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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Classical Hydrogen Atom

I was wondering about the Hamiltonian description of the classical hydrogen atom (two point particles interacting through a Coulumb potential). In particular, I want to know if the fact that ...
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Question in rotational mechanics [on hold]

Question number 14. This question is from coaching material for the chapter rotation. For a cylinder, moment of inertia I=1/2MR^2 How do I apply this data? Is it to do with conservation of ...
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Quantum mechanics and Classical limit(s)

I have tried to make sense of this and i am not sure i get it. What i gather from this page about the classical limit is: You need coherent states something like $\hbar \to 0$ is not really enaugh. ...
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Calculate small small oscillations of a pendulum

The system is setup as follows: A point $O_1$ moves along the $x$ axis with it's $x$ coordinate being $a\sin(\omega t)$ and $\omega\ne\sqrt{\frac{g}{l}}$. There's a pendulum attached to $O_1$ of ...
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Holonomic constraints and degrees of freedom?

Can we see that a constraint can decrease the degrees of freedom of a system if and only if it is holonomic. Either way please can you explain why?
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Particle moving under force $F=-cx^3$ [on hold]

A particle with mass $m$ moves under influence of a force $F=-cx^3$, with $c$ a constant. What is the potential energy function $V(x)$? And if it starts to move from rest from position $x=-a$, what ...
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Thermalization of coupled classical oscillators

I would like to understand if it is possible to perform an experiment, where a bunch of classical harmonic oscillators (e.g., LC circuits or mechanical pendula) coupled in a simple manner (e.g., one ...
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Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid?

A tennis ball bounces off a wall elastically. The momentum of the wall changes, but the kinetic energy of the wall remains zero. How is that possible? Walter Lewin Lecture 16 - Ball bouncing on ...
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Are there other less famous yet accepted formalisms of Classical Mechanics?

I was lately studying about the Lagrange and Hamiltonian Mechanics. This gave me a perspective of looking at classical mechanics different from that of Newton's. I would like to know if there are ...
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Rain falling into a cart on an incline [on hold]

I have a practise question in which a cart on and incline of angle $\alpha$ and starts initially at velocity $v_ 0$. Just as the cart moves off it starts raining vertically and the mass of the rain ...
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How does one find the phonon frequencies for a 1D anharmonic interaction potential?

Suppose there is a one-dimensional crystal with an anharmonic interaction potential between particles (e.g. $U = ax^2+bx^3$ where $x = d-a$ with $d$ as the distance between two particles and $a$ as ...
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Good reference on angular motion especially on linear and angular velocity? [duplicate]

I am currently using a book called "Classical Mechanics" by Goldstein, which is a very good text and has amazing introdution to Lagrangian mechanics. Unfortunately not too much is said about angular ...
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Why does the period/frequency of a fan slow down significantly when I taped a piece of rubber band to it?

All of this was done with a standing fan set horizontally on a table. During an experiment, I had to tape a piece of rubber band to one of the standing fan's blade and measured the period of the fan. ...
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Bicycle gyroscopes [migrated]

I've been having this idea for some time but never worked it out properly, mainly because I lack the required engineering knowledge. I wondered if it would be possible to convert the energy you ...
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Calculate bicycle efficiency power transmission?

How can I calculate the efficiency of power transmission from a person to a bicycle with standard flat pedals? How can I calculate the efficiency of power transmission from a person to a bicycle with ...
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Which of the Physics textbooks would you recommend I read this quarter (Analytical Mechanics)? [duplicate]

My Analytical Mechanics class this quarter has one required textbook: "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton & Marion and three recommended readings: "Mechanics" by Landau ...
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Determine the equation of motion [closed]

The problem is the following. A ring of mass $m=1$ is moving along a circle of radius $R$ without friction. It's tied to a spring (coefficient $k$) of natural length $0$. The other end of the spring ...
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One force applied to one point of a rigid body: centre of mass and torque [duplicate]

Let us suppose that one force is applied to a point of a rigid body that is not acted upon by any other force. I think an example can approximatively be a rock in deep space, far from any relevant ...
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Momentum is a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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Definition of kinetic energy without the second Law of Newton

As I see it, the definition of kinetic energy $$T= {1\over2} m u^2 \text { where $u<<c$}$$ comes by using the definition of work $$W= {\int F\cdot\ dx }$$ and we use for the meaning of ...
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Why do particles of equal mass (with one at rest) undergoing elastic collisions scatter at only right angles?

This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...
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Fluid flow: Force acting on the fluid and the Navier-Stokes equation

Consider a one dimensional fluid flow in a rectangular tube. Typical streams are the poiseuille streams. Consider the case in wich we apply a force on the fluid. The Navier-Stokes equation (for ...
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What is the significance of angular frequency $\omega$ with regards to wave functions?

What is the physical significance of $\omega$ in a function like $$ f(x) = Asin(kx + \omega t) $$ The only place that I am familiar with angular frequency is when dealing with circular motion, but ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the Poisson bracket [duplicate]

Apologies if this is a really basic question, but what is the physical interpretation of the Poisson bracket in classical mechanics? In particular, how should one interpret the relation between the ...
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Ratio between power of chaotic and regular airflow

Turbulent field is created as a result of an impact of an airjet on an edge (the flow velocity is high enough). The field of velocities have a regular and a chaotic component. What I need is to ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration of attractive interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...
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What is a “Reversed Effective Force”?

I have some confusion about the "Reversed effective force" as it appears in the derivation of D'Alembert's principle. First I have sources that seem to be contradictory. ...
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Energy conservation $\iff \frac{dE}{dt} = 0\ $?

If I'm asked to prove that a system is/ isn't conservative and compare it to whether or not the Hamiltonian is conserved, does that mean I need to compute the time derivative of energy $(T+U)$? Doing ...
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Explain how waves have momentum?

A question on a practice test I'm taking is as follows: By shaking one end of a stretched string, a single pulse is generated. The traveling pulse carries: A. mass B. energy C. momentum D. ...
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Maximum Extension of a Spring [closed]

In the given figure: m= 5kg, F = 30N, K = 700N/m In the figure shown above. the surfaces are friction-less. The blocks are initially at rest and the spring is initially in its natural length. What ...
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Phase space Lagrangian?

Reading out of this lecture series we define a phase space Lagrangian $\mathcal L$ to be a function of $4n+1$ variables namely $q,\dot q,p,\dot p,t$. My question is, what space is this function ...
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Can we disconnect an object from the pull of gravity using some material? [duplicate]

I have once come across a material/ substance/ compound, or something, that cuts off objects from Earth's gravitational pull. In other words, it would keep the object suspended in the air and will ...
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Why does the following contradiction arise in Lagrangian Formalism?

If we look at the Lagrange's equation $\frac{d}{dt}(\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q_i}})- \frac{\partial L}{\partial q_i}=0$ It is clear that Lagrangian is invariant under a Transformation $L ...
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Is the usually taught solution to forced harmonic motion just a special solution?

Let's say we have a mass on a spring being driven by a forcing function. Given hook's law, $F = -kx$, and a forcing function of $$F(t) = F_0\sin(\omega t) .$$ We can write: $$ m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} = ...
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When can an autonomous system be written using a Hamiltonian?

If I have an autonomous series of differential equations $$\tag{1} \frac{dx_i}{dt} ~=~ A_i(x_1,...,x_n)$$ with the condition that $$\tag{2} \sum_{i=1}^n\frac{\partial A_i}{\partial x_i}~=~0$$ in all ...
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Higher order principle of isotropy

Let us work with classical mechanics in the substantivalist metaphysics, that is, space and time are seen as absolute. Call $n$-th order of motion any observer such that $n$ is the biggest order of ...
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How to find equations of motion when potential is given by inverse-square? [closed]

When potential is $U=-\dfrac{a}{r^2}$ ($a>0$), how can I find $r=r(\phi)$? I'm trying to solve this problem during several hours. From $E=T+U$, and constant angular momentum $L$, I can get the ...
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When to use Hamiltonian vs Lagrangian?

I currently studying the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms in classical mechanics, but something I'm not seeing is how do I know which one to use in a given problem? After I find the Lagrangian, ...
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Lagrangian, Kinetic & Potential energy with two masses connected to three springs

Two masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are on a frictionless surface. They are connected by three springs with constants $k_1,k_2,k_3$. $k_1$ and $k_3$ are attached to walls and $k_2$ is between the masses. $k_1$ ...
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Does it take more effort to move against earth's rotation?

I know that if we stand still, we are traveling at 0 m/s relative to the Earth. But if we move against the rotation of the Earth we lower our speed, so, wouldn't we have to fight against the ...
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Continuity Equation for Momentum

Momentum is a conserved quantity, which makes me wonder if we can write an equation for the local conservation of momentum in the form of a continuity equation. If we're considering a system of ...
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Expansion of gauge potential on infinite dimensional manifold

I'm studying geometrical approaches to locomotion at low Reynolds number by reading the article Geometry of self-propulsion at low Reynolds number by Alfred Shapere and Frank Wilczek and found a ...
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Optimal “Blow up” Configuration

Suppose you have three balls glued together. Two are red and one is blue. The system of balls is blown up by an explosion of pure energy (that conserves the center of mass frame) exactly at the ...
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Lagrangian formalism (demonstration)

My question is about the multiplicity of the Lagrangian to a Physics system. I pretend to demonstrate the following proposition: For a system with $n$ degrees of freedom, written by the ...
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Effect of Eath's rotation on a ball thrown upwards

Since the Earth is rotating it should have acceleration (in the sense that there is change in direction of velocity). So if we throw a ball upwards won't this acceleration affect its trajectory in ...
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How to visualize the holonormic constraint $(\vec r_i - \vec r_j)^2 - c_{ij}^2$ = 0

A holonormic $(\vec r_i - \vec r_j)^2 - c_{ij}^2$ = 0 appears in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics Pg 12. Where $i$, and $j$ are particles, however $c_{ij}$ is not defined. How someone deduce the ...
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Scalar and vector defined by transformation properties

In Classical Mechanics, we are defining scalars as objects that are invariant under any coordinate transformation. Vectors are defined as objects that can be transformed by some transformation matrix ...
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What is a point transformation?

This problem comes from Goldstein. What does $s=e^{\gamma t}q$ mean? Do I just put $q=e^{-\gamma t}s$ into the Lagrangian? But I don't know what that means. I think the point transformation may ...
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Adding a total time derivative term to the Lagrangian

This is proof that $L'$ represents same equation of motion with $L$ through Lagrange eq. I understand $L'$ satisfies Lagrange eq, but how does this proof mean $L'$ and $L$ describe same motion of ...