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Momentum ( \(p\) or \(\rho\) (Greek symbol rho) ) (also known as linear motion or translational momentum) of an object is the amount of mass in motion.  Momentum is a vector quantity having magnitude and direction, some of these include acceleration, displacement, drag, force, lift, thrust, torque, velocity, and weight.

Momentum Formula

\(\large{ p = m   v   }\)         


\(\large{ p }\) or \(\large{ \rho }\)  (Greek symbol rho)  = momentum

\(\large{ m }\) = mass

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity

Mass Distributed Momentum

Mass Distributed Momentum Formula

\(\large{ p = {mv}_i \; - \; {mv}_f  }\)         


\(\large{ p }\) = momentum

\(\large{ {mv}_f }\) = final mass velocity

\(\large{ {mv}_i }\) = initial mass velocity

Momentum Change in Velocity

Momentum Change in Velocity Formula

\(\large{ p = m   \left( v_i \; - \; v_f   \right)   }\)         


\(\large{ p }\) = momentum

\(\large{ m }\) = mass

\(\large{ v_f }\) = final velocity

\(\large{ v_i }\) = initial velocity

Momentum Change in Momentum

Momentum Change in Momentum Formula

\(\large{ p = p_i \; - \; p_f  }\)         


\(\large{ p }\) = momentum

\(\large{ p_f }\) = final momentum

\(\large{ p_i }\) = initial momentum

Momentum Diffusion

Momentum diffusion also known as diffusion, or spread of momentum between particles (atoms or molecules) of matter, often in the liquid state. In fluids, this is caused by viscosity.

Elastic Collision Momentum

Momentum is a conserved quantity meaning the total momentum of a system will always stay the same no matter the changes to the system.

Elastic Collision Momentum Formula

\(\large{ p_t = p_i1 \; + \; p_i2  =  p_f1 \; + \; p_f2 }\)         


\(\large{ p_t }\) = total momentum

\(\large{ p_f }\) = final momentum

\(\large{ p_i }\) = initial momentum

Rotational Momentum

Rotational momentum ( \(L\) ) (also known as angular momentum) is how much an object is rotating.

Rotational Momentum FORMULA

\(\large{ L =  r  p }\)       

\(\large{ L =  I  \omega }\)         


\(\large{ L  }\) = rotational momentum (angular momentum)

\(\large{ I  }\) = moment of inertia

\(\large{ p  }\) = linear momentum vector

\(\large{ r  }\) = vector length, directed from the center of rotation to the momentum point

\(\large{ \omega }\)  (Greek symbol omega) = angular velocity


Tags: Equations for Velocity Equations for Mass Equations for Momentum