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Momentum and Impulse, help please.

  1. Jan 4, 2009 #1
    Hey, I registered on here just for this question. I will be posting here regularly though.
    I want to know who discovered the formulas for momentum and impulse. That's all I really want to know. It would be nice if someone would reply to this, thanks.
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  3. Jan 5, 2009 #2


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    The impulse - momentum relation is derived from Newton's second law. This pretty much answers your question, I'd say.
  4. Jan 5, 2009 #3


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    It is not clear to me up to what point Galileo already knew about momentum being m x v.
    Also Descartes had a role in it.

    It even goes back earlier according to a reference on a Wikipedia entry (momentum), Ibn Sina who lived around the year 1000 ad. :

    (I didn't check this)
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