Foundations of Physics

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 115–124 | Cite as

The classical and relativistic concepts of mass

  • Erik Eriksen
  • Kjell Vøyenli


An elementary presentation is given of classical and relativistic collision dynamics based upon the principle of conservation of momentum. The concepts of mass are shown to be implicitly defined and their basic properties are rigorously derived and discussed. Luxons and tachyons are treated on the same footing as material particles.


Basic Property Material Particle Relativistic Concept Collision Dynamic Elementary Presentation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Eriksen
    • 1
  • Kjell Vøyenli
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of OsloBlindernNorway

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