Rest Mass?


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Annalyn Diaz 1J
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Rest Mass?

Postby Annalyn Diaz 1J » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:24 am

During lecture Dr. Lavelle said that the De Broglie equation only works if the particles have “rest mass”. Can someone clarify what that means?

isarose0
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Re: Rest Mass?

Postby isarose0 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:47 am

Rest mass is when an "object" is not in motion, has mass. Therefore, electrons, protons, etc. have rest mass because they still have measurable mass when they are not moving (as if you were holding one). Photons do not have rest mass because they primarily exist in motion.

Jessica Helfond 2F
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Re: Rest Mass?

Postby Jessica Helfond 2F » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:58 pm

In simple terms, resting mass is just when an object has mass when it's stationary. Hope this helped!

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Re: Rest Mass?

Postby 705088777 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:07 pm

Just think of problems in physics where an object is at rest. This means the velocity=0 because the object is not moving. So in this case, it means the mass of electrons when nothing is moving.

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Re: Rest Mass?

Postby Erin Nash - 4G » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:14 pm

An object that has rest mass is an object that's mass can be calculated when it is in rest. He used this in the context of light, since it is never at rest and therefore does not have rest mass.


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