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Momentum-Intuitive feeling required

  1. Nov 14, 2006 #1
    I know Momentum is the product of :

    Momentum = Mass x Velocity

    Can anyone explain the meaning of momentum intuitively?More in a physical manner than only a mathematical definition like the "Momentum is the product of mass and velocity"??

    Please help
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 14, 2006 #2
    One can very easily develop an understanding of momentum through observation. Think about a car driving along at 60 mph running into a fly. Now think about a car driving along at the same speed running into a semi moving at the same speed. Think of some other scenarios along this line. The conclusion that you should come to is that momentum is the measure of an objects tendency to continue in its direction of motion.
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