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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Countersteering a motorcycle

Everyone knows the story about countersteering. For those who don't I will explain it below and after the explanation i will ask my question. You can watch this short video as a beginning: ...
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Is it true that the self-force prevents a classical particle from falling into a Coulomb potential? What is the physical explanation of this result? [closed]

In 1943 CJ Eliezer published a paper claiming that the self-force prevents a zero angular momentum particle from ever reaching the center of an attractive Coulomb potential (and what's more that it ...
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Is there a rotational equivalent to newtons laws?

Newtons three laws of motion appears to apply only for linear motion: An object remains at rest or moves in a straight line at uniform velocity unless a force is applied. Force is mass times ...
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Ratio of oscillation amplitudes of a box on a gasket to floor

So the problem is that I have a box and I put it on a gasket to preserve it from vertical oscillations. The gasket is compressed by the box by a quantity of $h$. The floor is oscillating at frequency ...
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Partition function containing QM?

I am wondering about the partition function of the classical microcanonical ensemble. It contains Planck's constant and also an indistinguishability argument about the particles I am looking at and I ...
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Can you determine acceleration from positions and velocities only?

I just began reading the Landau and Lifshitz book on classical mechanics. It states on the first page of Chapter 1 that: Mathematically, this means that, if all the coordinates $q$ and velocities ...
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Cart speed and wheel rotation

Say you have a horse drawn cart. Does the outside of the wheel spin at the same velocity that the cart moves forward? The reason I ask is because I am working on a problem where a piece of mud ...
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Hamiltonian flow?

I was wondering what the Hamiltonian flow actually is? Here is my idea, I just wanted to know if I am correct about this. So let $(x(t),p(t))' = X_{H}(x(t),p(t))$ are the Hamilton's equations and ...
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Mechanical equilibrium : thermodynamics and classical mechanics

A similar question was asked here but mine is a bit different. In thermodynamics, a mechanical equilibrium is defined as a uniform pressure (for a fluid). In classical mechanics, equilibrium is ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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Lagrangian $L' = L + \frac{df}{dt}$ gives the same equations of motion

It is well known that when a Lagrangian $L$ is incremented by the total time derivative of a function $f$ that does not depend on the time derivatives of the generalized coordinates, the same ...
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Determining the components of the force on a curved surface due to pressure

I have a cross section of a half-tube with a pressure gradient across it causing a force outwards. I am attempting to extract the vertical component (in relation to diagram) of the force on this ...
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What is a “Reversed Effective Force”?

I have some confusion about the "Reversed effective force" as it appears in the derivation of D'Alembert's principle. In Goldstein d'Alembert's principle is given as: $(F-\dot{p}) \cdot \delta r = ...
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Momentum is a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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Collision of Discs and Snooker Kicks

I woke up this morning thinking about spinning discs. Could someone verify whether my reasoning below is correct? Problem 1 Suppose have two identical uniform discs constrained to move in a plane. ...
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Can dimension analysis be used in developing more advanced physics equations?

It is obvious that dimensional analysis can be used to derive many classical mechanics equations (excluding constants). As long as all the dependent quantities are known. My question is whether this ...
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How to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam?

So I've been searching wikipedia and google but nothing can show how to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam with a uniformly distributed load. The spring coefficient, $k$, is ...
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Does the force of releasing the latch of a spring-latch contraption affects the force generated by the spring?

There is this contraption in my class, where a rod is attached to a latch and a spring. By pulling the latch back behind a piece of metal, the latch is secured, the rod if pulled back and the spring ...
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Orbital angular momentum of electrons

In a QM class, to study the hydrogen atom, we started by defining the Hamiltonian $H$ for a central potential, then made an orbital angular momentum operator appear as part of $H$, then down the line ...
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Motion in a central field in Landau Mechanics

What does this mean when E=U_eff? I don't think this means the first term in E is zero. I don't understand the sentence ' This is a cubic equation for cos(theta)'
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$\mathbf{P}=M\mathbf{v}_{cm}$ for a continuous body?

While restudying some fundamental concepts with greater attention, I have reflected on the following deduction, which I find in my book of mechanics, of the identity of the temporal derivative ...
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Usage of concept of static deflection on classical mechanics (ex. SHM based problems)

Can anyone explain how the concept of static deflection (static displacement) is used in problems of SHM? Explanation by/with an illustration would be even the more helpful. Thank you
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Drag on a spinning ball in fluid

I am a physics newbie (high school level) and I am wondering what happens when a spherical object is spinning on the spot in a bunch of gas (no gravity here, just an imaginary physics sandbox). Am I ...
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Spring on a rotating disc [closed]

An object (with mass m) is attached with two identic springs (with spring constant k) to the edge and the axis of a rotating disc (with radius r). The object undergoes no friction and is in the middle ...
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How do I figure out the momentum of a water balloon when it reaches the person I am throwing it at?

Recently an experiment was performed in which myself and a partner filled a water balloon and threw it back and forth at each other without breaking it. We gradually increased the distance at which it ...
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Total angular momentum of a continuous body

I find the definition of total angular momentum $\mathbf{L}$ of a system of $n$ material points with respect to a given point $Q$ as the sum of the momenta $\ell_i=\mathbf{r}_i\times\mathbf{p}_i$ ...
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Why does one experience a short pull in the wrong direction when a vehicle stops?

When you're in a train and it slows down, you experience the push forward from the deceleration which is no surprise since the force one experiences results from good old $F=m a$. However, the moment ...
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Looking for an intuitive understanding of normal force

I understand normal force to be the perpendicular force to a surface of contact. However, I have come across a problem which has caused me to rethink this. My initial understanding of force is ...
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What is the idea behind canonical quantization?

From what I understand, canonical quantization of a classical theory consists of replacing the observables by abstract operators, of which only the commutation rules, which have to correspond to the ...
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How does electromagnetic radiation affect the velocity of a charged particle?

I've heard that the acceleration of a charged particle releases electromagnetic waves. So let's say there is a charged electron moving forwards in a region with a downwards magnetic field. If the ...
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Acceleration of an oscillating object in a frame of reference that is itself rotating!

I have been reading a paper and due to my limited knowledge of Physics, I can't move ahead. Sorry I do not know latex so, I will snip the paper and paste it here. So here goes it..... I think ...
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Physical interpretation of the relative displacement tensor?

I've resolved a relative displacement tensor into a strain tensor and a rotation tensor, where the strain tensor is: $$ \varepsilon_{i,j} =\begin{pmatrix} 0.2 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0.8 ...
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Dimension agreement in canonical transformation

In this Physics.SE post, there is a transformation: $$Q = q,$$ $$P = \sqrt{p} - \sqrt{q}.$$ for Hamiltonian $H = \frac{p^2}{2}$. The post discusses the validity of this transformation as a canonical ...
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Interesting approach to Kepler problem

I won't go into the explanation of this idea, because it is explained in this blog post. In this paper, which was featured on John Baez's blog, $\frac {dt}{d\lambda}$ is given as $\frac r V$, where ...
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General construction of equations of motion for free particles

I've got a question regarding the different Symmetrie-Lie-Groups of Newtonian Mechanics and special realtivity. Is there a canonical way to obtain the equations of motion for a free particle only by ...
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How to relate internal energy to atomic motion?

I am trying to conceptualize how atomic motion leads to the thermodynamically-defined internal energy (denoted as $U$ below) through some broad mathematical relationships. I get that the internal ...
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Thermodynamics of a rubber band

I have a streched rubber band and I know that tension f is proportional to the temperature T when the length is constant. How can I proove that internal energy is only a function of temperature? I ...
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Find generating function $F_1$ for canonical trasformation

I'd like to know the steps to follow to find the generating function $F_1(q,Q)$ given a canonical transformation. For example, considering the transformation $$q=Q^{1/2}e^{-P}$$ $$p=Q^{1/2}e^P$$ ...
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Fluid flow: Force acting on the fluid and the Navier-Stokes equation

Consider a one dimensional fluid flow in a rectangular tube. Typical streams are the poiseuille streams. Consider the case in wich we apply a force on the fluid. The Navier-Stokes equation (for ...
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Holonomic constraints and degrees of freedom?

Can we see that a constraint can decrease the degrees of freedom of a system if and only if it is holonomic. Either way please can you explain why?
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Classical Hydrogen Atom

I was wondering about the Hamiltonian description of the classical hydrogen atom (two point particles interacting through a Coulumb potential). In particular, I want to know if the fact that ...
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Thermalization of coupled classical oscillators

I would like to understand if it is possible to perform an experiment, where a bunch of classical harmonic oscillators (e.g., LC circuits or mechanical pendula) coupled in a simple manner (e.g., one ...
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Can a car get better mileage driving over hills?

Two towns are at the same elevation and are connected by two roads of the same length. One road is flat, the other road goes up and down some hills. Will an automobile always get the best mileage ...
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Quantum mechanics and Classical limit(s)

I have tried to make sense of this and i am not sure i get it. What i gather from this page about the classical limit is: You need coherent states something like $\hbar \to 0$ is not really enaugh. ...
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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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Particle moving under force $F=-cx^3$ [closed]

A particle with mass $m$ moves under influence of a force $F=-cx^3$, with $c$ a constant. What is the potential energy function $V(x)$? And if it starts to move from rest from position $x=-a$, what ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration of attractive interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...
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Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid?

A tennis ball bounces off a wall elastically. The momentum of the wall changes, but the kinetic energy of the wall remains zero. How is that possible? Walter Lewin Lecture 16 - Ball bouncing on ...
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Floating Objects and Weight

The Situation: A ball is placed in a beaker filled with water and floats. It is also attached to the bottom of the beaker via a string. The Question: The ball is attached to the beaker, thus ...