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Is the following true?

[tex]E_{kinetic} = \frac{p^{2}}{2m} = mc^{2} = E_{mass}[/tex]

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In summary, if a particle is moving through free space (no forces acting upon it), its kinetic energy should equal its mass energy equivalence. However, this approximation is only valid for low speeds. The total energy of a free particle is given by E = (\frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}}) mc^2.

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Is the following true?

[tex]E_{kinetic} = \frac{p^{2}}{2m} = mc^{2} = E_{mass}[/tex]

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(1) For one thing, mc², where m is the invariant mass, is the rest energy of the particle.

(2) KE = p²/2m is only approximately valid when speeds are low enough.

(3) The total energy of a free particle is given by

[tex]E = (\frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}}) mc^2[/tex]

The KE energy is the total energy minus the rest energy:

[tex]KE = (\frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2}} - 1) mc^2[/tex]

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Yes, I realized I asked my question badly. So to clarify the total mass of the moving particle is equal to the initial mass-energy plus the kinetic energy so the kinetic energy could be thought of as being absorbed into the total mass of the moving particle.

Correct?

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If by 'total mass' you mean the so-calledgareththegeek said:So to clarify the total mass of the moving particle is equal to the initial mass-energy plus the kinetic energy so the kinetic energy could be thought of as being absorbed into the total mass of the moving particle.

Correct?

But I think you're better off sticking with invariant mass and thinking in terms of rest mass energy plus kinetic energy.

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Thanks for the reply!

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While there is certainly an equivalency between mass and energy, I wouldn't think of them as being the same thing.gareththegeek said:So has science determined if there is a concrete difference between mass and energy?

If I understand your question, it's equivalent to asking: If an atom is moving, will it have different characteristics than an atom at rest. As far as the moving atom is concerned, from its frame there is no difference.If the "relativistic" mass were increased by kinetic energy on an atom rather than a particle then would that affect the internal balance of forces of the atom? Could it alter the orbital radius &c?

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Granted, but if I observe the atom's state when it was stationary and again when it was moving, both times from my own stationary frame, would there be any difference?

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gareththegeek said:

You would observe that it's moving, and it has higher energy (kinetic). for low speeds you can approximate this extra energy as 2*E(k)=mv²

Explanation of mass with Tensors

10:00 onwards, it shows how the above os derived

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So has science determined if there is a concrete difference between mass and energy?

While there is certainly an equivalency between mass and energy, I wouldn't think of them as being the same thing.

I definitely would however think of them as connected... or related...we strongly suspect the fource forces are all related; similarly relativity shows us energy and mass are related as are space and time...you can read more about all these related to "phase transition" associated with the big bang...or "grand unification epoch"...

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Sure. Viewed semi-classically, the electrons would seem to be moving slower about the nucleus. The energy levels would be different.gareththegeek said:

All of this would conspire to support the relativistic time dilation and Doppler effects.

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