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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Time evolution of a classical system [closed]

For a harmonic oscillator the Liouville operator is given by $$L = p \partial_q- q \partial_p.$$ Now I have a phase space distribution $f(t,q,p)$ for which it holds (in general) $$f(t+\tau,q,p)= ...
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Equations of motions uneven see-saw

How do I set up equations of motions for a see-saw where the distance between the masses $m_1,m_2$ to the pivot are given by $\ell_1, \ell_2$, respectively? My idea was to first set one of the masses ...
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Proof of vertical and horizontal velocity component in projectile motion

Why is it that $v\cdot sin(x)$ gives the vertical component and $v \cdot cos(x)$ gives the horizontal component, where $v$ is the speed? What logic is there behind it, or even better is there a proof ...
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Determining the range of values for separation angle (Landau problem)

I encountered a problem while reading the following exercise from the second Landau & Lifshitz volume: Determine the range value in the $L$-system for the angle between the two decay particles ...
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Effective length factor of a polymer in solution

If one wants to calculate the force needed to buckle a polymer in solution with Euler buckling, what would the effective length factor be? The polymer is free to move and rotate in solution as it sees ...
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Vector representation of angular quantities?

In the world of pure rotation, a vector defines an axis of rotation, not a direction in which something moves. Does it means that angular quantities like angular momentum, angular speed, torque etc ...
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Confusion about imposing constraint in the action

I'm totally confused by one thing. I know that I probably shouldn't be confused about that, but at the moment I don't quite know what fails in the following: Suppose we have a particle of unit mass ...
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Can a “flat function” be a particle trajectory? [duplicate]

Recently I came across the concept of a flat function, which is a smooth function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ all of whose derivatives vanish at a given point $x_0\in\mathbb{R}$, the canonical example ...
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Having trouble understanding spectral lines

In my notes I wrote that Rutherford's model of the atom could not explain spectral lines, because that is what my textbook says. I'm not really sure about the details of spectral lines though. I know ...
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Definition for potential energy

I came across this definition for potential energy: If we let $T$ be the Kinetic energy, we have that: $$T = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 \implies T = \frac{1}{2}m{x'}^2$$ $$T'= mx'x'' = F(x)x' \implies \\T = ...
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Constructing Lagrangian from the Hamiltonian

Given the Lagrangian $L$ for a system, we can construct the hamiltonian $H$ using the definition $H=\sum\limits_{i}p_i\dot{q}_i-L$ where $p_i=\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}_i}$. Therefore, to ...
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Two different time periods for a movement with constant acceleration?

I'm studying for my physics exam and I keep running into the same problem. It's so specific I have no idea how to phrase it in a Google or stack exchange search, and I've already wasted 2 hours on it. ...
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How is quantization related to commutation? [duplicate]

How are commutation (of observables) and quantization related? Reading about the Stone-Von Neumann Theorem, it seems that commutativity is the classical limit of quantum mechanics, and hence ...
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Galilean relativity & the road to special relativity

Firstly, I just want to make sure that I've understood the notions of relative and absolute quantities correctly. Elementary analysis shows that position and velocity are relative quantities. Indeed, ...
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Kinetic energy dissipation in braking a vehicle

Let's say a vehicle that weighs 20t is hauling along at 50m/s and we want to brake it down to a full stop. The kinetic energy we need to dissipate into heating up the brakes is ...
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Derivation of law of inertia from Lagrangian method (Landau)

I'm reading Landau's Book. He tries to conclude the law of inertia from the Lagrange equations. For that, he argues (by nice suppositions about space and time), that the lagrangian must depend only ...
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How does the masless pulley gets the force from rope?

I have seen whenever we solve for forces on pulley by rope we take the force on pulley exactly as the tensions in the rope around it. But , why do we do this ? Exactly how does the rope exerts forces ...
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Detailed conditions for symmetries of Lagrangian

Edit: To clarify the question, I am asking why we are justified in calling a continuous symmetry a symmetry of a system when it changes the Lagrangian by a total derivative of a function of $t, q(t)$ ...
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How is angular momentum conserved in this proton+water scenario?

Consider a universe consisting of only one water molecule and one proton. ...
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When considering the acceleration as constant? [closed]

I'm solving a simple dynamic exercise, exercise says: "What is the absolute value of the force necessary to speed up a 500kg mass subject to 1600km/h in 1,8s, with the object from rest?" Then I had ...
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What exactly is the relationship between the symplectic 2-form and the frequency of leaves of integrable systems in classical mechanics?

In classical mechanics we equip a differential manifold with a closed symplectic 2-form $\omega$. The symplectic leaves of integrable systems also have a unique frequency, in literature denoted ...
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Why does a Yo-Yo sleep, and then awaken?

What are the mathematics / mechanics principles behind a sleeping Yo-Yo, and in particular, what changes with a wrist-snap flick that causes it to "awaken" and return to your hand?     ...
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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Bezier curve and deceleration

I have a question regarding calculation of a bezier curve. I'm programming an app where in there's continuous straight line motion of a vehicle at a constant speed. (Let's call it 'u'). When the user ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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Is there any physics arguments behind NASA pen joke

I am just wondering are there any reasonable physics arguments behind difficulty making pen for no gravity conditions. My thoughts are that there are many ways to make it working as: Pressurized ...
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Q: Goldstein chapter 1 problem 16: Finding the generalized potential from the force

I have started to work through Herbert Goldstein's, Charles Poole's and John Safko's Classical mechanics, and I am having a bit of trouble with one of the problems (chapter 1 problem 16). The problem ...
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Integral of absolute value of spin angular momentum of $N$-body system

There are $N$ particles moving freely in a plane. Let $J(t)$ be the spin angular momentum of the system of particles about its center of mass. (even center of mass keeps changing with time as ...
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Normal coordinates for harmonic approximation (classical lattice vibration)

I am reading Jenő Sólyom's "Fundamentals of the Physcs of Solids" vol. 1. and i am very much stuck at this point (chapter 11.3.2 in the book): In the harmonic approximation the potential energy of a ...
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Potential for particle rolling down slope of arbitrary shape

I've been thinking about how to calculate the potential $V(x)$ of a particle rolling under the force of gravity down some curve, given by $f(x)$ (suppose nonincreasing). My idea was to simply ...
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Minimum distance between two bodies attached by a spring

Take two bodies of masses m and M attached by a spring of constant K on a smooth horizontal surface. The system is at rest. A constant force F acts on body M, horizontally. To study the motion of the ...
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Why is a bending rod assumed to be undergoing torsion?

If I take a rod and bend it at both ends as far as it will go, why is there an assumption that I am also exerting a torsion along with my bending? Referencee: ccording to the third edition of "Theory ...
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Conserved charge for boosts? [duplicate]

In (3+1) dimension Poincare group has three types of Symmetries : a) Four space-time translations b) Three spatial rotations and c) Three boosts Among them, (a) implies "conservation of ...
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calculate the tile of rotation axis of a rolling ball

I want to solve the problem of friction effect on rotation axis of a rolling ball on collision with another ball. I've read Tennis racket theorem in this wikipedia article and thought it might ...
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Summation notation for Kronecker delta

I'm having some problems on notation for indices: I've found in Goldstein, 3rd edition, that the Kronecker delta satisfies the following property: $$\delta_{ij}\delta_{ik}=\delta_{jk}$$ But ...
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What are possible explanations for the permeability of balloon rubber, PET plastic and other synthetic materials for carbon dioxide?

Balloons are definitely not gas-tight. Carbon dioxide just leak by the rubber away. A balloon is filled with carbon dioxide. Knot in it. And play. Shrinkage. After an hour or two the carbon dioxide ...
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Fluid mechanics -Question about boundary?

Problem statement: A two-dimensional fluid stream of thickness $S$ and velocity $c$ (evenly distributed through the thickness of the stream) falls on a stationary plate and gets separated. Calculate ...
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Turning points of particle

A particle of mass $m$ and energy $E<0$ moves in a one-dimensional Morse potential: $$V(x)=V_0(e^{-2ax}-2e^{-ax}),\qquad V_0,a>0,\qquad E>-V_0.$$ Determine the ...
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Using tensors on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian

We can write the Lagrangian (with $n$ generalized coordinates) using the following expression: ...
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Trivial conserved Noether's current with second derivatives

I'm considering a symmetry transformation on a Lagrangian $$ \delta A = \int L(q +\delta q, \dot{q} + \delta \dot{q} , \ddot{q} + \delta \ddot{q}) dt $$ the general variation takes the form $$ ...
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How does the Hamiltonian change when going to a moving frame?

The Hamiltonian of a free particle in a rotating frame is given by $$ H = H_0 - \omega \cdot J, $$ where $H_0$ is the Hamiltonian in the non-rotating frame, $\omega$ is the angular velocity of the ...
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Symplectic leaves, tori and Poisson manifolds

For classical systems we can define a configuration manifold, whose cotangent bundle is a momentum phase space equipped with a closed, non-degenerate 2-form. Upon the commutative algebra of smooth ...
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Proof that oscillations in 1d potential well occur between certain points

In >>this<< situation, a particle with energy $E$ will oscillate between the positions $x_1$ and $x_2$ indicated on the diagram. This simple fact is taught in many introductory courses however I ...
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When one blows up a latex balloon, why does it get easier to blow once it has a little air in it (after 1 or 2 breaths)? [duplicate]

When one blows up a latex balloon, why does it get easier to blow once it has a little air in it (after 1 or 2 breaths)?
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What physical parameters are really being described when a rope manufacturer cites “elongation %”?

I have a precision pulley system sensitive to micron displacements. I am having issues because I need a cord with low tensioning force, but also low stretch. I am getting some weird hysteresis in the ...
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Motion in oscillating field: expanding in powers of $\xi$ [closed]

I'm reading an excerpt from Landau/Lifschitz's Mechanics book about motion in oscillating fields. Two equations for the motion of a particle with mass $m$ are set out: \begin{equation} m\ddot{x} = ...
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How 'rare' is no-slipping?

I have come across a lot of questions that say something like: A ball rolls down a hill without slipping... But I have done the maths and found that a ball would only 'not slip' if the friction ...
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Angular momentum and the Units

I'm just curious about why many physical identities build relationship with the same units as angular momentum like the action, Lagrangian$\cdot$time, Hamiltonian$\cdot$time, phase space area etc?
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simple question on torques on an ellipsoid

I have an ellipsoid, and in the reference frame where the x-, y- and z-axis are aligned with its eigenvectors I compute the torque $\vec\tau$ acting on it. And I'm asking myself how can I quantify ...
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Work and chemical energy “paradox”

This is a mistake I've seen many people make, a few physicists included, but I haven't ever seen a satisfactory explanation for what's going on. Apologies for the lengthy setup. Setup Suppose I ...