Reduced mass

Description

In physics, the reduced mass is the “effective” inertial mass appearing in the two-body problem of Newtonian mechanics. It is a quantity which allows the two-body problem to be solved as if it were a one-body problem. The reduced mass is always less than or equal to the mass of each body

Related formulas

Variables

μReduced mass (kg)
m1Mass of the first body (kg)
m2Mass of the second body (kg)