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What is the formula for momentum in physics?
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In classical physics, momentum is the product of an object's mass times it's velocity, so the formula would be written like this:
p = m x v, or momentum = mass times velocity.
Momentum is a characteristic that can be applied lots of different ways, but in physics, an object that has a larger mass and a velocity constant will produce more momentum. Or, you can increase the other quantity, and increase the velocity to produce a larger momentum. Momentum is closely associated with inertia, the tendency of objects to resist changes in motion. An object with a larger mass tends to have a larger inertia, a larger tendency to resist changes in motion, whether it is moving, or sitting still. So objects with mass and velocity create a certain amount of momentum while they are moving, and that momentum is directly related to how much mass there is and how fast that mass is moving.
Posted by bandmanjoe on February 26, 2012 at 4:23 AM (Answer #1)
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