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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Higher than Lagrangian/action?

When you begin learning physics, you start with equations of motion applied to various physics systems. In classical mechanics course you learn, that exists Lagrangian/action of a system, which gives ...
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Projectile motion of a grenade [closed]

A small hand grenade is thrown with an initial speed V0 forming an angle ɵ with the horizontal ground. Assume that at its highest point the grenade explodes and is split into two identical ...
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The ratio of masses in an elastic collision [closed]

Two blocks of mass $M_1$ and $M_2$ moving along a 1-dimensional straight line with velocities $V_1$ and $V_2$, respectively, collide elastically. After the collision they move with respective ...
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Derivation of Bohr model equations (1) in his original paper

My question is rather straightforward. In his original paper ("On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules") Bohr provides equations (1) for the frequency and major axis orbit: \begin{align} \omega ...
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Finding mass with an estimated gravitational force

As asteroids orbit the sun, they experience gravitational force exerted on them by the sun, and they in turn exert a very minute force back on the sun. Because of their small size, asteroids don't tug ...
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Do mechanical waves also carry momentum as well as energy? [closed]

I have read that electromagnetic waves carry momentum because they carry energy, while energy is equivalent to mass. So they carry momentum. But this explanation is in the context of special ...
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Why does higher acceleration minimize a car's fuel consumption?

I generally try to optimize my car's fuel consumption when driving, using my car's real-time MPG gauge and average-trip MPG indicator. Until recently, I believed the slower the acceleration, the ...
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Build Hamiltonian function

Suppose we have three-point system Points A and B are connected with rod of fixed length $r_0$. Point C rotates around rod, vector R begins at rod's centre of mass. There is a potential of general ...
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Simple real life applications of Euler-Lagrange equations of motion

If you read some introductory mechanics text like David Morin's Introduction to Classical Mechanics about Euler Lagrange Equations you get a large amount of simple examples like the "moving plane" ...
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Interpretation of contourplot pendulum

I've made this plot of a function that evaluates the size of the angle on the x-axis, and the velocity of the angle for the pendulum on the y-axis. I'm having a hard time interpreting the meaning of ...
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Reversibility principle for classical mechanic

I'm studying this colloquium about quantum fluctuation relations for nonlinear thermodynamic, but I'm having a problem. Reading about the principle of micro-reversibility of the dynamic of a system i ...
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Is the wave equation a periodic wave equation?

I have seen that in the derivation of wave equation, they always use the periodic property of waves in the derivation. But what about non-periodic waves? Do they have some different wave equation? Is ...
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What information am I losing out when I assume that the displacement in S.H.M. is small?

While making calculations for simple harmonic motion, we take the force as $F=F(x)$. Then we use Taylor's expansion and calculate as follows: $$\begin{align} F(x) &=F(0+x) \\ & = ...
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A Canonical Transformation that deletes one canonical coordinate?

I am self studying some classical mechanics, and came across a problem in Goldstein that has me stumped. It is problem 1 in chapter 10. It basically says "Given some conservative system show that a ...
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Why does the magnitude of linear momentum of a particle in circular motion change with radius? [duplicate]

My problem is with linear momentum of a particle in circular motion. If we imagine a particle moving around a circle, if there are no torques acting, then we can say its angular momentum is conserved, ...
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Why does the kinetic energy of a particle moving in circular motion increase when the turn radius decreases and no torque is acting?

Why does the kinetic energy of a particle moving in circular motion increase when the turn radius decreases and there is no torque acting? E.g. if a planet is rotating about its axis and it shrinks to ...
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Relative angular momentum?

Let there be a point $P$. A point $C$ is located at a radius vector $r$ from $P$. $C$ is the centre of mass of a rigid body. The rigid body is rotating with an angular velocity $\omega$ about an axis ...
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Does stretching a spring with a relatively high spring constant value require more force because of its inertia?

Other than the fact that a spring has a relatively high spring constant (say 1000 N/m) and therefore requires more force per meter to stretch (not bend or twist).
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Ring Ascending a Step

Consider a thin circular ring of mass $m$, radius $r$ rolling without slipping with velocity $v$ towards a step of height $h$ $(<r)$. Assume no rebound and no slipping at the time of contact. What ...
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How does the viscosity of a non Newtonian fluid (ooblek) affect its resistance to electricity?

I know the conductivity of water is based on whatever is dissolved into the solution, hence pure water does not conduct electricity. However, these ions in solution must also be free to move around. ...
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Why is it easier for the ocean to push someone over by exerting force on their front side than by exerting force on their left or right side?

If I put two clones of normal weight on a beach in the ocean, with one standing perpendicular to the waves, and the other standing parallel to them, the one standing perpendicular to the waves will be ...
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Magnetic field of rotating capacitor [duplicate]

Does the rotating charged capacitor (both plates) produce magnetic field? and what about rotating both plates in opposite directions?
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Multiplying Lagrangian by a constant

Does a Lagrangian of a system multiplied by an arbitrary constant still work? If if I apply the Euler-Lagrange equations, do they still guarantee that the action is extremal? I arrived to the ...
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Is the acceleration due to a fictitious force independent of mass in general?

Intuitively (at least to me) it seems that the answer should be "yes", since a fictitious force arises due to being in a non-inertial frame; the frame is accelerating, but the objects within this ...
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Which makes for a better equivalent capacitor? In series or in parrallel?

I understand how capacitors in series and in parallel work. However, I am wondering if it makes a difference, in terms of making a better capacitor that can store more charge, would you connect them ...
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Shouldn't the Uncertainty Principle be intuitively obvious, at least when talking about the position and momentum of an object?

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, as I have no formal physics training (apart from some in high school and personal reading), but there's something about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle that strikes ...
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Holonomic constraints and degrees of freedom?

Can we see that a constraint can decrease the degrees of freedom of a system if and only if it is holonomic. Either way please can you explain why?
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Euler-Lagrange Equation with logarithmic potential

A particle moving towards the origin has initial conditions $x(t=0) = 1$ and $\dot{x}(t=0)=0$. If the Lagrangian is $$L:=\frac{m}{2}\dot{x}^2 -\frac{m}{2}\ln|x|$$ This should satisfy ...
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Classical limit of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics

It is well-known that if $S \gg \hbar$, then the classical path dominates the Feynman path integral. But is there some to show that if $S\gg\hbar$, then the particle's trajectory will approach the ...
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An example of non-Hamiltonian systems [closed]

I am preparing for the exam. And I need to know the answer to one question which I can't understand. "Give an example of non-Hamiltonian systems: in case of infinite number of particles; for a finite ...
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Clearing up confusion about calculating torque

Suppose you have a shape consisting of two perpendicular rods (the whole shape is a rigid body) which stands upright so the plane of the rods is perpendicular to the plane of the ground, and the ...
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Angular momentum consevation and central force

A circular orbit of radius $a$ passing through the centre of a central force is given by the equation $r=2a\cos\theta$. Then using the orbit equation one can show that the force varies as $\vec ...
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Help in understanding an application chaos theory in time series modeling

I read the following papers: (1) Iacomi et al., Mammographic images segmentation based on chaotic map clustering algorithm, BMC Medical Imaging 2014, 14 :12*. Download link (2) L. Angelini et. al, ...
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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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Acceleration of moving reference frame

I want to simulate the readings of an accelerometer that is arbitrarily moved through 3D space. In an inertial reference frame $W$, the motion of the accelerometer is described by it's linear ...
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Current loop and direction ambiguity of the magnetic moment

Consider a circular loop in the XY-plane which carries a current $I$. Then it behaves as a magnetic dipole with moment $\textbf{m}=I\int d\textbf{S}$ where $\int d\textbf{S}$ is the area of the loop ...
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Does a simple double pendulum have transients?

Suppose, we have the most simple double pendulum: Both masses are equal. Both limbs are equal. No friction. No driver. Arbitrary initial conditions (no restriction to low energies) Does this ...
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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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relationship between torque and potential energy for electromagnetism

It is well known that the energy of a magnetic dipole in a magnetic field is taken as $U = - \bf{m}.\bf{B}$. The dipole also experiences a torque $\bf{\tau = m \times B}$. In classical mechanics the ...
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Euler-Lagrange problem of single mass double pendulum in plane [closed]

Problem: "A rod with a length of $l$, mass $m$, is attached by a thread of length $l/2$ according to figure. The rod may perform small, planar swings. Determine its eigen-frequencies." Figure: ...
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Deriving Hamilton's equations from KdV Hamiltonian

Let $f=f(q,p)$, $g=g(q,p)$ and Possion bracket $$\{f,g\}=\frac{\partial f}{\partial q}\frac{\partial g}{\partial p}-\frac{\partial f}{\partial p}\frac{\partial g}{\partial q}. \tag{1}$$ Then ...
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Why do two rolls with the same mass but different moments of inertia roll different distances?

Imagine two rolls with the same diameter and mass. The mass of one roll is concentrated to the center of the roll while the mass of the other roll is concentrated to the edge of the roll. If the two ...
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How to calculate the forces that create precessing motion of a spinning top?

I'm trying to create a a spinning top simulation, and I have a problem with simulating the precession. I read the Wiki article about precession, which have the formula for angular velocity of ...
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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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Massless ladder against a frictionless wall [closed]

I am confused by a review problem for my physics course. I keep getting a different answer from the solution (which was given to us) and not sure what I am missing. A massless ladder has a length of ...
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Centrifugal Force and Polar Coordinates

In Classical Mechanics, both Goldstein and Taylor (authors of different books with the same title) talk about the centrifugal force term when solving the Euler-Lagrange equation for the two body ...
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Meaning of centrifugal term in the mechanical energy of a orbiting planet [duplicate]

For a planet under the effect of gravitational force the mechanical energy can be written as $$E=\frac{1}{2}\mu {\dot{r}}^2+\frac{L^2}{2\mu r^2}-\gamma \frac{m M}{r^2} \tag{1}$$ Where $\mu$ is the ...
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How does the Moon influence atmospheric pressure?

I have just read in the Telegraph an article entitled Moon overhead makes rainfall lighter, scientists conclude. In that article there is the following statement: When the moon is overhead, its ...
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Position, velocity and acceleration vs time graphs

I'd like to draw graphs of a vehicle and I have a position vs time table. I can set the points but how am I supposed to join them, straight or hyperbole ? If the object is accelerating which is yes ...
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Classical proof of the gyromagnetic ratio $g=2$

I was reading Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities, by Theodore Arabatzis. At a certain point, where he is explaining the history of the magnetic moment of the ...