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Speed of light, mass equation

  1. Mar 22, 2009 #1
    I was wondering if there is and what is the equations that show that as an object accelerates towards the speed of light its mass increase to infinite.
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2009 #2

    jtbell

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    You're probably thinking of this equation:

    [tex]m = \frac {m_0} {\sqrt{1 - v^2 / c^2}}[/tex]
     
  4. Mar 23, 2009 #3
    i do believe this is the equation do you have a derivation of where it comes from or could you point me to a site for which it has the derivation.

    thanks
     
  5. Mar 23, 2009 #4

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  6. Mar 23, 2009 #5
    thanks for the link, it should prove to be a good read
     
  7. Mar 24, 2009 #6
    I guess another question is how do we measure the initial mass of an object if we are all traveling at a changing velocity due to the constant acceleration of an expanding universe. Or is the initial mass relative to the expanding universe in its own frame of reference?
     
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