Energy=pc


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Ray Guo 4C
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Energy=pc

Postby Ray Guo 4C » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:56 pm

KE=1/2 mv^2, but why is Energy=pc true instead of Energy=1/2 pc?

Chloe Orsini 1K
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Re: Energy=pc

Postby Chloe Orsini 1K » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:51 pm

You can't treat these equations equally, in other words you cant just add an exponent or multiply by one half. If you tried to equate 1/2mv^2 it would look like 1/2pc^2. I see what you're saying because p=mv. However, in the first equation you're squaring velocity, but not squaring mass. You can't square the variable p on the other side because p includes both mass and velocity, you also can't square c because c is a constant, so it wouldn't make sense to. The same thing applies for the 1/2, although it seems logical because p=mv and mv is used in the first equation, because of the difference in values in velocity(v versus v^2) and the addition of the constant, you can't just add the 1/2.

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Re: Energy=pc

Postby Max Kwon 1J » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:26 am

KE= 1/2 mv^2, it is only velocity squared, not m. energy would not equal 1/2 pc, as p=mv. It isn't (mv)^2.

Lydia Luong 4L
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Re: Energy=pc

Postby Lydia Luong 4L » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:03 am

In the equation for kinetic energy, mass is not squared. Only velocity is.

Ray Guo 4C
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Re: Energy=pc

Postby Ray Guo 4C » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:05 am

I'm confused, when is mass squared in 1/2 pc? Isn't that for electrons, 1/2 pc=1/2 mv*c=1/2 mv*v?


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