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Homework Help: Why do we relate mass and velocity to find momentum

  1. Mar 21, 2010 #1
    Why do we relate mass and velocity to find momentum ?

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  3. Mar 21, 2010 #2
    Re: Momentum

    Because the result of multiplying m times v is a very useful quantity in physics, and can be used to help understand how particles (and other objects) behave when acted upon by forces, and when interacting with each other.
  4. Mar 21, 2010 #3
    Re: Momentum

    It can be shown to be a conserved quantity in an isolated system from Newton's Second Law. Which is really important for physics. And in modern physics it has an even broader application because it can include variations in mass. p = momentum

    [tex]\sum F = ma = m\frac{d\textbf{v}}{dt} = \frac{dm\textbf{v}}{dt} = \frac{d\textbf{p}}{dt}[/tex]

    So an isolated system ( no net force ) has a conserved momentum or the time derivative of the product of mass and velocity is equal to zero.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
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