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Einstein's Famous Equation Isn't The Full Story

Einstein's famous equation only accounts for objects that have mass and that aren't moving. In fact, it's an abbreviated version of a larger equation that works for both massless and moving objects, including photons. Though this larger equation might look intimidating, it can be easily visualized using the Pythagorean theorem.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. E=mc^2 only describes objects that have mass and that aren't moving. 00:06

  2. The equation for the energy of a moving, massless particle (such as a photon) is E=pc. 00:43

  3. An object's velocity is equal to the speed of light times the ratio of the object's momentum to energy. 01:08

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