Energy = mv^2

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Energy = mv^2

Postby EvaLi_3J » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:59 pm

I remember in class professor Lavelle talked about how we could derive E = mv^2 from E = mc^2. I'm just not entirely sure about this equation. Is E = mv^2 applicable in any cases? For example, if I want to calculate the total energy of a moving baseball, can I use this equation? Also, since Kinetic Energy = 1/2(mv^2), does it mean that kinetic energy is always half of the total energy (which I highly suspect)?

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Re: Energy = mv^2

Postby Amy Pham 1D » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:56 am

In class, Dr. Lavelle generalized the E=mc^2 equation to E=mv^2 (no longer dealing with photons) so that we could derive the equation for De Broglie's wave equation, wavelength=h/p with variables that cancel out. As he stated, there exists a better derivation of the equation that does not deal with c at all, but it is more complicated and involved. So, for our purposes we generalized the equation to simply v, but this should not be used in other calculations.

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Re: Energy = mv^2

Postby Alex Hitti 3E » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:59 am

Dr. Lavelle generalized the concept so I wouldn't use that equation since there are more complicated and accurate ways to achieve the derivation. He said to not worry about it too much since it won't be a main focal point in the midterms and finals.

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