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Newton Mechanics vs Special Relativity Problem

  1. Apr 4, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    According to Newtonian mechanics the momentum of the bus in the preceding problem is p= mv. According to relativity, p = gamma*mv. How does the actual momentum of the bus moving at .99c compare with the momentum it would have if classical mechanics were valid?

    *Note*
    The previous problem only states a bus and has nothing to do with the question

    2. Relevant equations
    Classical
    p = mv

    Special
    p=gamma*mv

    3. The attempt at a solution
    For classical I came up with 99%cX with x = mass
    For special I came up with 70.2%cX with x = mass
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2008 #2

    Doc Al

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    What did you get for gamma?
     
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