Rest Mass


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Brandon Mo 4K
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Rest Mass

Postby Brandon Mo 4K » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:24 am

Does basically anything have rest mass? During the lecture, Dr. Lavelle said that photons have no rest mass. Does that mean we can use DeBroglie's equation on anything except photons?

Aaron Ang 4H
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Aaron Ang 4H » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:47 am

No not everything has rest mass. For example, you could not use De Broglie's equation to solve for the wavelength of light because it is massless. You could only use this equation for anything that has a mass.

Jessica Chen 1F
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Jessica Chen 1F » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:53 am

Actually, you can use DeBroglie's equation on photons. Even though photons have no rest mass, they do have a nonzero momentum. Thus, the wavelength relationship still works for photons, you just have to use their momentum and the equation λ=h/p for photons.

Lydia Luong 4L
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Lydia Luong 4L » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:46 am

No, there are things that you cannot use De Broglie's equation on because they do not have rest mass. You can only use De Broglie's equation on things that have rest mass.

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Re: Rest Mass

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:17 pm

Rest mass is the mass of the object when it has no momentum. Since photons are never at 0 momentum, light is something that has no rest mass. De Broglie’s equation can be used to transition between dealing with particle properties and wave properties.

Connie Chen 3D
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Connie Chen 3D » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:22 pm

A good rule of thumb is that problems with DeBroglie's equation are almost always large objects such as baseballs or cars. Those are able to be stopped (have no momentum) and therefore have a rest mass.

Manas Jinka
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Manas Jinka » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:42 pm

You can only use the equation on objects that have a mass when their momentum is 0.

Lia Inadomi 1I
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Re: Rest Mass

Postby Lia Inadomi 1I » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:46 am

De Broglie's equation is only applicable to things that have rest mass


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