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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Classical limit of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics

It is well-known that if $S \gg \hbar$, then the classical path dominates the Feynman path integral. But is there some to show that if $S\gg\hbar$, then the particle's trajectory will approach the ...
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What are some mechanics examples with a globally non-generic symplecic structure?

In the framework of statistical mechanics, in books and lectures when the fundamentals are stated, i.e. phase space, Hamiltons equation, the density etc., phase space seems usually be assumed to be ...
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Is this a valid understanding of Newtonian mechanics?

This is a conceptual understanding of Newtonian mechanics. What the laws mean, how we know they're true, etc. I'm looking for criticism. I know this is really border line on the "don't ask questions ...
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How does one quantize the phase-space semiclassically?

Often, when people give talks about semiclassical theories they are very shady about how quantization actually works. Usually they start with talking about a partition of $\hbar$-cells then end up ...
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Rotational speed of a coil in a uniform magnetic field at equilibrium

I'm looking at the following problem from "Physics 3" by Halliday, Resnick and Krane (4th edition): The armature of a motor has 97 turns each of area 190 cm² and rotates in a uniform magnetic ...
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Angular momentum conservation in a central field through the Hamiltonian

In my teacher's notes there is a discussion of the Hamiltonian for a central force field with potential $V(r)$. The Hamiltonian is formulated in spherical polar coordinates: ...
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Calculating the period of a quasi-circular orbit

In solving an exercise I had to find the equation of the quasi-circular orbits of an object with the potential $V(r)=-\alpha r^{-1-\eta}$ and I expressed it as: $$r(\phi)=\frac{r_c}{1+\epsilon ...
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Phase space volume and relativity

Much of statistical mechanics is derived from Liouville's theorem, which can be stated as "the phase space volume occupied by an ensemble of isolated systems is conserved over time." (I'm mostly ...
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Instability of a thrown tennis racquet

Someone once mentioned to me that it's impossible to throw a tennis racquet (or similarly shaped object) into the air, perpendicularly to the string plane, in such a way that it won't turn. What is ...
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Angular momentum components as independent integrals of motion

I was told that in order to solve the Kepler problem (6 degrees of freedom in total) you have to proceed, step by step, to reduce those degrees of freedom using the integrals of motion. You do so ...
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What is the purpose of iron bars in concrete?

What purpose do iron rods in concrete serve? Do these iron rods impart any strength to the concrete apart from defining the framework for the concrete to solidify upon initially?
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Meaning of angular velocity in a rotating system

When you study the motion of a rigid body you have $\vec\omega$, the vector associated to angular velocity. In the case you are using Euler angles and want a quick formula for the rotational kinetic ...
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Why are the solution coefficients for a harmonic oscillator proportional to minors of the determinant?

I'm studying the oscillations of systems with more than one degree of freedom from Landau & Lifshitz's Mechanics Third Edition (for those who have the book, my question corresponds roughly to ...
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Precessional motion of active galactic nuclei

I want to set a simulation for jet which has a precessional motion. The symmetry axis of jet is $z$ axis, i.e. jet is propagating along $z$ direction making angle $\theta$. I set the velocity ...
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Determining axis of rotation from angular speeds about axes

I think my pure-math head is messing with me on the question below: my physics and CS friends both seemed to think it was a simple computational thing, and my program says the method works, but now ...
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What's the optimal shape for a continuous Galilean Cannon?

A Galilean Cannon is a toy similar to the famous basketball-and-tennis-ball demonstration. You take a tennis ball, balance it on top a basketball, and drop them both. The tennis ball will bounce up to ...
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Maximum precision of deterministic measurements

Okay, I tend to have some weird thoughts, so bear with my odd question here. Suppose you have a collection of particles that obey Newtonian mechanics. For simplification, all particles are identical ...
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Path traced out by a point

While studying uniform circular motion at school, one of my friends asked a question: "How do I prove that the path traced out by a particle such that an applied force of constant magnitude acts on ...
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Euler's buckling formula applicable for impact calculations?

$$F = \frac{\pi^2 EI}{(KL)^2}$$ Is Euler's buckling formula applicable for impact calculations, considering speeds relevant for a car or aircraft crash? If there is a level where the formula ...
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Does this relation about direction of particles make sense?

Maybe I've just stared at this statement too long and I've missed something obvious. Nevertheless, here's the problem: Landau-Lifshitz vol. 1§16, problem 1. Consider (classical) collision of two ...
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Analogy between magnetic bottle and Van Allen's radiation belt

A magnetic bottle is an arrangement that permits to confine charged particles. Here you can find a review for charged particle rotating in a magnetic field and at the bottom of the page a description ...
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Nature of orbit due to central force! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Kepler problem in time: how do two gravitationally attracting particles move? How do we get the shape of orbit under the condition that Force is centrally directed ...
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Why doesn't relativistic momentum appear conserved in this frame?

Suppose I have an inelastic head on collision between two idential particles of mass $m$ that come to rest in the centre of momentum frame where relativistic momentum is obviously conserved. If I now ...
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What's the amount of deviation of cellestial orbits from perfect ellipses

It's well known that the planets don't orbit the sun in perfect circles and the characteristics of the elliptical orbits which serve as better approximations to their motion have been calculated ...
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Why are coordinates and velocities sufficient to completely determine the state and determine the subsequent motion of a mechanical system?

I am a Physics undergraduate, so provide references with your responses. Landau & Lifshitz write in page one of their mechanics textbook: If all the co-ordinates and velocities are ...
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On Bolte's semiclassical law

i have seen on internet the following, for $ E >> 1 $ the Eigenvalue Staircase can be approximated by $ N(E)= \frac{1}{\pi}argZ(1/2+i \sqrt E ) $ ...
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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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Rotationally invariant body and principal axis

Suppose a rigid body is invariant under a rotation around an axis $\mathsf{A}$ by a given angle $0 \leq \alpha_0 < 2\pi$ (and also every multiple of $\alpha_0$). Is it true that in this case the ...
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Cases in which angular velocity and angular momentum point into same direction

I know that angular momentum $\vec{L}$ and angular velocity $\vec{\omega}$ of a rigid body doesn't point into the same direction in general. However if your body spins around a principal axis, ...
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Why Liouville's theorem is obvious?

In Florian Scheck's Mechanics, he stated the local form of Liouville's theorem as follows: Let $\Phi_{t,s}(x)$ be the flow of the differential equation $-J\frac{d}{dt}x=H_{x}$. Then for all $x,t,s$ ...
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Rubber Band Forces

I have a question regarding the force a band places on an object. Say I have a rubber band wrapped around 2 pegs at a certain distance, and at that distance I know the pounds of force per inch it is ...
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Why $\frac{d}{dt}r_{a}\nabla_{a}U_{ab}+\frac{d}{dt}r_{b}\nabla_{b}U_{ba}=\frac{d}{dt}U_{ab}?$

In classical mechanics for two mass particles $a$,$b$ we assume the symmetric potential arising from $F_{ab}$ and $F_{ab}$ given by $$U_{ab}(r)=-\int^{r}_{r_{0}}F_{ab}(r')dr'$$ and ...
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Say we're driving a bike and suddenly hold the brakes?

It's easy for me to imagine that if we brake the front wheel then there is a chance that I'll flip. On the other hand if I brake the back wheel, there is no way it'll happen no matter how fast I ...
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Has any permanent magnet motor been proven to run?

I have read lots of articles about permanent magnet motors, some of which claim the possibility and other which refute it. Is it possible to have a permanent magnet motor that runs on the magnetic ...
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Numerical torque calculation

Suppose I can compute interaction energy of two rigid bodies as a function of their coordinates of centers of masses and Euler rotation angles (total 6 + 6 degrees of freedom). Now I can numerically ...
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Linking two balls together

I have a physics simulator that simulates a bunch of balls moving and colliding with each other, and I would like to be able to "link" two balls together so they stick to each other (are always ...
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Why do we need the quantity momentum?

Why do we need the quantity Momentum in physics when we have the quantities like Force and Energy? Isn't it possible to substitute the usage of Momentum with equivalent of Force and Energy?
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How does a star wobble due to orbiting bodies

What equations determine how a star wobbles in response to an orbiting planet, and can it be used to determine the mass of distant objects based on the wobble? If there are other more reliable ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in helicopter

I have a small RC-controlled toy helicopter with removable tail rotor. Suppose I remove the tail rotor, hold the tail with my hand, start the rotor until it moves with constant angular velocity and ...
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How to determine n equidistant vectors from point P in three dimensions

As an assignment for uni I need to figure out an algorithm that explodes a particle of mass $m$, velocity $v$, into $n$ pieces. For the first part of the assignment, the particle has mass $m$, ...
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Difference b/w Kinetics & Kinematics w/concrete example

(I know whether I understand this or not doesn't matter much to my work & study but am just curious.) I still can't differentiate in my head kinetics and kinematics (similar thread is found but ...
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Can a force in an explicitly time dependent classical system be conservative?

If I consider equations of motion derived from the pinciple of least action for an explicilty time dependend Lagrangian $$\delta S[L[q(\text{t}),q'(\text{t}),{\bf t}]]=0,$$ under what ...
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Will a precessing spinning wheel fall down if there is no friction at all?

If there where no friction at all, would a spinning wheel held up by one end of the axis spin precess forever without falling down? I just asked another question about the same problem: Direction ...
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Direction of torque precession of a spinning wheel

Consider a spinning wheel, which is held up by one end of it's axis like this: To explain why the change of angular momentum is directed as shown in the figure above, one usually says that there is ...
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How to interpret this vertical circular motion problem?

A bucket of water is tied to a rope and swung in a vertical circle. The distance from the bucket centre to the axis of rotation is $2.08m$. Calculate the angular velocity (in $rad s^{-1}$) of ...
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What techniques can be used to analyze a rod rotating about the edge of a table?

A uniform rod of length $4x$ is rotating about the edge $O$ of the table. (The rod does not fall off the table.) The centre of mass $G$ of the rod is distance $x$ away from $O$. The rod is making ...
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Normal force in a compound pendulum (physical pundulum) system?

Consider a compound pendulum pivoted about a fixed horizontal axis, illustrated by the force diagram on the right: # Okay, I can't figure out where the normal force on the pendlum should point ...
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Calculate relativistic boost to COM frame from two arbitary velocities?

Looking in Goldstein's book, there doesn't seem to be a standard formula to calculate the COM frame velocity for two particles, from their relativistic velocities in the lab frame, although it is done ...
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What sustains a rigid body's rotation at its constant angular(rotational) speed?

Continuing from the following scenario from my previous question Centripetal force of a rotating rigid body? : Consider someone pushing a roundabout in a playground. Initially the roundabout is ...
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Why aren't stratospheric balloons compressing their helium to descent? [closed]

I can't find a reference of a working stratospheric balloon mounted with a compressor to control its altitude. Is there a big physical difficulty (such as compressor weight/power ratio, or power ...