Classical mechanics refers to the classical (i.e., non-relativistic, non-quantum) study of physics. Three major formulations of classical mechanics are newtonian mechanics, lagrangian mechanics, and hamiltonian mechanics. The latter two are rather useful in extensions to Classical Mechanics; ...

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Why is a beam reach the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats?

I've heard that a beam reach (perpendicular to the wind) is the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats, but I haven't heard a satisfying explanation of the physics behind the claim. Triangular ...
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What does a scale accelerating on an incline read?

I was watching an online video lecture about dynamics, and then I came across this brain teaser, and I've been thinking it over for a couple of hours but can't seem to find the solution. I hope ...
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Central Force - Trajectory [on hold]

There is a central force $\vec{F}(\vec{r})=f(r)\vec{e_r}$. 1.1.: The trajectory/flight path is defined by $r=r(\phi)$, compute $f(r)$. 1.2.: The path is defined by $u=u(\phi)$ with ...
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How to prove that any rotation can be represented by 3 Euler angles

How can one prove that any rotation of a rigid object in 3-dimensional (3D) space can be represented by a sequence of three rotations around pre-fixed axes by 3 Euler angles? I see this statement in ...
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Central Force - Trajectory [duplicate]

There is a central force $\vec{F}(\vec{r})=f(r)\vec{e_r}$. 1.1.: The trajectory/flight path is defined by $r=r(\phi)$, compute $f(r)$. 1.2.: The path is defined by $u=u(\phi)$ with ...
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Force acting on a wheel of a two-wheeled self balancing bot

Proceeding further with my work on a self-balancing bot as posted here: http://bit.ly/1FfI6LK I've gotten stuck at the following equation: n = Gear ratio $K_t$ = DC motor torque constant $i_l$ = DC ...
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Angular acceleration as a function of torque

I know that the angular momentum $\mathbf{L}_{cm}$ with respect to the centre of mass of a rigid body can be expressed as $I\boldsymbol{\omega}$ where $I$ is the inertia matrix and ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [on hold]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Conservation of angular momentum - exercise [on hold]

A sphere of mass $M$ is rotating with constant $w_0$ regarding the axis that intersects the north and south pole of the sphere. A bug of mass $m$ sits on the north pole and starts to walk along a ...
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What is the difference between configuration space and phase space?

What is the difference between configuration space and phase space? In particular, I notices that Lagrangians are defined over configuration space and Hamiltonians over phase space. Liouville's ...
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How does one express a Lagrangian and Action in the language of forms?

In Lipschitzs Classical Mechanics a Lagrangian is defined as: $L(q,q',t)$ for some trajectory $q(t)$ of a particle And the action is defined as: $S:=\int^a_b L(q,q',t) dt$ How does one ...
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The minimum force required to lift a triangular prism [on hold]

If I have an isosceles triangular prism of mass m with the angle at the top being $2\theta$ I want to work out the minimum force I would need to apply to the upper faces to lift the prism. Lets say ...
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Solving the Three-body problem numerically

I want to create a program in $Mathematica$ that solves numerically the Three-body problem by Euler-Lagrange's equations. I was searching some methods to sucessfully do it. So I found a way to solve ...
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Hamilton-Jacobi problem

In analytical mechanics by Fasano and Marmi they consider the Hamilton-Jacobi equation for a conservative autonomous system in one dimension with the following Hamiltonian, \begin{equation} ...
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Find distance vs. time for a space ship moving through cloud of dust of uniform density [closed]

Here's a problem: We have a cylindrical spaceship with cross-sectional area $A$ moves through a stationary cloud of dust of uniform density $\rho$. Initially the ship has some speed $v_0$ and some ...
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What can I say about a graph depicting orbit a particle has gone through? Acceleration VS friction

I have an orbit in which a particle is told to have gone through. There is a straight part, and a curved part. I am asked to mark the right statements, which are: a. Without any further data, there ...
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Degrees of freedom of a point mass sliding on a rigid curved wire without friction

I am very new to the subject and am going through Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics. One exercise asks to find the degrees of freedom of a number of systems, one of which is a ...
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Jacobi energy function $h$ and the Hamilton $H$ and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation

My understanding of the Jacobi energy function $h$ as defined in Goldstein is that it is the total energy $T+V$ expressed as, \begin{equation} h(q,\dot q,t)=\sum \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot q}\dot ...
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Proving independence of the lagrangian on position of a free particle using the euler-lagrange equation

I asked a similar question some time back but am trying to work this from another angle. In deriving the lagrangian of a free particle, we use the homogeneity of space to conclude that the lagrangian ...
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Maximum range of projectile from elevation, simply?

Let us say you have project a ball at velocity $u$ from a cliff hight $h$, and we want to find the maximum range of the ball. Ok so you could do this using equations of motion (for constant ...
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How to calculate the steps needed for a motor to rotate a circular object in a pulley configuration? [closed]

I have a stepper motor with 200 steps per revolution and a pulleys configuration as following: 3 pulleys with 100 mm diameter each on 1184 mm PCD and are equally spaced (120 degrees) from each other. ...
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In which direction does mud fly off a moving bike's tire & why?

If a bike moves through a muddy area, mud gets on its tires. Then the mud flies off from the tires. Which forces are acting on it? In which direction does it fly off? On my physics test, I wrote ...
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How this tube rotates? [duplicate]

I recently seen a video where a tube is spin into space. When it starts to rotate, it keeps continuously to rotate along the axis of 180 degrees clockwise, then 180 counter-clockwise and so on. The ...
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Lagrangian for free particle in special relativity

From definition of Lagrangian: $L = T - U$. As I understand for free particle ($U = 0$) one should write $L = T$. In special relativity we want Lorentz-invariant action thus we define free-particle ...
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name of this bouncing balls separator model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRGf0Mq2Zwg I want to read the physical and mathematical model of this "bouncing balls separator " in the above link . What is name of this experiment so I can search ...
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Relation between magnetic moment and angular momentum — classic theory

How do I prove the relation between the vectors of magnetic moment $\vec\mu$ and angular momentum $\vec L$, $$\vec\mu=\gamma\vec L$$ ? Many text books and lecture notes about the principles of ...
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Is there a quick way of finding the kinetic energy on spherical coordinates?

Assume a particle in 3D euclidean space. Its kinetic energy: $$ T = \frac{1}{2}m\left(\dot x^2 + \dot y^2 + \dot z^2\right) $$ I need to change to spherical coordinates and find its kinetic energy: ...
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Classical and quantum systems [closed]

What are the main differences between a quantum and classical system? How does one can distinguish them?
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Deriving lagrangian of a free particle - How do you arrive at Lagrangian independency conclusions

I guess this question has been asked before, but I'm looking at a slightly different aspect. I'm reading Landau's book on classical mechanics. In deriving the lagrangian for a free particle, I ...
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do the planes of electron orbits make an angle?

if we think as the electrons around the atoms classically, then as the two electrons in the first shell (1s) go around the nucleus; do the planes of orbit make an angle with each other (as an average) ...
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Equations of motion for a system of $n$ particles given the potetial [closed]

I am having difficulties on the following question: The equations of motion for a system of n particles are: $$m \ddot{x}_i = - \dfrac{\partial U(x_1,...,x_n)}{\partial x_i}$$ $$\ddot{x}_i = ...
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What stops the middle point of a power line from falling?

Say you have a system that is a uniformly weighted string with slack suspended from two points; i.e. a power line. There are three forces acting on any given point on this string: string tension ...
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Calculating the center of mass of a hemisphere (Solved) [duplicate]

Solved: $\theta$ goes from 0 to $\frac{\pi}{2}$ and not to $\pi$ EDIT: it was pointed out to me that this question was a duplicate of this post. In my opinion, the question asked on the other post, ...
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Why do some impact craters have an elevation in the center?

Why do some impact craters have an elevation in the center? What processes lead to its formation?
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why is London penetration depth independent from the magnetic field strength in superconductors?

in superconductivity, type I, we say that the penetration depth of the magnetic field is independent of the magnetic field strength applied to the sample... i just want to know why? you know, the ...
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Decoupling of generalized coordinates in lagrangian

Say you have a lagrangian $L$ for a system of 2 degrees of freedom. The action, S is: $S[y,z] = \int_{t_1}^{t_2} L(t,y,y',z,z')\,dt \tag{1}$ If $y$ and $z$ are associated with two parts of the ...
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Is there a speed limit for objects falling in gases or liquids? [duplicate]

Let $o$ be a spherical object with mass $m$ and surface $s$. Let $g$ be the gravitational acceleration and $h$ the height. Let the gas where we drop $o$ in have density $d$ and pressure $p$ at ...
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Is there a rotational equivalent to newtons laws?

Newtons three laws of motion appears to apply only for linear motion: An object remains at rest or moves in a straight line at uniform velocity unless a force is applied. Force is mass times ...
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Is it true that the self-force prevents a classical particle from falling into a Coulomb potential? What is the physical explanation of this result? [closed]

In 1943 CJ Eliezer published a paper claiming that the self-force prevents a zero angular momentum particle from ever reaching the center of an attractive Coulomb potential (and what's more that it ...
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Ratio of oscillation amplitudes of a box on a gasket to floor

So the problem is that I have a box and I put it on a gasket to preserve it from vertical oscillations. The gasket is compressed by the box by a quantity of $h$. The floor is oscillating at frequency ...
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Can you determine acceleration from positions and velocities only?

I just began reading the Landau and Lifshitz book on classical mechanics. It states on the first page of Chapter 1 that: Mathematically, this means that, if all the coordinates $q$ and velocities ...
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Cart speed and wheel rotation

Say you have a horse drawn cart. Does the outside of the wheel spin at the same velocity that the cart moves forward? The reason I ask is because I am working on a problem where a piece of mud ...
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Hamiltonian flow?

I was wondering what the Hamiltonian flow actually is? Here is my idea, I just wanted to know if I am correct about this. So let $(x(t),p(t))' = X_{H}(x(t),p(t))$ are the Hamilton's equations and ...
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Mechanical equilibrium : thermodynamics and classical mechanics

A similar question was asked here but mine is a bit different. In thermodynamics, a mechanical equilibrium is defined as a uniform pressure (for a fluid). In classical mechanics, equilibrium is ...
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Lagrangian $L' = L + \frac{df}{dt}$ gives the same equations of motion

It is well known that when a Lagrangian $L$ is incremented by the total time derivative of a function $f$ that does not depend on the time derivatives of the generalized coordinates, the same ...
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Can dimension analysis be used in developing more advanced physics equations?

It is obvious that dimensional analysis can be used to derive many classical mechanics equations (excluding constants). As long as all the dependent quantities are known. My question is whether this ...
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How to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam?

So I've been searching wikipedia and google but nothing can show how to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam with a uniformly distributed load. The spring coefficient, $k$, is ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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Does the force of releasing the latch of a spring-latch contraption affects the force generated by the spring?

There is this contraption in my class, where a rod is attached to a latch and a spring. By pulling the latch back behind a piece of metal, the latch is secured, the rod if pulled back and the spring ...
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Determining the components of the force on a curved surface due to pressure

I have a cross section of a half-tube with a pressure gradient across it causing a force outwards. I am attempting to extract the vertical component (in relation to diagram) of the force on this ...