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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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Virtual differentials approach to Euler-Lagrange equation - necessary?

I'm currently teaching myself intermediate mechanics & am really struggling with the d'Alembert-based virtual differentials derivation for the Euler-Lagrange equation. The whole notion of, and ...
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Internal moment in the hull of a pressure vessel

This question is related to the course structural analysis. As part of our exam grade every student has been given different multiple homework assignments which we have to solve. One of the problems ...
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Limitations on the choice of axis of rotation regarding rolling wheels

Consider a situation where a wheel is rolling without friction on a level surface. Call the center of the wheel $C$, the point where the wheel contacts the ground $G$, and some arbitrary other point ...
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Please provide the simplest example you can think of, of generators of time evolution and generalized coordinates

I was reading the Wikipedia article about Noether's theorem and this thing popped out: Then the resultant perturbation can be written as a linear sum of the individual types of perturbations ...
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Difference between torque and moment

What is the difference between torque and moment? I would like to see mathematical definitions for both quantities. I also do not prefer definitions like "It is the tendancy..../It is a measure of ...
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Sideways motion between a vertical launch from a planet and landing [duplicate]

I saw a video some days ago (Hello Kitty in Space) of a schoolgirl successfully launching a balloon into space which later popped and landed ~47 km from launch site. If I vertically launch an object ...
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A question related to tractrix

I'm a novice to physics, so maybe it's rather stupid. According to wiki, the tractrix could be considered a trajectory: Suppose $AB$ is a stick on a smooth plane $\pi$, and the initial position of ...
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Find generating function $F_1$ for canonical trasformation

I'd like to know the steps to follow to find the generating function $F_1(q,Q)$ given a canonical transformation. For example, considering the transformation $$q=Q^{1/2}e^{-P}$$ $$p=Q^{1/2}e^P$$ ...
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How can I understand work conceptually?

I'm in a mechanical physics class, and I'm having a hard time understanding what the quantity of work represents. How can I understand it conceptually?
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Three Pendulum Rotary Harmonograph

I'm trying to create a simulation of a three pendulum rotary harmonograph, the one you can see in action in this video or in these instructions. As you can see in the video, there are 2 pendulum with ...
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Animating the Bosonic String

I am interested in studying the classical solutions to the Bosonic string in flat 3+1 dim. spacetime by having them rendered a moving picture on a computer. This is partly for fun, and partly to ...
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Solution of motion in hamiltonian formalism

I have these canonical equations: $$\dot p = - \alpha pq$$ $$ \dot q =\frac{1}{2} \alpha q^2$$ I have to find $q(t)$ and p$(t)$, considering initial conditions $p_0$ and $q_0$. I thought to simply ...
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Find the Hamiltonian given $\dot p$ and $\dot q$

I have these equations: $$\dot p=ap+bq,$$ $$\dot q=cp+dq,$$ and I have to find the conditions such as the equations are canonical. Then, I have to find the Hamiltonian $H$. To answer to the first ...
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Rolling a deformed ring

Consider a ring rolling without slipping along a horizontal surface. Regardless of the speed of the ring, it is continuously in contact with the surface. Let's deform the ring slightly so that it ...
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What if $F\neq \frac{dp}{dt}$?

I was thinking of this idea that maybe there are esoteric cases where the force is not given in classical mechanics as $F=dp/dt$ but as some function of $F=F(p,q,\dot{p},\dot{q})$ E.g, something ...
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What does net mechanical efficiency mean?

I often see the term "net mechanical efficiency" used in literature, but I am not quite sure what it means, and what the difference is between it and "normal" efficiency. Take this sentence for ...
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Problem of Landau, Lifshitz - Mechanics - Integration of the Equations of motion [closed]

I'm studying Landau, Lifshitz - Mechanics. Could someone help me with this problem ? =) Problem 2 (Page 27 3rd Edition) Determine the period of oscillation, as a function of the energy, when a ...
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Is there any case in physics where the equations of motion depend on high time derivatives of the position?

For example if the force on a particle is of the form $ \mathbf F = \mathbf F(\mathbf r, \dot{\mathbf r}, \ddot{\mathbf r}, \dddot{\mathbf r}) $, then the equation of motion would be a third order ...
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How much (usable) potential energy is stored in a compound bow?

I have done a bit of reading about the energy stored in bows, but I haven't seen anywhere a description of how much energy actually is stored. Clearly there are many factors, bow design being ...
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all the 1-dimensional problems in newtonian mechanics are solvable?

i mean given a system with a conserved Energy in one dimension $$ E= \frac{p^{2}}{2m}+V(x) $$ then the 'solution' to this problem is implicitly given by $$ t(x)= \frac{1}{2m} ...
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Is there any case in classical mechanics where Newton's (strong) third law doesn't hold?

Is there any case in classical (non relativistic) mechanics where the strong form of Newton's third law does not hold (that is, reaction forces are not collinear)? For example, if we consider a system ...
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Lagrangian of pendulum with pivot point rotating about a circle [closed]

I just would like to know If I am on the right track with this stuff. I have scanned the work I have done, sorry if it is a little messy. Disregard the top most $\ddot x$ A disk of radius ...
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Question about non-holonomic geometric constraints

Suppose a point particle is constrained to move on the curve $y=x^2$. This would then be a non-holonomic geometric constraint since the particle has one degree of freedom and requires two coordinates ...
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Total Mechanical Advantage

How do you find the net Mechanical Advantage (MA) of two joint machines. Do you add or multiply the individual MA? Suppose I have two sets of wheel and axle connected by a fixed pulley. Each of the ...
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In which direction is the acceleration directed in a non uniform circular motion?

Acceleration is directed towards the center of the circle in a uniform circular motion. Is it same for the non-uniform circular motion?
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Is there a Lagrangian formulation of statistical mechanics?

In statistical mechanics, we usually think in terms of the Hamiltonian formalism. At a particular time $t$, the system is in a particular state, where "state" means the generalised coordinates and ...
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Translation Invariance without Momentum Conservation?

Instead of the actual gravitational force, in which the two masses enter symmetrically, consider something like $$\vec F_{ab} = G\frac{m_a m_b^2}{|\vec r_a - \vec r_b|^2}\hat r_{ab}$$ where $\vec ...
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Calculating projectile range from known maximum height and time traveled

I've been stuck on this problem for many hours and I think I'm onto the right solution but I'm uncertain about my math. I've got a projectile that I know its maximum height and it's hang time and I ...
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Fading transition and rotation of and object in 2D

I'm looking for sources about I guess dynamics subject. The model I'd like to solve is reduced to a question of: How does a force applied on a certain point of an object results in both fading ...
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What is actually a resonating vibration and resonance?

What is actually a resonating vibration and resonance? I have searched many books and made Google search too but couldn't understand it clearly.
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Hamiltonian and non conservative force

I have to find the Hamiltonian of a charged particle in a uniform magnetic field; the potential vector is $ \vec {A}= B/2 (-y, x, 0)$. I know that $$H=\sum_i p_i \dot q_i -L$$ where $p_i$ is ...
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Can a bracelet fitted to hand, slip off and stay connected? [closed]

Hello I have a bracelet in my hand with a clip that holds it connected. The bracelete can not slip off my wrist, it is not loose. However while I was standing, it felt from my hand and I found it ...
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Clarifications about Poisson brackets and Levi-Civita symbol

I need some clarifications about Poisson brackets. I know canonical brackets and the properties of Poisson Brackets and I also know something about Levi-Civita symbol (definition and basic ...
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What amount of force is needed to topple a person?

Assuming no sliding and that the shoulder is 1.2m from the feet, what force is required to topple a person weighing 70 Kg standing with his feet spread 0.9 m? If possible, please include an ...
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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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Speed of sound in air

Quick question. I thought that the speed of sound in air was constant, say in the right conditions of pressure and temperature, and humidity... 300 m/s. Now, if I have a sound source that moves ...
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Dual methods in structure optimization

I am studying Structure Optimization, and the teacher took a few weeks to detail dual methods, but I don't get why it is useful. From an optimization problem with ...
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Extended Rigid Bodies in Special Relativity

I was reading Landau & Lifshitz's Classical Theory of Fields and I noticed that they mention that an extended rigid body isn't "relativistically correct". For example, if you consider a rigid ...
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How to find angular velocity of a point inner a circumference

Let's consider a cicumference that have the center in the origin of axes and rotates around x-axes. Let's stick a bar in a point $A$ of this circumference and at the end of the bar let's stick a mass ...
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Is there a mathematical relationship here or am I looking for relations when there are none?

When I was taking classical mechanics, we dealt a lot with pendulums, and orbiting bodies problems. This lead me to think about the two situations depicted above. Left: Shows two balls of equal mass ...
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Writing equation for amplitude of driven harmonic oscillator in Lorentzian form

This harmonic oscillator is driven and damped, with the form: $$\ddot{x} + \lambda \dot{x} + \omega_0^2 x = A \cos(\omega_d t)$$ Now, I have used the ansatz (guess): $x(t) = B \cos(\omega_d t + ...
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Can any physical rigid body be represented by an ellipsoid with the same angular dynamics?

According to wikipedia, the inertia tensor of an ellipsoid with semi-axes $a,b,c$ and mass $m$ is $\left[\begin{array}{ccc} \frac{m}{5}(b^2+c^2)&0&0\\ 0&\frac{m}{5}(a^2+c^2)&0\\ ...
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Rolling bowling ball with slipping

If a bowling ball is moving with some initial velocity while slipping, how far will it move before it begins to roll once it experiences static friction? $\ddot{x} = \mu_{kf}g$ And there is also a ...
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Why does motion help you balance on ice skates?

It's almost impossible to balance on a single ice skate if you're standing still. But give yourself just a little forward motion—it doesn't take very much—and it suddenly becomes easy. You can stand ...
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Aircraft Level Flight Trajectory

An aircraft climbs to 15000 feet and enters 'level flight' phase. My basic knowledge of physics says that forces on the aircraft at this time are balanced - as seen in this diagram. ...
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Poisson brackets and angular momentum

I'm trying to find $[M_i, M_j]$ Poisson brackets. $$\{M_i, M_j\}=\sum_l \left(\frac{\partial M_i}{\partial q_l}\frac{\partial M_j}{\partial p_l}-\frac{\partial M_i}{\partial p_l}\frac{\partial ...
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Bowling ball on a rubber sheet

After reading a layman's guide to general relativity, I began to wonder what shape a bowling ball on a large rubber sheet would produce. For simplicity, I would like to assume that Hooke's law applies ...
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Normal modes of oscillation: how to find them

Are normal modes the eigenvectors of the matrix $(\omega ^2 T- V)$ where $T$ is the matrix of kinetic energy and $V$ is the matrix of potential energy? Is it the only way to express them? How can I ...
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Are Carnot engine efficieny and Fourier heat trasmission law related?

It just occured to me that the efficiency of Carnot cycles is $\eta= \frac{T_1 - T_2}{T_1}$, that is, the efficiency decreases as the difference between reservoir temperatures decreases. On the other ...
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Uniform chain falls off table Diff EQ

I really need some assistance setting up this problem. any assistance would be a Godsend: a uniform heavy chain of length a initially has length ...