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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A question on Lagrangian dynamics an the velocity phase space

I've struggled in the past with understanding why we can treat position and velocity as independent variables in the Lagrangian, but I think I may have finally become a bit more enlightened on the ...
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Quantum chaos vs classical chaos

There is this popular conjecture from Bohigas, which says: When the analogeous classical system of a quantum system shows chaotic behaviour then the spacing distribution of the quantum system ...
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What is the criterion for a change to be adiabatic?

I'm trying to understand whether the change of a parameter $\lambda$ of a Hamiltonian $H$ is adiabatic. Reading Landau and Lifshitz "Mechanics", I see ... let us suppose that $\lambda$ varies ...
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Jumping vs pulling my hair upwards

Why can't I jump or fly if I pull my hair upwards, while I can jump using my legs? The way I see it, when jumping someone lifts its body using the muscles in the legs (while the feet are standing ...
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When can phase trajectories cross?

It's said in elementary classical mechanics texts that the phase trajectories of an isolated system can't cross. But clearly they can, for example for the pendulum, the trajectories look like this: ...
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How do I transform onto a relativistic rotating frame of reference?

In classical mechanics, the usual formula to translate the evolution of a quantity as seen from an inertial frame of reference to a rotational frame is: $$\frac{d \textbf{A} }{dt} \vert_{Inertial} = ...
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Pressure in Harmonic Oscillation

Classical Harmonic oscillator's energy depends on temperature as it equals $k_B$$T/2$. However, quantum harmonic oscillator energy is $(n+1/2)hf$. So, when T=0, quantum predicts motion. I have been ...
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Natural Frequency of an object and the phenomenon of resonance!

I have read about the term natural frequency in quite a lot of places. But I haven't found an explanation as to what is vibrating. It was pretty awkward when I couldn't clearly answer my little sister ...
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Falling charged objects: energy conservation paradox?

Imagine that we start with two oppositely charged objects on the ground, separated by a distance $d$, with charges $+q$, $-q$ and masses $m$. We raise them both up to a height $h$. In doing so we ...
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Locally accessible dimensions of configuration space

I am reading a book called "Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics" by MIT Press.While discussing configuration space and degrees of freedom,the authors remark the following: Strictly ...
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Why does the Stern–Gerlach quantum spin experiment conflict with classical mechanics?

My understanding of the Stern–Gerlach experiment is that neutral (0 total charge) particles are sent through a non-homogeneous magnetic field, with the expectation that the field will push that ...
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Magnetic Field and Flow of Vector Potential

I am sorry, when my question is not really concrete, but here we go. Consider the Hamiltonian function $$H(x, \xi) = \frac{1}{2m}\bigl|\xi - eA(x)\bigr|^2$$ corresponding to a charged particle in a ...
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Classical Limit of the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

The classical harmonic oscillator obeys an arcsine law in that the distribution of positions of the particle over a single time cycle is proportional to $\frac{1}{\sqrt{A^2-x^2}}$, $A$ being the ...
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Lagrangian mechanics and initial conditions vs boundary conditions

It bothers me that many basic books on the classical mechanics don't discuss the following difference between "Newton's laws" and the "Principle of stationary action". Newton's laws can predict the ...
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On the isotropy of materials

Good morning. I am working on Honeycomb structures and first of all I would like to understand whether it is Isotropic or not, and , if the latter holds which kind of anisotropy it has. How to do it? ...
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Is Liouville's theorem valid for dimensionally restricted systems?

Liouville's theorem states that the phase space volume of a system is conserved over time. Intuitively, this seems to imply that if a system is at some time constrained to, say, a curve in phase ...
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Does sound have a “louder” direction?

I have a question about the propagation of sound waves. We have two TV's in our house that are almost right on top of each other. One is located on the first floor and the other one is located on ...
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Strain energy density in index notation

The strain energy density is defined as $$dU = \int_0^{\epsilon_{ij}} \sigma_{ij} d \epsilon_{ij}$$ (see Reddy "Energy Principles and Variational Methods in Applied Mechanics", 2nd Ed, 4.11). Assuming ...
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Calculating the flex of a solid bar under force

I want to calculate how much a solid bar will flex when force is applied to it. The set up looks like this: The rod (in green) rests on two stationary points, and the force is applied in the center ...
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How was the formula for kinetic energy found, and who found it?

My questions mostly concern the history of physics. Who found the formula for kinetic energy $E_k =\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}$ and how was this formula actually discovered? I've recently watched Leonard ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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How do I calculate the speed of the air particles flowing out of a balloon? [duplicate]

I am trying to find out what kind of force would a leakage in a balloon cause. What i used is F = (mass flow)speed = (air density)(surface of leakage hole)*speed. I don't know how I could calculate ...
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Equation for Terminal Velocity on an inclined plane and the time it takes to reach it

Now I'm doing a research on the matter similar to this thread : Terminal Velocity of identical shape/size objects which is very self explanatory and very helpful. However in my case, the objects will ...
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What relative masses are required for them to collide n times in this scenario?

Consider two masses, m and M, where M>m. They begin at rest on an infinite frictionless surface that is flat in one direction and sloped in the other direction. Mass m is placed a little bit up the ...
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Springs at an angle [closed]

I'm trying to find the equation of motion for the following system: This is how I proceeded: Let's call the length of the hypotenuse $s$. Then, $$F = 2 \sin{\theta}\cdot-k(s - l_o) = -2kx ...
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Acceleration in a system equal for every body — why?

A 1 kg cart can slide frictionlessly on the table. The black weights each weigh 1 kg. The pulleys are frictionless. The task is to determine the acceleration of the cart. For the left-most ...
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Fluids in a U-shaped Tube

One of the users asked a question about the Fluids in U-shaped Tube. I was wondering and I tried to imagine that the membrane is fixed and the left side is filled up until $h_1=h_2$. So my question is ...
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What is the equation of motion for a driven spring?

A spring of length $l$ and spring constant $k$ is suspended vertically with an object with mass $m$ attached at the bottom. If you take the top of the spring and oscillate it such that its ...
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Parametric impulse on driven, damped oscillator

I've been thinking about driven harmonic oscillators recently. I know how to calculate their response to a sinusoidal drive, and their response to an impulse or more generally an arbitrary drive via ...
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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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Trouble with Landau & Lifshitz

Hello I have a quick question on what I have been reading in Landau & Lifshitz's book on classical mechanics. I am in the very beginning of the book and I am having trouble with his derivation on ...
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Shouldn't motion be represented as a Taylor series rather than a finite sum of functions or a polynomial? [closed]

Since the change in velocity of an object at rest prior to time $t_{0}$ implies a change in acceleration — that is, let's postulate, $ \mathbb{P} $, the object would have remained still, so there was ...
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How is the special theory of relativity observed for these types of clocks?

I'm trying to understand Special Theory of Relativity through reading Feynman's lectures. In chapter 15 Feynman gives example of clock: rod of 1m length with mirrors at the ends. Light goes from ...
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Is it possible to determine the outcome of any impact knowing only the ratio of masses? [duplicate]

In elastic collisions in 2-D if two balls $A$, $B$ ($m_A = m_B$, $R = 1$) have equal mass we can determine in advance the outcome of the collision. If cue-ball $A$ impacts object-ball $B$ (at rest) ...
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Classical car collision

I have a very confusing discussion with a friend of mine. 2 cars ($car_a$ and $car_b$) of the same mass $m$ are on a collision course. Both cars travel at $50_\frac{km}{h}$ towards each other. They ...
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Symplectic geometry in thermodynamics

There seems to be analogues between Hamiltonian dynamics and thermodynamics given the Legendre transforms between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions and all of Maxwell's relations. Poincarè tried to ...
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Integrability of the many body problem

In classical canonical perturbation theory of many degrees of freedom we encounter the problem of small divisors when attempting to find a solution for the generating function of the canonical ...
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What determines the bounce time of an elastic ball?

Consider an elastic ball is bounced off a hard flat surface. I would like to reconcile two different answers to the question "how does the contact time between the ball and surface depend on the speed ...
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When will be a suspended (not at the center of the mass) symmetric rotating gyroscope in stable or instable position?

The original question is what is in the title. I'm not sure about the answer so here is my solution, please correct me If I am wrong: It is known for a gyroscope what is in a homogenous gravity field ...
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Conservation of probability in phase space flow

In J.Binney's notes on classical mechanics, under the section 'Liouville's theorem', he states that (paraphrasing): the conservation of probability requires that $\frac{df}{dt} = 0.$ where $f$ ...
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Why does this ball have potential energy at its lowest point?

A ball of radius $r_0$ starts from rest at point $A$ on the inside of a track of radius $R_0$. The question is what will its speed be when it reaches the lowest point of the track, point $B$, ...
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Rolling without slipping and friction

When a ball rolling without slipping along an inclined plane reaches the bottom, it has a linear velocity $v$ and angular velocity $\omega\ =v/r$ at the bottom. Then it continues its motion on the ...
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What are the necessary/sufficient conditions for a system to be Hamiltonian/non-Hamiltonian?

I searched for a definition of Hamiltonian system on Huang and Tuckerman text but have not found anything precise. So intuitively I suppose: Hamiltonian system= a system which admits a complete ...
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Momentum and Kinetic Energy Conservation in Inelastic Collision

Let a ball fall freely to the ground, hit and bounce back. Assume mass of the ball does not change during this. Since momentum is conserved in all collisions, $p_i = p_f$ In this example, the system ...
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Prerequisites for classical mechanics by Susskind

So I am an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering. We had a course on Physics in our freshman year which is equivalent to Classical Mechanics I as taught in MIT. I am interested in studying advanced ...
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How does temperature in a solid sphere change with time when moving through a gas?

I'm interested in the following problem: There is a solid sphere with radius $r$ and mass $m$ at temperature $T_{s0}$. It is moving at velocity $v_s$ through a gas of temperature $T_g$. How does 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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Elementary questions about where energy is stored in solids

I have the following question, I have no relation to the study of Physics in any way, but the question has been teasing me for some time. Please accept my poor physical terminology. Here we go... ...
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Find angular velocity of motor

I'm quite bad at this, but I'm trying to change that and I need some assistance. Please bare with me while I attempt to explain what I'm trying to figure out and correct me where I'm wrong. Basically ...
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Is temperature affected by gravitational potential?

Ok, I feel a bit silly asking this. I'm asking in relation to this question here on the molecular basis of hydrostatic pressure in a gas. There's been quite a bit of discussion and one of the ...