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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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 A-Level....
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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 field....
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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 your ...
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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 $Torque=$...
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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, Quantum ...
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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 final ...
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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 $\mathbf{x}_A(t)$, $\mathbf{v}_A(t)$...
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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} \right|...
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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 v\...
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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 ...
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Forces on a helical screw?

The common screws which we use, are right handed helices, the simplest parametric equations of which are:- $$x(s)=\cos(s),y(s)=\sin(s),z(s)=s$$, with $z$-axis as the axis of the helix. My question ...
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What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? [closed]

Given a central field $U(r)$ satisfies $U(r) \rightarrow -\infty$ when $r \rightarrow 0$, then What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? Can you help me analysis this question in ...
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Explanation of homogeneity of space and time by giving examples?

while reading landau lifshitz i came across these three terms:- homogeneity of space. homogeneity of time. isotropy of time. it will be a great help for me if someone can explain it to me by ...
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Can the Lagrange Multipliers depend on the coordinates?

When dealing with Lagrange multipliers to solve systems with constraints we usually have two ways if the constraints are holonomic: Differentiate the constraint and add the appropiate term to the ...
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Curve object in liquid under pressure [duplicate]

I would like to know how red forces are compensate in this study. A black solid object is put in a liquid (helium or hydrogen for example). It's a curved solid. Solid don't move up or down, imagine it ...
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How to interpret the factor $\frac{(\vec v\cdot \hat n)}{|\vec v| 4\pi r}$?

There is a small area element of size $da$ and normal vector $\hat n$. I understand that the particles with speed $|\vec v|$ that hit this area element in the time interval $(t,t+\delta t)$ lie in a ...
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How can you solve this “paradox”? Central potential

A mass of point performs an effectively 1-dimensional motion in the radial coordinate. If we use the conservation of angular momentum, the centrifugal potential should be added to the original one. ...
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Quantum version of the Galton Board

If classical particles fall through a Galton Board they pile up in the limit of large numbers like a normal distribution, see e.g. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GaltonBoard.html What kind of ...
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Classical Limit in Quantum Mechanics

Suppose I have a wave function $\Psi$ (which is not an eigenfunction) and a time independent Hamiltonian $\hat{\mathcal{H}}$. Now, If I take the classical limit by taking $\hbar \to 0$ what will ...
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Internal kinetic energy and center of mass kinetic energy

For a given system, how can you tell which one is kinetic energy for center of mass and which one is internal kientic energy? K = Kcm + K int For example, "A 150 g trick baseball is thrown at 63 km/...