Significance of e = mc^2Date: 7/26/96 at 17:48:46 From: Anonymous Subject: Significance of e = mc^2 What does e= mc^2 mean? How did Einstein figure this out? Date: 7/27/96 at 13:29:22 From: Doctor Robert Subject: Re: Significance of e = mc^2 One of the conclusions Einstein reached while working on his theory of relativity is that mass and energy are different forms of the same entity. Since they are different forms, you should be able to convert an amount of energy into an amount of mass, and vice versa. The equation that gives the correct conversion is E = mc^2, which says that if you have a mass m, it is equivalent to (c^2 times m) amount of energy. Since c is the speed of light, you can see that the amount of energy available from a small amount of mass is HUGE. c^2 = (3 x 10^8)^2 = 9 x 10^16. In theory, one kg of mass can be converted into 9 x 10^16 joules of energy! How Einstein figured this out might be beyond the scope of this venue. I hope that this helps. -Doctor Robert, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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