}_p, \rho_w, d, \eta, L, p_p$ The previos tasks allowed ...
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### 4 momentum in particle physics, collision of positron and electron

If I have a positron striking an electron at rest to create 2 pions( + and -) and I want to calculate the minimum kinnetic energy that the electrons can possess to create these pions, then the created ...
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### Can a Skydiver Land On a Large Slide and Survive?

Please forgive my lack of artistic ability, but here's my question: Consider that a skydiver, without using his parachute, were to fall exactly parallel to a giant curved slide that starts at ...
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### Why Can a Skydiver Hit the Ground and Be Killed? [duplicate]

This is a follow on question from Physics SE Question "Can a Skydiver Land On a Large Slide and Survive?". User Steeven gives this answer here. User Dargscisyhp asks: What is it exactly that ...
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### Why the nonexistence of a “one sentence layman phrase” for the de Broglie relation $p=\hbar k$? [closed]

(My question seems most likely will be considered a duplicate of OP (and possibly 1, 2, 3), but it turns out to be WAY TOO LONG as a comment in OP, and the system has deleted the corresponding chat ...
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### What's faulty in my reasoning about energy and momentum in this problem?

The question (from Sparknotes SAT Physics): An athlete of mass 70.0 kg applies a force of 500 N to a 30.0 kg luge, which is initially at rest, over a period of 5.00 s before jumping onto the ...
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### How is Linear Momentum different from Thrust?

I know both theories are different in a complex way, but how them differ from the first ideas of movement? I cant really tell the difference... Thanks!!
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### An Electron Chasing Another

An electron is held in place in deep space. Another electron approaches with speed $v_0$. When the approaching electron is a distance $r_0$ away from the first electron, the first is set free. The ...
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### How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum?

How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum? What is the intuition behind $p=mv$? I had trouble finding any sources that state the actually ...
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### Why can you turn on your bike without adding energy and still be moving?

There's a physical effect that I can't seem to figure out. When you are biking (on a bicycle), you have some speed. Then let's say you stop petaling and make a 90º turn to the right. You slow down, ...
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### Rocket velocity during fuel burn [closed]

I know the formula for the velocity of a rocket after the on board fuel has been used up: $$\Delta v = v_{ex} \ln\left( \frac{m_i}{m_e} \right) - gt$$ where: $v_{ex}$ is the exhaust velocity ...
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### Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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### Does conservation of momentum mean a gyroscopic inertial thruster cannot work?

There is a device called the gyroscopic inertial thruster. Here is a Wikipedia article on it. I believe that this device cannot possibly work and that conservation of momentum proves that it cannot ...
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### How is the kinetic energy of an object in collision converted to work done in deforming itself?

Usually, in a perfectly inelastic collision, maximum amount of KE is lost. I guess it depends on the rigidity of that object collision if any KE at all will be converted to work done to deform. ...
In inelastic collisions, the kinetic energy of the system is not conserved but the momentum is. Kinetic energy is: $0.5 \times \text{mass} \times \text{velocity}^2$. Momentum is: ...