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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What decide if the block will topple? The torque, or the angular speed

I'm confronting a problem that is common of toppling. A bullet hit a block and let the block start to rotate with constant angular speed around the corner of its bottom. We deal this problem by ...
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Flow in a cylindrical pipe

A cylindrical pipe is, at the left of section A, divided by a plane passing through its axis. The upper half is supplied with water at a velocity $V_1$, the lower half is supplied with water at a ...
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Small Oscillations and matrices: suggestion about text

I'm undergraduate and I'm looking for a text about Small Oscillations in which matrices are used. Could you suggest me a book or a PDF file?
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Why are the integrability conditions necessary and sufficient for the existence of a canonical transformation's generating function?

Consider a canonical transformation $(p,q) \rightarrow (P,Q)$ under a generating function $F$. The condition for form invariance of Hamiltonian equations of motion looks like : $$\sum_{s}P_s\dot{Q_s} ...
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How much energy does it take to simply run forward?

I'm interested in tracking as much data about my runs as I can in an effort to get faster, and while I can easily estimate energy expenditure during an uphill run due to the change in elevation, I ...
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car dashboard problem

I stumbled upon this question while I was driving my car. On my dashboard I have fuel gauge and engine temperature gauge next to each other, look at the pic: http://i.stack.imgur.com/aDgKj.png Fuel ...
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In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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How did he find the “lambda” value in this question?

There is a pdf i found when searching about Lagrangian Multpliers, but i was not able to understand how he derived lambda from two differential equations. If anyone can walk me through it, i would be ...
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Mechanics of Rotational Motion [on hold]

Well, I faced a problem in my Physics Examination Problem: A Circular Disc of Mass $M$ and radius $R$ is set rolling on a table. If $\omega$is angular velocity, ST total energy ...
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Maximizing horizontal displacement from projectile motion off of downward slope [on hold]

Firstly, I think I should point out that I am a high school student, so please excuse me if my question seems mediocre. What I am doing was seemingly simple, I am doing some research on projectile ...
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Hydro electric energy transformation

Suppose you have a water source of 2L/s at a given altitude. Suppose you carry that water down to a reservoir 200m below. At that point you settle a hydro electric water turbine to convert the energy ...
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Clearing up confusion about calculating torque

Suppose you have a shape consisting of two perpendicular rods (the whole shape is a rigid body) which stands upright so the plane of the rods is perpendicular to the plane of the ground, and the ...
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Why is it easier for the ocean to push someone over by exerting force on their front side than by exerting force on their left or right side?

If I put two clones of normal weight on a beach in the ocean, with one standing perpendicular to the waves, and the other standing parallel to them, the one standing perpendicular to the waves will be ...
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Physics Centripetal Force problem [on hold]

At what rate a space station 200m in diameter would have to rotate to create gravity equal to 0.7 that at the surface of earth. How fast does it spin, and how long would it take to make a complete ...
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We cannot solve this inclined plane problem, right?

We drag a sledge along a snow-covered hillside with constant speed. Distance is 150m. The time it takes to reach the top is 300 secs. The sledge is 12kg. And the coefficient of friction $\mu$ = 0.04. ...
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How to determine the friction constants

We know that the friction is formulated in this form $$F=av+bv^2+Nμ$$ I'm working with an object and surface and I want to find $ a, b, μ $ for them. Can you please give me an experimental method ?
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Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a frictionless vacuum?

I am attempting to settle a friendly bet. Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a hypothetical vacuum (i.e. no air resistance) having a hypothetical frictionless bearing (i.e. no energy lost due to ...
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Motion question [on hold]

I have been struggling to understand how to do this question so some guidance would be great. A racing car of mass 941kg accelerates from 28km/h to 102km/h over a distance of 297m. Frictional forces ...
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Why is it possible to drive a nail into a piece of wood with a hammer, but it is not possible to push a nail in by hand?

It is possible to drive a nail into a piece of wood with a hammer, but it is not possible to push a nail in by hand. Why is this so?
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Origin of spin and direction in the magnus effect

If you solve the Bernoulli equation: $$p=p_0-\rho_0{v^2 \over 2}$$ using a complex flow potential for a flow around a cylinder: $$W(z)=v_0 z + {v_0 R^2 \over z} - {\Gamma \over 2 \pi } \ln(z)$$ you ...
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Harmonic oscillator with squared damping term [migrated]

Does a solution exist for a harmonic oscillator with a squared damping term? $$m\ddot{u}+c\dot{u}^2+ku=0$$
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Finding angular acceleration from torque

We have to analyze this video Givens: An applied net torque due to the wind on the windmill is equal to 1500 N*m. Each (of the 3) propeller props weighs approximately 45 Kg and has a Moment of ...
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Projectile Motion with Air Resistance and Wind

I am wondering how the general kinematics equations would change in the following situation. If an object were fired out of a cannon, or some sort of launcher, so that it had both an initial velocity ...
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Phase Portraits Given Hamiltonian

Given a Hamiltonian say $$ H = 5p^2 $$ What is the correct procedure for producing a phase portrait. My initial thoughts were to solve the system of equations $\frac{dq}{dt} = 0$ and $\frac{dp}{dt} ...
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A column falls, how will it break?

I'm not expecting a definitive answer. But I would like someone to explain which are the main forces that interact in this situation: An ideal cylindrical column that is at first vertical is pushed ...
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Impulse response of coupled oscillators

The behaviour of a LTI system can be described entirely by it's impulse response. Imagine the following coupled pendulums have no friction losses. They will have 2 resonant frequencies, one for when ...
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To prove uniqueness of the rotation tensor associated with rotation of a rigid body

Suppose there are $N$ particles embedded in a rigid body which undergoes some random rotation such that: $$ \overline{\overline {R}}_{ij} \otimes \vec{a}_{ij} = \vec{b}_{ij}$$ where, $i$ and ...
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Classical Quantum or Relativistic? [on hold]

An ensemble contains free electrons at 10^3 electrons per m^3 at 10^7 K. What can this ensemble be treated as: a Classical Quantum or Relativistic gas or in some overlapping domain?
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Energy method to solving equations of motion? Why does this method work and what is it called?

Given the stated system in the photo we are suppose to prove simple harmonic motion when given an initial displacement $x$ I first considered the total energy of the system which we will call $H$ ...
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Equivalent spring constant of setup

A mass $M$ is suspended using two springs having spring constant $k_{1}$ & $k_{2}$ with distance from mass as $a$ & $b$ respectively. Find equivalent spring constant of system. So I ...
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When we write that $F = -\nabla V$ , what would happen if we ommit the (-) minus sign

I have had this question for a long time. In classical mechanics, if we choose $\mathbf F = -\mathbf \nabla \, V,$ with the minus sign, we can proof the work - kinetic energy theorem. What are the ...
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Isolated and non-isolated systems: Momentum?

I'm having a difficult time understanding why two billiard balls colliding is an isolated system, yet a car crashing into a wall is a non-isolated system. Does it really only have to deal with the ...
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Diagonal of a thin rectangular foil, inertial principal axis?

I'd like to know if the diagonal of a thin foil is an inertial principal axis. I know that if an axis isn't a symmetry axis then it isn't a principal axis. In the rectangle the diagonal isn't a ...
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Can point mass have vibrational motion?

Can a point mass have vibrational motion. I have read that reason for point mass is to ensure that we can idealize translational motion and don't have to worry about rotational and vibrational motion. ...
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Classical limit of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics

It is well-known that if $S \gg \hbar$, then the classical path dominates the Feynman path integral. But is there some to show that if $S\gg\hbar$, then the particle's trajectory will approach the ...
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1kg mass impacting at half light speed - effects?

Such a mass would have kinetic energy approximating a 1 mega-tonne thermonuclear weapon. So, what would such an object do if it hit the Earth? We know how destructive such an energy release can be, ...
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Elastic collision / relative velocity problem [closed]

I'm having some trouble with a homework exercise and I'd really appreciate some help! I've done the first part correctly (according to the solution sheet), but I can't seem to get the second part ...
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Undergraduate Physics Senior Research Topic (Theory/Mathematical Physics Based) [closed]

This is most likely a question for those who have experience/knowledge of theoretical/mathematical physics at the graduate level and can provide recommendations following my criteria. Here is some ...
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Intuitive explanation of $1/2(at^2)$ motion equation?

The full equation $$ Xf = X_o + V_o t + \frac{at^2}{2} $$ is integrated from the velocity function (which was integrated from constant acceleration function), right? The problem is, I can't seem to ...
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How does the gradient operator pick up a minus sign when the reference frame is switched from one particle to another? [closed]

A potential between two particles, $i$ and $j$, is given as a function only of the separation distance, $$V_{ij} = V_{ij}(|r_i − r_j|)$$ It should follow that the force by $j$ on $i$ is equal and ...
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Find the angle of the projectile [closed]

Given: Hmax = 2 * Range Find the angle of the projectile. After using the formula for both Hmax and Range, I got an angle of 74.69 if I am not mistaken. On the math exam teacher said the answer ...
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Why does weak equivalence principle say gravity is equivalent to acceleration?

I am told that the weak equivalent principle, that $m_i=m_g$ (inertial and gravitational masses are equivalent) is equivalent to the statement that in a small system you can't tell whether you are in ...
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Problem in Euler-Lagrange imply Newton

I'm self-studying Mechanics and I have a little problem: We can see that in Landau's book or in Wikipedia that when we inject the lagrangian in Euler Lagrange equation the term $\frac{\partial ...
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Showing the relationship between focal ratio and brightness [closed]

I have an optics question that I have been stuck on for a few days now and I really need some guidance. Any help is appreciated! Question: The f-number (focal ratio) of a lens is the ratio of a focal ...
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Equivalency of conditions involving angular momentum of a rolling ball hitting a wall

(59th Polish Olympiad in Physics) A ball of mass $m$, radius $r$ and a moment of inertia $I = \frac 25 mr^2$ is rolling on the floor without sliding with the linear velocity $v_0$. It hit the wall ...
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Does a simple double pendulum have transients?

Suppose, we have the most simple double pendulum: Both masses are equal. Both limbs are equal. No friction. No driver. Arbitrary initial conditions (no restriction to low energies) Does this ...
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What is the difference between vortexing and centrifuging?

I understand that vortexing will result in mixing / re-suspension of particles, and that centrifugation will result in the separation of particles. However, what is the difference in the physics that ...
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How does the Moon influence atmospheric pressure?

I have just read in the Telegraph an article entitled Moon overhead makes rainfall lighter, scientists conclude. In that article there is the following statement: When the moon is overhead, its ...
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Why do we travel in a circle along the Earth?

I know that in order to travel in a circle I have to have a net centripetal force $F=mv^2/r$. I also know that my normal force and gravitational force cancel. How, then, am I traveling in a circle ...
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Why a wave, travelling in a lighter medium, inverts upon reflection from an interface of a denser medium? [duplicate]

As exactly the title says: Why a wave, traveling in a lighter medium, inverts upon reflection from an interface of a denser medium ? What are the things that go on at the interface ?