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 force times angle?

I'm looking at an explanation of pendulums, and the following is said: What I don't understand is where it says "if restoring force is given by $mg\theta$..." - conceptually, what is a force times ...
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Yield Strength versus Ultimate Strength

What is the qualitative difference between these two: As seen on the table Typical yield and ultimate strengths. I am trying to resolve the meaning of the phrase "contact yield stress" from C. ...
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Force on rope with accelerating mass on pulley

I have a pretty basic pulley problem where I lack the right start. A child sits on a seat which is held by a rope going to a cable roll (attached to a tree) and back into the kid's hands. When it ...
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Applications of recoil principle in classical physics

Are there any interesting, important or (for the non physicist) astonishing examples where the recoil principle (as special case of conservation of linear momentum) is applied beside rockets and guns? ...
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How can you test to see if a dice is weighted?

I was browsing Etsy today and came across this. What tests are there to see if the dice are usable, ie, if one side isn't favored over another, and if all sides are balanced? Would this just be to ...
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Movement of a nudged block on a high friction surface

If I apply a single force to an object ‘floating in free space’, then it will either translate (if the force is in line with the Cof G ) or more generally it‘ll rotate about the C of G due to the ...
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Classical car collision

I have a very confusing discussion with a friend of mine. 2 cars ($car_a$ and $car_b$) of the same mass $m$ are on a collision course. Both cars travel at $50_\frac{km}{h}$ towards each other. They ...
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Impulse situation

I am wondering if a physical system subjected to an impulse $=A\delta(x-a)$ makes any sense. I reckon that a force could take that form -- thought of as a finite impulse applied over an infinitesimal ...
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1D Wave mechanics (string)

Suppose I have a wave traveling to the right described by $e^{iw(t-{x\over c})}$. (It obeys the 1D wave equation). AND at $x=0$, there is a mass $M$ fixed to the string such that we have $M{d^2y\over ...
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The gravitational potential of ellipsoid

In the literature (Kirchhoff G. - Mechanic (1897), Lecture 18 or Lamb, H. - Hydrodynamics (1879)) one can find the following analytical closed form expression for the gravitational potential of ...
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What is the mathematical formulation for buckling?

Argument: Buckling is an engineering concept that can only be applied to thin columns with compressive loading. (Is it possible to) Prove the above sentence right or wrong with mathematical ...
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Conveyor scales modeling

Assume we have a conveyor scales. Which consists of scales, and motor with conveyor belt placed above, so that the boxes can be measured (weight) while moving above. What I want is to create the model ...
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Torque vs Moment

I was wondering, why in Newtonian physics torque is called "torque" while in static mechanics they call it "moment"? I prefer by far the term "torque", for not only it sounds strong, but also ...
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Why are infinitesimal rotations commutative, whereas finite rotations are not?

Infinitesimal rotations commute and every finite rotation is the composition of infinitesimal rotations which should logically mean they also commute; but they don't. Why?
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Force as gradient of scalar potential energy

My text book reads If a particle is acted upon by the forces which are conservative; that is, if the forces are derivable from a scalar potential energy function in manner $ F=-\nabla V $. I ...
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Flattening rate of a parabola

If you have a piece of paper that is furled and unfurled so that it's in the shape of part of a parabola, and knowing that if you leave it, it'll flatten itself after time, would it flatten faster if ...
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Is the static gauge pressure of a free jet always atmospheric?

Let's say I have a free jet of air leaving a pipe into the atmosphere. I know that the static gauge pressure at the pipe exit is equal to the atmospheric. But what about the static gauge pressure 10 ...
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What does this infinitesimal Eulerian change describe?

This is a question I originally posted in math.se which received an answer that was far too mathematically sophisticated for what I wanted; given that basic multivariable calculus was used through out ...
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Is the pressure at the outer hole on a pitot static tube equal to atmospheric pressure?

I'm looking at a pitot static tube question right now and I just need some clarification. There is the outer hole on the pitot static tube, not the hole that the air stream goes through, but the other ...
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How do I determine where the maximum air velocity around an object is?

I have a freestream of air directed at an object. Is there a way to find where the maximum air velcoty occurs with only having initial air speed and static pressure at the object?
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Why does a ping pong ball change direction when I spin it on a table?

When I spin a ping pong ball on the table, it rolls forward in the opposite direction of the spin, and then eventually changes direction and rolls backward. Here's a video demonstrating the effect. ...
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D-brane Lagrangian?

As I understand it from the threads I read, D-branes are viewed as somewhat secondary to strings: If I know what all the open strings do, then I know what the D-branes do as well. But if the D-brane ...
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Question Concerning Dimensional Analysis

In the first lecture of MIT's Classical Mechanics Professor Lewin talks about Dimensional Analysis.He talks about an apple being dropped from a certain height can be quantitatively expressed as the ...
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Is there a Newton's third law for the em field?

There is a momentum associated with the em field that ensures the conservation of total momentum for a system of interacting charges. Can the same be done in an analagous way to ensure Newton's ...
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What phrases describe collisions with coefficients of restitution less than zero or greater than one?

The coefficient of restitution describes the elasticity of a collision: 1 = perfectly elastic, kinetic energy is conserved 0 = perfectly inelastic, the objects move at the same speed post impact ...
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How must you spin the ball to make it alternate between 2 positions? [closed]

Assume any parameters you may need. Thanks in advance.
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Difference between momentum and kinetic energy

From a mathematical point of view it seems to be clear what's the difference between momentum and $mv$ and kinetic energy $\frac{1}{2} m v^2$. Now my problem is the following: Suppose you want to ...
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Classical mechanics: Generating function of lagrangian submanifold

I have a short question regarding the geometrical interpretation of the Hamilton-Jacobi-equation. One has the geometric version of $H \circ dS = E$ as an lagrangian submanifold $L=im(dS)$, which is ...
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Why the Principle of Least Action?

I'll be generous and say it might be reasonable to assume that nature would tend to minimize, or maybe even maximize, the integral over time of $T-V$. Okay, fine. You write down the action ...
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Kinetic energy puzzle

System S1 moves at constant speed V with respect to S0 in one dimension: ...
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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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Relativistic effects

When are relativistic effects justifiably negligible? (I know that that is true for 'small velocities', but how small is 'small enough'?) 0.1c, 0.01c, etc.? And how does one properly justify that? I ...
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Initial vs Constant Orbital Velocity

I am working on some basic physics simulation for a game and need to simulate gravity. I have a system working that is behaving more or less correctly so far, but I want to see if I can send a ...
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Is pressure distribution affected by shape

We have two iron (assume real-life stiffness) manhole covers resting on friction-less, perfectly smooth shims on flat ground. One is circular and the other square. If a force F is applied vertically ...
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Explain moving lightbulb [closed]

An acquaintance of mine, while being home alone, saw that the light bulb in the room which was hanging from the ceiling with wires having a pendulum motion which was more than noticeable. He says that ...
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How does the distance between two rails effect the speed of a steel ball bearing?

As part of a school science project, I constructed a Rollercoaster using Polyurethane tubing as rails for a steel ball bearing to rest on. In the process of building the coaster I observed that ...
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Extending Solutions To Hamilton's Equations to Whole Time Axis

In Arnold's Classical Mechanics book, he says "We assume that every solution to Hamilton's equations can be extended to the whole time axis", and adds that 'For this it is sufficient, for example, ...
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What variables does the action $S$ depend on?

Action is defined as, $$S ~=~ \int L(q, q', t) dt,$$ but my question is what variables does $S$ depend on? Is $S = S(q, t)$ or $S = S(q, q', t)$ where $q' := \frac{dq}{dt}$? In ...
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Why is it important that Hamilton's equations have the four symplectic properties and what do they mean?

The symplectic properties are: time invariance conservation of energy the element of phase space volume is invariant to coordinate transformations the volume the phase space element is invariant ...
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Physics tension question [closed]

Two blocks are pulled across a frictionless surface by a $240\ N$ force, as shown in the diagram below: $60\ kg$ - - - cord - - - $20\ kg$ → $240\ N$. If the blocks are accelerating at $3\ m/s^2$ what ...
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Surface normal on the earth to the sun at a given point in time

How complicated is it to calculate a surface normal on the spherical approximation of the earths surface pointing towards the sun at a given point in time? What I try do is to highlight a small area ...
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How did Feynman derive the physics of medallion vs. plate wobble rate?

I am referring to this: Within a week I was in the cafeteria and some guy, fooling around, throws a plate in the air. As the plate went up in the air I saw it wobble, and I noticed the red ...
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Why does $\frac{\partial \mathbf{v}_i}{\partial \dot{q}_j} = \frac{\partial \mathbf{r}_i}{\partial q_j}$?

Why is the following equation true? $$\frac{\partial \mathbf{v}_i}{\partial \dot{q}_j} = \frac{\partial \mathbf{r}_i}{\partial q_j}$$ where $\mathbf{v}_i$ is velocity, $\mathbf{r}_i$ is the ...
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Normal force: up or down?

The normal force obviously always has direction perpendicular to the surface of contact, but I'm a bit confused about its sense: is it going 'up' or 'down'? I've seen articles on the web that describe ...
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Energy of a rotating disc around different moments of inertia

Lets take a disc that is rolling without slipping which has moment of inertia $I=kmR^2$. It will have total kinetic energy $E=\frac{1}{2}mv^2+\frac{1}{2}I\omega^2=\frac{1}{2}mv^2(1+k)$. Lets now use ...
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How do you calculate potential energy given a force that is dependent on time?

The restoring force of a spring is F(x) = -k(x-x0)exp(-t/T) where k and T are constants, x is the position of a mass on the spring, and x0 is the position of equilibrium of the spring. How do you ...
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Modellng mechanical behavior of heat shrink film

Consider a heat shrink film (as used in shrink sleeves that decorate plastic or glass bottles). These materials are produced by blow extrusion. When the film is heated (hot steam, hot air or ...
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How did L.H. Thomas derive his 1927 expressions for an electron with an axis?

I'm looking at the 1927 paper of Thomas, The Kinematics of an Electron with an Axis, where he shows that the instantaneous co-moving frame of an accelerating electron rotates and moves with some ...
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Circular motion when F=ma'

I apologize in advance if this question is deemed too general or too similar to this and this question. How would mechanics be different if $F=mx'''$ instead of $F=ma$? I feel like I have ...
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If the Earth didn't rotate, how would a Foucault pendulum work?

How does the Foucault pendulum work exactly, and would it work at all, if the Earth didn't rotate?