# Tagged Questions

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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### Why can't we obtain a Hamiltonian by substituting?

This question may sound a bit dumb. Why can't we obtain the Hamiltonian of a system simply by finding $\dot{q}$ in terms of $p$ and then evaluating the Lagrangian with $\dot{q} = \dot{q}(p)$? Wouldn't ...
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### Principle of Least Action [duplicate]

Is the principle of least action actually a principle of least action or just one of stationary action? I think I read in Landau/Lifschitz that there are some examples where the action of an actual ...
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### What makes a Lagrangian a Lagrangian?

I just wanted to know what the characteristic property of a Lagrangian is? How do you see without referring to Newtonian Mechanics that it has to be $L=T-V$? People constructed a Lagrangian in ...
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### Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a frictionless vacuum?

I am attempting to settle a friendly bet. Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a hypothetical vacuum (i.e. no air resistance) having a hypothetical frictionless bearing (i.e. no energy lost due to ...
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### Is my boss wrong about our mechanical advantage from our pulley system?

I work on a drilling rig as a roughneck and we had a lecture today (at the office) about mechanical advantage in pulley systems. Now, I know that my boss is well educated in oil drilling, but my ...
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### Einstein Notation for Strain Energy Function

I encounter the following formula (for strain energy function) a lot in physics literature: $$W(\epsilon_{kl}) = \int_0^{\epsilon_{kl}} \sigma_{ij} \textrm{d}\epsilon_{ij}$$ where all indices ...
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### Bertrand's theorem

I found in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics that the condition for closed orbits is given by $\frac{d^2 V_{eff}}{dr^2}>0$.(bertrand's theorem). Can somebody explain to me, how this inequality is ...
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### The correspondence between Poisson bracket and Commutators in Quantum Mechanics

I don't understand canonical quantization. In passing from classical to quantum, one replaces the Poisson brackets with the commutators. I don't really understand this. How can we generally show that ...
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### rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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### How to combine these equations of constraint?

I want to model a nonholonomic system of an arbitrary rotating disk in 3D, which rolls without slipping, and doesn't have to stay vertical. (think spinning a penny on the table) I want to use the ...
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### Equations of motion for bob-on-a-string — am I missing some terms?

The dynamics of a type of physical system I am currently working on are modeled in most of the literature by replacing the moving parts of that system with an equivalent set of pendulums. Parameters ...
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### Need an intermediate resistivity part/material

I need a part or material for a planned experiment (the experiment is similar to those described in my articles http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.0066 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1626 ). The problem is that ...
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### Energy in a wind instrument?

My physics teacher said that he saw a guy playing a very large wind instrument on TV, and the guy apparently calculated that the total energy present in the instrument when he was playing was almost ...
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### Is there a difference between, static loading and fast loading of a polymer (non linear elastic material) in terms of elastic potential generated?

Imagine a non-linear elastic material such as a rubber band, nylon webbing or polyester webbing tensioned between two points. Scenario 1: A large mass is statically (no acceleration) loaded onto the ...
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### Magnitude of force to keep stick in equilibrium [closed]

Problem statement A straight and homogenous stick with mass m is pressed against a wall with the force F. The stick is horizontal perpendicular against the wall. Given that the friction between the ...
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### Principle of Least Action via Finite-Difference Method

I am reading Gelfand's Calculus of Variations & mathematically everything makes sense to me, it makes perfect sense to me to set up the mathematics of extremization of functionals & show that ...
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### Energy of a cylinder rolling down a path

Problem statement: A cylinder rolls without slipping down a hill. It is released from height h. What is its speed when it come down? The cylinder mass may be completely concentrated on the radius R, ...
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### Examples of “pseudo quantum effects” in history of physics

Are there any examples in the history of physics where a phenomenon was considered by the physics community to be not explainable by classical physics and needed a quantum explanation whereas some ...
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### Relation between the period of rotation and the period of revolution of a satellite

I read somewhere that the tidal forces between the earth and the moon causes the equality between the 2 periods of the moon and that every planet-satellite system will evolve to this condition (like ...
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### 6 Story Building Swaying, Normal? [closed]

Preface: I'm currently sitting at my desk on a 5th floor in a South Florida office building, as I was earlier this morning when I felt the building sway slightly. It wasn't continuous and the ...
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### Non-local Lagrangian contact interaction

Conside a contact interaction given by a delta function on their worldlines. Use a gauge fixed Lagrangian for two point particles in terms of their proper times $t$ and $t^{\prime}$. Is it possible to ...
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### Small unclarity in proof of Noether's Theorem

I'm trying to understand the proof of Noether's Theorem in my Classical Mechanics class. We formulated it as follows: A continous symmetry is defined as a flow $\phi^{\lambda}(q(t))$ which leaves the ...
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### Buoyancy Problem - Cubes in water

I have a tank with water (10 m high) , with an ideal seal at the bottom (water can't fall down, but can enter bodies). I have a system of 6 cubes ( of polystyrene density= 20 Kg/m^3) with dimension ...
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### Is there a trajectory which is not a solution of the equation of motion but satisfies all conservation laws?

I'm wondering whether conservation laws are sufficient to imply equations of motions. Specifically: 1) In classical mechanics of point particles, are conservation of energy, conservation of momentum ...
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### Classical/Quantum Coin Toss

I am having a brainfreeze moment and have confused myself, help appreciated! Classical Coin: Heads OR tails. Quantum Coin: Superposition Heads AND Tails. Classical Mechanics: Deterministic (in ...
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### Calculate the acceleration of the trailing muon bunch

Two separate suitably short but intense bunches of muons, "A" and "B", are both supposed to be constantly accelerating (in an otherwise sufficiently flat region) with constant proper acceleration ...
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### How many points are required to make a black box

I have a black box with an arbitrary mass distribution inside it. I want to replace that object with n point masses without changing any mechanical properties of the box (center of mass, total mass, ...
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### How much torque does it take to turn a doorknob? [closed]

How much torque does it take to turn a doorknob? I'm not looking for an exact answer, just a ballpark for someone who doesn't have a sense of everyday amounts of torque. Here's a very ordinary ...
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### Which is more efficient: a larger wheel or a smaller wheel?

I'm designing a 2-wheeled cart that I plan to rig to a donkey for hauling work around a farm. I'm wondering if there are mechanical advantages to using smaller wheels (like 40 cm diameter) vs. using ...
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### What is the Earth truly rotating about/revolving around?

Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun, the sun revolves around the galaxy, the galaxy is also moving. So Earth's net rotation as observed from a fixed inertial frame consists of all ...
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### Google interview riddle and scaling arguments

I am puzzled by a riddle to which I have been told the answer and I have loads of difficulties to believe in the result. The riddle goes as follows: "imagine you are shrunk to the size of a coin (i....
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### What are the physics behind the Coriolis effect? [closed]

What causes the Coriolis effect?
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### Addes mass forces: can a force depend on acceleration?

My friend and I had a little discussion about added mass forces. I always interpreted $F=ma$ as a cause-effect relationship, so I find rather uneasy to accept that the cause can instantaneously ...
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### Doubt about coordinates and point of equilibrium

I'm solving an exercise about small oscillations and I have a doubt about coordinates that I have to use. This is the text of the exercise: "A bar has mass M and lenght l. Its extremity A is hooked ...
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### A different proof for 6 degrees of freedom

I want a different proof of 6 degrees of freedom of a solid object made of $N$ particles. I am thinking along these lines: The definition of rigid body is \left\lvert \vec{r_i}-\vec{r_j} \right\...
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### Rotating spring system: Is my intuition correct?

Consider a solid spherical object of uniform density that is rotating on an axis A1. Perpendicular to that axis one can draw another line that passes through the sphere. On this axis, on both sides of ...
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### Can Newton's laws be explained by Quantum Physics? [duplicate]

I have only basic knowledge of physics. Could you please explain to me if a "Quantum" laws can theoretically (perhaps in the future?) be used to explain everything in macro levels? I'm having ...
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A sphere P of mass m, travelling with speed $u$, makes a head-on collision with a stationary sphere Q also of mass m. After the collision, the velocities of P and Q are $v_1$ and $v_2$ respectively. ...
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### Equal mass on either end of a spring

I'm taking physics this term and this is the first time taking physics in 3 years. Here is my homework question (of course those variables all have values but we'll use variables for now): Consider ...
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### What happens when a ball stops bouncing?

If I were to drop a bouncy ball onto a surface, each successive bounce will be lower in height as energy is dissipated. Eventually, however, the ball will cease to bounce and will remain in contact ...
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### Conceptually, what is negative work?

I'm having some trouble understanding the concept of negative work. For example, my book says that if I lower a box to the ground, the box does positive work on my hands and my hands do negative work ...
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### Deriving $T = F\ r = I\alpha$ for a rigid body

For a single point mass : $\tau=F_{t}r=ma_tr=(m r^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ For multiple point masses bound together : $\sum \tau_i = (m_ir_i^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ But how do we go from that to \$I\alpha = ...