The momentum of a particle is defined as the product of its mass times its velocity. It is a vector quantity. The momentum of a system is the vector sum of the momenta of the objects which make up the system. If the system is an isolated system, then the momentum of the system is a constant of the motion and subject to the principle of conservation of momentum.

The basic definition of momentum applies even at relativistic velocities but then the mass is taken to be the relativistic mass.

The most common symbol for momentum is p. The SI unit for momentum is kg m/s.

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Momentum p = kg m/s = kg * m/s


Conservation of momentum
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