Obviously if you know Star Wars you know that means force, but I'll make it extra clear with the physics:

p is our momentum. It is known as the inertia of a moving object, and it is computed by p = mv (where m is mass and v is velocity).

By taking the differential with respect to time you're knocking the velocity part down to acceleration. We can check with the units: velocity should be m/s while acceleration is m/s^2. As to why I chose v and not m, it really doesn't matter. I just chose to knock v down because it'll be more important in the next step.

Everyone knows F = ma. But I know ma = F. We have mass. We have acceleration. We have them multiplied together. We get Force.

Obviously if you know Star Wars you know that means force, but I'll make it extra clear with the physics:

p is our momentum. It is known as the inertia of a moving object, and it is computed by p = mv (where m is mass and v is velocity).

By taking the differential with respect to time you're knocking the velocity part down to acceleration. We can check with the units: velocity should be m/s while acceleration is m/s^2. As to why I chose v and not m, it really doesn't matter. I just chose to knock v down because it'll be more important in the next step.

Everyone knows F = ma. But I know ma = F. We have mass. We have acceleration. We have them multiplied together. We get Force.

So the derivative of p with respect to time is F.