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1 Problem “Hidden ” Momentum in a River

By Kirk T. Mcdonald and Phidden P Mvcm


The flow of water in a river may not be obvious to an observer on its bank if the surface is very smooth, and that flow might be characterized as having “hidden ” momentum. The term “hidden ” momentum was popularized by Shockley [1] in considerations of an electromechanical example, and essentially all subsequent use of this term has been for such examples, where one considers the system to consist of matter plus electromagnetic fields. Recently, a definition of “hidden ” momentum has been proposed by Daniel Vanzella (see also [2]) which can be applied to mechanical systems as well, where a subsystem has a specified volume and can interact with the rest of the system via contact forces and/or transfer of mass/energy across its surface (which can be in motion)

Year: 2012
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