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Homework Help: Integrating Newton's Law

  1. Aug 29, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Starting from the modified Newton's Law


    with a constant Force F, and assuming that the particle starts with v=0 at time t=0, show that the velocity at time t is given by

    V(t)=c [(Ft/mc)/(1+ Ft/mc)]

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that I can integrate both sides of the equation with respect to time and solve, but i'm stuck on how to start that off. Any help would be appreciated!
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  3. Aug 29, 2010 #2
    Integrate, you find p=Ft, substitute p=mv/sqrt(1-v^2/c^2), some arithmetics and you fininshed, your solution is wrong, is valid for v^2
  4. Aug 29, 2010 #3
    I figured that one out too. But that equation for v(t) is stated in the problem. I'm thinking it might be different because it is supposed to be a "modified" Newton's Law for relativity instead of the classical equation P(class)=mv
  5. Aug 30, 2010 #4
    my result is correct for relativity (at least for special as far i know), it is even reported in my textbook
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