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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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 ...
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Free particle and harmonic oscillator coupled

I'm currently playing with a toy model given by the Lagrangian $$L=\frac{m\dot{x}^2}{2}+\frac{m\dot{y}^2}{2}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2+x y,$$ which is basically a free particle (described by $y(t)$) and ...
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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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Are physical functions always differentiable [duplicate]

I know that physicist usually don't really think too much about differentiabillity of functions. Usually there are at most finite many points where functions aren't differentiable and if there are ...
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Derive Galilean transformation. (The meaning of the relativity)

In the book The meaning of the relativity Einstein says that in classic mechanics two postulates are previously supposed: 1.- The time is absolute. 2.- The longitude is absolute. And this implies ...
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Finding fixed points of an equation when the derivative is not defined [migrated]

For a dynamical system governed by the equation $f(x) = \mathrm{d}y/\mathrm{d}x = 2(1-x^2)^{1/2}$. Find stable and unstable fixed points. The fixed points for the above equation are $+1$ and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Why are vibrations so common? [closed]

Why are vibrations so common? We all know, or pretend to know, that symmetries and the least action principle lead to conservation laws.Is there something more fundamental behind the fact that ...
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Newtons corpuscular theory

I am learning about the history and evolution of certain physics theories, one being Newtons corpuscular theory. I am reading that Newton predicted the corpuscles, which make up light would travel ...
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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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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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2D Momentum question

I am working through some questions in practice for a mechanics exam and I cant seem to find a solution to the following problem; Two objects, one of which is initially at rest, undergo a perfectly ...
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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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Why does the shock in viscous flow occur sooner than non-viscous one?

Why does the shock in viscous flow occur sooner than non-viscous one? If we want to discuss about drag, which one has bigger drag? This figure may help.
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Does the position-time graph have to be a smooth function?

If at some time $t$ there were a discontinuity in the velocity-time graph, then the acceleration would be infinite at $t$. So intuitively, it seems that the velocity-time graph must be continuous. I ...
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Potential of an axisymmetric disc with constant rotation velocity

I am having trouble understanding why the form of the 3D potential for a disc with a constant rotation velocity for circular orbits of stars within the disc \begin{equation} v(R) = v_0, ...
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How does the speed of an incoming pitch affect the speed of a baseball after it's hit?

Which will go further if a batter manages to hit it with a baseball bat: a baseball thrown to the batter at 90 miles per hour or one thrown at 60 miles per hour?
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When will a moving vehicle stop faster: when the brakes are applied and the wheels are slipping, or just before? [closed]

When will a moving vehicle stop faster: when the brakes are applied and the wheels are slipping, or just before the wheels start slipping? Explain why.
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Noether's theorem for space translational symmetry

Imagine a ramp potential of the form $U(x) = a*x + b$ in 1D space. This corresponds to a constant force field over $x$. If I do a classical mechanics experiment with a particle, the particle behaves ...
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Physical Relevance of Classical Limit to QFT's

We know the physical relevance of the classical limit of quantum mechanics quite well. However, if I take the classical limit of a quantum field theory, the answer is not so clear. Suppose I take the ...
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Why Flow meters are some times showing -ve fluctuating Values in Pressurized Pipe lines [closed]

In our Underground Water reservior we are pumping water by Hydro-pneumatic pumps to maintain same pressure till last connection. in order to measure the flow we have installed precise electromagnetic ...
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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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How to derive kinetic energy from the Lagrange equations? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble deriving the kinetic energy from the Lagrange equations. For reference, I'm following Landau and Lifshitz book, "Mechanics," which can be found for free at Archive. In any case, ...
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Why is the wave equation useful in the real world [duplicate]

The one dimensional Wave Equation $u_{tt}=c^2u_{xx}$ is used to describe wave propagation etc. But how does solving this equation specifically help us in the real world?
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Einstein-Infeld-Hoffman-Lagrangian for a Test-Particle as Limit of Schwarzschild-Geodesic

Consider a test particle of mass $m$ which is in orbit around a spherical-symmetric body with mass $M$. It therefore has a position as described by the coordinates $r,\phi$, and its motion can be ...
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Pressurizing a circular toroidal shell

Consider a toroidal elastic, isotropic, homogeneous shell with a circular cross-section that is initially not pressurized. Under an internal pressure $p$, the shell might become more straight, but the ...
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Wave equation in classical mechanics!

We represent the wavefunction of any wave on the string as $$y=f(x-vt),$$ where $v$ is velocity of the wave and $x$ is distance from origin and $t$ is time taken to reach the given point and $y$ ...
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Classical Limit of Schwarzschild Metric

The orbit of a test particle orbiting a black hole can be described by the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{2}\left(-\left(1-\frac{2 G m}{c^2 r}\right) \dot{t}^2 + \left(1-\frac{2 G m}{c^2 ...
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In the Principle of Least Action, how does a particle know where it will be in the future?

In his book on Classical Mechanics, Prof. Feynman asserts that it just does. But if this is really what happens (& if the Principle of Least Action is more fundamental than Newton's Laws), then ...
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How the mechanical equivalent of heat is employed in this situation?

Reading a little about the "mechanical equivalent of heat" what I understood is that we can convert units between calorie and $J$ by setting $$1\mathrm{\ J} =4.1860 \mathrm{ \ cal}.$$ Now, I saw a ...
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water stream cut off abruptly; why there will occur sprinkling?

Suppose that water flows with constant velocity $V$ and constant pressure $p$ through a pipe with diameter $d$. Now the pipe is suddenly cut such that the water will splash out of the pipe into the ...
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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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What happens to the coefficient of friction as the normal force increases?

Does the frictional force increase as the normal force increases, or does the coefficient of friction get smaller in value?
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Torque and Force of Pulley fixed on side

If you had only 1 pulley that is connected to a rotating shaft, and which has a rope circled around it once, with a mass M on one side and with the rope fixed on the other end, how would you then ...
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A mass hanging under a table: a problem from Goldstein [closed]

I'm trying to solve Problem 1.19 from Goldstein's Chapter 1 (2nd edition), and am getting bogged down in trigonometry (?). Please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong! Two mass points of mass ...
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Connection between Hamiltonian version of the least action principle and probability amplitude in the Schrödinger equation

If I'm not mistaken, Schrödinger was influenced to look at wave equations because of de Broglie's assertion about particles having a wavelength. He started with the Hamiltonian equation which is ...
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What to do when you're hit by another car? [closed]

I have a question about what's the "best" thing to do if you're about to be hit by another car. Imagine you're in your car, and you're at rest. There's another car coming at you, and they're going ...
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Computing the value of an Action given some boundary conditions

Having being dealing with Actions for a while I have come across a question in which I am required to calculate the value for $S$ an action in the form of a function for some given boundary ...
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Confusions about rotational dynamics and centripetal force

I am a high school student. I am having confusions about the centripetal force and rotational motion . I have known that a body will be in rest or in uniform velocity if any force is not applied. But ...
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What is difference between anisotropy and inhomogeinity of this type of composite material?

I am studying some types of composite materials having 2 phases - fibers and matrix. I have some questions and confusions. Any help is appreciated. The composite has fiber along length and I am ...
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Maximum speed of a rocket with a potential of relativistic speeds

Ultimately, the factor limiting the maximum speed of a rocket is: the amount of fuel it carries the speed of ejection of the gases the mass of the rocket the length of the rocket ...
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Invariance of Lagrange on addition of total time derivative of a function of coordiantes and time

My question is in reference to Landau's Vol. 1 Classical Mechanics. On Page 6, the starting paragraph of Article no. 4, these lines are given: If an inertial frame $К$ is moving with an ...
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Difference between phase space and Hilbert space? [closed]

Why is the phase space of classical mechanics not a vector space, but Hilbert space of QM is?
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Constraints of massive relativistic point particle in Hamiltonian mechanics

I try to understand constructing of Hamiltonian mechanics with constraints. I decided to start with the simple case: free relativistic particle. I've constructed hamiltonian with constraint: ...
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Quantum systems without a classical analogue? [closed]

I am now reading the quantum mechanics textbook by Dirac (chap. 4, $\S21$, p. 88). He says that his quantization procedure does not include all possible systems in quantum mechanics and there are ...