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 friction between cylinder and wall (ground)?

A hollow cylinder (radius $R$) is rolling against the wall at angular speed $\omega$. The coefficient of friction between the cylinder and the wall(ground) is $\mu$. After how many rotations the ...
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A column falls, how will it break?

I'm not expecting a definitive answer. But I would like someone to explain which are the main forces that interact in this situation: An ideal cylindrical column that is at first vertical is pushed ...
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Why does dry spaghetti break into three pieces as opposed to only two?

You can try it with your own uncooked spaghetti if you want; it almost always breaks into three when you snap it. I am asking for a good physical theory on why this is along with evidence to back it ...
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Canonical transformation generated by hamiltonian?

Someone told me that, in a hamiltonian system, the hamilonian function is the generating function of the canonical transformation given by time translation. However, this statement doesn't make any ...
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Saturation of the Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality

Going to as little details as possible, here is a statement from Wald's text on QFT in curved spacetimes(I am not quoting the book) He considers two vector spaces ${\cal S}$ and ${\cal H}$. Note ...
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Reason for different type of energy transfer for two kinds of collisions

According to my physics book, if an electron were accelerated with 15 MeV of (kinetic?) energy and collided into a 100g thermally insulated copper block (not sure if the fact it is thermally insulated ...
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Coincidence, purposeful definition, or something else in formulas for energy

In the small amount of physics that I have learned thus far, there seems to be a (possibly superficial pattern) that I have been wondering about. The formula for the kinetic energy of a moving ...
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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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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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Is there an equivalent of a scalar potential for torques?

For a given scalar potential $V$, it is known that the corresponding force field $\mathbf{F}$ can be computed from $$ \mathbf{F} = -\nabla V $$ Suppose a rigid body is placed inside this ...
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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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The “stationary potential energy” condition for static equilibrium in mechanical systems

I've often read that, for a mechanical system which can be described by $n$ generalized coordinates $q_1,...,q_n$, a point $\mathbf{Q}=(Q_1,...,Q_n)$ is a point of equilibrium if and only if the ...
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Are Lagrangians and Hamiltonians used by Engineers?

Analytical Mechanics (Lagrangian and Hamiltonian) are useful in Physics (e.g. in Quantum Mechanics) but are they also used in application, by engineers? For example, are they used in designing bridges ...
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What is the optimal diameter for the exhaust hole in a pressurized vessel to deliver highest acceleration ?

Imagine you have a sealed cylindrical vessel with a given radius with a compressed gas inside. Let's give some numbers, 5 cm radius and 100 atm pressure. You poke a hole in the vessel and the gas will ...
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The mighty man and the bridge [duplicate]

Let us say we have a mighty man crossing a bridge, carrying 4 bags of concrete, each of which weighs 50 pounds. Let us say, for the sake of the argument, that the mighty man himself weighs 300 ...
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How practical is fracture mechanics?

I have been reading fracture mechanics recently and have encountered many beautifully elegant theories. However, one thing keeps bothering me: How practical is fracture mechanics in the real world? ...
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How to find out whether a transformation is a canonical transformation?

We had a couple of examples where we were supposed to calculate the Canonical Transformation (CT), but we never actually talked about a condition that decides whether a transformation is a canonical ...
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Two components of angular momentum conserved $\Rightarrow $ All three components are conserved?

I was wondering whether it is correct to say that if two components of the angular momentum are conserved, then all three Cartesian coordinates of the angular momentum are conserved? I would regard ...
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Interpreting Aristotle's law of motion $\vec F = R\vec v$

The Aristotle's law of motion, which is incorrect, states that The velocity of an object $\vec v$ is directly proportional to the force $\vec F$ acting on it or $\vec F \propto \vec v$ ...
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Duhamel formula for propagators

Let $\dot{z} = A(t)z + b(t)$ with $ z(t) \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $A(t)$ be a linear map from $\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$. A propagator is also a linear map $P(t,s):$ $\mathbb{R}^n ...
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Definition of Kinetic energy

In class we had that $ T= \frac{1}{2}T_{ij}v_iv_j$ where we used the Einstein summation convention. Hitherto we only discussed examples where the kinetic energy was dependent of the square of one ...
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Mechanical similarity in Landau

I've read this very short paragraph from Landau & Lifshitz's Mechanics (Chap.2, Par.10) (that you can find here) about Mechanical similarity. I was looking for some more detailed explanations of ...
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Dynamics of controlled overdamped inverted pendulum

I wonder how to properly write the motion equations for the inverted pendulum on a cart in case of overdamped dynamics. Imagine the system illustrated in Wikipedia placed in a liquid with high ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory

I wondered if someone could help me understand spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Consider a Higgs-like potential, with a local ...
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Derivation of differential scattering cross-section

I'm trying to follow the derivation of the Boltzmann equation in my Theory of Heat script, but have a little trouble understanding the following: The cross-section $d\sigma$ is defined as: The amount ...
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Derivation of impact free Boltzmann equation

When deriving the impact-free boltzmann equation ( $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \cdot\frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{x}} + \vec{a} \cdot \frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{v}} = 0$) I have a ...
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Why can't we obtain a Hamiltonian by substituting?

This question may sound a bit dumb. Why can't we obtain the Hamiltonian of a system simply by finding $\dot{q}$ in terms of $p$ and then evaluating the Lagrangian with $\dot{q} = \dot{q}(p)$? Wouldn't ...
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Principle of Least Action [duplicate]

Is the principle of least action actually a principle of least action or just one of stationary action? I think I read in Landau/Lifschitz that there are some examples where the action of an actual ...
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What makes a Lagrangian a Lagrangian?

I just wanted to know what the characteristic property of a Lagrangian is? How do you see without referring to Newtonian Mechanics that it has to be $L=T-V$? People constructed a Lagrangian in ...
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Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a frictionless vacuum?

I am attempting to settle a friendly bet. Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a hypothetical vacuum (i.e. no air resistance) having a hypothetical frictionless bearing (i.e. no energy lost due to ...
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Is my boss wrong about our mechanical advantage from our pulley system?

I work on a drilling rig as a roughneck and we had a lecture today (at the office) about mechanical advantage in pulley systems. Now, I know that my boss is well educated in oil drilling, but my ...
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Einstein Notation for Strain Energy Function

I encounter the following formula (for strain energy function) a lot in physics literature: $$ W(\epsilon_{kl}) = \int_0^{\epsilon_{kl}} \sigma_{ij} \textrm{d}\epsilon_{ij} $$ where all indices ...
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Bertrand's theorem

I found in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics that the condition for closed orbits is given by $\frac{d^2 V_{eff}}{dr^2}>0$.(bertrand's theorem). Can somebody explain to me, how this inequality is ...
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The correspondence between Poisson bracket and Commutators in Quantum Mechanics

I don't understand canonical quantization. In passing from classical to quantum, one replaces the Poisson brackets with the commutators. I don't really understand this. How can we generally show that ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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How to combine these equations of constraint?

I want to model a nonholonomic system of an arbitrary rotating disk in 3D, which rolls without slipping, and doesn't have to stay vertical. (think spinning a penny on the table) I want to use the ...
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Equations of motion for bob-on-a-string — am I missing some terms?

The dynamics of a type of physical system I am currently working on are modeled in most of the literature by replacing the moving parts of that system with an equivalent set of pendulums. Parameters ...
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Need an intermediate resistivity part/material

I need a part or material for a planned experiment (the experiment is similar to those described in my articles http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.0066 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1626 ). The problem is that ...
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Energy in a wind instrument?

My physics teacher said that he saw a guy playing a very large wind instrument on TV, and the guy apparently calculated that the total energy present in the instrument when he was playing was almost ...
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Is there a difference between, static loading and fast loading of a polymer (non linear elastic material) in terms of elastic potential generated?

Imagine a non-linear elastic material such as a rubber band, nylon webbing or polyester webbing tensioned between two points. Scenario 1: A large mass is statically (no acceleration) loaded onto the ...
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Magnitude of force to keep stick in equilibrium [closed]

Problem statement A straight and homogenous stick with mass m is pressed against a wall with the force F. The stick is horizontal perpendicular against the wall. Given that the friction between the ...
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Principle of Least Action via Finite-Difference Method

I am reading Gelfand's Calculus of Variations & mathematically everything makes sense to me, it makes perfect sense to me to set up the mathematics of extremization of functionals & show that ...
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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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Examples of “pseudo quantum effects” in history of physics

Are there any examples in the history of physics where a phenomenon was considered by the physics community to be not explainable by classical physics and needed a quantum explanation whereas some ...
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Relation between the period of rotation and the period of revolution of a satellite

I read somewhere that the tidal forces between the earth and the moon causes the equality between the 2 periods of the moon and that every planet-satellite system will evolve to this condition (like ...
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6 Story Building Swaying, Normal? [closed]

Preface: I'm currently sitting at my desk on a 5th floor in a South Florida office building, as I was earlier this morning when I felt the building sway slightly. It wasn't continuous and the ...
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Non-local Lagrangian contact interaction

Conside a contact interaction given by a delta function on their worldlines. Use a gauge fixed Lagrangian for two point particles in terms of their proper times $t$ and $t^{\prime}$. Is it possible to ...
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Small unclarity in proof of Noether's Theorem

I'm trying to understand the proof of Noether's Theorem in my Classical Mechanics class. We formulated it as follows: A continous symmetry is defined as a flow $\phi^{\lambda}(q(t))$ which leaves the ...
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Buoyancy Problem - Cubes in water

I have a tank with water (10 m high) , with an ideal seal at the bottom (water can't fall down, but can enter bodies). I have a system of 6 cubes ( of polystyrene density= 20 Kg/m^3) with dimension ...
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Is there a trajectory which is not a solution of the equation of motion but satisfies all conservation laws?

I'm wondering whether conservation laws are sufficient to imply equations of motions. Specifically: 1) In classical mechanics of point particles, are conservation of energy, conservation of momentum ...