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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What is the meaning of this definition of potential energy?

The isolated system of particles is being observed. In the coursebook, $\vec F_\mu$ is by definition the vector sum of forces of all other particles acting on $\mu$-th particle. Usually, potential ...
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Having trouble understanding spectral lines

In my notes I wrote that Rutherford's model of the atom could not explain spectral lines, because that is what my textbook says. I'm not really sure about the details of spectral lines though. I know ...
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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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Work and chemical energy “paradox”

This is a mistake I've seen many people make, a few physicists included, but I haven't ever seen a satisfactory explanation for what's going on. Apologies for the lengthy setup. Setup Suppose I ...
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Deriving lagrangian of a free particle - How do you arrive at Lagrangian independency conclusions

I guess this question has been asked before, but I'm looking at a slightly different aspect. I'm reading Landau's book on classical mechanics. In deriving the lagrangian for a free particle, I ...
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Why do particles of equal mass (with one at rest) undergoing elastic collisions scatter at only right angles?

This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...
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What is the significance of angular frequency $\omega$ with regards to wave functions?

What is the physical significance of $\omega$ in a function like $$ f(x) = Asin(kx + \omega t) $$ The only place that I am familiar with angular frequency is when dealing with circular motion, but ...
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Normal force, work and conservativity

I have searched very much on line, both in this site and elsewhere, but found no proof of whether the normal force is conservative or is not, in general. Clearly, if the force is orthogonal to the ...
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What is this equation $f^e = f^a - \nabla U$?

Recently in a mechanics class my prof scribbled down something looked like $$f^e = f^a - \nabla U.$$ Where he claimed $f^e$ is the external force on an object, $f^a$ is the applied force on the ...
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Particle disintegration (Landau & Lifshitz)

In the particle disintegration problem in the book by Landau and Lifshit(z), it is considered a particle with velocity $\vec{V}$ in the lab frame, which disintegrates into two particles with masses ...
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Boundary of classical and quantum world

So we know that for the really small world we have quantum mechanical behavior and for big things we have classical behavior. But what is the boundary that differentiates the two? If we make a thought ...
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There is some attempt to build a magnetic flywheel (reservoir of motion)

We know how flywheel works! There is some attempt to substitute the flywheel-friction mechanism for some magnetic torque ? Exist some mechanism that uses thermal cycle of gases for generate magnetic ...
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How to analyse this mass-spring system

I'm trying to analyze this mass-spring system -- i.e. write down the differential equation governing it. As you can see, there is a block of mass $m_1$ attached to a wall by an ideal spring of ...
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Can vertical SHM occur in a system of a mass between 2 springs between 2 vertical pillars? [closed]

The problem is detailed above. I have worked through problems involving SHM in the horizontal plane, but unsure how to go about it vertically. I know the weight component would need to be ...
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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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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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What's the physical interpretation of an arbitrary normal mode for masses and springs?

Consider the following system consisting of 3 masses and 4 springs : I have learned that this system posseses three normal modes, corresponding to its three natural frequencies, say ...
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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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Problem in Euler-Lagrange imply Newton

I'm self-studying Mechanics and I have a little problem: We can see that in Landau's book or in Wikipedia that when we inject the lagrangian in Euler Lagrange equation the term $\frac{\partial ...
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Ideal gas in ensemble

I want to calculate the phase space density for a single ideal gas particle in a microcanonical ensemble. I know that the partition function is given by the well-known expression that you find for ...
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A question regarding 3 bodies connected as a system

Let us consider three bodies of equal mass connected to each other with 2 ideal strings of length l. The three bodies are placed in a straight line In this arrangement there is 1 body connected to 2 ...
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belts and balls, correct size of holes

I'm working on a robot that has to transport a set of balls up at a 60 degrees angle. In order to do this I want to use a belt system with holes in it. Now my question is how big do these holes have ...
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How to take in to account torques applied at different points

Suppose we have a rigid body with known moment of inertia through some axis ($J$) and that there are multiple torques being applied in different points in that body. I know that for a rigid body, the ...
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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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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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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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Electrical force between two objects

I tried to solve the following problem: There are 2 objects . The object m1 with charge q and the object m2 with charge q.(same charge).The object m2 is connected with a rope to the ceiling. at the ...
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Does mass equal angular momentum?

At the wikipedia pages for angular momentum ($L$) and moment of inertia ($I$) we find the equations: $$L=I \omega$$ $$I=m r^2$$ where $m$ is mass and $r$ is the distance between said mass and ...
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An intuitive proof of Bertrand's theorem

Is there a way to see that Bertrand's theorem is true intuitively. I mean without getting into too much mathematics ?
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Find pressure of liquids without making contact with it

Is there any way to find the pressure of a liquid inside a closed container without making contact with it? You can make any assumptions, like transparent container or anything, only rule, the ...
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Inertia matrix of a rod rotating about an axis [closed]

I'll provide a picture for clearer understanding. The problem is to calculate the angular momentum of the rod rotating about the z-axis. I have serious difficulties in deriving the inertia matrix, ...
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Calculate integral of motion condition with Poisson brackets

Problem statement: The Hamiltonian of a system is given by the formula: \begin{equation*} H = \frac{p_r^2}{2m} + \frac{p_\theta^2}{2mr^2} + V(r,\theta). \end{equation*} Under what condition is ...
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Forces on a helical screw?

The common screws which we use, are right handed helices, the simplest parametric equations of which are:- $$x(s)=\cos(s),y(s)=\sin(s),z(s)=s$$, with $z$-axis as the axis of the helix. My question ...
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Friction forces and sliding slabs

I have 2 questions, one generalizing the other. Question 1: Suppose we have 2 slabs resting horizontally on a table. Assume there is friction between the 2 slabs as well as between the bottom slab ...
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Why is kinetic energy only “often $(1/2)mv^2$”?

I am reading the first few pages of Nakahara and refreshing my memory on physics I learned a while ago as a physics math undergrad. Nakahara defines a field $F$ to be conservative if it's the gradient ...
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Normal force of loop-the-loop at the side of the circle

In the loop-the-loop ride a car goes around a vertical, circular loop at a constant speed. The car has the mass of 230 kg and moves with the speed of 300 m/s. The loop-the-loop has a radius R=20 m. ...
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Two boxes that are connected pushed by force - what happens between two boxes?

So when two boxes are connected together, and force is applied, two boxes move with the same acceleration. (assuming force is constant.) My question is, how are forces between two boxes get cancelled ...
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A rock connected to one end of string in circular motion gets released.. and what happens?

I know this is a basic question, but question: A rock is connected to one end of string and is in circular motion with the center being the other end of the string. Now the string gets released at ...
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Equilibrium of Force Systems including Torque

please help me to solve this problem.. this is only the #3 on my homework and the only thing i didn't know here is how to calculate the tension T. please teach me how to solve the tension here ...
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Free body diagram of rod in sphere

I was finding the free body diagram part of dynamics quite easy until I found this question , Here's how it goes : A rod AB is placed inside a spherical shell, whose inside surface is rough. Draw ...
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Do we need infinite energy to make 2 similar charges touch only in theory?

By Coulomb's law, say if we have 2 point particles each having a charge of +1C then by the formula, F = k/(d)^2 if we need to make the distance between them zero, clearly y the formula, we need to ...
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What force does bathroom scale measure?

When you stand on a bathroom scale, I know that the force displayed is the normal force. Since it is the normal force, then technically the force displayed would actually be Fg= (mass)(acceleration) ...
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effect of atmospheric pressure on reading of a weighing scale

Let us consider a completely sealed weighing scale such that the air pressure above and below the pan of the scale are equal and is equal to 1 atm. pressure. The scale initially reads zero. Now if ...
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Energy of a cylinder rolling down a path

Problem statement: A cylinder rolls without slipping down a hill. It is released from height h. What is its speed when it come down? The cylinder mass may be completely concentrated on the radius R, ...
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if a simple pendulum is dropped in a elevator with a acceleration greater than acceleration due to gravity then what will be its frequency

if a simple pendulum is dropped in a elevator with a acceleration greater than acceleration due to gravity then what will be its frequency ? We know time period depends on frequency.
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Constant of gravity in earth fixed coordinate system

I have this problem: If the constant of gravity is measured to be $g_0$ in an earth fixed coordinate system, what is the difference $g-g_0$ where $g$ is the real constant of gravity as ...
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Stopping distance of two objects with equal Kinetic Energy

I'm working on a problem regarding two objects with the same kinetic energy. Two objects with masses of $m_1$ and $m_2$ have the same kinetic energy are both moving to the right. The same constant ...
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FWHM in resonance amplitude square derivation

Consider a linear harmonic oscillator subject to a periodic force: $$ \ddot x + 2 \beta \dot x + \omega _0 ^2x = f_0\cos \omega t$$ The solution tends to: $$A \cos (\omega t - \delta)$$ where: ...
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How do you tell what forces do no work?

The total mass of the children and the toboggan is 66 kg. The force the parent exerts is 58 N (18 degrees above the horizontal). What 3 forces/ components do no work on the toboggan? I said the ...