How do we get E=pv?  [ENDORSED]

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Sue Xu 2K
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How do we get E=pv?

Postby Sue Xu 2K » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:09 pm

When deriving the DeBroglie equation we need the equation E=pv. Where do we get this equation?
Also, if p=mv then E=mv^2. What does this have to do with the Kinetic energy Ek=(1/2)mv^2?

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Re: How do we get E=pv?  [ENDORSED]

Postby Michael Koger 3K » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:47 pm

This equation comes from the definition of energy. 1 joule (the unit of energy) is defined as 1 N x m, or 1 [(kg x m^2)/s^2]. Momentum times velocity also yields [(kg x m^2)/s^2]. Therefore, the equation E = pv is merely a restatement of the units of energy.

The formula for kinetic energy is not used in the derivation of the de Broglie equation, so don't worry about it.

I hope this helped!

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Re: How do we get E=pv?

Postby Diego Zavala 2I » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:14 pm

and since C is the speed of light, we can rewrite the equation as . Since p=mv, E=pv.

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