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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Confusion about imposing constraint in the action

I'm totally confused by one thing. I know that I probably shouldn't be confused about that, but at the moment I don't quite know what fails in the following: Suppose we have a particle of unit mass ...
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Constructing Lagrangian from the Hamiltonian

Given the Lagrangian $L$ for a system, we can construct the hamiltonian $H$ using the definition $H=\sum\limits_{i}p_i\dot{q}_i-L$ where $p_i=\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}_i}$. Therefore, to ...
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Can a “flat function” be a particle trajectory? [duplicate]

Recently I came across the concept of a flat function, which is a smooth function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ all of whose derivatives vanish at a given point $x_0\in\mathbb{R}$, the canonical example ...
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Definition for potential energy

I came across this definition for potential energy: If we let $T$ be the Kinetic energy, we have that: $$T = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 \implies T = \frac{1}{2}m{x'}^2$$ $$T'= mx'x'' = F(x)x' \implies \\T = ...
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How do waves have momentum?

A question on a practice test I'm taking is as follows: By shaking one end of a stretched string, a single pulse is generated. The traveling pulse carries: A. mass B. energy C. momentum D. ...
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Two different time periods for a movement with constant acceleration?

I'm studying for my physics exam and I keep running into the same problem. It's so specific I have no idea how to phrase it in a Google or stack exchange search, and I've already wasted 2 hours on it. ...
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Galilean relativity & the road to special relativity

Firstly, I just want to make sure that I've understood the notions of relative and absolute quantities correctly. Elementary analysis shows that position and velocity are relative quantities. Indeed, ...
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Physics of the inverted bottle dispenser

When you invert a water-bottle in a container, the water rises and then stops at a particular level --- as soon as it touches the hole of the inverted bottle. This will happen no matter how long ...
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Pendulum Wave Period

Recently I've seen various videos showing the pendulum wave effect. All of the videos which I have found have a pattern which repeats every $60\mathrm{s}$. I am trying to work out the relationship ...
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buckling of tube - shell thickness vs. momentum of inertia optimum

is there any simple formula (perhabs semi emperical, or aproximatively derived model) for buckling of tube under axial compression load given its crossection and wall thickness? ( and naturraly ...
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Is an “infinitely sharp blade” possible?

A staple of science fiction and fantasy is a blade (knife, sword, ...) that cuts through literally any solid object (wood, steel, concrete, skulls, ...) without effort, often even without the need to ...
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What exactly is the relationship between the symplectic 2-form and the frequency of leaves of integrable systems in classical mechanics?

In classical mechanics we equip a differential manifold with a closed symplectic 2-form $\omega$. The symplectic leaves of integrable systems also have a unique frequency, in literature denoted ...
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Kinetic energy dissipation in braking a vehicle

Let's say a vehicle that weighs 20t is hauling along at 50m/s and we want to brake it down to a full stop. The kinetic energy we need to dissipate into heating up the brakes is ...
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Derivation of law of inertia from Lagrangian method (Landau)

I'm reading Landau's Book. He tries to conclude the law of inertia from the Lagrange equations. For that, he argues (by nice suppositions about space and time), that the lagrangian must depend only ...
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How to find Tangential/Radial/Angular Velocity for motion in any curve?

Is the radial velocity responsible only for changing distance between objects and the component perpendicular to it only for change in direction ? If so why ? Please try to give a different ...
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How does the masless pulley gets the force from rope?

I have seen whenever we solve for forces on pulley by rope we take the force on pulley exactly as the tensions in the rope around it. But , why do we do this ? Exactly how does the rope exerts forces ...
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Detailed conditions for symmetries of Lagrangian

Edit: To clarify the question, I am asking why we are justified in calling a continuous symmetry a symmetry of a system when it changes the Lagrangian by a total derivative of a function of $t, q(t)$ ...
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When considering the acceleration as constant? [closed]

I'm solving a simple dynamic exercise, exercise says: "What is the absolute value of the force necessary to speed up a 500kg mass subject to 1600km/h in 1,8s, with the object from rest?" Then I had ...
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Why is a beam reach the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats?

I've heard that a beam reach (perpendicular to the wind) is the fastest point of sail on modern sailboats, but I haven't heard a satisfying explanation of the physics behind the claim. Triangular ...
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Is the strength of a muscle proportional to its cross-sectional area?

I have a question that is partially related to at least a couple of old questions: this one and this other. My question is specifically focused on the following point: why should the strength of a ...
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Why does a Yo-Yo sleep, and then awaken?

What are the mathematics / mechanics principles behind a sleeping Yo-Yo, and in particular, what changes with a wrist-snap flick that causes it to "awaken" and return to your hand?     ...
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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Symplectic leaves, tori and Poisson manifolds

For classical systems we can define a configuration manifold, whose cotangent bundle is a momentum phase space equipped with a closed, non-degenerate 2-form. Upon the commutative algebra of smooth ...
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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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Sufficient conditions for the energy to be not conserved?

I'm almost embarrased to ask this question because I thought I was by now very confident with classical mechanics. Someone has stated that given a mechanical system with a Lagrangian $L$ s.t. ...
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Bezier curve and deceleration

I have a question regarding calculation of a bezier curve. I'm programming an app where in there's continuous straight line motion of a vehicle at a constant speed. (Let's call it 'u'). When the user ...
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Q: Goldstein chapter 1 problem 16: Finding the generalized potential from the force

I have started to work through Herbert Goldstein's, Charles Poole's and John Safko's Classical mechanics, and I am having a bit of trouble with one of the problems (chapter 1 problem 16). The problem ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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Is there any physics arguments behind NASA pen joke

I am just wondering are there any reasonable physics arguments behind difficulty making pen for no gravity conditions. My thoughts are that there are many ways to make it working as: Pressurized ...
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Do waves accelerate?

Typically we think of acceleration as a particulate property but a previous question on this forum got me thinking. If we think of a wave increasing its velocity by increasing its energy/frequency ...
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Finding Lagrangian of a Spring Pendulum

I'm trying to understand Morin's example of a spring pendulum. What I don't get is his expression for $T$. I can understand the $\dot x^2$ term in the brackets. But I don't understand the $(l + ...
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Integral of absolute value of spin angular momentum of $N$-body system

There are $N$ particles moving freely in a plane. Let $J(t)$ be the spin angular momentum of the system of particles about its center of mass. (even center of mass keeps changing with time as ...
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Normal coordinates for harmonic approximation (classical lattice vibration)

I am reading Jenő Sólyom's "Fundamentals of the Physcs of Solids" vol. 1. and i am very much stuck at this point (chapter 11.3.2 in the book): In the harmonic approximation the potential energy of a ...
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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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Cylinder swinging in a halfpipe [closed]

I'm having a problem while solving this exercise: Consider a cylinder of radius 'a' swinging in a halfpipe whose radius = 10a. Find the equation of motion of the cylinder using the angle $\phi$ ...
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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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Potential for particle rolling down slope of arbitrary shape

I've been thinking about how to calculate the potential $V(x)$ of a particle rolling under the force of gravity down some curve, given by $f(x)$ (suppose nonincreasing). My idea was to simply ...
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Relation between (super)integrability and closed orbits

Inspired by this recent question, I would like to understand from a more general and mathematical perspective why closed orbits are only found for the Kepler ($V(r) \sim 1/r$) or harmonic ($V(r) \sim ...
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Minimum distance between two bodies attached by a spring

Take two bodies of masses m and M attached by a spring of constant K on a smooth horizontal surface. The system is at rest. A constant force F acts on body M, horizontally. To study the motion of the ...
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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 a bending rod assumed to be undergoing torsion?

If I take a rod and bend it at both ends as far as it will go, why is there an assumption that I am also exerting a torsion along with my bending? Referencee: ccording to the third edition of "Theory ...
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confused about the direction of friction force

I'm really confused about the direction of friction force. I think about collision of two balls and think that "friction force is opposite to the relative speed of the contact point of the two ...
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Conserved charge for boosts? [duplicate]

In (3+1) dimension Poincare group has three types of Symmetries : a) Four space-time translations b) Three spatial rotations and c) Three boosts Among them, (a) implies "conservation of ...
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calculate the tile of rotation axis of a rolling ball

I want to solve the problem of friction effect on rotation axis of a rolling ball on collision with another ball. I've read Tennis racket theorem in this wikipedia article and thought it might ...
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Summation notation for Kronecker delta

I'm having some problems on notation for indices: I've found in Goldstein, 3rd edition, that the Kronecker delta satisfies the following property: $$\delta_{ij}\delta_{ik}=\delta_{jk}$$ But ...
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Fluid mechanics -Question about boundary?

Problem statement: A two-dimensional fluid stream of thickness $S$ and velocity $c$ (evenly distributed through the thickness of the stream) falls on a stationary plate and gets separated. Calculate ...
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What are possible explanations for the permeability of balloon rubber, PET plastic and other synthetic materials for carbon dioxide?

Balloons are definitely not gas-tight. Carbon dioxide just leak by the rubber away. A balloon is filled with carbon dioxide. Knot in it. And play. Shrinkage. After an hour or two the carbon dioxide ...
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Amplitude-phase decomposition as a canonical transformation

I am studying a classical dynamical system defined on $\mathbb{CP}^2$: the phase space is parametrized in terms of three complex coordinates $\psi_i$ ($i=1,2,3$) and Hamilton's equations of motion ...