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Why c2 (speed of light squared)? 
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In relativistic physics momentum isn't defined as ##p=mv## but rather as ##p= \gamma m v## where ##\gamma \equiv \frac{1}{\sqrt{1  v^2/c^2}}##. So your derivation doesn't quite work. It's been a while since I've had to derive E=mc^2 (I had to do it for an extra credit problem on a test) so I'm not sure whether or not the derivation on that site can be simply expanded to be correct or not, but in it's presented form it does not work.
As I said though I approve of it as a teaching method  it's quite simple  as long as readers are aware that a more thorough proof is required. 


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Landau's derivation of the equations of relativistic mechanics in his book Classical Field Theory might help you better understand relativity.



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Jan913, 02:20 AM

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The Lagrangian [itex]L = mc^{2}\sqrt{1  \frac{v^{2}}{c^{2}}}[/itex], [itex]p = \frac{\partial L}{\partial v} = \frac{mv}{\sqrt{1  \frac{v^{2}}{c^{2}}}}[/itex], [itex]E = p\cdot v  L = \frac{mv^{2}}{{\sqrt{1  \frac{v^{2}}{c^{2}}}}} + mc^{2}\sqrt{1  \frac{v^{2}}{c^{2}}} = \frac{mc^{2}}{{\sqrt{1  \frac{v^{2}}{c^{2}}}}}[/itex] so in the rest frame we have that [itex]E = mc^{2}[/itex]. The speed of light squared quantity is just a unit conversion. If you work in natural units then you won't even see it explicitly.



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And I dont know what is "ρ" in the equation . Could you explain? 


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