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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Preservation of phase space volume: the extension from “small” times to generic times

Having a classical system whose evolution is described by \begin{equation} \dot{\phi_t}(x) = f(\phi_t (x))\\ \phi_0 (x) = x \end{equation} denoting with $\phi_t (x)$ the evolution for a time t of the ...
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Solving for position of a SO(3) rotating object, given the integrable functions for components of angular velocity along the principle axes

Assuming that you have approximated or solved the Euler's Equations for components of angular velocity along its principal axes of inertia $x$, $y$ and $z$ - i.e. in the coordinate system that is ...
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classical extrema to Lagrangian field equation

Local extrema to the classical Lagrangian field equation are minima and are termed instantons. In classical field theory we do not distinguish between global and local extrema of the action. Can we ...
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Proof of the nonintegrability of the Henon-Heiles problem?

The Henon-Heiles potential is $$ U(x,y ) = \frac{1}{2} (x^2 + y^2 + 2 x^2 y - \frac{2}{3} y^3) .$$ This is a two degree-of-freedom system. The full Hamiltonian is $$ H = p_x^2 + p_y^2 + U(x,y ) ...
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Average energy of a damped-forced harmonic oscillator during a period t

In my textbook, it's stated without proving the following identity for a classical damped-forced harmonic oscillator: $$ \bar{E}^t = \bar{T}^t + \bar{V}^t = 2 \bar{T}^t \, , $$ which states that ...
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Finding the configuration space and degrees of freedom of spherical pendulum

Suppose we have a spherical pendulum tethered to the origin in $\mathbb{R}^3$ where the length of the rod is a time varying function $l(t)$. What is the configuration space of this system, and how ...
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Making Pudding; A complicated non-equilibrium statistical process?

There are a lot of non-equilibrium processes examples given in physics literature. But some processes that are present in everyday life are not treated. As an example, the formation of pudding can be ...
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Bertrand's Theorem: Perturbative Methods Leading to $1/r^3$ Solution

My professor and I have been working on a proof of Bertrand's Theorem using perturbative methods. We have arrived at a solution yielding 1/r^3, which we had presumed to be an incorrect result. While ...
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Effective length factor of a polymer in solution

If one wants to calculate the force needed to buckle a polymer in solution with Euler buckling, what would the effective length factor be? The polymer is free to move and rotate in solution as it sees ...
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Normal coordinates for harmonic approximation (classical lattice vibration)

I am reading Jenő Sólyom's "Fundamentals of the Physcs of Solids" vol. 1. and i am very much stuck at this point (chapter 11.3.2 in the book): In the harmonic approximation the potential energy of a ...
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Fluid mechanics -Question about boundary?

Problem statement: A two-dimensional fluid stream of thickness $S$ and velocity $c$ (evenly distributed through the thickness of the stream) falls on a stationary plate and gets separated. Calculate ...
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Hamiltonian flow?

I was wondering what the Hamiltonian flow actually is? Here is my idea, I just wanted to know if I am correct about this. So let $(x(t),p(t))' = X_{H}(x(t),p(t))$ are the Hamilton's equations and ...
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Does the force of releasing the latch of a spring-latch contraption affects the force generated by the spring?

There is this contraption in my class, where a rod is attached to a latch and a spring. By pulling the latch back behind a piece of metal, the latch is secured, the rod if pulled back and the spring ...
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When to use Hamiltonian vs Lagrangian?

I currently studying the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms in classical mechanics, but something I'm not seeing is how do I know which one to use in a given problem? After I find the Lagrangian, ...
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Thermal de Broglie wave length

If we refer to this wiki page thermal de Broglie wave length, we can see there are two expressions. One is derived using equipartition theorem, which makes perfect sense. The other one used $\pi kT$ ...
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Motion in a vertical circle and forces in polar coordinates

Suppose a particle with mass $m$ is whirled at instantaneous speed $v$ on the end of a string of length $R$ in a vertical circle. Let $\theta$ be the angle the string makes with the horizontal. I know ...
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Is there a typology of different fundamental physical objects?

As I understand it (and of course, I may be wrong!).... In classical mechanics, all objects are basically the same in the sense that They are composed of atoms bunched together. These atoms occupy ...
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Non-dimensionalizing the “bead on a rotating hoop, with viscous damping” problem

This is not a homework question. Rather, this is an exercise I have taken up on myself. In particular, I am trying to find an algorithmic way to non-dimensionalize known equations, using the ...
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Rheological behavior of chocolate

If someone eats chocolate, the chocolate goes through the following configurations: $\chi_0:$ chocolate is solid and has a smooth Surface everywhere; the Riemann Tensor vanishes on every Point of the ...
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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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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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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Equilibrium Points in Lagrangian Mechanics

Suppose we have a one particle system with generalized coordinates $q_i$. In classical mechanics, the corresponding Lagrangian is $L = T - V$. Assume $V(q)$ is time-independent. What additional ...
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Pivotal door - how is the load distributed?

A pivotal door, where instead of the door hung or cantilevered from the hinges screwed to the frame, the door is hung using a top and bottom pivot. The bottom pivot assembly's the floor-spring is ...
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Interpretation of partition function and thermodynamic potential

So in the microcanonical ensemble the partition function $\Omega$ counts the number of microstates for a given $(NVE)$ configuaration and $S = k_B \ln (\Omega)$ is the entropy. The most likely state ...
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Reduced phase space density

I have a dimensional problem with the single particle phase space density The partition function in the microcanonical ensemble is of course dimensionless Thus $$ \rho ( q, p ) = ...
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Trying to model the acceleration of a system due to an impulse forcing function

My team and I are working on a design project to design/modify a device that can go on hikes for paraplegic/quadriplegic people. Here is the current design (not designed by us): We are thinking ...
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The classical hydrogen atom

Suppose we want to analyze a hydrogen atom using purely classical mechanics. This obviously is not exactly how things work - quantum mechanics plays a huge role and probability distributions are ...
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Modeling the creation of transverse waves

Suppose I hang one end of a jump rope against a wall and start waving the other end. I'm interested in knowing the behavior of the jump rope as it starts generating waves. In other words, how can I ...
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Example of materials with 21 independant coefficients in linear elasticity?

By definition of linear elasticity, the strain et stress tensors are related: \begin{equation} \boldsymbol{\sigma}=\mathbf{C}:\boldsymbol{\varepsilon} \end{equation} and because of minor and major ...
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Explanation of fringe pattern of thin film interference

Recently i went through calculations for finding the path difference between the first 2 reflected rays for a oil film with air on other 2 sides .But i could not understand how the fringes will be ...
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Functional relationship of pressure and position(1d)

so today I started doing my research on oscillations in a course on advanced mechanics. The experiment was to mathematically model the speed of sound in air and experimentally prove the usability of ...
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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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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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Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?

Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?
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How can one diagonalize the second variation of action?

Suppose we have action $S[q]$ and its stationary path $q_s$, I want to find the orthonormal paths $\psi_n$ that can diagonalize the second variation of the action $S[q]$. How to do that? Thanks
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Lagrangian Systems

Given a manifold $M$, Arnold's "Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics" defines a Lagrangian system as a pair $(M,L)$ where $L$ is some smooth function on the tangent bundle $TM$. The function ...
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Are there any hamiltonian systems without a periodic orbit?

Are there any hamiltonian systems without a periodic orbit? Can anyone give me an example? If such a system exists, does this fact have any implication on its quantum version?
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Is having full information about the resonances of a rigid body equivalent to having full information about its material parameters?

Lets say I have a mechanical system whose mechanical resonances (mode shape and frequency) I can measure with perfect accuracy. Is this theoretically equivalent to knowing the materials parameters, ...
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Is there quantitative theory of cutting with edge or blade

I wonder if there is some simple theory of what determine efficiency ( speed, energy end force required ) of cutting by edge ( blade , knife, sword ) At least something phenomenological like in ...
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Perceived weight in dumbbell vs. barbell

I had an observation today at the gym when I was lifting weights. Lifting a dumbbell of 10 kg on each hand was as difficult for me as lifting a barbell with 5 kg on either end. It's true that the bar ...
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Why and how will the string break?

While i was searching on the identity discussed earlier that is $$1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -\frac{1}{12}$$ I found a similar identity applied to physics concept. It started by arranging long ...
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If air was significantly compressed, and then the force compressing it suddenly disappeared (no container), what would happen?

Question: If air was significantly compressed, and then the force compressing it suddenly disappeared (no container), what would happen? Side Question: I'm imagining significantly compressed, but ...
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stopping, moving of mobile phone when vibrating

A mobile phone move aside when it vibrates. How is that happening ? and most importantly is it possible to make any changes to the vibration motor to stop moving when vibrating or any other methods to ...
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2d pool collision with rotational motion

I'm trying to calculate two 2d disks' collision with rotational motion. The collision is perfectly elastic: the sum of translational and rotational energy is conserved. In the instant of the collision ...
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Correct way to include constant external force in virial and pressure calculation

Halo, given a simulation cell with N particles where particles interact only with bond and pair potentials and periodic boundary conditions (minimum image convention) are used. On a subgroup of ...
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Impulse & Momentum

please could someone check this MIT video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkuo6nZ6nZM) at 26mins 31secs. He says that if you threw a tomato on a bathroom scale then you would get a certain force ...
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How to calculate the van der Waals force from the van der Walls equation?

Given the van der Waals equation $$\left(p+\frac{n^2a}{V^2}\right)\left(V-nb\right)=nRT$$ and the van der Waals constants $a$ and $b$, how can I find the van der Walls force between two atoms at ...
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Derivation of Scattering Equation 9.88 in Thornton & Marion

I am confused as to how a particular equation in Thornton & Marion's 'Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems' was derived. It is equation 9.88, on page 354 of the fifth edition. An incoming ...
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Buoyancy Correction for a Kater Pendulum

Question: Consider a Kater pendulum: that is, a rod with two cylindrical masses at both ends, with a knife edge between the two masses and another between one ...