# Light and gravity

by neh4pres
Tags: gravity, light
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 OK I think light has mass because it's affected by gravity
Not likely in the sense you mean it....but light does have relativistic mass if that's what you mean. See post # 4 in this thread.

From E = mc2 we know energy and mass are two sides of the same entity....Einstein's work showed that in either form, mass or energy, gravity has an influence. It turns out pressure also has gravitational effects.
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 Quote by DaleSpam Even Newtonian gravity does not require an object to have mass in order to be affected by gravity: F=GMm/rē ma=GMm/rē a=GM/rē So the acceleration is independent of the mass of the object.
No.. Newtonian gravity requires an object to have mass in order to be affected by gravity
that is clear from the law . if we put m=0 then f=0 so acceleration = o according to Newton's first law.
What is independent of mass is the magnitude of acceleration and not the existance of acceleration
In GR yes .. because acceleration is a result of space-time curvature (caused by M) which is independent of m
This is one of the differences between GR and Newtonian theory
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 Quote by Mueiz if we put m=0 then f=0 so acceleration = o according to Newton's first law.
How much force does it take to produce a finite acceleration of a particle of 0 mass?
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 Quote by DaleSpam Even Newtonian gravity does not require an object to have mass in order to be affected by gravity: F=GMm/rē ma=GMm/rē a=GM/rē So the acceleration is independent of the mass of the object.
Oh Yes. I never accually thought of the acceleration and it's true, but it's still affected from something. I think if a substance is not affected by gravity then it would have no problem passing the light barrier. 1000 years ago people never dreamed of cars or planes, but we can now beak the sound barrier. Why not the light barrier, if we found a substance that is not affected by time, space or gravity.

Thanks for pointing the acceleration.

Masih,13
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 Quote by DaleSpam Even Newtonian gravity does not require an object to have mass in order to be affected by gravity: F=GMm/rē ma=GMm/rē a=GM/rē So the acceleration is independent of the mass of the object.
 Quote by DaveC426913 This thread is two years old. No. Gravity curves spacetime. Light, like mass, follows the geodeisc of this curved space. It is not necessary for light to have mass in order to do this. Stay in school. Learn.

Please I thought you were man of logics. Why is it that humans are so stupid, especially adults. They kill, they waste and all they want is power, but kids are smarter and yet because of jealousy and power all adults do to kids it make them have a bad life. By the way I can't imagine you being a 13 year and thinking the way I have and done and what have you discovered all your life with your stupid education. Yes I know education is good but what's more important is the way you think.

Masih,13
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 Quote by Fast77 if we found a substance that is not affected by time, space or gravity.
That's a pretty big "if". But yes, something like that would clearly not behave according to current physical laws.

 Quote by Fast77 Thanks for pointing the acceleration.
You are very welcome!
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 Quote by DaleSpam That's a pretty big "if". But yes, something like that would clearly not behave according to current physical laws. You are very welcome!
Non Newtonian Fluids behave differntly then regular fluids. Even antimatter, so there is a possibility that just mabey Dark Matter might be the key to breaking the light barrier or reach that speed. That is what I believe and think. Another soloution might be to make a space ship from space itself. I know it sounds stupid and insane but our universe is believed to be living in a ball of space.

Masih,13
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 Quote by Fast77 there is a possibility that just mabey Dark Matter might be the key to breaking the light barrier or reach that speed. That is what I believe and think. ... Masih,13
Look Masih, I hope when my kids are 13 that they will be as excited about physics as you, but you need to be careful. The rule against overly speculative posts is strongly enforced here.
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 Quote by DaleSpam Look Masih, I hope when my kids are 13 that they will be as excited about physics as you, but you need to be careful. The rule against overly speculative posts is strongly enforced here.
Yes I understand and I shall take your advice, but all I am doing is including the possiblities that are not being presented. Thanks for the that.

By the way is that a rule in this website?

Masih
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 Quote by Fast77 Yes I understand and I shall take your advice, but all I am doing is including the possiblities that are not being presented. Thanks for the that.
No problem, I hope you will continue to enjoy physics in general and PF in particular. It can be a great resource.

 Quote by Fast77 By the way is that a rule in this website?
Yes, there is a link to the rules at the top of each page, rught under the Physics Forums banner. It is under the bold heading "Overly Speculative Posts". I do realize that speculating can be a lot of fun, but that it the purpose of friendly chats and science fiction novels, not this site. There is plenty of enjoyable stuff to discuss that is well understood and not speculative.

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