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 is walking up stairs harder than walking normally?

I must admit, I'm pretty new to studying physics and I know this is a simple concept but I'm having difficulty understanding it. I've tried reading the questions here but I just need a little bit of ...
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Why does $\omega = \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$?

I know that in an equation such that $$\ddot{x} + \omega^2x = 0,$$ the angular frequency $ = \omega$. But why is that ever $ \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$? (where $x_0$ is the equilibrium point). I just saw ...
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Will dynamo generate electricity with reverse spin?

Will a dynamo generate electricity when it is spinning in opposite direction? If we alternate the rotation direction every minute, will it still generate electricity? How?
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Where does the energy go when you stretch a rubber band?

There is resistance when you stretch a rubber band. That makes sense to me because the energy you exert is turned into potential energy of the rubber band, but if you hold the rubber band in the same ...
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Lagrangian for free particle in special relativity

From definition of Lagrangian: $L = T - U$. As I understand for free particle ($U = 0$) one should write $L = T$. In special relativity we want Lorentz-invariant action thus we define free-particle ...
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Pendulum point in polar coordinates for Lagrangian

So I'm really stumped with this. I have a particle in a cone, like pictured. The particle orbits the z axis on the dotted line for $r$. So knowing that $\alpha$ and $r$ remain constant in this ...
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Given an initial push, is work done on an object infinite in a hypothetical empty universe?

Consider a hypothetical empty universe containing a single object. Given an initial push, will the work done by the forever moving object be infinite?
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Question about resolving forces

Say, in the example below, the weight $mg$ of the object is $800N$. To find $R$, the conventional method is to use $R\sin(28^\circ) = 800$. But why isn't it possible to use instead the component of ...
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Query into the cumulative velocity of mounted platforms

Consider throwing a stone at an object from rest, it travels at Vms-1. Now throw that stone whilst running at Ums-1. It seems in the latter scenario the total speed of stone is V + U. Now imagine ...
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Kinetic energy and temperature

I've randomly been thinking about smoothies and internal energy all weekend. If we have an assortment of fruit in the solid phase and then proceed to blend it all so that it ends up being in the ...
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Resisting force depends on velocity? [duplicate]

Why does resisting force depend on velocity? I think there is no relation between resisting force and velocity of object. Please speak about it logically.
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Hamiltonian equations: can I divide a solution of motion for a constant?

I'm solving an exercise about Hamiltonian equations. I have followed the proceeding below. The results given by the book are different to mine because its first result is the half of mine (and the ...
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Is it reasonable for a heavy door to “open by itself” (ie from differences in air pressure) if it had already been slightly ajar?

If you consider a basically uniform massive door (say, 300 N) where there is some coefficient $\mu_{s,k}$ of static and kinetic friction between the thing on the inside of the door, and where the ...
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Formula for a ball rolling down an Inclined Plane

Suppose we set up an experiment where we have an inclined ramp, and a spherical basketball. If we were to assume the ball to be perfectly round, and rolls down in a vertical manner and the situation ...
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Violation of conservation of energy and potential energy between objects

I would like to clarify my question. I have numbered them to be independent questions For any conservative fields, $\vec{F} = -\nabla U$. Which means the restoring force is opposite to the ...
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Most elegant/fundamental formulations of the laws of classical mechanics? [closed]

Newton tried to do it with three laws/statements. While the first can be derived from the second, the three form a pretty nice framework. Later on, I've encountered Lagrangian Mechanics, which ...
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Under what conditions do the Galilean transformatons become more accurate?

For S and S' in standard configuration, the Galilean transformations are: x' = x - vt, y' = y, z' = z, t' = t From the Lorentz transformations for v << c: x' = x - vt, y' = y, z' = z, t' = t ...
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Protecting astronauts from G's when taking off/landing

When landing from orbit or launching from the ground to orbit (with chemical rockets or other means of fast acceleration), could one place the astronauts in a centrifuge and spin it to protect them ...
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How is it possible to exert a force on a static object?

Assuming mass doesn't change, force is defined as mass * acceleration. Acceleration is the change in velocity as time changes. How is it possible then to exert a force on an object that doesn't move? ...
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Projectile motion of a grenade [closed]

A small hand grenade is thrown with an initial speed V0 forming an angle ɵ with the horizontal ground. Assume that at its highest point the grenade explodes and is split into two identical ...
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Position, velocity and acceleration vs time graphs

I'd like to draw graphs of a vehicle and I have a position vs time table. I can set the points but how am I supposed to join them, straight or hyperbole ? If the object is accelerating which is yes ...
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“Principle of least action” and “Principle of conservation of energy”: Which one is fundamental and which one is derived? [closed]

Suppose I throw a ball upwards. First it will rise under gravity and then fall under gravity. During the rising part the kinetic energy gradually decreases and the potential energy increases until ...
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What is the difference between vortexing and centrifuging?

I understand that vortexing will result in mixing / re-suspension of particles, and that centrifugation will result in the separation of particles. However, what is the difference in the physics that ...
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Harmonic oscillator and cyclic coordinates

I am reading goldstein there is some comment I don't understand. Consider the following hamiltonian $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + \frac{kq^2}{2}$$, which can be rewritten as follows $$H = \frac{1}{2m}(p^2 ...
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Is this an error?

The teacher wrote the following: There is a dot missing where the green arrow is, right? After applying Euler's theorem, the term in brackets becomes $x_j$, but we need it to be $\dot{x_j}$, don't ...
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Why does the work-energy theorem need to include internal forces?

Can anyone kindly explain me why work energy theorem must also include internal forces? The proof of work energy theorem is derived from Newton's laws of motion, but Newton's laws of motion don't ...
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Friction of a rolling cylinder

I was wondering why friction vectors are drawn differently regarding a cylinder rolling on a surface and a cylinder rolling down an inclined surface. Since friction is responsible for the rotational ...
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Mechanical equivalent to electric circuits

Could one build a mechanical equivalent to electric circuits ? I'm considering mechanical waves (like shock waves) travelling through a medium here. I'm aware that due to the high loss and practical ...
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Allowed Virtual Displacements

I am having trouble understanding the kinds of virtual displacements which are permitted for a given constrained system. I have a specific example in mind: A block of wood resting on a table parallel ...
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Why is centre of mass taken as integral of x.dm and not m.dx?

Forgive me if I'm being naive, but, I don't understand why the X-coordinate of the Centre of mass is taken as an integral of x.dm and not m.dx. I understand the summation part, but how do we convert ...
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What are the proper unit types for the calculation of the frequency of a tuning fork? [closed]

Wikipedia Article on the subject The formula states that the calculation of the frequency with cylindrical tines should be $$1.875^2/(2\pi L^2)\times(Er^2 /(4P))^{1/2}$$ where the variables are ...
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how is this kind of rolling motion possible?

I was solving this problem : Suppose you put a sphere in a rough ground with velocity of center of mass $v_{cm}= v_o$ in the positive $x$ axis and with anticlockwise angular momentum $\omega_o$ so ...
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How to work out the gravitational potential energy of rotating rod

I know that the kinetic energy of a rotating rod is $$ KE_{rot}=\frac12I\omega^2 $$ where $I$ is the moment of inertia. But is there some way to calculate gravitational potential energy using just ...
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Generalised velocities enough to be deterministic in Lagrangian mechanics?

In classical determinism we need to know $2n$ quantities of our system and the equation of motion to predict it's future. In Lagrangian mechanics this is equivalent to knowing $q$ and $\dot q$, the ...
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Having trouble understanding spectral lines

In my notes I wrote that Rutherford's model of the atom could not explain spectral lines, because that is what my textbook says. I'm not really sure about the details of spectral lines though. I know ...
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How does the masless pulley gets the force from rope?

I have seen whenever we solve for forces on pulley by rope we take the force on pulley exactly as the tensions in the rope around it. But , why do we do this ? Exactly how does the rope exerts forces ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [closed]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Calculate small small oscillations of a pendulum

The system is setup as follows: A point $O_1$ moves along the $x$ axis with it's $x$ coordinate being $a\sin(\omega t)$ and $\omega\ne\sqrt{\frac{g}{l}}$. There's a pendulum attached to $O_1$ of ...
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Energy conservation $\iff \frac{dE}{dt} = 0\ $?

If I'm asked to prove that a system is/ isn't conservative and compare it to whether or not the Hamiltonian is conserved, does that mean I need to compute the time derivative of energy $(T+U)$? Doing ...
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Can individual forces be regarded as momentum flows? [closed]

Net force on an object can be defined in two ways equivalently (from a classical point of view): $$\vec{F} = m\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}=\frac{d\vec{p}}{dt}$$ Looking at the last expression (definition in ...
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Momentum and Kinetic Energy Conservation in Inelastic Collision

Let a ball fall freely to the ground, hit and bounce back. Assume mass of the ball does not change during this. Since momentum is conserved in all collisions, $p_i = p_f$ In this example, the system ...
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How do I prove that frequencies that are irrationally related lead to quasi-periodic motion?

Consider the equation: \begin{equation} \dot{x} = Mx, \end{equation} where \begin{equation} M = \begin{pmatrix} i\omega_1 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 0 & i\omega_2 & \cdots & 0 \\ ...
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If $(q,p)$ to $(Q,P)$ is a canonical transformation, then does this imply $(Q,P)$ to $(q,p)$ is also?

If $(q,p)$ to $(Q,P)$ is a canonical transformation, then does this imply $(Q,P)$ to $(q,p)$ is also, assuming Hamilton's equations hold for the coordinates $(q,p)$? This seems like it should be true ...
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Net work done for rubber bands

I know that work is done on a rubber band to extend it, and then the rubber band does work to contract. However, then what is the net work done? If it returns to its original length, is the area ...
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If a body is floating in a static fluid, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the inmerse part of the object (proof)

Suppose an arbitrary body is floating in a static fluid, either totally or partially immersed in it, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the immersed fraction of the object. ...
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Simplifying Friedmann's Equation

So we have one of Friedmann's equation: $$\rho_c = \frac{3H^2}{8\pi G}$$ Using This website, resources where gathered for specific times in the universe. The resources being the Hubble constant at ...
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Confusion about units of angular momentum

According to multiple sources the SI units for angular momentum are kg * m$^2$ / sec I am confused about the derivation for this. Here is what I have done: $$L = I \cdot \omega \\ = m \cdot r^2 ...
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Is it possible to deduce the Archimedes' law of the lever using only the laws of conservation of the physics?

Is it possible to deduce the Archimedes' law of the lever using only the laws of conservation of the classical mechanics? I never saw (which is strange), but I think that it's possible.
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Equilibrium of Force Systems including Torque

please help me to solve this problem.. this is only the #3 on my homework and the only thing i didn't know here is how to calculate the tension T. please teach me how to solve the tension here ...
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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 ...