# GetWiki

*moment (physics)*

ARTICLE SUBJECTS

being →

database →

ethics →

fiction →

history →

internet →

language →

linux →

logic →

method →

news →

policy →

purpose →

religion →

science →

software →

truth →

unix →

wiki →

ARTICLE TYPES

essay →

feed →

help →

system →

wiki →

ARTICLE ORIGINS

critical →

forked →

imported →

original →

moment (physics)

[ temporary import ]

**please note:**

- the content below is remote from Wikipedia

- it has been imported raw for GetWiki

**moment**is an expression involving the product of a distance and another physical quantity, and in this way it accounts for how the physical quantity is located or arranged. Moments are usually defined with respect to a fixed reference point; they deal with physical quantities as measured at some distance from that reference point. For example, the moment of force acting on an object, often called torque, is the product of the force and the distance to the object (i.e., the reference point). In principle, any physical quantity can be multiplied by distance to produce a moment; commonly used quantities include forces, masses, and electric charge distributions.

## Elaboration

In its most simple and basic form, a moment is the product of the distance to some point, raised to some power, and some physical quantity such as the force, charge, etc. at that point:
mu_n = r^n,Q,

where Q is the physical quantity such as a force applied at a point, or a point charge, or a point mass, etc. If the quantity is not concentrated solely at a single point, the moment is the integral of that quantity's density over space:
mu_n=int r^n,rho(r),dr

where rho is the distribution of the density of charge, mass, or whatever quantity is being considered.More complex forms take into account the angular relationships between the distance and the physical quantity, but the above equations capture the essential feature of a moment, namely the existence of an underlying r^n,rho(r) or equivalent term. This implies that there are multiple moments (one for each value of *n*) and that the moment generally depends on the reference point from which the distance r is measured, although for certain moments (technically, the lowest non-zero moment) this dependence vanishes and the moment becomes independent of the reference point.Each value of

*n*corresponds to a different moment: the 1st moment corresponds to

*n*= 1; the 2nd moment to

*n*= 2, etc. The 0th moment (

*n*= 0) is sometimes called the

*monopole moment*; the 1st moment (

*n*= 1) is sometimes called the

*dipole moment*, and the 2nd moment (

*n*= 2) is sometimes called the

*quadrupole moment*, especially in the context of electric charge distributions.

### Examples

- The
*moment of force*, or*torque*, is a first moment: mathbf{tau} = rF, or, more generally, mathbf{r} times mathbf{F} - Similarly,
*angular momentum*is the 1st moment of momentum: mathbf{L} = mathbf{r} times mathbf{p}. Note that*momentum*itself is*not*a moment. - The
*electric dipole moment*is also a 1st moment: mathbf{p} = q,mathbf{d} for two opposite point charges or int mathbf{r},rho(mathbf{r}),d^3r for a distributed charge with charge density rho(mathbf{r})

- The
*total mass*is the zeroth moment of mass - The
*center of mass*is the 1st moment of mass normalized by total mass: mathbf{R} = frac 1M sum_i mathbf{r}_i m_i for a collection of point masses, or frac 1M int mathbf{r} rho(mathbf{r}) , d^3r for an object with mass distribution rho(mathbf{r}) - The
*moment of inertia*is the 2nd moment of mass: I = r^2 m for a point mass, sum_i r_i^2 m_i for a collection of point masses, or int r^2rho(mathbf{r}) , d^3r for an object with mass distribution rho(mathbf{r}). Note that the center of mass is often (but not always) taken as the reference point.

## Multipole moments

Assuming a density function that is finite and localized to a particular region, outside that region a 1/*r*potential may be expressed as a series of spherical harmonics:

*multipole moments*, and take the form:

*Classical Electrodynamics*, 2ndedition, Wiley, New York, (1975). p. 137 The conventions used in thereferenced pages may be slightly different.)When rho represents an electric charge density, the q_{lm} are, in a sense, projections of the moments of electric charge: q_{00} is the monopole moment; the q_{1m} are projections of the dipole moment, the q_{2m} are projections of the quadrupole moment, etc.

## Applications of multipole moments

The multipole expansion applies to 1/*r*scalar potentials, examples of which include the electric potential and the gravitational potential. For these potentials, the expression can be used to approximate the strength of a field produced by a localized distribution of charges (or mass) by calculating the first few moments. For sufficiently large

*r*, a reasonable approximation can be obtained from just the monopole and dipole moments. Higher fidelity can be achieved by calculating higher order moments. Extensions of the technique can be used to calculate interaction energies and intermolecular forces.The technique can also be used to determine the properties of an unknown distribution rho. Measurements pertaining to multipole moments may be taken and used to infer properties of the underlying distribution. This technique applies to small objects such as molecules,M.A. Spackman,

*'Molecular Electric Moments from X-Ray Diffraction Data*, Chem. Rev., 92 (1992), p. 1769Dittrich and Jayatilaka,

*Reliable Measurements of Dipole Moments from Single-Crystal Diffraction Data and Assessment of an In-Crystal Enhancement*, Electron Density and Chemical Bonding II, Theoretical Charge Density Studies, Stalke, D. (Ed), 2012,weblink has also been applied to the universe itself,Baumann, D., TASI Lectures on Inflation, 2009, ArXiv e-prints, arXiv:0907.5424 being for example the technique employed by the WMAP and Planck experiments to analyze the cosmic microwave background radiation.

## History

The concept of moment in physics is derived from the mathematical concept of moments.Robertson, D.G.E.; Caldwell, G.E.; Hamill, J.; Kamen, G.; and Whittlesey, S.N. (2004) Research Methods in Biomechanics. Champaign, IL:Human Kinetics Publ., p. 285. {{clarify|date=May 2014}} The principle of moments is derived from Archimedes' discovery of the operating principle of the lever. In the lever one applies a force, in his day most often human muscle, to an arm, a beam of some sort. Archimedes noted that the amount of force applied to the object, the moment of force, is defined as M = rF, where F is the applied force, and r is the distance from the applied force to object. However, historical evolution of the term 'moment' and its use in different branches of science, such as mathematics, physics and engineering, is unclear.Federico Commandino, in 1565, translated into Latin from Archimedes:*The center of gravity of each solid figure is that point within it, about which on all sides parts of equal moment stand.*BOOK,weblink Commandini, Federici, Liber de Centro Gravitatis Solidorum, 1565, , (at Google books)

*moment*(Latin,

*momentorum*) in the sense which we now know it: a moment about a center of rotation.BOOK, Mechanics for Students of Physics and Engineering, Crew, Henry, Smith, Keith Kuenzi, 1930, 25, The Macmillan Company, New York,

*The word*moment

*was first used in Mechanics in its now rather old-fashioned sense of 'importance' or 'consequence,' and the moment of a force about an axis meant the importance of the force with respect to its power to generate in matter rotation about the axis... But the word 'moment' has also come to be used by analogy in a purely technical sense, in such expressions as the 'moment of a mass about an axis,' or 'the moment of an area with respect to a plane,' which require definition in each case. In those instances there is not always any corresponding physical idea, and such phrases stand, both historically and scientifically, on a different footing.*â€“ A. M. Worthington, 1920BOOK, Worthington, Arthur M., Dynamics of Rotation, Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1920, 7,weblink , (at Google books)

## See also

- Moment of force (or
*torque*), see also the article couple (mechanics) - Moment (mathematics)
- Mechanical equilibrium, applies when an object is balanced so that the sum of the clockwise moments about a pivot is equal to the sum of the anticlockwise moments about the same pivot
- Moment of inertia left(I = Sigma m r^2right), analogous to mass in discussions of rotational motion. It is a measure of an object's resistance to changes in its rotation rate
- Moment of momentum (mathbf{L} = mathbf{r} times mmathbf{v}), the rotational analog of linear momentum.
- Magnetic moment left(mathbf{mu} = Imathbf{A}right), a dipole moment measuring the strength and direction of a magnetic source.
- Electric dipole moment, a dipole moment measuring the charge difference and direction between two or more charges. For example, the electric dipole moment between a charge of â€“
*q*and*q*separated by a distance of**d**is (mathbf{p} = q mathbf{d}) - Bending moment, a moment that results in the bending of a structural element
- First moment of area, a property of an object related to its resistance to shear stress
- Second moment of area, a property of an object related to its resistance to bending and deflection
- Polar moment of inertia, a property of an object related to its resistance to torsion
- Image moments, statistical properties of an image
- Seismic moment, quantity used to measure the size of an earthquake
- Plasma moments, fluid description of plasma in terms of density, velocity and pressure
- List of area moments of inertia
- List of moments of inertia
- Multipole expansion
- Spherical multipole moments

## References

{{Reflist}}## External links

- weblink A dictionary definition of moment.

**- content above as imported from Wikipedia**

- "

- time: 3:40am EDT - Tue, May 21 2019

- "

__moment (physics)__" does not exist on GetWiki (yet)- time: 3:40am EDT - Tue, May 21 2019

[ this remote article is provided by Wikipedia ]

LATEST EDITS [ see all ]

GETWIKI 09 MAY 2016

GETWIKI 18 OCT 2015

GETWIKI 20 AUG 2014

GETWIKI 19 AUG 2014

GETWIKI 18 AUG 2014

© 2019 M.R.M. PARROTT | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED