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A Simple Mathematical Model Which Suggests an Electromagnetic Basis for Inertial Mass

William L. Hughes
Year: 1995
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.