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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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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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 ...
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Is there a geometrical way to obtain a relationship between these vectors?

Suppose we have a setup like this. Here $a_1,a_2,b_1,b_2$ are acceleration magnitudes($b_1,b_2$ being relative) and $P,Q,R,S$ are not pulley/blocks but are points on the rope. If I use a geometrical ...
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Intuition behind classical virial theorem

I am continuing to brush up my statistical physics. I just want to gain a better understanding. I have gone through the derivation of the classical virial theorem once more. I have thought about it, ...
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Intuition behind Work

I have a doubt in understanding the intuition behind the concept of work. First of all, I think this isn't duplicate, I've searched on the site, and the closest thing I've found was this post which is ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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Why does higher acceleration minimize a car's fuel consumption?

I generally try to optimize my car's fuel consumption when driving, using my car's real-time MPG gauge and average-trip MPG indicator. Until recently, I believed the slower the acceleration, the ...
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kinetic energy of the stone

Suppose we have a man traveling in an open car (roof open) with speed $v$ towards right (man faces right). He throws a stone (mass $m$) towards right, in his frame-forward with speed $V$. In the ...
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Deriving equations of motion of polymer chain with Hamilton's equations

This is related to a question about a simple model of a polymer chain that I have asked yesterday. I have a Hamiltonian that is given as: $H = \sum\limits_{i=1}^N \frac{p_{\alpha_i}^2}{2m} + ...
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Universe Expansion and two tennis balls

Clear the universe of all matter except for two tennis balls. Place the two tennis balls in the same inertial frame 1 Mpc apart. Are the tennis balls getting further apart? Will the tennis balls ...
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Hamiltonian of polymer chain

I'm reading up on classical mechanics. In my book there is an example of a simple classical polymer model, which consists of N point particles that are connected by nearest neighbor harmonic ...
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Maximum Shear on a Beam - beam with fixed support on one end and hinge on other end

A beam $\displaystyle 3m$ long with fixed support on one end and hinge on the other end is subjected to a uniform load of $10\ kN/m$. What is the maximum shear of this beam? The solution is this one: ...
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Cantilever Beam - Maximum Shear of the Beam

A cantilever beam $3\ \text{m}$ long is subjected to a moment of $10\ \text{kNm}$ at the free end. Find the maximum shear of the beam. The answer is "There is no vertical load, shear is zero" ...
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Relating generalized momentum, generalized velocity, and kinetic energy: $2T~=~\sum_i p_{i}\dot{q}^{i}$

According to equation (6) on the first page of some lecture notes online, the above equation is used to prove the virial theorem. For rectangular coordinates, the relation $$ 2T~=~\sum_i ...
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Classical scattering of two particles by a Yukawa potential [closed]

A point-like particle $A$, coming from minus spatial infinity, heads at another one, $B$, with an impact parameter of $b$. Initial momenta are $p_A$ and $p_B=0$. They repel each other via a Yukawa ...
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Finding the acceleration of a cart rolling on a table

The cart is rolls frictionless on the table. It has a mass of $1 kg$. Attached to it are 2 strings, that go through two frictionless sheaves. The weights have masses as in the picture. ...
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How is the equation of motion for a real scalar field derived from the Lagrangian?

The Lagrangian for a real scalar field is: $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\eta^{\mu \nu}\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial_{\nu}\phi-\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2 $$ How can I derive the dynamics of this field from this ...
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A partial differential equation for kinetic energy

The kinetic energy of a point particle of mass $m$ and speed $v$ is $K = \frac{1}{2}mv^2$. An elementary mathematics textbook I saw asked one to show that $$ \frac{\partial K}{\partial ...
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Why is $dL = L d\epsilon$?

Let's say there's a random elastic material. It's length is $L$ and it's tensile strain $\epsilon= (L-L_0)/L_0$ Now, when one pulls on it the following is true: $dW_{tot}=FdL =\sigma AdL=\sigma A L ...
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Must the Lagrangian always be known for the Euler-Lagrange equations to be of any use?

When studying classical mechanics using the Euler-Lagrange equations for the first time, my initial impression was that the Lagrangian was something that needed to be determined through integration of ...