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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Correction to Period of a Pendulum

In one derivation of the corrected period of a pendulum, we started off like so: The mass has a height $y$ given by $l(1-\cos \theta )$. $E = K + E \rightarrow \frac{1}{2}ml^2 \dot{\theta}^2 + ...
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Stress-energy Trace of Massless Klein Gordon Field

I've calculated the trace of the stress-energy for a massless KG field and I keep getting $T = - (\partial \phi)^2$ in 3+1 dimensions. I'm using $$T_{\mu\nu} = \partial_\mu \phi \partial_\nu \phi - ...
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Symmetries of relativistic Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems

In non-relativistic mechanics, the conserved quantities found using Noethers theorem in Lagrangian mechanics are the same as those quantities which are conserved under canonical commutation with the ...
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Stability of square of masses on strings under rotation

Imagine we have a square of masses, $m$, connected by light inextensible strings, length $l$, rotating around it's centre at angular speed, $\omega$. It's easy enough to show that there must be a ...
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Constraints of massive relativistic point particle in Hamiltonian mechanics

I try to understand constructing of Hamiltonian mechanics with constraints. I decided to start with the simple case: free relativistic particle. I've constructed hamiltonian with constraint: ...
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Stable and Unstable Orbital Resonance

I was wondering if anyone can show me why some orbital resonances are unstable. For example in the asteroid belt there is a depleted distribution at 3:1 resonance with jupiter. What is the cause of ...
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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Three-mass, two springs copled oscillator NOT attached to walls

Int he three-mass coupled oscillator problem, we often see it stated that you have three masses, (they can be equal or not, but we'll assume they are equal here) connected by two springs and then ...
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Work done by rolling vs skidding friction force

Two identical bicycles having equal weight riders are traveling along a level road adjacent to each other with the same non-zero velocity. Bike A, (the "skidder"), applies the rear brake strongly ...
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Canonical transformation problem

(Apologies if HW questions are not allowed -- I couldn't really find a definite answer on this) Question Let $Q^1 = (q^1)^2, Q^2 = q^1+q^2, P_{\alpha} = P_{\alpha}\left(q,p \right), \alpha = 1,2$ ...
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Non-rigid body rotational dynamics

I'm attempting to solve the following problem: Two friends hold on to a rope, one at each end, on a smooth, frictionless ice surface. They skate in a circle about an axis through the center of the ...
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What is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?

Take a perfectly rigid metal rod of length $2\ell$ and some uniform linear density. Place one end (‘south’) at $(0,-\ell)$ and the other (‘north’) at $(0, \ell)$. Over some reasonably short time ...
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Why can we assume independent variables when using Lagrange multipliers in nonholonomic systems?

I'm studying from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics. In section 2.4, he discusses nonholonomic systems. We assume that the constraints can be put in the form $f_\alpha(q, \dot{q}, t) =0$, $\alpha = 1 ...
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Can a Research Paper on Classical Mechanics make it to a good journal? [closed]

I am starting University in September, 2014. I have some knowledge already on classical mechanics as I took optional Applied Math courses (called Mechanics 1 and Mechanics 2) in my mathematics ...
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Angular momentum of particle rolling around inside of sphere

I have a hemispherical bowl in which I roll a small particle around the edge, starting from the top at point A with a velocity $v_o$. It travels halfway around the sphere and reaches point B, which is ...
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What's the point of Hamiltonian mechanics?

I've just finished a Classical Mechanics course, and looking back on it some things are not quite clear. In the first half we covered the Lagrangian formalism, which I thought was pretty cool. I ...
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Question about canonical transformation

I was going through my professor's notes about Canonical transformations. He states that a canonical transformation from $(q, p)$ to $(Q, P)$ is one that if which the original coordinates obey ...
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Using Lagrange's Equations with Generalized forces

I am a bit confused on how this works. For instance if I wanted to look at an object moving in 2 dimensions only subject to gravity (and assuming that the potential is just mgy), I get that my ...
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What's the physical intuition for symplectic structures?

I always thought about symplectic forms as elements of areas in little subspaces because of the Darboux theorem, however I cannot get the physical intuition for it and for the hamiltonian vector ...
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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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Hamilton-Jacobi formalism and on-shell actions

My question is essentially how to extract the canonical momentum out of an on-shell action. The Hamilton-Jacobi formalism tells us that Hamilton's principal function is the on-shell action, which ...
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Phase Space Flow

Phase space flow shares characteristics with fluid flow such as incompressibility by Liouville's theorem. Extending the similarities one might be curious, does phase space flow have a characteristic ...
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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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best fundamental physics book [duplicate]

Good evening. I'd like to know, in your opinion, what would be the best fundamental physics book for a freshman? I want to start all over again. Thanks in advance.
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Force experienced on two particles in a rotating system?

I've a system of two particles of the same mass who rotate in a circle about the centre of mass of the two particles. Is the force experienced by the particles $F=MV^{2}/r$ or should I use ...
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Examples of singularities in classical physics [closed]

I am a math teacher and I have to teach a topic called "Bruchterme" and "Bruchgleichungen" in german (I don't know the english word for it). For example $$ \frac{x^2 - 3}{(x - 2)x^2} + \frac{4}{x} + ...
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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 ...
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Classical Mechanics - Allowed systems

I've edited my question to clear any possible confusing parts: This an exercise from the book "The Theoretical minimum", I'm paraphrasing. In classical mechanics, dynamical laws must be reversible ...
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Why does a particle fall in a straight line?

In Lagrangian Mechanics we choose the path of least action. Given a uniform gravitational field, and a particle of finite mass; and fixing two points the start & end-point we consider all paths ...
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Deriving $p = mv$ from translational symmetry (momentum conservation law)?

"In classical mechanics, momentum is defined as the quantity which is conserved under global spatial translations or, alternatively, as the generator of spatial translations." (G.Parisi, ...
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Can force be transferred through objects in a chain to the last object without any displacement of objects in the middle?

sorry for terrible graphical representation, I did an experiment, i took 6 coins fixed 4 of them in one place by placing some real heavy objects on them , then i took a 5th coin placed it in the ...
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Missing centrifugal acceleration

I am trying to get correct equations for acceleration of a point in reference frame A, given position, velocity and acceleration in rotating reference frame B. Let $\mathbf{x}_A(t)$, ...
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Can a massless rope accelerate?

Suppose I have an Atwood machine, that is, two different masses connected with an inextensible, massless rope over a pulley. Assuming no friction between the rope and the pulley, the heavier mass will ...
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Atwood machine problem [closed]

Sorry for the bad drawing, but I hope that this will help you get a hold of the problem. Consider an Atwood Machine with a total of two blocks, a mass less pulley, ideal string. One block rests on ...
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What is the tension in the string of a spherical pendulum? [closed]

Can some one solve it by using Lagrange's undetermined multiplier method or any other method that explains the physics in spherical pendulum system? book references: 1) Classical mechanics by ...
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Classical dynamics with Schrodinger equation

What are some interesting classical systems for which the dynamics can be reduced to a many-body Schrodinger equation, at least in some useful regions of phase space, and in particular, with many ...
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How to analyze this constraint question

Let $\gamma$ be a smooth curve in the plane, and introduce curvilinear coordinates $q_1,q_2$ on a neighborhood of $\gamma$; $q_1$ is the direction of $\gamma$ and $q_2$ is distance from the curve. ...
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Attraction of a Bullet due to Gravity in a Perfect Vaccum

I realise that this might be conventially very difficult to answer because there's no KG or Newtons in space, only particles. As far as I understand, every object creates a 'pull' due to the forces ...
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What is the maximum mass that the airplane can have and still maintain enough lift to fly? [closed]

A commercial airplane travels at a speed which is 85% of the speed of sound. The wings of the airplane are designed such that the bottoms of the wings are flat and the tops of the wings are curved ...
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Problem with Velocity of efflux [closed]

I am stuck in this problem- I need to find the velocity of efflux at the hole of the container. [We can assume that the area of the hole is negligible in comparison with the base area of the ...
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What is a bilateral constraint?

In the realm of mechanics/rigid body dynamics, can anyone tell me what a bilateral constraint is? Can't seem to find any information on the exact definition, just uses of it such as "considering only ...
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Do vortex tubes work with a reversed end plug?

Would a vortex tube still work if instead of a cone plugged into the 'hot' end you had a smaller hole on the 'cold' end? As I understand it, the point of the cone on the hot end is to only allow the ...
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What is the meaning of $U''(x)=0$?

Most potentials with a minimum can be described approximately as a harmonic oscillator. So the procedure is to Taylor expand $U(x)$: $$U(x)=U(0)+U'(0)x+\frac{1}{2}U''(0)x^2 +...$$ If we suppose ...
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Understanding the Eötvös experiment

The aim of the Eötvös experiment was to "prove" that for every (massive) particle, the quotient $\frac{m_g}{m_i}$ is constant, where $m_g$ is the gravitational mass and $m_i$ is the inertial mass. ...
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Hamiltonian function for classical hard-sphere elastic collision

I'm trying to find the Hamiltonian function for a system consisting of a single particle in one dimension colliding elastically with a wall at $x = 0$. Everything I've read on the topic (e.g. this ...
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Rotation axis of a rigid body

I am confused about a trivial concept. Let the rotation of a rigid body, say with one point fixed, be described by the equation $\vec{x}(t)=R(t)\vec{x}(0)$, with $R(0)=I$. Then, at each instant ...
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Classical Wave Equation - Approximations

I don't understand the derivation of the wave equation given below - $$T \sin (\theta _1) - T \sin (\theta ) = T\tan (\theta _1 )-T\tan (\theta ) = T \left. \left(\frac{\partial f}{\partial z} ...
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Classical Mechanics - Equation of motion, Lagrangian, Newtons 2nd Law [closed]

I really don't even know where to start with this question. A particle with charge $q$ moving in an electromagnetic field is described by the Lagrangian $$L=\frac{m\mathrm v^2}2+\frac qc\mathrm ...
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Partial and total time derivatives of the Hamiltonian

When does the total time derivative of the Hamiltonian equal the partial time derivative of the Hamiltonian? In symbols, when does $\frac{dH}{dt} = \frac{\partial H}{\partial t}$ hold? In Thornton ...
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Does Newton's first law state something substantive, or is it merely describing a convention?

Newton's first law is often said to define what an inertial frame is - namely, a reference frame in which a body not acted on by a force will move with constant velocity. In other words, a frame where ...