# Homework Help: Intertial mass and determining the value of gamma

1. Feb 13, 2013

### daselocution

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
This is not a problem I was assigned, I am just trying to figure out how I could prove it to myself.

Basically, I am just wondering WHY the gamma value for relativistic momentum takes the form that it does, namely (1-u^2/c^2)^-.5

I've tried to prove this to myself a few times and I just cannot figure out how to do it. I am not sure if this is above my skill level and that is why I can't do it, as it was not addressed in my book nor was it addressed in my lecture. I tried to follow the same basic argument I used to show myself the value of gamma in the lorentz transformation, I just cannot figure out why the v^2 changes to u^2.

Thanks a lot.

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3. The attempt at a solution

2. Feb 13, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

What are v and u in your derivation? That should be the same - the relative velocity between the two reference frames.