Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by OilIsMastery, Nov 30, 2008.
Q: Is it possible for something with no mass to move something that has mass?
Can you say more please? How? Can you give an example? Scientific reference? Link?
Before you ask: conservation of momentum.
Before you ask: yes, photons have momentum.
How is that possible?
So momentum for a so-called "massless" photon would be p = 0 x c = 0.
Before you ask: 1923 by Arthur Compton.
No. Learn physics.
For a photon, p = h f / c, where h is plack's constant, f is the frequency of the wave, and c is the speed of light.
No mention of photons or massless particles.
So physicists rewrote the momentum equation for the photon?
There is no conservation of mass.
Do you read your own references?
Why did physicists rewrite the momentum equation for photons?
State the law of conservation of momentum, please.
how does one see conservation of momentum from this statement?
I don't know. I'm supposed to be the ignorant one. I came here asking the questions. I didn't come here asking questions because I have answers.
One of my questions is, why did physicists change and rewrite the momentum equation p=mv for photons?
Here's a clue (because this is painful, like watching a fish gasping and flopping in the bottom of a boat).
p=mv doesn't state the conservation of momentum.
It's the clasically derived equation for calculating the momentum of a massive body.
It's a special case of a broader equation that is valid only in a small set of situations.
Great, that doesn't answer my questions so thanks for nothing.
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