# Talk:Einstein's Mass-Velocity Equation

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Technically speaking, this is misleading. The mass of an object doesn't change at high speeds - the only mass that makes any sense to refer to is the rest mass, in fact, the difference is that $\mathbf{p}=m\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1-\dfrac{v^2}{c^2}}}\mathbf{v}$. That is, momentum in relativity is not the same as momentum in Newtonian mechanics - it gains a $\gamma=\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1-\dfrac{v^2}{c^2}}}$ term. See wikipedia on mass in special relativity for a fuller discussion. I don't know what other people's thoughts are, but I'd say this needs some rewording (or maybe should be scrapped entirely in favor of a relativistic definition of momentum). --Alec (talk) 05:12, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

- oo-er ... from Einstein's very own pen, as well. I confess to not having read these wikipedia pages. Okay then, we should move this to link to the "Definition:Linear Momentum" page in which we will add the relativistic definition in a subhead. I'll probably do this tonight, as I won't have time this morning.--prime mover 06:27, 19 November 2010 (UTC)