E = pc

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Hannah Lee 2F
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E = pc

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:41 pm

When would we have to use the E = pc equation that is listed in the equations sheet and mentioned briefly in our notes? Can someone clarify for me in what problems/situations feature this equation? I don't think I've ever encountered it before in the homework.

Caitlyn Tran 2E
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Re: E = pc

Postby Caitlyn Tran 2E » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:45 pm

E=pc is just an equation that relates momentum with energy. We used it in our notes to show how when used in conjunction with E=hv (which relates energy to frequency), we can derive De Broglie's wave equation. I think that we would only use E=pc in a problem if we were given the velocity of an electron and expected to find energy or vice versa.

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Re: E = pc

Postby TarynD_1I » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:51 pm

I think that you use E = pc when mass is not considered (maybe like a photon, because Lavelle said in class that photons do not have mass, but they have momentum).

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Re: E = pc

Postby 005206171 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:14 am

E=pc is especially helpful to find the momentum of light which does not have rest mass (so you can't use p=mv). Light has no rest mass but does have momentum in the form of energy.

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