Momentum

By Tom

What is momentum

Momentum is quantity of motion of a moving body, measured in terms of its mass and velocity. It can be applied to both stationary and moving objects. Its can be described as "mass in motion". You can discover the momentum of an object by using an equation which multiplies the mass (in kilograms) and velocity. The momentum of a stationary object is 0. When writing momentum it will be '______kg m/s'

Momentum = Mass x Velocity

example: a car which is 1000kg is moving in a northern direction at 50m/s. This would therefore be p = m x v (momentum is depicted as being a p). 50000kg m/s = 1000kg x 50m/s. This is the momentum of the car whilst it is driving.