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B What do the d and p symbols mean in physics

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  1. May 8, 2017 #1
    Hey guy! I've just started learn physics and i ran into a problem.
    Can you guy let me know what is d and p mean in this
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  3. May 8, 2017 #2

    DrClaude

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    d represents the derivative (see Leibniz's notation) while p is momentum (with bold indicating vectors).
     
  4. May 8, 2017 #3
    Thank you! God bless you!
     
  5. May 8, 2017 #4
    But what dẻivative got to do with this equation
     
  6. May 8, 2017 #5

    DrClaude

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    Force is mass times acceleration, and acceleration is the time derivative (rate of change) of velocity. You are going to need calculus to understand this.
     
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