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Conservation of Mass/Matter
« on: March 29, 2006, 05:09:22 PM »
Now I know this law states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. What I'm curious though is that when antimatter touches normal matter the two completely obliterate each other.

Isn't that a contradiction of this law or am I missing something?
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Re:Conservation of Mass/Matter
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006, 05:27:47 PM »
More precisely it is law of conservation of mass AND energy, as these are equivalent. Thus anihilation produces energy in mc2 amount and everything is OK.
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Re:Conservation of Mass/Matter
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006, 09:05:23 PM »
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

How dumb of me. I forget to take into account what happens after the two come together. They go BOOM! and release a tremendous amount of energy. That is where the matter goes. Thank you Borek. I guess I spaced out on this one.
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