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At the most elementary level what causes particles to have momentum?

  1. Apr 12, 2010 #1
    What is momentum? At the most elementary level what causes particles to have momentum? Also, does the higgs particle concern only a possible explanation for gravity or momentum as well?
     
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  3. Apr 12, 2010 #2
    Re: Momentum

    [tex]\vec{p}=m\vec{v}[/tex]
    Just that.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2010 #3
    Re: Momentum

    Momentum is nothing without inertia.
    Why does mass have inertia ? Nobody knows.
    The Higgs particle is an attempt to find a mechanism for particles getting inertia. the suggestion is that there is an all-encompassing field (or two, or three....) whose quantum is the Higgs boson.
    particles start with no inertia or mass, then they eat a few Higgs and get mass.
    Don't think so.
    I'm in good company, Hawking also doesn't think so.
    The LHC may resolve this question.
     
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