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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Newton's Third Law Exceptions?

Lately I've been brushing up on some of my old Physics texts from college. Most recently, I've been rereading parts of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems (5th ed.)" by Thornton and Marion. ...
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Why is the gravitational field potential scalar?

On page 48 of Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry he, before introducing "gravity as geometry", discusses the classical Newtonian equation: $F_{g}=-m_{g} \nabla \Phi$ This equation is very straight ...
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Lagrangian mechanics is different form Newtonian? [duplicate]

I am a post graduate student and had completed my classical Mechanics with Newtonian mechanics to Hamiltonian mechanics. I have better understanding of Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian. But I ...
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Difference between marginally stable and marginally bound orbits

I have some difficulty understanding what marginally stable and marginally bound orbits are. This is what I have understood: Stable orbits: Stable orbits occur when the 2nd derivative of effective ...
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Is it possible to cut harder material with a less hard material?

Is it possible to cut harder material with a less hard material - for example cut a steel rod with iron blade ?
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Showing the Hamiltonian of the $\alpha$ FPU is real

I am studying the $\alpha$ FPU chain which is a model of coupled oscillators with small non-linearity. For these systems, I derived the following Hamiltonian $H$ which is given by $$ H=\sum_{j=1}^{N} ...
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Motion on a frictionless vertical sinusoidal track

Today during lesson, my mechanics teacher provided a diagram of a "bowl" of the following shape: The top left and the top right have the same height, and the top right part is horizontal. He ...
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Is a motor HP torque directly proportional to the increasing HP among identical motors?

Say you have three motors: Motor 1 = .10 HP with x torque, performing task A Motor 2 = 1 HP with y torque, performing task A Motor 3 = 10 HP with z torque, performing task A If the motors are the ...
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Equation of motion for system of springs

I need to find the equations of motion for the following system. If $x_1$ is $m_1$'s extension and $x_2$ is $m_2$'s, then, I feel like for $m_1$ we just need to consider $x_1$ giving $$m_1 a_1 = ...
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Sympletic transformation and Hamiltonian function

Let's say that $x:=(p,q)$ is a trajectory in phase space and $$x'(t) = J \nabla H(x(t))$$ are Hamilton's equation of motion. Now I transform $F: M \rightarrow N, x \mapsto y(x)$ diffeomorphic to some ...
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Is angular frequency dependent on time in damped harmonic motion?

I have a doubt regarding the angular frequency of a harmonic oscillator when there is damping involved. The frequency of the oscillation changes with time in the case of damping, but I haven't seen ...
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If a body is floating in a static fluid, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the inmerse part of the object (proof)

Suppose an arbitrary body is floating in a static fluid, either totally or partially immersed in it, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the immersed fraction of the object. ...
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Initial conditions in classical mechanics

In classical mechanics, specifying the initial coordinates and velocities of all particles uniquely determines the system's future; we do not need to specify accelerations or higher derivatives. Can ...
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What forces are involved to enable a rock to skip in water?

Does the surface tension matter or is it something else that is providing the upward force? Can someone explain the phenomenon to me physically?
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Optimal size of a windmill for a given windspeed

Here is the problem: Assume that you have some constant wind speed. I want to run a windmill but I need to decide how big a windmill I want. The size is characterized by the length of the blades, $r$. ...
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Liouville's theorem and preservation of topology

What might be a simple proof showing that the time evolution of the phase space volume can't lead to splitting off of the phase space volume? By Liouville's theorem, the total phase space volume is ...
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Simplifying Friedmann's Equation

So we have one of Friedmann's equation: $$\rho_c = \frac{3H^2}{8\pi G}$$ Using This website, resources where gathered for specific times in the universe. The resources being the Hubble constant at ...
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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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Movement of a cylinder filled with water

Not long ago I was pretty bored at a dinner and I started playing with a water bottle that was not empty: I've been quite interested in its behavior when putted on its side and pushed: the bottle of ...
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Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
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Any good resources for Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics?

I'm taking a course on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics, and I would like to find a good book/resource with lots of practice questions and answers on either or both topics. So far at my university ...
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Blowing your own sail?

How it this possible? Even if the gif is fake, the Mythbusters did it and with a large sail it really moves forward. What is the explanation?
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Restricted three body problem

I have the restricted three body problem, which corresponds, to the equation $ \ddot a-2\dot b -a= \displaystyle\frac{\partial U}{\partial a} $ $ \ddot b +2 \dot a-b = \displaystyle\frac{\partial ...
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Does the variation of the Lagrangian satisfy the product rule and chain rule of the derivative?

I have seen wikipedia use the product rule and maybe the chain rule for the variation of the Langragin as follows: \begin{align} \dfrac{\delta [f(g(x,\dot{x}))h(x,\dot{x})] } {\delta x} = \left( ...
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Confusion regarding a method of writing constraint equations

I came across a method for writing the constraint equations known as "The Virtual Work Method".I am quoting the exact language of the text(well,not exactly the exact)- Consider the atwood machine ...
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Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?

Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?
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Why do we exclude the $(i,i)$ case when summing over internal forces?

In the majority of the literature and lectures I see when a system of particles is involved, I usually see the following expression (or similar) for the total force on particle $i$: $$\vec{F}_i = ...
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How a fan moves air? [duplicate]

How does a fan moves air towards you (I mean in 1 direction). Also propeller and fan have different shapes, does it mean they work different?
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Why can't angular momentum be used in flying vehicles?

If angular momentum (L) works like this animation from Wikipedia leads me to believe, why can't we put a large flywheel or several small ones on a chassis, all rotating counter-clockwise around ...
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Can a harmonic drive reducer/strain wave gear be used to gear up instead of down? [closed]

I wish to be able to gear up from a rotating bicycle hub with a revolutions per minute range of 150 to 850 to a ratio of 200:1. Can I do this by simply reversing the direction of a harmonic drive ...
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How to reconcile these two approximations?

I'm working on what should be a simple problem (Taylor Classical Mechanics problem 6.23.), but I'm having a tough time reconciling the many ways it can be tackled. An aircraft whose speed is $v_0$ ...
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Calculating coefficient of friction

Consider a body attached to a horizontal spring and resting on a surface, inclined at an angle $\theta$ from the ground. The spring constant is $k$. Initially the spring was kept in its ...
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Example of Hamilton's Principle to Systems with Constraints (Goldstein)

I'm currently studying Goldstein's Classical Mechanics book and I can't get my head around his reasoning in section 2.4. (Extending Hamilton's principle to systems with constraints). I'd like to ...
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How is force exerted on a wall equal to derivative of hamiltonian with respect to wall position?

I'm trying to understand a solution of a problem in Landau, Lifshitz "Quantum mechanis. Non-relativistic theory" in $\S22$ "The potential well": Determine the pressure exerted on the walls of a ...
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Does the superposition principle affect the space of quantum states?

I am confused about the set of quantum states. I have seen it written that in classical physics, the set of all states is a simplex. (I think this refers to the probability simplex.) In quantum ...
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Integrals of Motion for s Degrees of Freedom

From Landau & Lifshitz, Classical Mechanics, the number of integrals of independent integrals of motion for a system of $s$ degrees of freedom is $2s-1$. I am considering a spherical pendulum in ...
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What are washers for? [closed]

When you attach a bolt to something using a nut, it is clear what the roles of the nut and bold are. The more you tighten the bolt the more secure your fastening. However, you are often also told ...
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Does one really need classical physics in order to understand quantum physics? [closed]

I want to start studying quantum mechanics, and then move to quantum field theory. I have a strong mathematical background, and I think this aspect of quantum physics won't be a problem to me. Though, ...
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Perfectly vertical spinning top [duplicate]

Consider a non-spinning top. If a top is perfectly vertical, and the interface between its base and the ground is perfectly flat, it should stay in (unstable) equilibrium. I.e. it does fall. What ...
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A pendulum's rope swings and strikes a peg [closed]

So I have this problem, as far as I can tell I solved it correctly, and it's not equal to any of my answer choices. The problem is: A rope of length $L$ is attached at one end to a ceiling and at ...
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What is the percentage of energy recovery in Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems(KERS) in cars?

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) use flywheels to recover energy from the kinetic motion of cars. They use a rotating flywheel that generates energy as it rotates- this generates the electric ...
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The natural metric of a phase space and the Lyapunov exponent

For me, it seems that there is no apparent metric on a phase space of a dynamical system. Of course one can naively define an Euclidean metric on it, but it seems that this metric has not much to do ...
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Virtual Work: How is the applied force related to the coordinates chosen?

I have a question after reading a section from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics. The question deals with equation 1.43 in the text (given below): $$ \tag{1.43} \sum\limits_{i} {\bf F}_i^{(a)}\cdot ...
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If it takes less than a year to accelerate to the speed of light at 1g why will it take the Voyager 10,000 years to reach Alpha Centauri?

Today I was doing my physics homework and there was a problem involving a space ship falling at 9.8 m/(s^2) to simulate gravity, and it asked how long would it take for the ship to reach to speed of ...
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Difference between Hamiltonian in classical Mechanics and in quantum Mechanics

I have a question about difference between Hamiltonian function (the description of system in classical physics) and the Hamiltonian operator (quantum mechanics). I think that there two different ...
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Hoop rolling inside a circular hole

A hoop of radius $b$ and mass $m$ rolls without slipping within a stationary circular hole of radius $a > b$ and is subject to gravity. Use the generalized coordinates the rotation angle $\phi$ of ...
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Geometric mechanics - Symplecticity

I am just trying to wade through literature on classical mechanics and I really don't know where to start, everything is Fibre bundle this or manifold that, and doesn't really ease you in to the ...
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Can we explicitly solve the Hamilton–Jacobi equation for a particle in a uniform magnetic field?

HJE for nonrelativistic charged particle in an electromagnetic field is $$\frac{1}{2m}\left(\nabla S - q\mathbf{A}\right)^2 + q\phi + \frac{\partial S}{\partial t} = 0.$$ For a uniform magnetic ...
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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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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 ...