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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Non-canonical transformation

I would like to know any method to transform a known non-canonical set of variables to a canonical set for a given system. The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian are known in the non-canonical variables. I ...
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Note and homework organization [closed]

I am currently in a mechanics class and have some trouble trying to figure out how I should structure my lecture notes and my homework. I recently began rewriting my notes after class but I am still ...
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Could a “living planet” alter its own trajectory only by changing its shape?

In Stanislaw Lem's novel Solaris the planet is able to correct its own trajectory by some unspecified means. Assuming its momentum and angular momentum is conserved (it doesn't eject or absorb any ...
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Experimental data for asymmetric Newton cradle

Using a "successive impact model" (as if each ball were seperated from the other ones), I produced the following animations: You can see any combination of balls with masses of 1 or 2 (left) or 1 ...
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Fragmentation of a curved cantilever beam under compression [migrated]

Suppose we have a curved beam of a rectangular cross-section A, reduced modulus E, and a constant radius of curvature R. We now expose the beam to a compressive point load of magnitude P at its free ...
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Airplane on a treadmill - Variant Thought Experiment

This thought experiment is in a way related to the (in)famous airplane on a treadmill problem. If you take a ball and place it on a treadmill, will the ball: Move backwards relative to the ground ...
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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 M_j}{\...
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Cinematics; Equation of movement

What's the difference using the fórmulas v=d/t , or a=v/t, instead of equations of motion? I dont get it.
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Question on the constraint force of a string

I would like to know if the following statement is true or false even if I expect that it is true. Notation: I will consider a string that has no mass and that can not be extended. Saying that a ...
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The difference between the forms of the Euler-Lagrange equations

I'm trying to learn Lagrangian mechanics and have been reading a lot of articles on it. But many of the articles write the equations in different ways, probably for different purposes. The Euler-...
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How can I measure the stability of a many body gravitational system?

Suppose I have an N body planetary system interacting via gravity. Suppose I know the positions and momenta at t=0. How do I know if this system is stable (indefinitely)? By stable I mean the ...
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Spherical phase space dynamics

I have a hamiltonian of the form $$H(\phi,z) = (1-z^2)\cos(2\phi) + \chi z^2$$ with position $\phi$ and conjugate momentum $z$. It has this form provided that $z \in [-1,1]$ and we have natural ...
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Euler-Lagrange equation no fixed endpoints

The usual way, to show the Euler-Lagrange equation is, to find the minimum of the Integral $$ I = \int_a^b L(q, \dot q, t) dt $$ and argue, that it must satisfy the following equation $$ \frac{d}{dt} \...
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Consistent method for finding direction of static friction

I am having trouble coming up with a consistent method of determining the direction of static friction. So far the best I have come up with is: it should oppose the relative acceleration the contact ...
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Comparison of velocity Verlet and leapfrog algorithms [migrated]

Many sources present the Euler, Verlet, velocity Verlet, and leapfrog algorithms for integrating Newton's equations. Based on the order of accuracy, it is agreed that velocity Verlet, Verlet, and ...
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what is the physical meaning of area moment of inertia?

In our applied mechanics class, we studied about area moment of inertia. Our teacher only explained the mathematical relation of this term that is product of area and square of the perpendicular ...
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Salt in a pot of water [duplicate]

I noticed that when I throw salt into a cooking pot and then mix, the salt collects in the center. As salt is denser than water, I would have expected it to go towards the border of the pot, and not ...
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Why do we use orthogonal axes?

I have been asked several times that “why do we use orthogonal axes in coordinate systems?” and I was always replying that “because of simplicity”. But, today morning, someone asked me that question ...
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Electric Field under Time reversal

We know under time reversal electric field does not change direction. I am doubtful about it. Imagine an electric field parallel to x-axis (in positive x direction) and a charge moving parallel to ...
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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 $j$...
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Is there a form of rigid body dynamics that uses unit quaternions instead of Euler angles?

I’d like to know specifically about an elegant way of deriving a second derivative of an orientation quaternion from a torque and a moment of inertia matrix, if one is available. The straight forward,...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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Why does the period of a pendulum decrease in an accelerating frame? [duplicate]

If there is a simple pendulum in a non-accelerating frame with period $T_1$, it will have period $T_2 < T_1$ when placed in a frame accelerating perpendicularly to the direction of gravity. Why?
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Lagrangian of an effective potential

If there is a system, described by an Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}$ of the form $$\mathcal{L} = T-V = \frac{m}{2}\left(\dot{r}^2+r^2\dot{\phi}^2\right) + \frac{k}{r},\tag{1}$$ where $T$ is the kinetic ...
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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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Relation between field and Potential energy of a body

I have read that if a body is in a field and is 1. moved in a direction opposite to the direction of a field, its potential energy increases.But why does it increase? 2.Also, if we move the body in a ...
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Collision/Crumpling problem possible solution mistake

This question is from Physics for scientist and engineers , Ohanian . Two automobiles of 540 and 1400 kg collide head-on while moving at 80 kmh in opposite directions. After the collision the ...
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Integrals of motion for a free particle

I'm struggling to understand the argument on p. 13 in Landau and Lifshitz that for a system with $N$ degrees of freedom there must be $2N-1$ integrals of motion. In particular, I can't understand ...
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The $\dot{q}$ term in the Euler-Lagrange equation

The Euler-Lagrange equation is about the functional $$ \int_{t_1}^{t_2} L(q, \dot{q}, t ) dt . $$ From a mathematical point of view, a simpler functional might be $$ \int_{t_1}^{t_2} L(q, t ) ...
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Measuring force of a punch

I'm trying to build a device that can mesure the force of a punch. ​ My initial plan was to build a platform with 4 springs (one at each corner) and an accelerometer in the middle. But, if the ...
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Why is it exerted a torque from the wheel on the body?

I'm looking at papers about two wheeled balancing robots. But they all seem to have a torque acting from the wheel on the body. As seen in figure 7 bellow. $M_M$ is the torque in question. Even though ...
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Discrete form of deformation gradient from vectors with finite length

I am writing some code for a deformable mesh and need to calculate a local deformation gradient within the material by using the vectors connecting material points. I think the method of solving ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Liquid column “recoils” in a sealed cylinder when hit by a piston — is it possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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Resultant angle of a suspended body after torque is applied

A common driveshaft connects two machines. Between the machines a chassis hangs freely from that driveshaft. A power source is rigidly attached to the chassis. The power source rotates the driveshaft ...
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When does a Trebuchet Shoot Its Projectile?

Consider the following sling trebuchet: While researching I found that what controls the release angle of the projectile is the angle between the 'finger' and the extension of the beam $r_b$, as ...
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Understanding Newton's Laws of Motion

I'm having difficulty understand Newton's laws of motion in practice, and how to model true dynamic systems. There are two examples below, where I cannot quite figure out what the true forces and ...
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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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What is the difference between translation and rotation?

What is the difference between translation and rotation ? If this were a mathematics site, the question would be at best naive. But this is physics site, and the question must be interpreted as a ...
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Acclerated Coordinate Systems: Motion on the surface of the Earth (Fetter and Walecka)

So I am STRUGGLING, absolutely STRUGGLING to understand an example in my textbook. That's how bad I am, I can't even figure out how to do the example in my textbook. Anyway, I'm reading "Theoretical ...
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Relationship between zero modes and symmetry in a simple system of coupled springs

This Wikipedia page states that "zero modes appear whenever a physical system possesses a certain symmetry," and gives the example of a ring of beads connected by springs having a zero mode associated ...
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Reason behind $L = T - V$ (Lagrangian formalism) [duplicate]

I've been learning about the Lagrangian formulation recently, and while I'm with the process, I am still struggling somewhat with the theory behind it. As I (rather poorly) understand it, the ...
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Momentum of transverse waves on a string

In general, if a wave carries energy density $u$ with velocity $v$, it also carries momentum density $u/v$. I've seen this explicitly shown for electromagnetic waves and (longitudinal) sound waves. ...
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Lagrangian in a system with a specific velocity dependent potential

I have a system of a particle moving under the generalized central potential $$ V= \frac{1}{r}(1+\dot{r}^2) \tag{1} $$ The general Euler-Lagrange equations for such type of potentials are: $$ \frac{...
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Difference between naive and Coriolis-force calculation

Consider the classical problem of dropping a coin from a tower at the equator of a planet without atmosphere and with spin $\Omega$: where in relation to a plumb-line will the coin land? When doing ...
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How does a lever magnify force? [duplicate]

I understand that energy is conserved when a force is applied to the end of a lever and magnified closer to the pivot point. However, I would like to know how it is the force is transferred and ...
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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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Canonical transformation problem

(Apologies if HW questions are not allowed -- I couldn't really find a definite answer on this) Question Let $Q^1 = (q^1)^2, Q^2 = q^1+q^2, P_{\alpha} = P_{\alpha}\left(q,p \right), \alpha = 1,2$ ...
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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 ...