A Simple Mathematical Model Which Suggests an Electromagnetic Basis for Inertial Mass
Keywords: electric field, mass, speed of light
It is shown that a linearly accelerated charge generates an electric field which opposes its own acceleration in the same direction as the Newtonian force created by an accelerated mass. A case can be made that an overall electrically neutral mass would still experience a similar force opposing acceleration. Finally, if the charge is spinning at the speed of light, one can account for relativistic changes of inertial mass.