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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How to solve for amplitude w.r.t time for a dad pushing his daughter on the swing with periodic force impulses? [closed]

A Dad is pushing his daughter on a swing. The homogeneous push lasts for α = 10% of the period and is centered around the phase φ = 0. The Fourier series expansion for this is, $$ ...
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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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how to apply capstan law? [duplicate]

I am having trouble to apply Capstan Law. I don't know which side is supposed to be the large force and which the small. If you have a capstan that doesn't rotate, and you have a mass 1kg from one ...
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Heuristic equation for Friction force between materials

I'm programming a game where different types of objects will be sliding over different types of terrains (Top-down in two dimensions). At my current level of physics education we are given the ...
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Density of states and anisotropic distribution functions

We consider a $3D$ dynamical system. Its distribution function is given by the function ${ (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v}) \mapsto f (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v})}$, so that $$ \mathrm{d}^{3} \mathbf{x} \, ...
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Is there a proof from the first principle that the Lagrangian L = T - V?

Is there a proof from the first principle that for the Lagrangian $L$, $$L = T\text{(kinetic energy)} - V\text{(potential energy)}$$ in classical mechanics? Assume that Cartesian coordinates are ...
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Dynamics of pairwise distances in the $n$-body problem

Consider the $n$-body problem where we are interested in describing the time evolution of $n$ masses interacting through a potential $U$. Let $D$ be the matrix containing all pairwise distances ...
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Coordinate Transformation in Classical Mechanics

The coordinates in one inertial frame are represented by $(x,t)$. Under coordinate transformation, the coordinates in another inertial frame can be represented by $f(x(t),t)$. It can be shown that the ...
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Why rubber is incompressible material?

Why rubber is incompressible material? I know its Poisson's ratio is nearing to 0.5. So I don't understand physically, what it means by 0.5 Poisson's ratio and incompressibility. When I tried ...
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Problem with derivation of phonons in crystal

In this derivation of phonon solutions, everywhere, we are forcefully assuming the wavelike characteristics along the length of the chain. While all we can deduce for finding out the fundamental ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Different subscripts for $\nabla$ operators while deriving force on system of many particles

Consider a system of 4 particles in an external conservative field. So force acting on each particle is derived from potential energy $U(x,y,z)$of the particle+field system: Total (external) force on ...
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What is the inconsistency between Maxwell's electrodynamics and newtonian mechanics?

As far as I understand, when a modification of a theory is made it is because some observation required this modifcation. Quantum Mechanics is a nice example of that: observations of microscopic ...
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How would an increase in temperature affect ooblek's (non newtonian fluid) viscosity?

Due to the fact that Ooblek (cornstarch and water), contains so much water and from what I understand it is non newtonian due to the particles suspended in it, would it therefore be correct to say ...
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What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand?

What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand a briefcase for example. Wouldn't the center of mass move horizontally towards the side carrying ...
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Is the principle of indifference enough to derive the microcanonical ensemble?

The microcanonical ensemble is usual motivated solely by the principle of indifference. Textbooks usually say something along the lines of "If the only thing we know about a system is its total ...
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non constant acceleration problem [closed]

The acceleration of an arrow from a bow falls from $6000m/s^2$ to zero when it leaves the bow after travelling a distance $x=0.75m$. Assuming that this acceleration can be expressed by the linear ...
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What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy?

What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy? I understand that we're searching for a function $L$ that describes a set of physics so that solving the energy minimization ...
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Regarding $f$ degrees of freedom & $f\!-\!1$ constants & inclusion of these constants

In the classic & famous book "Electromagnetic fields & Interactions" by Richard Becker (Dover publishing), on page 55 (of volume 2) , author says: If the system possesses f degrees of ...
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Instant centre of rotation for two connected gears

The two gears are have the angular velocities $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ respectively with respect to $Oxyz$. The task is to determine the angular velocity $\boldsymbol{\omega}$ of the arm ...
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Calculating the change in aceleration the earth feels when you push an object

I am learning newton's third law, and i got to this conclusion, i wanted to know if it's correct (within the boundaries of Newtonian mechanics) Say I'm pushing a cupboard with my body, and I apply a ...
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Lagrangian Mechanics - Commutativity Rule $\frac{d}{dt}\delta q=\delta \frac{dq}{dt} $

I am reading about Lagrangian mechanics. At some point the difference between the temporal derivative of a variation and variation of the temporal derivative is discussed. The fact that the two are ...
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Lagrangian and Hamiltonian EOM with dissipative force

I am trying to write the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian for the forced Harmonic oscillator before quantizing it to get to the quantum picture. For EOM $$m\ddot{q}+\beta\dot{q}+kq=f(t),$$ I write the ...
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Physical motivation for Lagrangian formalism

This is more of a request for clarification of understanding and intuition rather than a question, but I hope people can help me with it. I have learned calculus of variations and have subsequently ...
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Is expectation value of the Hamiltonian always the energy? [duplicate]

There are time dependent & space dependent systems (magnetic fields) and time independent (particle in a box or harmonic oscillator). In the latter the expectation value is the 'average' energy ...
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The motion-independent definition of force

I think we must be able to accomodate a definition of a force on some particle which is independent of the motion of the particle, for all kinds of forces, to surely verify the statement like 'force ...
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Solenoidal forces

As far as I know a solenoidal vector field is such one that $$\vec\nabla\cdot \vec F=0.$$ However I saw a book on mechanics defining a solenoidal force as one for which the infinitesimal work ...
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Tension and friction. Cool question

I had an exercise like the image, where block A is pulled by a force F, there is that rope(tension) attached to the block B and the wall, and there is friction between A and B, and A and the ground, ...
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Infinite pulley system

http://www.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/sol43.pdf Hi, I've been trying to solve this question for a while, I understand the first solution and also the solution to the second ...
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Is it possible to recover Classical Mechanics from Schrödinger's equation?

Let me explain in details. Let $\Psi=\Psi(x,t)$ be the wave function of a particle moving in a unidimensional space. Is there a way of writing $\Psi(x,t)$ so that $|\Psi(x,t)|^2$ represents the ...
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What are the accelerations of blocks? [closed]

I've talked with 2 teachers about this situation: one teacher said he was completely sure that B have twice the acceleration of A, the other said he was completely sure they have same acceleration. ...
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In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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Gradient effects in continuum mechanics

What I have learned is that inhomogenous materials (materials with different material properties over space and time) can be treated by the homogenization technique ...
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Mechanics around a rail tank wagon

Some time ago I came across a problem which might be of interest to the physics.se, I think. The problem sounds like a homework problem, but I think it is not trivial (i am still thinking about it): ...
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“Sweet Spot” of Rod-Pendulum - Problem Clarification

I came across this problem in a book (shortened for brevity): Consider a rod of mass $m$ pivoted about one end, with the other end to rotate. Let the center of mass be a distance $a$ from the ...
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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, ...