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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Do symmetries increase the number of conserved quantities? [closed]

Let us consider a classical mechanical system of N particles in a constant external field. We have 3N coordinates and 3N velocities, so totally 6N unknown variables. We have 6N ordinary differential ...
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How to determine velocity and mass of asteroid 2011 CQ1

As you may have seen, a small asteroid had a near miss with the earth a few days ago. As a physics teacher teaching momentum, I think this could be an excellent problem for my students, however, I ...
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Why is the Hamilton-Jacobi equation important? [on hold]

Someone may say it is related to the Schrodinger equation. Okay, let us forget about quantum mechanics. So, if we confine ourself to classical mechanics, why is the Hamilton-Jacobi equation important ...
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Do all black holes spin in the same direction?

My question is as stated above, do all black holes spin the same direction? To my knowledge, the spin in the direction of the spin of the matter that created them. Another similar question was asked ...
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Why is it easier to go uphill on a lower gear?

In cars as well as bicycles, when we are on a lower gear, the driving wheel (the one on the wheels) has a bigger radius compared to when on a higher gear. So on a lower gear the bike/car would move ...
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Physics of the inverted bottle dispenser

When you invert a water-bottle in a container, the water rises and then stops at a particular level --- as soon as it touches the hole of the inverted bottle. This will happen no matter how long ...
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Explanation of homogeneity of space and time by giving examples?

while reading landau lifshitz i came across these three terms:- homogeneity of space. homogeneity of time. isotropy of time. it will be a great help for me if someone can explain it to me by ...
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do the planes of electron orbits make an angle?

if we think as the electrons around the atoms classically, then as the two electrons in the first shell (1s) go around the nucleus; do the planes of orbit make an angle with each other (as an average) ...
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Taking time derivative of two dependant variables

I'm not entirely sure if this is correct. I have to take the time derivative of the following: $$\frac{d}{dt}mr^{2}\dot{\phi}$$ Now, both $r$ and $\dot{\phi}$ depends on the time $t$, so I have to ...
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Do we know how matter moves matter?

I was surprised when reading an apologetics book recently that attempted a rebuttal of the claim that "An immaterial mind cannot interact with the physical order." Here was the response: How could ...
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Transmission of energy in medium and wave nature (periodicity)? [closed]

Is there any example of a transmission of energy in a medium that does not show wave nature?
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4th equation of motion

Ive been given the 4 equations of motions The fourth being: $$s=ut+\frac{1}{2}at^2$$ If rearranged it forms the quadratic equation $$at^2+2ut-2s=0$$ But that means that t has 2 values. Will ...
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When does the angular momentum point in a different direction from the angular velocity?

I read this somewhere: $$\mathbf{L} = \tilde{\mathbf{I}}\mathbf{\omega}$$ In general, the angular momentum vector, $\mathbf{L}$, obtained from Equation above, points in a different direction to the ...
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What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? [closed]

Given a central field $U(r)$ satisfies $U(r) \rightarrow -\infty$ when $r \rightarrow 0$, then What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? Can you help me analysis this question in ...
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How much torque does it take to turn a doorknob? [closed]

How much torque does it take to turn a doorknob? I'm not looking for an exact answer, just a ballpark for someone who doesn't have a sense of everyday amounts of torque. Here's a very ordinary ...
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Whats wrong with this perpetual machine?

Consider a cube of mass M resting on a rough surface such that the coefficient of friction between the cube and the surface is K. So in order to just slide the cube I need to apply a minimum force of ...
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what energies do the wheels of a moving car posses?

I saw this question in a test. I would have answered kinectic energy due to rotation and translation. It that correct. Else what is the answer? Oh no, i forgot to mention it was objective type ...
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Convert running speed uphill to equivilent speed on flat

Given a certain running pace uphill, I want to be able to determine an equivalent pace running with no elevation change. Assumptions: similar effort in both cases (say for example running at 90% max ...
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Why does Lagrangian of free particle depend on the square of the velocity ?

Why does Lagrangian of free particle depend on the square of the velocity ? For example, $L(v^4)$ also doesn't depend on direction of $v$.
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How to determine an exponential acceleration curve?

I've always been not so bad in mathematics, but I'm terribly bad at physics. For me, abstract concept are totally understandable, but when it come to reality, I'm lost ! So, for my job, I need to ...
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How fast will the projectile go the second time?

Say I have a linear motor [aka rail-gun] and use a x amount of electrical power. I fire the gun and the object exits at velocity v. I then reuse the same object as my projectile and fire the ...
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D'Alembert's Principle and the term containing the reversed effective force

For our Classical Mechanics class, I'm reading Chapter 1 of Goldstein, et al. Now I come across Eq. (1.50). To put it in context: $$\begin{align*} \sum_i{\dot{\mathbf{p}_i} \cdot ...
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How could pinion in automatic quartz watch be rotated at 100K RPM?

Wikipedia article on automatic quartz watch describes the watch mechanism as follows: a rotating pendulum is attached to a pinion and when the wearer moves his hand the pinion is rotated at up to 100 ...
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In a 2D problem with a thrown object, why is the acceleration along the x-axis equal to 0?

I'm starting Physics, and I don't understand why the acceleration along the x-axis is zero for an object thrown near the surface of the Earth. This may be problem specific, but I wouldn't know since I ...
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Independent Variables of a Lagrangian

Let us consider a particle in one spatial dimension $x$ and one temporal dimension $t$. Its Lagrangian $L$ is given by \begin{eqnarray*} L &=& T- V \\ &=& \frac{1}{2} m\dot{x}^2 - ...
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How is electric dipole moment analogous to mechanical moment?

Diplole moment is q*2l. I don't understand the similarity between dipole moment and ordinary mecanical moment.
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Lagrangian for free particle in special relativity

From definition of Lagrangian: $L = T - U$. As I understand for free particle ($U = 0$) one should write $L = T$. In special relativity we want Lorentz-invariant action thus we define free-particle ...
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Pendulum point in polar coordinates for Lagrangian

So I'm really stumped with this. I have a particle in a cone, like pictured. The particle orbits the z axis on the dotted line for $r$. So knowing that $\alpha$ and $r$ remain constant in this ...
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Given an initial push, is work done on an object infinite in a hypothetical empty universe?

Consider a hypothetical empty universe containing a single object. Given an initial push, will the work done by the forever moving object be infinite?
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Question about resolving forces

Say, in the example below, the weight $mg$ of the object is $800N$. To find $R$, the conventional method is to use $R\sin(28^\circ) = 800$. But why isn't it possible to use instead the component of ...
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Query into the cumulative velocity of mounted platforms

Consider throwing a stone at an object from rest, it travels at Vms-1. Now throw that stone whilst running at Ums-1. It seems in the latter scenario the total speed of stone is V + U. Now imagine ...
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Kinetic energy and temperature

I've randomly been thinking about smoothies and internal energy all weekend. If we have an assortment of fruit in the solid phase and then proceed to blend it all so that it ends up being in the ...
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Resisting force depends on velocity? [duplicate]

Why does resisting force depend on velocity? I think there is no relation between resisting force and velocity of object. Please speak about it logically.
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Hamiltonian equations: can I divide a solution of motion for a constant?

I'm solving an exercise about Hamiltonian equations. I have followed the proceeding below. The results given by the book are different to mine because its first result is the half of mine (and the ...
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Is it reasonable for a heavy door to “open by itself” (ie from differences in air pressure) if it had already been slightly ajar?

If you consider a basically uniform massive door (say, 300 N) where there is some coefficient $\mu_{s,k}$ of static and kinetic friction between the thing on the inside of the door, and where the ...
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Formula for a ball rolling down an Inclined Plane

Suppose we set up an experiment where we have an inclined ramp, and a spherical basketball. If we were to assume the ball to be perfectly round, and rolls down in a vertical manner and the situation ...
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When does not Newton's 3rd law apply?

Is Newton's 3rd law valid in non-inertial frames? If so, then are there other cases for which Newton's 3rd law is not applicable?
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Most elegant/fundamental formulations of the laws of classical mechanics? [closed]

Newton tried to do it with three laws/statements. While the first can be derived from the second, the three form a pretty nice framework. Later on, I've encountered Lagrangian Mechanics, which ...
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Why is centre of mass taken as integral of x.dm and not m.dx?

Forgive me if I'm being naive, but, I don't understand why the X-coordinate of the Centre of mass is taken as an integral of x.dm and not m.dx. I understand the summation part, but how do we convert ...
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What are the proper unit types for the calculation of the frequency of a tuning fork? [closed]

Wikipedia Article on the subject The formula states that the calculation of the frequency with cylindrical tines should be $$1.875^2/(2\pi L^2)\times(Er^2 /(4P))^{1/2}$$ where the variables are ...
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how is this kind of rolling motion possible?

I was solving this problem : Suppose you put a sphere in a rough ground with velocity of center of mass $v_{cm}= v_o$ in the positive $x$ axis and with anticlockwise angular momentum $\omega_o$ so ...
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How to work out the gravitational potential energy of rotating rod

I know that the kinetic energy of a rotating rod is $$ KE_{rot}=\frac12I\omega^2 $$ where $I$ is the moment of inertia. But is there some way to calculate gravitational potential energy using just ...
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Generalised velocities enough to be deterministic in Lagrangian mechanics?

In classical determinism we need to know $2n$ quantities of our system and the equation of motion to predict it's future. In Lagrangian mechanics this is equivalent to knowing $q$ and $\dot q$, the ...
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What is an effective potential in classical mechanics?

What is an effective potential in classical mechanics? I have read the wikipedia article and David Tong's lectures notes, but I didn't understand how an effective potential simplifies a situation or ...
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How does the masless pulley gets the force from rope?

I have seen whenever we solve for forces on pulley by rope we take the force on pulley exactly as the tensions in the rope around it. But , why do we do this ? Exactly how does the rope exerts forces ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [closed]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Calculate small small oscillations of a pendulum

The system is setup as follows: A point $O_1$ moves along the $x$ axis with it's $x$ coordinate being $a\sin(\omega t)$ and $\omega\ne\sqrt{\frac{g}{l}}$. There's a pendulum attached to $O_1$ of ...
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Energy conservation $\iff \frac{dE}{dt} = 0\ $?

If I'm asked to prove that a system is/ isn't conservative and compare it to whether or not the Hamiltonian is conserved, does that mean I need to compute the time derivative of energy $(T+U)$? Doing ...
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Can individual forces be regarded as momentum flows? [closed]

Net force on an object can be defined in two ways equivalently (from a classical point of view): $$\vec{F} = m\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}=\frac{d\vec{p}}{dt}$$ Looking at the last expression (definition in ...
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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 ...