The rate of change of velocity of a body per unit of time.

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How can I prove that the covariant acceleration is normal to the velocity?

I'm trying to show that the covariant acceleration is normal to the velocity for a massive particle. I think that I understand why this has to happen because I understand the covariant acceleration as ...
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Length Contraction and Acceleration [duplicate]

Say that I have a spaceship that needs to travel 490 lightyears to the exoplanet Kepler 186f. Half the way of the trip the spaceship accelerates with a constant acceleration of 1G and on the other ...
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What is the theoretical fastest way a human could be accelerated without dying? [closed]

Humans can survive maybe 3-10 $g$'s sustained acceleration when applied to their backs, like in a rocket launch. This question is not about that. I'm wondering about alternative theoretical future ...
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Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end?

Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end? Since objects of different mass tend to fall at the same speed (assuming a vacuum), why do then heavier objects push harder ...
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Calculate velocity with acceleration caused by drag

Maybe someone can help me with calculating the velocity of a sphere falling down. Initial: Acceleration is $10 ~\rm \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Timestep is $1 ~\rm s$. Approximation of drag = ...
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Experiment to show $a \propto F$

I learnt about an experiment to show that acceleration is proportional to force. It was done by placing a trolley (like a toy car) on a smooth track. At the end of the smooth horizontal track was a ...
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Is it always possible to determine whether or not one is accelerating?

Consider the following two situations: A: You wake up in an elevator that is in free fall in a gravitational field. B: You wake up in an elevator that is floating in a vacuum. Is it possible to ...
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How many particles can a particle accelerator accelerate at once?

Does a particle accelerator lose its accelerating effectiveness as the number of particles being accelerated increases? According to Wikipedia, the mean acceleration of a proton in the Large Hadron ...
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Retardation on a Conducting Object in a Magnetic Field [closed]

I cannot solve this question and I need help to understand the physics. The picture below says it all. What is the retardation (negative acceleration) on the conducting object with a mass of 2.5 kg's ...
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Falling Raindrop with Asymptotic Acceleration [closed]

I am given a falling raindrop that is gaining mass proportional to the product of its surface area and its velocity. I am assuming down is the positive direction. So, $m'=4\pi\alpha r^2v$. From ...
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Force required to send ball in set trajectory

If I have a desired 2D trajectory where I know the desired speed of my ball and desired path, and a ball that starts at (x=0,y=0), how can I calculate the required force / point at which the force ...
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Calculating acceleration offset by C.G [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate the acceleration an accelerometer would read NOT placed in the Center of Gravity of the object. Let's look at the figure below (or in link provided). The accelerometer was ...
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Fluid filled harmonic oscillator

A vessel (preferably circular) filled with water is accelerating unidirectionally such that the level of water is higher on one end than the other. What I want to know is that if the vessel is ...
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If an object's acceleration is zero, can its velocity be non zero?

Question: If an object's acceleration is zero, can it's velocity be non-zero? Explain by giving an example. My Attempt: This doesn't make any sense at all. Via my teacher's solution ...
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Calculate distance with variable acceleration [duplicate]

I know the time and I know the force that acts horizontally on a particle. The problem is that the force is F=k(D-V), where k and D are constants. So at the beginning where the particle has zero ...
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Can we accelerate photons to travel at speed of $1.5c$? Or any $xc$ when $x > 1$? [closed]

Can we move photons to travel at speed greater than speed of light in vacuum? If no then why? For example: I want to send some photons at 1.5c. Is that possible? How a photon of light can go from 0 ...
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Charged Universe and charge-dependent inertia/anti-inertia

I posted this same question as a follow up for the main question here. I expected to get a quick answer but since none have come up I raise it as a topic in its own right. So the question is: Suppose ...
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Relativistic explanation of Radiation

I ask this question again in a simpler, shorter form. Maxwell's equations can be derived with Special relativity starting from the Coulomb's law. Therefore all the phenomena of classical ...
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What would happen, gravitationally, to ships passing by each other at high speeds vs high accelerations?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. In scenario A, the SS Accelerator is accelerated up to near C, stops accelerating, then flies past the SS ...
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The Inertial theory of Sciama and an electromagnetic analogue

In 1952 D. W. Sciama introduced a paper On the origin of inertia. It presents a method in which inertia could arise from other mass in the universe. It goes along these lines: If you try to ...
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Sitting to Standing Posture Transition Accelerometer Triaxial Data Explanation

I don't have a physics background. (I'm a Computer Science student) I have a waist-worn accelerometer provided by the school which is quite reliable. I've captured data of sitting still to standing ...
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Acceleration due to gravitational force [duplicate]

I need some help with below. So according to Newton's 2nd law, $a=F/m$, for a given mass, the acceleration depends on mass. But acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass. There seems some ...
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Is there a gravitational radiation reaction force?

As you may know, the linearized relativity theory (or gravitoelectromagnetism), obeys equations analogous to Maxwell's equations in electrodynamics. These equations in ED result in the troubling ...
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0G(No motion) scenario detection using Accelerometer and Gyroscope [closed]

I have a gyroscope and accelerometer which I am placing on the wheel of a bicycle to detect the 0G or standstill (when the bicycle exactly reaches to rest) of the wheel. I put the sensor at a R/2 ...
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Find the height and the velocity of the object [closed]

A bolt is detached from the lower part of an elevator cabin that is ascending with velocity 6meters/second and for 3 seconds comes to the point from where the elevator started to ascend. Find: in ...
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Why do riders feel forced down into their seats at the bottom of the first drop on a rollercoaster?

I am trying to figure out what forces an $80.0kg$ rider travelling at $110.0km/h$ ($30.56m/s$) would experience when at the bottom of the first drop on a rollercoaster where the radius of the ...
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How many Gs are my clothes experiencing in my washer? [closed]

During a spin cycle I got curious: How many Gs are at play in my simple washing machine? We can assume the drum is 50 cm wide and spins at 1500 rpm.
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How do I convert the velocity of a point on a spinning disk to units of g.? [closed]

A CD-ROM drive in a computer spins the 12-cm-diameter disks at 1×104 rpm . What is the acceleration in units of g that this speck of dust experiences? The velocity of the speck of dust is v = 63 m/s ...
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Are these two equations correct? [closed]

I know this is a pretty simple question, but like there should be room for those as well. I have the following two formulas describing how long it'll take for an object to decelerate. For example if ...
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Will the flash light accelerate in space? [duplicate]

As we know from school physics course light has pressure. So my question is will flash light accelerate in space in the direction opposite to light emission? If not, then will flash light with ...
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calculation of electrical power required drive a toy car [closed]

i wanted to put a electrical motor into a toy car. i want to use an optimum motor with correct RPM (i know that with fixed power, higher RPM mean less torque). so here it goes. i have a toy car with ...
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Modelling Rotational Motion using Linear Accelerometer [closed]

I am using a 3 axis linear accelerometer on the wheel of a car at position $R/2$ (Where $R$ is the radius). Now i am modelling the equation which i will be getting at the output of the accelerometer. ...
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Suppose I apply a force to a ball that can then only be slowed down by gravity or, perhaps, relativity. What happens to the ball? What would I see? [closed]

Suppose I'm on planet Earth. I have a ball that, once set in motion, can only be slowed down or stopped by gravity. What will happen to this ball? What would I (an observer on Earth) see? Here's what ...
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Velocity and acceleration (as vectors) in a straight line

A student is trying to determine the acceleration of a feather as she drops it to the ground. If the student is looking to achieve a positive velocity and positive acceleration, what is the most ...
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Is gravitational acceleration truly independent of mass?

I am doing Newtonian Physics. Correct me if I am wrong: So two objects always exert equal forces on each other(Newtons Third). So for example the same gravitational force that the earth exerts on a ...
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Force exerted by pulley on ceiling

I read in my book that when a pulley is accelerating it exerts more force on the ceiling than when it is still. I know the derivation and I can mathematically prove it but I'm unable to get my head ...
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Calculate position with position depending force

I have an equation that says $a(t)= \alpha * s(t)+\beta$ where $a$ ist the acceleration, $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are constants, $s$ is position and $t$ the time. My question is how to get the resulting ...
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How would you solve for this system while it's accelerating? [closed]

So I'm trying to solve for this system with two weights: m1 and m2, with m2 hanging off of m1, which is hanging by two ropes off a ceiling (connected to top of m1) one rope(t1) angled 50 degrees and ...
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How to determine when to decelerate to reach a destination at 0 velocity?

(Sorry, not sure whether this belongs here on the Physics StackExchange or the Math StackExchange.) I'm creating a computer game in which there is a computer-controlled car that needs to travel along ...
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Metric of an accelerated reference frame (without gravitation)

If we look at a flat Minkowski space-time (without any gravitation) an choose an accelerated frame of reference, what happens to the metric tensor is it still in Minkowski coordinates or will he be ...
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Is there a principal difference in acceleration from an impulse and the free fall of a body in the orbit around a gravitational mass?

Especially taking in account that acceleration need a force which leads to some conversion of energy. This is not the case for orbital motion, such a acceleration does not convert energy. That seems ...
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Acceleration - Constant force vs force for an instant

I am reading about Newton's second law, and I am slightly confused. So I think I get that $F=ma$ can be used to find acceleration. I am struggling between two scenarios: constant force acting over a ...
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Obtaining Velocity from Acceleration

I'm following a research paper (PDF via RG), part of which is about using the accelerometer of a smartphone to assist the user's positioning via WLAN. Accelerometer is used to determine if the user ...
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Position from acceleration, or acceleration from position, to track an object moving the speed of sound

I'm working on a project that involves tracing the motion of a fast-moving object (approx the speed of sound) through a fairly defined trajectory. Would it be more accurate to measure the position of ...
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Need help understanding angular acceleration due to gravity

The question asks what the angular acceleration of an uniform disc of radius $R$ rotating about an axis passing through its edge if it is released from rest with its center of mass at the same height ...
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Circular Motion: Rubber Stopper Lab

During a lab I was doing involving uniform circular motion, we had to spin a rubber stopper horizontally via a rope. At the bottom of the rope, there was some weights. I have to answer this question ...
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Do I need to have a force acting in an opposite direction to feel the force of acceleration?

Suppose I'm in a rocket, accelerating away from the Earth. While I'm accelerating away from the Earth in the rocket, I can feel the force of acceleration. Now, let's suppose we take away the Earth, ...
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Initial speed in homework problem [closed]

This is a homework question. I tried to solve it, but failed. I had to translate this question, so please forgive me if it is poorly worded. In this question you can ignore the atmospheric ...
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The acceleration of the centre of mass [closed]

Given two balls that are thrown straight up in the air at a speed of $40 \:\mathrm{m/s}$, $0.10 \:\mathrm{s}$ apart. One ball is twice the mass of the other. The heavier ball is thrown second. ...
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Acceleration vs. Velocity

Since acceleration is a change in velocity or a change in direction how can in reality velocity exist since a straight line does not exist except in Euclidean geometry? Any movement from one point to ...