What is momentum?

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What is momentum? How do you find it?

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I think that momentum is massxvelocity.... but what is it? the definition? dictionary.com says that it is... theforce or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events....
but that isn't right because momentum isn't velocity and velocity is speed w/ direction... momentum is speed,direction and force combined.... but what is momentum? the definition?
 
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The quantity of motion which is found by multiplying mass by velocity.

To me its somewhat hard to define as its more of a concept with practical uses.
 

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