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

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Barrel length, not PSI, determines acceleration?

In 5:49 in this MythBusters video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74K3IYOM7Lg, the MythBusters Jamie and Adam believe that barrel length is the deciding factor in acceleration, more so than PSI. Why ...
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Does acceleration warp space?

I know that mass warps spacetime and gravity and acceleration are equivalent so does acceleration warp spacetime too?
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How does artificial gravity reduction (weightlessness) work on Earth?

Some of us have been to those amusement park/carnival/theme park rides where you enter some capsule/machine, and you will float, etc. There is also some other thing where you go inside a big room ...
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A ball moves in the radial groove of a rotating disk [on hold]

As shown in the figure above, a ball can fit perfectly and move freely in the radial groove of a disk. There is no friction in the groove. We do not consider gravity here (or think the disk surface ...
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Why we can't define energy in accelerating frame?

In my old unanswered question about accelerating frame, I have found (later after editing that question), that one of the keys is that energy is not defined in accelerating frame. What I do not ...
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Current Electricity

If $$ \frac{dQ}{dt} = I $$ and if an accelerated current produces E.M. waves (radiation), does that mean $d^2Q/dt^2$ (second derivative of a charge w.r.t. time) will give me the magnitude of the wave ...
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Boat Deceleration on Collision

I have a question regarding acceleration. When a boat collides with tires and they compress on contact and the boat is slowly brought to a stop, how is deceleration factored into this? As in, what ...
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Does light ever experiences acceleration? [duplicate]

Till now I have learned that light has fastest speed. But I have also noticed that wherever it travels it only experiences retardation. So I wanted to know if light ever felt acceleration naturally in ...
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Infinite acceleration

Let's say we have two planets at a stand still within reasonable distance of each other. They will accelerate towards each other and subsequently collide. If instead we give them a sufficient (but ...
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Einstein's principle of equivalence; Standing on earth vs sitting in accelerated car

When I am seated in a car that is accelerating in a particular direction I could, for example, throw a ball and it would appear to be flying the opposite way. With the windows covered etc. An ...
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Velocity change of air down a cone?

Does the velocity of fluids(specifically gasses) change when traveling down a cone from the wide opening to the narrow opening? If so, is there an equation used to calculate the acceleration or ...
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Will the gravitational pull of air affect the falling rate of an object?

After looking at this question: Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity? A thought occurred to me that due to the increased gravitational pull of the ...
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Velocity and acceleration with variable friction

If you have a body on a table,with a velocity $u_0$, going from a non friction area to a friction area, how do I find the function for velocity and acceleration due to the variable friction force(T). ...
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Why does a free-falling body experience no force despite accelerating?

Note: For the purposes of my question, when I refer to free fall assume it takes place in a vacuum. From my (admittedly weak) understanding of the equivalence principle, falling in a gravitational ...
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Calculate speed from accelerometer

I am trying to use my accelerometer on my mobile device (smart watch to be specific) to calculate a persons arm swing speed. The data returned from the accelerometer is in $m/s^2$. Since the ...
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Calculate constant acceleration for a length of track with start at rest and final velocity known [closed]

My maths and physics are rusty... I'm a bit ashamed, but I have this problem: Let's have a 1000m linear accelerator (mass driver) propel a payload at constant acceleration, with a final velocity of ...
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Free fall into circular motion

If I'm on a roller coaster free falling from height $h$ and then suddenly start going into horizontal motion with a radius $r$ of turn what is the $g$-force I experience? I worked out the equation ...
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Exact definition of momentarily comoving reference frame (MCRF)

Consider a particle $P$ in the framework of special relativity with position $r(t)=(ct,x(t),y(t),z(t))$ respect to an inertial reference frame $\Sigma=(ct,x,y,z;O)$. I need to know if the following ...
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Find tf and end distance [closed]

Mass = 30kg, Velocity = 30, Acceleration = unknown, end distance = unknown, force = -20N. Please breakdown formula in elementary physics terms thanks! a)Find time the object came to a stop b)the end ...
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How to calculate the “angular braking distance” when you know the following values?

I have to calculate the arc length in radians that a circle spinning at speed will travel when it decelerates to $0$. I have the initial angular velocity in rad/s, the radius in meters, the mass in ...
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Intuitive answer to a kinematic problem

The problem: Two particles A and B start from rest and move for equal time on a straight line. The particle A has an acceleration a for the first half of the total time and 2a for the second half. ...
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Engine fuel consumption vs power

Something that has bother me for a long time is why a 600 hp engine uses more fuel per kilometer than a 80 hp engine. Let pretend I have two equal cars (same shape same weight etc) except for the ...
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Help understanding Bell's spaceship paradox

The problem statement of Bell's Spaceship paradox is this: Two spaceships float in space and are at rest relative to each other. They are connected by a string. The string is strong, but it ...
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Calculating acceleration of a car going downhill [closed]

Let's say a car is driving down a hill. Throughout the descent, you have access to the car's speedometer, a stop watch, and GPS altitude readings. You also know the car's mass if that helps. How would ...
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The movement with the speed of light [duplicate]

Light moves at $3\times 10^8$ m/s, but is this speed always so?, imagine if I am in a dark room that is $1$ light year long and I am standing at one extreme end of the room, and there is a powerful ...
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What force decays an oscillating charge?

Consider this scenario: We have a charge on a spring. As it oscillates, it loses energy to radiation. What force decays the oscillation? As far as I can see, the only forces in the scenario are ...
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What is the effect of Torque Steering on a motorcycle with a long wheel base

From experience, it appears motorcycles with a large wheelbase coupled with a long handlebar (say a modified Harley Ape Hangar) shows a noticeable tendency to veer to a side during acceleration vs a ...
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Condition for 2 bodies to move together

The condition for 2 (or more) bodies to move such that they are always in contact, is that their accelerations (and velocities) along their common normal should be same. Can someone explain why this ...
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Gravitomagnetic railgun

Would a gravitomagnetic analogue of a railgun work as expected, in theory? Consider replacing the electric currents on each rail with mass currents. Then place a mass between the rails, moving with ...
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Changing directions with a constant speed?

I'm currently working on a problem in which an object's speed remains the same, but it experiences a change in direction after some time. I'm fairly sure it experiences an acceleration in order to ...
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Twin paradox caused by gravitational difference in space

I am not a physicist, but have always been curious about the twin paradox. So, here is my question. There are two twins in space - Twin A and Twin B (both stationary). They are apart from each other ...
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A simple derivation of the Centripetal Acceleration Formula?

Could someone show me a simple and intuitive derivation of the Centripetal Acceleration Formula $a=v^2/r$, preferably one that does not involve calculus or advanced trigonometry?
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Animating an Acceleration Vector - Acceleration of object on a crested path in gravitational field

So I was reading in Chapter 3 of my textbook, Sears & Zemanksky's University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th Edition, and the discussion took us to a definition of the ...
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Calculate acceleration from power [closed]

I am currently programming a simple computer space ship simulation. This is just for fun to train my programming, 3D graphics and a little bit of physics skills. What I want is the user to pick a ...
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Gravitational “acceleration” and frequency change of a photon?

For massive particles, force translates into acceleration which again is a change of the velocity vector in direction and/or magnitude. For a photon, the velocity magnitude cannot change, only the ...
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If a space ship accelerated constantly, would its astronauts constantly feel the forward movement?

I know that if a space ship suddenly traveled very fast, its astronauts would be fly against the back wall, potentially getting hurt. If the space ship suddenly stopped, they would also fly against ...
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How do we know that $F = ma$, not $F = k \cdot ma$

It seems intuitive that $a\; \propto \frac{F}{m}$, as the greater the force that is applied on an object, the greater its acceleration will be. Inversely, the greater the mass of the object, the ...
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Radius of apparent event horizon for accelerating observer

This question is related to my last question on the Unruh effect, which can be found here. First, recall the quote from the Wikipedia article on the Unruh effect: An accelerating observer will ...
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Unruh effect and relative acceleration

This is how I understand the Unruh effect: if a person (say, Bob) is moving with acceleration $a$ in his spaceship, then he will see an apparent event horizon around him--that is, the vacuum will ...
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Is gravity's acceleration rate - squares of all natural numbers? [duplicate]

I've seen some science\history documentary in which they made a replica of Galileo's inclined plane experiment. They rolled a ball down the plane; and it's progressed in length units each unit of ...
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How to know if a body is travelling with uniform acceleration or not?

One of the Example in my Textbook is A body travels a distance of 2 m in 2 seconds and 2.2 m in next 4 seconds. What will be the velocity of the body at the end of 7th second from the start. In ...
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Calculating time and speed change on downhill incline

I am trying to calculate the time and final speed if lets say a bike with constant speed of 20km/h of goes in this incline (downhill), what would be its speed after say $M$ meter ? I remember the ...
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Maximum acceleration for wheel-driven vehicle from standstill

Once I discussed cars and there was a question about rate at which the car gains its speed ($100\:\mathrm{km/h}$) from standstill (i.e. acceleration). At some point of conversation it came up that ...
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How to use an accelerometer to correctly quantify the magnitude of vibrations

Consider the following setup: An accelerometer is placed inside a helicopter, measuring $g$ values along three axes $(x,y,z)$ every $10~\text{ms}$ (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. ...
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Shaft acceleration with a gearbox

I'm trying to calculate the shaft acceleration when there is an engine, a gearbox, and a load. I've seen the equations which change the reflected inertia via the gear ratio, relate the speeds and ...
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Deduce v(t) from power and torque

I'd like to know if this is possible to draw the highest curve of $f : t \longmapsto v(t)$ of an accelerating car based on power and torque curves like this one (EV) or this one (TV). I assume we ...
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Zero velocity and non-zero average acceleration

Can you have a zero velocity and nonzero average acceleration? I am confused with the word "average" here. If the question would be, "Can you have a zero velocity and nonzero acceleration?" my answer ...
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Proof of (Vi + Vf)/2

Its quite intuitive that when you have constant acceleration, the average velocity is given by (Vi + Vf)/2, but how can you prove it?
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Why does a parachute decrease terminal velocity?

Terminal Velocity depends on two things- surface area and speed. These are inversely proportionate. If both these variables affect terminal velocity, why do parachutes slow you down? Initially you ...
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What would put a harddisk drive (HDD) under 350G's of force?

I always see the label and it says 350G's withstandable. What would put this over 350G's? Is it even possible to hit 350Gs of force to a hard drive?