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Homework Help: Calculate INERTIAL MASS of proton traveling close to speed of light

  1. Feb 2, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A proton is traveling with a speed of v = 2.993x108 m/s. Calculate the value of the inertial mass for this proton. Assume that the speed of light is c = 3.000 x 108 m/s and that the mass of the proton is 1.673 x 10-27 kg.

    Note: Do your calculations to 4 significant figures. Then round off to give an answer good to 3 significant figures. Be sure to include the correct abbreviation for the SI unit.

    2. Relevant equations

    where g = 9.80m/s
    and M is the Mass of the proton

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Minertial = 1.64 x 10-26 N

    Am I correct?
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 3, 2010 #2
    I dont think it is just like u stated .. I cant say that im sure about it , but I think you should use the relativistic equations for this question ..
  4. Feb 20, 2010 #3
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