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Why is C squared in the famous formula E=MC2?


Why is the constant C squared in Einstein's famous formula E=MC2? I know there are supposed to be math reasons for this but doesn't it seem odd that the "constant" can even be theoretically squared? If a spaceship traveled at the speed C squared it would instantly be transported back in time to before the Big Bang.

 

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    Oztinato 3 years ago

    Not sure what you mean. I am no maths wiz!

    Isnt the formula saying how much energy exists in matter?

    C is used as its supposed to be THE Constant. Why square the constant when it cant be squared?


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    Oztinato 3 years ago

    That's pretty fast! Thought that was kilometres per second?

    I am curious as to why the formula ends up squaring the speed of light which in theory can't even go one digit faster that C.

    Sometimes I think Einstein was joking.