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Is it possible to skip the equations for kinetic energy by simply adding gamma to the newtonian kinetic energy equation?

No. The relativistic kinetic energy is

[tex]K = (\gamma - 1) m_0 c^2[/tex]

which is not the same thing as

[tex]\gamma \left( \frac{1}{2}m_0 v^2 \right)[/tex]

which I'm guessing is what you mean by "adding gamma to the newtonian kinetic energy."

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