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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Higher order principle of isotropy

Let us work with classical mechanics in the substantivalist metaphysics, that is, space and time are seen as absolute. Call $n$-th order of motion any observer such that $n$ is the biggest order of ...
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Optimal “Blow up” Configuration

Suppose you have three balls glued together. Two are red and one is blue. The system of balls is blown up by an explosion of pure energy (that conserves the center of mass frame) exactly at the ...
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What is the conserved quantity?

Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}mv^2-q\Phi + q\textbf{A} \cdot \textbf{v} $$ is invariant under infinitesimal spatial rotation. In the process of calculating $\delta\mathcal{L}$, the term ...
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A rod on an inclined plane

(55th Polish Olympiad in Physics) A rod of length $l$ and mass $m$ was lain on an inclined plane of angle $\alpha$, on the altitude $h$ above the floor. (while $h \gg l)$ Describe the rod's ...
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A free axis of rotation

It is claimed that the free axes of rotation of a rigid body are the ones with the smallest and the largest moment of inertia. Why? How can we determine which free axis of rotation will be used?
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Equivalency of conditions involving angular momentum of a rolling ball hitting a wall

(59th Polish Olympiad in Physics) A ball of mass $m$, radius $r$ and a moment of inertia $I = \frac 25 mr^2$ is rolling on the floor without sliding with the linear velocity $v_0$. It hit the wall ...
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How does Zeno of Elea's argument on “motion” make sense? [duplicate]

Zeno of Elea (born c. 500 bce) argued so intensely about motion. In one of his arguments he claims – in simple language – "that it is impossible to slap somebody, since the hand first has to travel ...
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What are the mathematical models for force, acceleration and velocity?

In mechanics, the space can be described as a Riemann manifold. Forces, then, can be defined as vector fields of this manifold. Accelerations are linear functions of forces, so they are covector ...
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Brachistochrone parametric equations

I'm having a bit of a hard time understanding how the parametrized $y$ equation (given below) of the brachistochrone is correct. When these equations are plotted it gives a concave down graph. ...
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Are launch angles relative to observers?

Supposed we have someone on a moving platform which is at constant velocity. Lets say the person launches a mass at some speed relative to the platform an some angle with respect to the platform. Does ...
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Show $\frac{\partial T}{\partial \dot q_j} = m_i \dot r_i^T\frac{\dot r_i }{\partial \dot q_j} $ [closed]

This is a basic result in lagrangian mecanics. Let $T$ be the kinetic energy, $r_i$ be the position of the $i^{th}$ particle in the system I need to show $$\frac{\partial T}{\partial \dot q_j} = ...
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The principle of least action [duplicate]

I have read about the principle of least action. This principle suggests that nature would allow a particle to travel in a path along which the integral of the difference between kinetic energy and ...
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Does the additivity property of Integrals of motion and Lagrangians valid in all situations?

I would like to know if the additivity property of an integral (constant) of motion valid in all situations ? It works for energy but does it work for all other integrals of motion in all kinds of ...
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Find out the expression for angular speed in terms of time

Here is the equation that describes the motion of a planet under the gravitational field generated by a fixed star: $$u=\frac el\cos\theta+\frac 1l$$ where $u$ is the reciprocal of the radial ...
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Classical Mechanics Help [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in physics. I don't know why but classical mechanics is giving me a lot of problems and I can't seem to grasp the concepts at all. So far we've been doing ...
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Terminal conditions and boundary terms in Lagrangian formulations: what do different choices mean?

For the sake of having compact expressions: $$ \left\langle f,g\right\rangle=\int^T_0 f(t)g(t)\,\text{d}t $$ Given some functional: $$ F=\frac{1}{2}m\!\left\langle ...
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Unilateral Torque Constraint on the foot-ground interface

I was studying the basics of legged locomotion and came across the unilateral force and torque constraints at the foot-ground interface. I understood the implication of the unilateral constraint on ...
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A problem about harmonic oscillators

A ball with mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without sliding inside a cylinder with radius $R (R>>r)$, with $\theta <<1$. Find the angular frequency $\omega$ What I Know: There are ...
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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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Independence of position and velocity in Lagrangian from the point of view of physics? [duplicate]

I would like to continue discussion from my previous post on time dependence of lagrangian Time dependence of the Lagrangian of a free particle?. I have also read this old post Why does calculus of ...
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Calculating/estimating heat transfer losses for hot air balloon (lantern)

I'm trying to build a flying lantern / hot air balloon that flies as close to hovering as possible (as opposed to up-up and awaaay). To see if this is feasible I'm trying to simulate as much as I can ...
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What justification is necessary for convolutional variational principles to be considered legitimate?

I recently asked a related question and was interested in why/or why we cannot use convolutional variational principles in practice or in theory. Summarizing the points I made in the earlier post: ...
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A central force which enables a torque on a sphere - is it still conservative?

Consider the following example: Two spheres (one big, other small) standing vertically on ground. At first, the small sphere is on top of the big sphere. Then, it starts to roll w/o slipping to ...
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Velocities of points along an inextensible string

It is a well known constraint that velocities of points along an inextensible taut string or rod is constant. This is, for instance of use in the following problem: If a rod slides along the wall ...
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Potential Energy of Interaction Between a Sphere and a Particle Formula Derivation [closed]

A sphere of radius R has density described by ρ=ρ(r). Derive equation for pontetial energy of interaction between the sphere and some point particle of mass m which is at distance r from the center of ...
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What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand?

What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand a briefcase for example. Wouldn't the center of mass move horizontally towards the side carrying ...
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Stability of Mathieu's equation and parameteric resonance

I am given the following equation (Mathieu's equation) in my subject of Numerical Analysis : $$ \frac{d^2 x}{dt^2}=-\omega^2(1+\epsilon\cos(t))x $$ I am supposed to find those frequencies $\omega$ ...
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Motion Integrals of a Particle in a Force Field

I am trying to wrap my head around the following problem: A point particle is moving in a field, where its potential energy is U=-α/r. Find first motion integrals. In our university we have no ...
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Simple explanation of first and second class constraints with an example

Can someone give a simple physical example of first class and second class constraints? I mean, if you were giving a classical mechanics lecture for undergraduates, how would you explain this concept ...
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Non-dimensionalizing the “bead on a rotating hoop, with viscous damping” problem

This is not a homework question. Rather, this is an exercise I have taken up on myself. In particular, I am trying to find an algorithmic way to non-dimensionalize known equations, using the ...
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Does this massless spring affect the system?

I have to write out the differential equation modelling this system: There's a mass connected to a wall with a spring of spring constant $k_1$, sitting on a frictionless surface, with another spring ...
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Rotation of Thin street sign

I am attempting to complete a home question in which a shop sign in the shape of a thin rectangle of size p x q (with q being the longer side), and mass m, that rotates about an axis that passes ...
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Derivable Concepts in Mechanics and Electromagnetism

In Classical Mechanics, one of the possible foundations is based on three concepts aka mass(equivalent to energy), length and time. This is a foundation because we can model everything ( pressure, ...
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Prove a transformation is a variational symmetry?

My question: How to prove the family of transformations of the $(t,q)$ space, given by $(t,q) \to (t,U(\epsilon)q)$, where $U(\epsilon) \in SO(3)$, is a variational symmetry? So it depends on $L$ by ...
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Deriving Snell's law via Lagrangian mechanics

A particle moves with kinetic energy $K_1$ in a region where its potential energy has a constant value $U_1$. After crossing a certain plane, its potential energy changes discontinuously to a new ...
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Will the center of mass of the whole system change when object swims on curved surface?

In the example given here, the object can move on the frictionless surface of the sphere by changing its shape periodically. So will the center of mass of the whole system change after the object ...
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Force in colliding snooker balls

If a snooker ball is traveling at 2m/s and hits another ball, the first ball will stop dead and the second will accelerate instantaneously to 2m/s. F=ma, so this would seem to imply an infinite force. ...
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Time reversed Abraham-Lorentz reaction force

The Abraham-Lorentz radiation reaction force on a charged particle is given by: $$\mathbf{F_{rad}} = \frac{q^2}{6\pi\epsilon_0c^3}\mathbf{\dot{a}}$$ I understand the situation where one fires a ...
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Quantum chaos vs classical chaos

There is this popular conjecture from Bohigas, which says: When the analogeous classical system of a quantum system shows chaotic behaviour then the spacing distribution of the quantum system ...
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Locally accessible dimensions of configuration space

I am reading a book called "Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics" by MIT Press.While discussing configuration space and degrees of freedom,the authors remark the following: Strictly ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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How do I calculate the speed of the air particles flowing out of a balloon? [duplicate]

I am trying to find out what kind of force would a leakage in a balloon cause. What i used is F = (mass flow)speed = (air density)(surface of leakage hole)*speed. I don't know how I could calculate ...
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Fluids in a U-shaped Tube

One of the users asked a question about the Fluids in U-shaped Tube. I was wondering and I tried to imagine that the membrane is fixed and the left side is filled up until $h_1=h_2$. So my question is ...
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Parametric impulse on driven, damped oscillator

I've been thinking about driven harmonic oscillators recently. I know how to calculate their response to a sinusoidal drive, and their response to an impulse or more generally an arbitrary drive via ...
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Canonical transformation from Hamiltonian without external source to Hamiltonian with external source

Let a system with time-independent Hamiltonian, $H_0(q,p)$ be subjected to an external oscillating field $E_0\sin(wt)$, so that the Hamiltonian becomes $H=H_0(q,p)-qE_0\sin(wt)$. Find a canonical ...
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Will the bouncing particle exert greater force on the surface?

Imagine elastic collision and no energy is lost from the system. A particle is emitted from the bottom of a box. The box is in inertial motion. The particle hits the top of the box and travels in ...
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Impact strength test of a container filled with liquid

as a university project I have to project(choose material and dimensioning) a liquid container (NaClO, density 1100 g/L), we ...
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solve r2 and r3 [closed]

i am working through a balancing of machines question. i cannot figure out how in the text book they get the RHS to equal 16.538 and 10.4045. i think everything needed is included in the photos. if ...
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Period of swinging incomplete hula-hoop

I was working on a problem where I had to calculate the period of a swinging incomplete hula-hoop given its center of mass and radius. It only swings with very small amplitude so I considered the ...
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Symplectic Structure without predefined Hamiltonian

Here there is a link which has helped me understanding the relationship between symplectic geometry and classical mechanincs. In short, the symplectic form transforms the derivative of the ...