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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Central Force Scattering in Goldstein

On page 108 in Goldstein 3rd edition in the paragraph after equation (3.94) he says that $\psi$` can be obtained from the orbit equation (3.36) using the limits as $r_0=\infty$ $r=r_m$ which the ...
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Where does the $(\ell + x)^2\dot\theta^2$ term come from in the Lagrangian of a spring pendulum?

I am reading some notes about Lagrangian mechanics. I don't understand equation 6.9, which gives the Lagrangian for a spring pendulum (a massive particle on one end a spring). $$T = ...
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Determining the center of mass of a cone

I'm having some trouble with a simple classical mechanics problem, where I need to calculate the center of mass of a cone whose base radius is $a$ and height $h$..! I know the required equation. But, ...
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How does one write Newtons 2nd Law using the language of forms?

Newton's second law says that $F=ma$. Supposing that the force is conservative and can thus be expressed in terms of a potential $V$ we have that $F=-dV$. We have that $V$, being a function, can ...
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Pendulum moving faster than speed of light

In classical mechanics, the period $T$ of a pendulum is given by $$ T = 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{l}{g}},$$ where $g$ is the gravitational field and $l$ the length of the rope attaching the bob to the pivot. ...
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Magnetic field on axis of solenoid

So first I'd like to say that I have asked similar questions to this one. However, all the answers involve a level of calculus that I do not yet know. (Still on limits, going to spend the rest of ...
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Pulling on a weakened rope - where will it tear?

Let's say I have a rope of 10m length and it is weakened in 3 spots: at 2.5m, at 5m and at 7.5m. Weakened means that if enough tension is applied it will tear at these points (all points are equally ...
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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Will the water go inside the moving water bottle?

Let's say that there is a empty bottle in the water moving at a high speed like this: My question is: Will the water go inside the the empty bottle when the bottle is moving at a high speed? If ...
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7/2 versus 9/2 for diatomic heat capacity

Question I calculated the classical heat capacity of a diatomic gas as $C_V = (9/2)Nk_B$, however the accepted value is $C_V = (7/2)Nk_B$. I assumed the classical Hamiltonian of two identical atoms ...
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Classical Limit in Quantum Mechanics

Suppose I have a wave function $\Psi$ (which is not an eigenfunction) and a time independent Hamiltonian $\hat{\mathcal{H}}$. Now, If I take the classical limit by taking $\hbar \to 0$ what will ...
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Why does angular momentum change only its direction and not its value (module) in the case of a spinning top?

I have a doubt, I hope you can help me. In the case of a spinning top precessing around the $y$-axis, there's a torque $\vec \tau$ which comes from the weight of the toy. This torque is perpendicular ...
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Forces and the light

Do external forces can affect the light? Can any external force make the light accelerate? And if it can, will it accumulate mass? (according to the second Newton's law of motion $m = F/a$ ) We know ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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Newton's laws and the maximum speed

According to Newton's second law of motion : $F = ma$ In an certain occasion, we exert 2 forces (the magnitudes of the forces are the same) on 2 different objects, Object A and Object B, in the same ...
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Why aren't the weights of the beads considered in this equation?

I was solving this problem: A ring of mass $M$ hangs from a thread and two beads of mass $m$ slide on it without friction.The beads are released simultaneously from the top of the ring and slides ...
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Force needed to push a syringe plunger: does one add force associated with downstream back-pressure to frictional plunger force?

I am trying to figure out how much force $F$ is needed to push a syringe plunger. The plunger needs to overcome the friction force $F_1$ and (a much smaller) inertia force $F_2=ma$, giving the total ...
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Generalised velocities enough to be deterministic in Lagrangian mechanics?

In classical determinism we need to know $2n$ quantities of our system and the equation of motion to predict it's future. In Lagrangian mechanics this is equivalent to knowing $q$ and $\dot q$, the ...
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Beyond the third time derivative [duplicate]

Why do texts on classical mechanics never mention any derivative of position beyond the jerk, while at the same time being general in the sense of using of generalized coordinates?
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Book about fundamentals and concepts of classical mechanics [duplicate]

I want a book about fundamentals and CONCEPTS of classical mechanics. I have several books about classical mechanics, but all of them go directly to equations and applications. I don't know Really ...
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With a machete, why is a diagonal cut more effective than a right angle one?

When cutting back some thick growth in the garden a question that always nagged me. Why is cutting diagonally seemingly more effective than cutting at right angles? Part of the answer is obviously to ...
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What is an effective potential in classical mechanics?

What is an effective potential in classical mechanics? I have read the wikipedia article and David Tong's lectures notes, but I didn't understand how an effective potential simplifies a situation or ...
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Formalism to deal with discontinuous potentials in classical mechanics (hard wall, hard spheres)

It seems to me that Hamiltonian formalism does not suit well for problems involving instantaneous change of momentum, like particle collisions with hard wall or hard sphere gas model. At least I could ...
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Free energy of coupled classical harmonic oscillators

I'm looking to find the thermodynamic (NVT) free energy of a classical coupled harmonic oscillator system such as the one below: (image taken from ...
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What are the mathematical models for force, acceleration and velocity?

In mechanics, the space can be described as a Riemann manifold. Forces, then, can be defined as vector fields of this manifold. Accelerations are linear functions of forces, so they are covector ...
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Kater's pendulum graph

I was told that the graph of position vs period must be a straight line in Kater's pendulum, but my findings are more curved, also after searching in google graphs are like parabolas, my question is ...
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Small oscillations of heavy string

I'm solving problem in classical field theory and I have some difficulties. I'm trying to study small oscilations of heavy string with fixed points. First of all I wrote down this Lagrangian: ...
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Why is superdeterminism generally regarded as a joke? [closed]

Before anything, I'm sorry for being an outsider coming to opine about your field. This is almost always a stupid decision, but I do have a good justification for this case. I've been reading about ...
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Variable tension in rope connected to mass

Problem 3.9 from Kleppner and Kolenkow's text An Introduction to Mechanics involves a uniform rope of length $L$ and mass $m$ that is connected at one end (its "bottom" end) to a block of mass $M$ and ...
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Classical models with unbounded particle number

Is there any classical model which deals with the birth, life and death of particles? What application could it have? I am talking about a 'billiard-ball' kind of model, but the kind in which balls ...
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Why is $f_\mu=-\mu |<w, -v>|\tau$

Given a point-like object $M$ with weight $w$ traveling down a curve $\gamma$ with constant gravity experiencing a frictional force $f_\mu$. Let $v$ denote the unit normal vector to $\gamma$ at $M$. ...
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Independence of position and velocity in Lagrangian from the point of view of physics?

I would like to continue discussion from my previous post on time dependence of lagrangian Time dependence of the Lagrangian of a free particle?. I have also read this old post Why does calculus of ...
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Are there any fully analytically solvable nonlinear oscillators?

I'm trying to find a simple one-dimensional problem, in which a particle would oscillate with some energy, and the period of oscillation would depend on particle energy (unlike in harmonic ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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How long it will take for a upright rigid body to fall on a ground

Let's suppose there is a straight rigid bar with height $h$ and center of mass at the middle of height $h/2$. Now if the bar is vertically upright from ground, how long will it take to fall on the ...
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Partition function of a 3D vibrating string

Is the partition function of a 3D vibrating string a sum of discrete energies, an integral of an energy continuum, or both? $$ Z_{\text{disc}} = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}g_ke^{-\beta E_k} $$ or $$ ...
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Is the Legendre transformation a unique choice in analytical mechanics?

Consider a Lagrangian $L(q_i, \dot{q_i}, t) = T - V$, for kinetic energy $T$ and generalized potential $V$, on a set of $n$ independent generalized coordinates $\{q_i\}$. Assuming the system is ...
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Is it possible to eliminate Van der Waals interactions?

I came to know that the friction force actually depends on the surface contact area due to weak interactions (adhesion due to Van der Waals forces) between the atoms of both materials increasing in ...
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Why does a wind turbine have only three blades? [duplicate]

Why not four or five or even more? Intuitively, the more leaves the more power. So, what is the reason?
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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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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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Solving the Three-body problem numerically

I want to create a program in $Mathematica$ that solves numerically the Three-body problem by Euler-Lagrange's equations. I was searching some methods to sucessfully do it. So I found a way to solve ...
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Detecting absolute motion inside a box

This is not a contradiction and I know it is impossible but still consider a thought experiment by me and point out if something is wrong. See the following picture and then the explanation follows. ...
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What is the difference between configuration space and phase space?

What is the difference between configuration space and phase space? In particular, I notices that Lagrangians are defined over configuration space and Hamiltonians over phase space. Liouville's ...
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Why is my Lyapunov exponent similar for single and double pendulum?

This is my first question here on stackexchange. I hope that I can be understood. If not, tell me and I will reformulate and fill in with details. I have simulated a single pendulum and a double ...
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How to reconstruct the dependence of the potential from a coordinate?

What is known is that an ion sent along the X-axis of a black box with a speed $V$ returns in a time: $$T=a V^b$$ $a$ and $b$ are some known constants. Having this, can we reproduce the dependence of ...
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Reversing time for a closed system of particles

For a closed system of particles, the lagrangian in classical mechanics is $$L=\sum \frac{1}{2}mv_a^2 - U(\mathbf{r_1},\mathbf{r_2}, \cdots)$$ For an arbitrary position function $x(t)$, to see the ...
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Which way to lean when driving a gokart?

Given a car that has two lines of wheels, the center of gravity at constant height above the ground, constant turn angle and given surface and wheel material. What is the maximum speed the car can ...
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What is the optimal slope for Archimedes screw?

The Wikipedia article has nice image showing how the Archimedes screw work: As I understand, the red balls do not fall down because they are in minima caused by the screw. Because of material ...
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Local conservation law involving Hilbert Transform in a classical field theory

Consider a nonlinear PDE of the form $$A_t +iA\mathcal{H}(|A|^2_x) +N(A) =0,$$ where the Hilbert transform $\mathcal{H}$ is defined as $$\mathcal{H}(|A|^2_x) \equiv P.V. \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...