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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Stopping distance of two objects with equal Kinetic Energy

I'm working on a problem regarding two objects with the same kinetic energy. Two objects with masses of $m_1$ and $m_2$ have the same kinetic energy are both moving to the right. The same constant ...
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In the Lennard-Jones potential, why does the attractive part (dispersion) have an $r^{-6}$ dependence?

The Lennard-Jones potential has the form: $$U(r) = 4\epsilon\left[ \left(\frac{\sigma}{r}\right)^{12} - \left(\frac{\sigma}{r}\right)^{6} \right]$$ The (attractive) $r^{-6}$ term describes the ...
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Floating Objects and Weight

The Situation: A ball is placed in a beaker filled with water and floats. It is also attached to the bottom of the beaker via a string. The Question: The ball is attached to the beaker, thus ...
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Finding the coffecient of restitution

A ball moving with velocity $1 \hat i \ ms^{-1}$ and collides with a friction less wall, afetr collision the velocity of ball becomes $1/2 \hat j \ ms^{-1}$. Find the coefficient of restitution ...
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Double Compound Pendulum: why use inertia about the center of mass for bottom pendulum?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the kinetic energy of a double compound pendulum, like the one shown in the Wikipedia article on double pendulums. I know for computing the kinetic energy of the ...
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Forces and angles

"The little ball with the mass of 100g has gotten stuck in a chute as depicted in the picture. What forces, and how large are they, that are acting on the ball?" This is how I solve it: I find ...
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Questions about angular momentum and 3-dimensional(3D) space?

Q1: As we know, in classical mechanics(CM), according to Noether's theorem, there is always one conserved quantity corresponding to one particular symmetry. Now consider a classical system in a $n$ ...
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Confusions about rotational dynamics and centripetal force

I am a high school student. I am having confusions about the centripetal force and rotational motion . I have known that a body will be in rest or in uniform velocity if any force is not applied. But ...
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How to create frame of reference?

Is this possible to create a inertial frame of reference in the earth? How it is possible?
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A sphere rolling down a rough wedge which lying on a smooth surface

A sphere of mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls down from rest on an inclined (making an angle $\phi$ with the horizontal ) and rough surface of a wedge of mass $M$ which stays on a smooth horizontal floor. ...
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Torque, lever and mass

The Force used in a catapult is exerted near its axis. If we double the length of the arm of the catapult, but still use the same Force at the same point as before near the same axis, does the ...
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How do centripetal forces and gravity work for objects in a rotating cylinder?

The following is a question from a past exam paper that I'm working on, as I have an exam coming soon. I would appreciate any help. A fairground ride takes the form of a hollow, cylinder of radius ...
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Why does a rod rotate?

I'm a physics tutor tutoring High School students. A question confused me a lot. Question is: Suppose a mass less rod length $l$ has a particle of mass $m$ attached at its end and the rod is ...
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Does more rain strike a vehicle while moving or while stopped (or neither)? [duplicate]

Assume there is a rainstorm, and the rain falling over the entire subject area is perfectly, uniformly distributed. Now assume there are two identical cars in this area. One is standing still, and ...
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$\hbar \rightarrow 0$ in quantum mechanics

We often see a limit $\hbar \rightarrow 0$ in quantum mechanics and sometimes it's related with symmetry breaking. Can someone briefly write the story behind this limit?
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Extended Born relativity, Nambu 3-form and ternary (n-ary) symmetry

Background: Classical Mechanics is based on the Poincare-Cartan two-form $$\omega_2=dx\wedge dp$$ where $p=\dot{x}$. Quantum mechanics is secretly a subtle modification of this. By the other hand, ...
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Closed-form equation for orientation and angular velocity over time

If a rigid body, rotating freely in 3d, experiences no friction or other external forces and has an initially diagonal inertia matrix $\mathbf{I}_0$ (with $I_{11}>I_{22}>I_{33}>0$) and ...
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Would a phone move upon vibration in a completely uniform situation?

I was sitting down yesterday and saw my phone vibrate on a side, and it moved about a centimetre per vibration. I wondered why it moves, and thought perhaps that the side it was on had a slight ...
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Standing Waves: finding the number of antinodes [closed]

A string with a fixed frequency vibrator at one end forms a standing wave with 4 antinodes when under tension T1. When the tension is slowly increased, the standing wave disappears until tension T2 is ...
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Calculating phase difference of sound waves

An observer stands 3 m from speaker A and 5 m from speaker B. Both speakers, oscillating in phase, produce waves with a frequency of 250 Hz. The speed of sound in air is 340 m/s. What is the phase ...
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Scaling arguments for the Contact mechanics between two elastic spheres

I am studying a bit granular dynamics and I have seen that two spheres of radius $R$ in contact with a contact area of radius $a$ would need an applied force $F$ on this two spheres that is nonlinear ...
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Doubling the energy of an oscillating mass on a spring [closed]

From this question: Question 1. What do we need to change in order to double the total energy of a mass oscillating at the end of a spring? (a) increase the angular frequency by $\sqrt{2}$. ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? ...
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Force applied in a body moving at high speed [closed]

Consider a rod of length $l$ and uniform density is moving at high speed. I want to deflect the rod where should I need to apply the minimum force, so that the rod is deflected..?
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Statics of Rigid Bodies — Can there be two possible solutions?

I've been working on a question and there seem to be two possible solutions. My own solution does not match the one given in the book. However, after resolving forces and taking moments with both ...
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When can a center of mechanical momentum frame be found for an electromagnetic system?

In classical mechanics, a center of mechanical momentum frame can always be found for a system of particles interacting with one another locally. For an electromagnetic system where the charges ...
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Geometrical interpretation of complex eigenvectors in a system of differential equations

Let's consider a system of differential equations in the form $$\dot{X} = M X$$ in two dimensions ($X = (x(t), y(t))$). In the case that $M$ has real values, it is easy to give a geometric ...
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Goldstein's Classical Mechanics exercises solutions [duplicate]

Does anyone know where I can find some (good) solution of Goldstein's book Classical Mechanics?
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Friction on roads

I have a question with which I am having trouble. A 71m radius curve is banked for a design speed of 91km/h. Given a coefficient of static friction of 0.32, what is the range of speeds in which a car ...
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what's the center of mass for triatomic-molecule system

My text use the following example to explain the center of mass. There are three balls (mass $m$) sitting in the origin, at $x=l$ and $x=2l$, each two mass are connected with a spring of constant $k$. ...
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is frictional force right or wrong

an experiment to disprove the statement--"frictional force is irrespective of the surface area in contact." take a x rs note. fold it in a half and put it in the pocket of a shirt. then invert the ...
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When is classical mechanics valid for describing motion of atoms?

In Molecular Dynamics simulations, the Newton's equation of motion is used to calculate the time evolution of system. Once, I read in an introductory text that when the thermal de Broglie wavelength ...
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Classical results proved using quantum mechanics

Are there any results in classical mechanics that are easier to show by deriving a corresponding result in quantum mechanics and then taking the limit as $\hbar\rightarrow0$? (Are there classical ...
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Lagrangian mechanics and time derivative on general coordinates

I am reading a book on analytical mechanics on Lagrangian. I get a bit idea on the method: we can use any coordinates and write down the kinetic energy $T$ and potential $V$ in terms of the general ...
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Whats the anti-torque mechanism in horizontal take-off aircraft?

In most helicopters there is the anti-torque tail rotor to prevent the body from spinning in the opposite direction to the main rotor. What's the equivalent mechanism in horizontal takeoff single ...
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Hollow stone columns provide more support?

In history class in elementary school I remember learning that the Greeks would build their stone columns hollow because they thought this provided more support. Is it true that a hollow column is ...
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Does the mass point move?

There is a question regarding basic physical understanding. Assume you have a mass point (or just a ball if you like) that is constrained on a line. You know that at $t=0$ its position is $0$, i.e., ...
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Runge-Lenz vector and Keplerian Orbits

Is the loss of closed Keplerian orbits in relativistic mechanics directly tied to the absence of the Runge-Lenz vector?
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Finding the acceleration at an angle

"What's the maximum acceleration you can achieve in a a water-slide at a 34 degree angle (If you can't use your arms and legs)"? This is the free-body-diagram that I drew, assuming $g = 10m/s^2$: ...
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Higher order covariant Lagrangian

I'm in search of examples of Lagrangian, which are at least second order in the derivatives and are covariant, preferable for field theories. Up to now I could only find first-order (such at ...
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Resolution of vectors

What is the fundamental basis of resolution of vector. Suppose we have a vector $\vec{mg}$, now we resolve it into two components, horizontal and vertical. My question is what is the basis for telling ...
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Hooke's Law, Phase Space and Classical Geometry

Hooke's Law tells us that $m\ddot{x} = -kx$. We can apply the chain rule to rewrite $\ddot{x}$ as follows: $$\frac{\operatorname{d}\!^2x}{\operatorname{d}\!t^2} = ...
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Is a heavier skier faster? [duplicate]

Is it true that a heavier skier goes faster? If it is, why is that? My intuition would be that the speed gained by a skier should be independent from its mass, since both its acceleration and the ...
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(Re-)use of a space elevator (basic mechanics and potential energy source)

It's said that if a space elevator were made then it would be much more efficient to put objects in orbit. I've always wondered about the durability of a space elevator though. I don't mean the ...
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What's the real fundamental definition of energy?

Some physical quantities like position, velocity, momentum and force, have precise definition even on basic textbooks, however energy is a little confusing for me. My point here is: using our ...
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FWHM in resonance amplitude square derivation

Consider a linear harmonic oscillator subject to a periodic force: $$ \ddot x + 2 \beta \dot x + \omega _0 ^2x = f_0\cos \omega t$$ The solution tends to: $$A \cos (\omega t - \delta)$$ where: ...
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Mechanical shock resistance as a function of shape

I have a system where I'm dropping glass tubes filled with some sample from a certain height, along a track. I can apply a back-pressure of air to push them down faster, and in general the faster they ...
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Conservation of Linear Momentum at the point of collision

This is a pretty basic conceptual question about the conservation of linear momentum. Consider an isolated system of 2 fixed-mass particles of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ moving toward each other with ...
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effect of vertical collision on kinetic friction and subsequent change in horizontal velocity

Suppose somehow a block of mass $m$ is moving on ground, and the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the block is $\mu_k$. If I drop a tennis ball(of same mass) on it from a ...
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How do you tell what forces do no work?

The total mass of the children and the toboggan is 66 kg. The force the parent exerts is 58 N (18 degrees above the horizontal). What 3 forces/ components do no work on the toboggan? I said the ...