# Deepak Kapur

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1. ## Continuum of space

Lets consider a line of length 1m. If space is continuous, it means there is an infinity of points in this line. Now, size of each point=1/infinity=0 This implies that our line is of zero size because its constituents are all of zero size. How to resolve this contradiction?
2. ## DIscreteness of light

I want to say that in a ray of light there is no space between the photons that make up the ray.....so, isn't light ray continuous?
3. ## DIscreteness of light

Science says that light is not continuous but discrete, as it comes in small packets called 'quanta' I want to ask.... Is there any space between the quanta of light? If not, isn't this a continuity in its own right?
4. ## A question about questions

Does it mean that concepts like 'Fundamental Reality', Fundamental Truth'......rather 'anything fundamental' are logically impossible because such concepts also lead to further questions?
5. ## A question about questions

Can the enquiring spirit in us be ever quenched? e.g. 1. Suppose, science finds the fundamental particle...next question can be...What mechanism caused this fundamental particle?....or.....How it came about? If someone says, it has been always there...one can ask...What is the mechanism through which something can be eternal? and so on.... 2. Suppose, someone finds God and says that He/She/It exists eternally/necessarily...next question can be...Why only He is a necessarily existing creature and not some other one? or What mechanism leads to necessary existence? and so on.... In a nutshell, can questions ever end? Any thoughts, not necessarily serious ones....
6. ## How to interpret equations

I think the situation is more complex, as it shows the 'interaction' between two masses and the force that 'this interaction' creates....
7. ## How to interpret equations

So....you find it okay??? Well, i wanted to convey something like this only from the beginning...that force is proportional to mass.. But.... If F is proportional to mass, then why m is called the constant of proportinality in the equation F=ma?
8. ## How to interpret equations

You can reprimand me even more for what i am going to write below....but do explain why it is wrong... 'Force acting on a body is directly proportional to the mass of the body and also is directly proportional to the acceleration of the body. More the mass more the force required. More the acceleration, more the force required. So, F=kma....k being a constant of proportionality.
9. ## How to interpret equations

Why not... 'When an object moves with constant acceleration, the magnitude of the force acting on it is directly proportional to the mass of the body. If we increase the mass keeping acceleration constant, the force also has to be increased proportinately to maintain that particular constant acceleration.'
10. ## A question about proportionality and equality

Then...i think....it shouldnt be called a LAW.. Why didnt Newton use proportionality for this because Studiot tells me that proportionality was much prevalent those days than the concept of an equation... Does it mean there is really no difference between proportinality and equality....its just a matter of convenience and perspective?
11. ## How to interpret equations

WITH ALL THE DUE RESPECT, You havent explained in SIMPLE ENGLISH ( 2 or 3 sentences) the meaning of F=ma. and... You havent explained in SIMPLE ENGLISH ( 2 or 3 sentences) why options 2 and 3 dont follow. ( even when magnitude of force and mass is same) A good teacher is one who STOOPS to the level of the student, to make him understand things...so...plz do that....and dont simply say that my optoons 2 and 3 are wrong. I myself know they are wrong ..... but why..... ( AGAIN, SIMPLE ENGLISH PLEASE) I am sorry...THIS MUST BE REALLY PAIN & GRIEF FOR YOU. One more thing...i fully understand what you are saying in post 28 and 32.
12. ## A question about proportionality and equality

Newton's second law states (roughly), The rate of change of momentum of a body is equal to the force acting on the body and is in the same direction.... Why 'equal to' and not 'proportional to' In various other formulas we use 'proportional to' and not 'equal to'. What's the difference?
13. ## How to interpret equations

Hi Studiot, I am here, again (not to annoy you...) 1. So, what meaning/meanings can be attributed to F=ma? ( IN SIMPLE ENGLISH ) And... 2. plz explain how the following are wrong ( see, i am not forcing anything, just trying to understand..) (2.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the magnitude of the force acting on the body is equal to the magnitude of the mass of the body. 3.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the force acting on the body is proportionl to the mass of the body. (as Delta 1212 said in post 9) Suppose, in F=ma m=1kg and a=1m/s2.....then....F=1kgm/s2 m=2kg and a=1m/s2.....then....F=2kgm/s2 m=3kg and f=1m/s2.....then....F=3kgm/s2 So aren't.... 2 and 3 ....true above.. i.e the 'magnitude' of force is equal/and proportional to the 'magnitude' of mass??? ( again, no enforcement of anything)
14. ## How to interpret equations

Ok, sorry...dont get annoyed ( all of you are doing a philanthropic task of spreading scientific temper...so why to annoy you people..) I will not ask what something else is ( since you feel annoyed) Thanks for your sincere efforts.
15. ## A misunderstanding about multiplication

I know all of this...anyway thanks.... My point was about repeated addition of dimensions/units...It has been explained nicely already...
16. ## How to interpret equations

Ok, forget about the notations at the moment... If a body moves with a=1m/s2, then in the equation F=ma, which of the following meanings are conveyed...(points 1 to 5 of the previous post) 1. If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the force acting on the body is equal to the mass of the body. 2.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the magnitude of the force acting on the body is equal to the magnitude of the mass of the body. 3.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the force acting on the body is proportionl to the mass of the body. (as Delta 1212 said in post 9) 4.Something else. 5.Nothing.
17. ## How to interpret equations

Hi there, I think I have not been able to convey my point...I totally agree with what you have said....but, I want to ask about the physical significance of this equation.... Again...I convey my point... If a=1m/s2 in F=ma, we can write F=m...then, which of the following meanings are conveyed... 1. If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the force acting on the body is equal to the mass of the body. 2.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the magnitude of the force acting on the body is equal to the magnitude of the mass of the body. 3.If a body moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, then the force acting on the body is proportionl to the mass of the body. (as Delta 1212 said in post 9) 4.Something else. 5.Nothing. Plz help Does the same thing apply to F=m, Why...why not...?...plz take pains to explain..
18. ## How to interpret equations

I am not talking about calculations.... What is the 'physical' meaning of E=m here, E is equal to m....E is equivalent to m.....E is proportional to m....or something else....or no meaning at all...
19. ## How to interpret equations

Does this actually mean anything? If a=5, F=5m.....then also, what you said applies?
20. ## How to interpret equations

Thanks for a lucid reply... Plz don't get irritated as I have to ask more... 1. Explain E=m also, it seems to have a different meaning than F=m. 2. If a is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to mass, why don't we write a=kF/m, k= constant of proportionality??? Now, its 3 am in the morning/night here and I have to sleep...Gud night...will read responses tomorrow/today morning.. This forum seems to be better than PhysicsForums even....
21. ## How to interpret equations

Plz explain.. In E=mc2, if c=1, we get E=m and this 'means'something...so, why does F=m does not mean anything?
22. ## How to interpret equations

So, what does F=m mean in this case?
23. ## How to interpret equations

F=ma, If I put a=1m/s2, F=m Does it mean that when an object moves with an acceleration of 1m/s2, it's force becomes equals to its mass? ( sounds utterly absurd, how can force become equal to mass, when they are completely different entities/concepts. It is like saying mango has become equal to a shoe...)
24. ## A misunderstanding about multiplication

A great reply, Thanks ...however....I will think over this..
25. ## A misunderstanding about multiplication

I have a small room. 6m by 5m. I want to get it carpeted so I compute its area. Area= 6m × 5m = 30m2 ( metre square). But.... Muliplication is also repeated addition.. so, I add 6m + 6m + 6m + 6m + 6m..... but I get the answer 30m and not 30m2. My point is... Irrespective of how we do multiplication the answer (including the units) should be same.... but by repeated addition I get the same numerical value but not the same units. 1. Either mathematics does not depict nature/reality properly. Or 2. I am insane.
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