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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Relationship between zero modes and symmetry in a simple system of coupled springs

This Wikipedia page states that "zero modes appear whenever a physical system possesses a certain symmetry," and gives the example of a ring of beads connected by springs having a zero mode associated ...
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Reason behind $L = T - V$ (Lagrangian formalism) [duplicate]

I've been learning about the Lagrangian formulation recently, and while I'm with the process, I am still struggling somewhat with the theory behind it. As I (rather poorly) understand it, the ...
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When does a Trebuchet Shoot Its Projectile?

Consider the following sling trebuchet: While researching I found that what controls the release angle of the projectile is the angle between the 'finger' and the extension of the beam $r_b$, as ...
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Lagrangian in a system with a specific velocity dependent potential

I have a system of a particle moving under the generalized central potential $$ V= \frac{1}{r}(1+\dot{r}^2) \tag{1} $$ The general Euler-Lagrange equations for such type of potentials are: $$ \frac{...
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How does a lever magnify force? [duplicate]

I understand that energy is conserved when a force is applied to the end of a lever and magnified closer to the pivot point. However, I would like to know how it is the force is transferred and ...
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Homework exercise: a ball hits a rigid bar [closed]

I need a hand with the following exercise: A rigid bar of mass $M$ and length $L$ is hanging vertically from it's upper side, from which it can rotate freely. A particle of mass $m$ hits the ...
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Elastic Deformation coupled to simple oscillator

I have a system which I'm attempting to model as a spherical mass on a spring (cantilever) from above, and a somewhat elastic surface below. Are there any resources on how to model the resulting ...
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Rotating Frames of Reference: Doubt while deriving the velocity

I am following an online Chapter on Coriolis force, where the author develops the equations for a rotating frame of reference. The Figure and most of the notation used in the derivation can be ...
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Stability of the classical helium atom

Let us forget about quantum mechanics and confine ourselves to classical mechanics. The Hamiltonian for a classical helium atom would be $$ H = \frac{p_1^2 + p_2^2}{2m } - \frac{Z}{r_1} - \frac{Z}{...
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Solving 9 variable Normal Reaction equations of Sudoku board [closed]

We have a rigid Square board of negligible mass, which has been divided into a grid of 9 small squares(like a Sudoku Board), at centre of each square a point mass is attached. The gravity on the board ...
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Difference between naive and Coriolis-force calculation

Consider the classical problem of dropping a coin from a tower at the equator of a planet without atmosphere and with spin $\Omega$: where in relation to a plumb-line will the coin land? When doing ...
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Mathematical Formulation of Classical Spacetime

I have seen two formulations of Classical Mechanics: Newtonian spacetime (learned it from the lectures of Professor Frederic P. Schuller): Definition: A Newtonian spacetime is a quintuple $(M, \...
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Tractrix - velocity pointing to pulling point

It is said the tractrix is the curve described by a mass being pulled by a string, where the end of the string being pulled moves with constant speed, and the mass suffers a friction force. What is ...
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Validity of the Lyapunov exponent approximation

I was trying to get the Lyapunov exponent for some dynamical nonlinear systems and found that it is not true (as I had expected) that the distance between two trajectories with slightly different ...
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Why does time-independent Hamiltonian not depend on angle variable?

In Landau and Lifshitz Mechanics, $\S50$ Canonical variables a time-independent Hamiltonian is considered, and a canonical transformation is done such that adiabatic invariant $I$ becomes the new ...
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Classical dynamics of a matrix

For a system of interacting particles, we can formulate Hamiltonian dynamics in terms of a vector of position coordinates $q$ and a vector of momentum coordinates $p$. Then the Hamiltonian takes the ...
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Springs, elastic potential energy, kinetic energy

If a ball with some kinetic energy collides with a spring, the ball doesn't lose its kinetic energy in an instant, right? it loses kinetic energy as the spring gains potential elastic energy. Right? ...
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The geometrical-locus result of collision and fall

A classical momentum-conservation experiment follows about this way: On a table there is a sloped track and a ball is rolled down. At the bottom of the track, a second ball is at rest. The balls ...
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How do I find the linear components of acceleration in a pendulum?

I have managed to derive the equation of motion of a simple pendulum under the influence of gravity using the Lagrangian, but since that only tells me what the angular acceleration is, I now want to ...
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Why is angular acceleration of a pendulum always negative?

I was trying to derive using the Lagrangian the equations of motion of a simple pendulum under the influence of gravity. Eventually, I was brought to this conclusion: $$\alpha = -(g\sinθ)/l$$ where $\...
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Momentum of transverse waves on a string

In general, if a wave carries energy density $u$ with velocity $v$, it also carries momentum density $u/v$. I've seen this explicitly shown for electromagnetic waves and (longitudinal) sound waves. ...
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Why can't you ride a bike with a fixed handlebar?

I tried one time, as part of an experiment, to ride a bike with a fixed handle bar. Impossible. So, in any case, our movements made with the handlebar helps us in not falling down. I can feel kinda ...
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Why surface tension behaves so differently?

When a needle (or any other object) floats on water, its acting upwards balancing the gravity. But when an object (or may be a needle suspended in water) submerged in water, it acts downwards. ...
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Piezoelectric slab (cantilever) with voltage

I am studying this specific piezoelectric slab with voltage applied The piezoelectric equation is $$ \left[ \begin{array}{c} \sigma_{1}\\ \sigma_{2}\\ \sigma_{3}\\ \sigma_{4}\\ \sigma_{5}\\ \sigma_{...
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How does string tension influence the harmonic spectrum?

Hey there fellow physicists & musicians! I have a question both physics and music related. How does the string tension affect the sound spectrum? More precisely, how do the respective ...
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Velocity from the cumulative distribution function of the Boltzmann distribution

I want to get a Boltzmann distribution of the $v_x$, $v_y$ and $v_z$ velocity components (please, notice that the distribution is one-dimensional). To do so, I need the cumulative distribution ...
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Galilean invariance and the Lagrangian

My textbook says that in a time invariant space with translational and rotational symmetry the Lagrangian only depends on the magnitude of the velocity. The galilean invariance says that a Lagrangian ...
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Which condition is stronger - ergodicity or mixing?

Reading a statistical physics book, I've encountered the following assertion (without further explanations): [..] the presence of dynamical instability makes the trajectory of a system much more ...
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Rotation matrix for aligning x-axis in an arbitrary direction

I want to align the x-axis of my coordinate system, with an arbitrary direction in space $\hat{n}$. About which axis should I rotate? Ceratinty rotation about x-axis or $\hat{n}$-axis will not serve ...
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Force and energy relation: in case of time dependent force

The equivalent problems are also found in Marion problem 7-22, and other formal classical mechanics textbook. Here what i want to know why instructor solution and some websites gives this kinds of ...
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Finding the Mass of a Precessing Top

Consider a symmetric, non-nutating precessing top with one point fixed (the tip if you will). It's symmetry axis is at an angle $\theta$ to the vertical and it steadily precesses at some angular ...
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Why does the 'Jacobian of at least one combination of $n$ functions shall be different from zero'?

I've started reading The Variational Principles of Mechanics by Cornelius Lanczos; here is the concerned excerpt from p. 11: The generalized coordinates $q_1,q_2,\ldots, q_n$ may or may not have a ...
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Average acceleration: why I am getting different results?

Let's consider a simple school problem. A car starts moving during 3 seconds with a constant acceleration of 1 m/s^2. Then it stops accelerating and moves 3 seconds more with a constant speed. Find ...
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A pendulum attached to a spring and all the system is rotating with angular velocity

Find the all the constraints and a set of generalized coordinates A pendulum attached to a spring and all the system is rotating with angular velocity $\omega$. this is what I have done, I do not ...
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Physical Interpretation of the Graph of the Legendre Transform?

See Making Sense of the Legendre Transform and Legendre Transforms for Dummies. Look at the following diagram from the first link: I was trying to think of the simplest example to interpret this ...
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What happens to gravitational potential when the mass disappears?

This is from a section of my website. Please tell me where it is wrong. Consider two stationary gaseous planets, both made entirely of deutrium. As the two planets are moved closer to each other ...
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Lagrangian Equations of Motion, Conservative Forces

I'm new to this topic so please bear with me. Here on wikipedia we have the Lagrangian equations of motion: $$ \frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial \dot{q}}\right) - \frac{\partial T}{\...
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How to prove that the potential of a conservative central force depends only on the magnitude of the distance & not on the direction of the vector?

If a conservative central force acts on a body then its potential only depends on the magnitude of the distance between two bodies (does not depend on direction of vector). Is there any proof of it ...
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Problem books for concept building in applications of Riemannian and other geometries to mechanics

As a student of physics I have learned solving Euler equations for rigid bodies by solving examples and exercises in self-contained books rather than understanding the proofs of Euler equations (I ...
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Are time-$t$ maps of a Hamiltonian system with 1 degree of freedom typically twist?

If we take a typical Hamiltonian system $H(q,p)$ with one degree of freedom, and look at its time-$1$ map $(q(0),p(0)) \mapsto (q(t),p(t))$, will it generically satisfy the twist property, e.g. $\...
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How to properly use Perturbation Theory in classical systems?

Context: If we consider a particle in upwards motion near the Earth's surface and acted by a quadratic drag we get the non-linear eom: $$\frac{dv}{dt}=-g-\frac{b}{m}v^2.$$ We can solve it ...
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Is there any general theorem which specifies conditions where the critical solution of an action is unique (for given boundary conditions)? [duplicate]

Consider a classical mechanical system with generalized coordinates $q_i$, $i \in \{1,\dots\,n\}$. And Lagrangian $L$. Given a path $\gamma$ (with coordinates $\gamma_i$) and two times $t_1$ and $t_2$ ...
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Why does a system try to minimize its total energy?

Why does a system like to minimize its total energy? For example, the total energy of a $H_2$ molecule is smaller than the that of two two isolated hydrogen atoms and that is why two $H$ atoms tries ...
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Photon transmission

I want to know exactly how light travels. Are each photon in a light beam traveling in a cosine function? I'm confused because only when it goes through polarization that it starts to show this type ...
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Difference between inviscid and viscous flow

In my lecture notes, I have a load of examples and I want to sort out which egs are viscous flow and which are inviscid flow. It is not always said if the flow is viscous or inviscid. Please can ...
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Viscous fluid boundary condition

Consider an incompressible viscous fluid of kinematic viscosity $ν$ , dynamic viscosity $µ$ and density $ρ$ . A viscous boundary layer is located over a solid surface at $y = 0$ and $x > 0$. The flow ...
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Are one photon at-a-time experiments regarded as the Quantum versions of Classical experiments? [closed]

Is it a correct distinction to regard classical experiments conducted one photon at-a-time as the quantum version of the experiments? For instance, if we take Young's original double-slit, and convert ...
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Finding boundary condition of stationary solid body

A fluid flows past a stationary solid body of arbitrary shape. Write down the boundary condition on the fluid velocity $\textbf u$ for an inviscid fluid and for a viscous fluid, at the solid surface. We ...
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change of energy in changing frame of reference

Let's imagine a car that can jump onto, or off a moving train. The train moves at 10m/s. The car, on a road next to the train, accelerates to the same 10m/s, jumps off a ramp and lands on the train, ...
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how are the infinitesimal generators of translation related to the lagrangian?

In studying analytical mechanics (or it's quantum analog), one will come across statements such as: $$f(x^{i}+\delta x^{i})=f(x^{i})+\delta f(x^{i})=f(x^{i})+\frac{\partial f(x^{i})}{\delta x^{i}}\...