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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Kinetic energy in Lagrangian formalism

In reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (2nd edition) I came across a confusing derivation. Goldstein (Eq. 1-71) derives the total kinetic energy of a system of (classical) particles as: $$ T = ...
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How should I throttle my rocket to reach highest altitude? [closed]

"Real world" problem. Suppose we want to launch a rocket equipped with an engine which can be throttled as we prefer. Suppose also that the amount of fuel burnt per time is directly proportional ...
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How coordinate system shifting is related to similarity transformations?

I know that coordinate system shifting can be represented using matrices. But how exactly are similarity transformations related to coordinate shifts ?
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Basic buoyancy question

If I have a cup of water filled with air at the bottom of a pool, then when the cup is "upside down" the air doesn't leave because the water pressure is pushing it up against the top of the container. ...
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Block on an inclined plane [closed]

If you take moments about the centre of mass of a block positioned on an inclined plane so that the gravitational force can be drawn from the centre of mass of the block to one corner of the block, ...
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How much does the sound definition vary during an LP (Vinyl)?

This question came to me when I realized how the linear speed varies while listening to a Vinyl LP. The linear speed variation has to be compensated with a variation in the resolution of the grooves, ...
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Why and how almost periodic series constitute the algebra of observable of integrable systems?

In the introduction of his book Noncommutative Geometry, p. 42, Connes explains that when a classical dynamical system has enough constants of motions, the motion of the system is almost periodic, ...
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The boundary for quantum mechanical behavior and classical mechanical behavior

To what size and how does "quantum weirdness" such as entanglement and superposition stop applying to larger objects (mere unions of these quantum particles). How do these macro objects that behave as ...
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(air pressure and displacement) Isn't this image wrong?

Isn't this figure wrong? P(x,t) = -B(dy/dx) . If the derivative of air displacement has a maximum, then this is where the pressure is minimum, not maximum as this figure suggests. Could someone ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? ...
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Quantum Mechanics or Classical Mechanics? [closed]

I'm just a student of grade 11 but, I was interested in knowing about Physics much deeper. In order to start my interest in Physics, I watched this video of Quantum Physics NOVA : Quantum ...
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Is escape velocity the same for all objects?

Would a lighter-than-air craft in the mid atmosphere at 80,000 feet altitude need to achieve the same velocity to escape earth gravity as the space shuttle?
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Sign of gravitational force

I'm reading Lanczos's The variational principles of mechanics, and on pp. 80-81 there is an example involving a system made up of $n$ rigid bars, freely jointed at their end points, and the two free ...
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Which areas of physics are related to the act of playing drums?

I'm musician (drummer) and I'm trying to figure out what can I study (related to Physics) for better understanding of the drumsticks and wrist movements, the force applied and the better way to apply ...
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Lagrange's equations derivations

While deriving lagrange's equation, for an infinitesimal displacement $\vec{dr}$, we express it using taylor series in terms of general coordinates as $\frac{\vec{dr}}{dq} \delta q$. Where ...
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Walking & Swinging

How can I show that the most convenient way to move the arms while walking is swinging them back and forth, alternatively? To pose the question in another way: can I prove, starting from the ...
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Can I use one convex lens to create a telescope?

Is it possible to create a telescope with only one convex lens? Specifically, is the image I drew below possible? (This was supposed to be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise.) In this picture, ...
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Curvilinear Coordinates and basis vectors

In these notes, $\frac{\partial \vec{r}} {\partial q_i}$ is stated to form a basis set for the vector space. How does this happen? Also, how does one justify this equation from Goldstein's ...
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How to show $ \epsilon_{iab}\epsilon_{jcd}(x_ap_d\lbrace x_c,p_b \rbrace+x_cp_b\lbrace x_a,p_d \rbrace) = x_ip_j-x_jp_i$ [closed]

If $ \lbrace f,g \rbrace $ is Poisson bracket and $\epsilon_{ijk}$ is Levi-Civita symbol, how to show that $$ \epsilon_{iab}\epsilon_{jcd}(x_ap_d\lbrace x_c,p_b \rbrace+x_cp_b\lbrace x_a,p_d ...
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Informal book on Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

I just want a book on classical mechanics that covers the same ground as Goldstein's book but is more on the line of DJ Griffiths's Classical Electrodynamics. I mean less formal and more ...
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What do the derivatives in these Hamilton equations mean?

I have a Hamiltonian: $$H=\dot qp - L = \frac 1 2 m\dot q^2+kq^2\frac 1 2 - aq$$ In a system with one coordinate $q$ (where $L$ is the Lagrangian). One of the Hamilton equations is: $$\dot q ...
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Constraint and Applied forces

In D'Alembert principle forces are classified into constraint and applied forces ? Is this classification different from internal-external forces ?
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What are the determining factors for the velocity of orbiting bodies?

Please bear with me, as I'm not in the field of physics, this question may seem a bit simple. The scenario is the following; A specific stable orbit radius of a small body, say a satellite, to ...
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How is the velocity not constant?

A bead is moving along the spoke of a wheel at constant speed u , the wheel rotates with uniform angular velocity w radians per second about an axis fixed in space , at t=0 the bead is in the x ...
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Is there a momentum for charge?

Since mass and charge behave similarly, so, just like center of mass, I define a point center of charge, that is defined by $$\vec r_{qm} = \frac {\sum{q_i \vec r_i}} {\sum{q_i}}$$ where $\vec r_i$ ...
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Variation of Action with time coordinate variations

I was trying to derive equation (65) in the following review: http://relativity.livingreviews.org/open?pubNo=lrr-2004-4&page=articlesu23.html This slightly unusual then usual classical mechanics ...
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Physics books covering classic mechanics [duplicate]

I am going to be a high school freshman next year and I have acquired a strong interest in physics. I have a mathematical background, upto, but not including, Calculus. I am looking for in depth ...
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rotation of earth and changes in its diameter

could calculated the changes of the Earth's diameter cause the rotation?? I have seen 2 other posts about it but I couldn't understand their calculation and they were a little confusing and couldn't ...
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Can these figures demonstrating the safety of “Archery Tag” arrows be correct?

There is a new sport called "Archery Tag" that involves shooting opponents with foam-tipped arrows fired out of a real bow. The official Archery Tag web site presents data that claims to show the ...
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How can I find the motion equations of the 2-dim harmonic oscillator?

First of all: I am no physicist, so I am rather helpless. I need to find the moving equations of the 2-dim. harmonic oscillator. If it is possible it should be rather elementary, because, as I said, ...
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How does such strange microscopic behavior at the atomic level (quantum mechanics) lead to the macroscopic behavior at our level?

So, I'm only a high school student researching quantum physics, and I find it very interesting. However, there's one question that keeps nagging at me in the back of my head. How exactly do odd ...
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Does decoherence explain all instances of wave function collapse?

Specifically, how can decoherence explain the appearance of flecks of metallic silver on a photographic plate when exposed to the very weak light of a distant star? EDIT: Perhaps the advocates of ...
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Tension on an object [closed]

According to a website, $T_3 = T_2 + T_1$. Also, the rope and pulley device are mass less. But I don't really understand this. Let me try and explain how I see the problem. $M_2$ receives tension ...
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Calculating forces efficiently in Lagrangian formalism

I will Illustrate the question using an example problem: We have a mass $m$ connected to a mass $m$ by a rod of length $l$, and also to a mass $4m$ by another rod of length $l$. The rods are ...
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Lifting an Atwoods machine from the ground? [closed]

If we have an Atwood machine where masses $m_A$ and $m_B$ rest on the ground, then we apply an upwards force $F$ to the Atwoods machine. What is the acceleration of the blocks when $F=124N$, $m_A = ...
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Rotation of object on another object under rotation

First, I would like to know the rotational velocity of disk2 if disk1 turns at $\omega1$. The axis "x" is fixed to the ground and disk1 is allowed to turn around it. Axis "y" is fixed to disk1 and ...
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Contra-rotating propellers torques

Please look at the following mechanism for contra-rotating propellers: YouTube video When a CCW torque acts on the upper gear and a same torque acts on the lower gear (both seen from above), the ...
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Does mass equal angular momentum?

At the wikipedia pages for angular momentum ($L$) and moment of inertia ($I$) we find the equations: $$L=I \omega$$ $$I=m r^2$$ where $m$ is mass and $r$ is the distance between said mass and ...
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Euler Lagrange equation in different frames

Suppose I have an inertial frame with coordinate $\{q\}$. Now I define another reference frame with coordinate $\{q'(q,\dot q,t)\}$. I obtain the equation of motion in $\{q'\}$ in two different ways: ...
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Rocket towing an object

I'm not sure if my question makes sense, but I don't know where to start. A crate of mass $m_2$ is connected by a massless rope of constant length $l$ to a rocket of mass $m_1$. We take into account ...
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Does mass affect speed of orbit at a certain distance?

Does the mass of both the parent object, and the child object affect the speed at which the child object orbits the parent object? I thought it didn't (something like $T^2 \approx R^3$) until I saw ...
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Partial derivative of the classical action with respect to time [closed]

Does anyone know how to derive the general identity: $$\frac{\partial S}{\partial t}=-E$$ where $S$ is the classical action defined as $$S=\int_0^t\left[\frac{1}{2}m\dot x-V(x))\right]d\tau$$ and ...
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Lagrangian for a system of particles [closed]

If a system of particles attracting each other under inverse square force, then prove that $$ 2<T> + <V> = 0.$$
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Addes mass forces: can a force depend on acceleration?

My friend and I had a little discussion about added mass forces. I always interpreted $F=ma$ as a cause-effect relationship, so I find rather uneasy to accept that the cause can instantaneously ...
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Optimal placement of support joist under shelf

Assume an ideal board, supported by two joists. Where should those two joists be optimally placed? Instinctively, I'd say at somewhat less than 25% and somewhat more than 75% of the extend of the ...
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Why fundamentally does classical mechanics lead to second order dynamics? [duplicate]

What's so special about second order equations in classical mechanics? I have a basic understanding of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics, so I'm not looking for ...
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Some question about symplectic transformation

I read Arnold's book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics and come across with three problems in page 229. 1.Let $\lambda$ and $\bar{\lambda}$ be simple (multiplicity 1) eigenvalues of a ...
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Cause for Power Transmission Tower “Breathing”

OK, this question is not your usual one: Last night while hiking solo from the mountains back to my car at the mountain/desert interface (Lone Pine, CA), I had a rather bizarre -- and downright spooky ...
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How can things be chaotic on a quantum level, yet tangible on a classical level?

This may seem basic, but I am wondering if anyone has any input on this topic. It doesn't make any sense to me (I mean I don't need to use the Schrödinger equation to find my cell phone...). I just do ...
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Difference of the O(N) Non-linear Sigma model and SO(N) Non-linearSigma model

The Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H=J\sum_{i,j}\vec{n}_i\cdot\vec{n}_j \end{equation} is invariant under a global rotation $\vec{n}_i\rightarrow R\vec{n}_i$, where $\vec{n}$ is a $N$ component rotor ...