What is the most common symbol for momentum? Wikipedia says p. Some people seem to use rho.

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- Oct 22nd 2012, 09:27 AMStuck ManMomentum common symbol
What is the most common symbol for momentum? Wikipedia says p. Some people seem to use rho.

- Oct 22nd 2012, 09:58 AMMarkFLRe: Momentum common symbol
When I was a student, it was $\displaystyle p$.

We used $\displaystyle \rho$ for density. - Oct 23rd 2012, 11:23 AMtopsquarkRe: Momentum common symbol
It's usually p or P. P is typical for a "total momentum."

On the other hand if we're talking about a collision problem, I've also seen q and Q when p and P have already been used.

-Dan