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ERIC Number: EJ887946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Weighing Photons Using Bathroom Scales: A Thought Experiment
Huggins, Elisha
Physics Teacher, v48 n5 p287-288 May 2010
Jay Orear, in his introductory physics text, defined the weight of a person as the reading one gets when standing on a (properly calibrated) bathroom scale. Here we will use Jay's definition of weight in a thought experiment to measure the weight of a photon. The thought experiment uses the results of the Pound-Rebka-Snider experiments, Compton scattering experiments, and the Eotvos experiments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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