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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Poincaré maps and interpretation

What are Poincaré maps and how to understand them? Wikipedia says: In mathematics, particularly in dynamical systems, a first recurrence map or Poincaré map, named after Henri Poincaré, is ...
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Is there a fundamental reason not to define the work vice-versa

My question arises from something which has never been really clear: in continuum mechanics, why is strain energy defined as: $$W=\int_\Omega ...
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A question regarding 3 bodies connected as a system

Let us consider three bodies of equal mass connected to each other with 2 ideal strings of length l. The three bodies are placed in a straight line In this arrangement there is 1 body connected to 2 ...
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Rigorous version of field Lagrangian

In Classical Mechanics the configuration of a system can be characterized by some point $s\in \mathbb{R}^n$ for some $n$. In particular, if it's a system of $k$ particles then $n = 3k$ and if there ...
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Mathematical Reasoning for Fluid Pressure as a Scalar

This question from a while ago and answers/comments to this question from earlier today both make heavy mention of the fact that fluid pressure is a scalar. Although this information was surprising ...
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Superfluid rotating frame of reference

I'm currently studying a text about Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and vortices. When they want to study whether a vortex will be formed, they look at the fact wether it's enegetically favorable. ...
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Why doesn't a Brownian ratchet provide free energy?

A Brownian ratchet is described here at Wikipedia. The "why it fails" section reads: Feynman demonstrated that if the entire device is at the same temperature, the ratchet will not rotate ...
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Why aren't stratospheric balloons compressing their helium to descent? [closed]

I can't find a reference of a working stratospheric balloon mounted with a compressor to control its altitude. Is there a big physical difficulty (such as compressor weight/power ratio, or power ...
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Precession of relativistic orbit in pure inverse-square force [closed]

PROBLEM: Show that Special Relativity predicts a precession of $\pi (GMm/cl)^2$ radians per orbit for any elliptic orbit under a pure inverse-square force. Where $G$ is gravitational ...
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Why does a gear rotating around another gear rotate twice as fast around its own center?

Take two gears: One is fixed, the other rotates around it. If the gears are the same size the rotating gear has to rotate around its center twice as fast as it rotates around the other gear. I'm ...
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why ostriches cannot fly? physics explanation

I'm looking for a physics explanation concerning to the fact "The ostriches cannot fly". My statments: During the time interval $\Delta$t of the upward wingbeat, the ostrich drops a distance h ...
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Can this type of graph be analysed to produce any meaningful data?

The above is a graph of pendulum length on the x-axis measured in metres, and pendulum period on the y axis measured in seconds. The pendulum period is not squared. I know that if I square the ...
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Finding potential energy of a solid hemisphere on top of another solid hemisphere [closed]

A solid hemisphere with radius $b$ has its flat surface glued to a horizontal table. Another solid hemisphere with radius $a$ rests on top of the hemisphere of radius $b$ so that the curved ...
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Can we explicitly solve the Hamilton–Jacobi equation for a particle in a uniform magnetic field?

HJE for nonrelativistic charged particle in an electromagnetic field is $$\frac{1}{2m}\left(\nabla S - q\mathbf{A}\right)^2 + q\phi + \frac{\partial S}{\partial t} = 0.$$ For a uniform magnetic ...
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Two carts connected by spring on frictionless track

I have the following homework problem: Consider two carts of equal mass m on a horizontal, frictionless track. The carts are connected by a single spring of force constant k, but are otherwise ...
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Finding the initial velocity of a vertical circular motion [closed]

A particle P is suspended from a fixed point O by a light inextensible string of length a. When hanging at rest under gravity at A it is given a horizontal velocity u. The particle moves freely ...
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Liouville's theorem and preservation of topology

What might be a simple proof showing that the time evolution of the phase space volume can't lead to splitting off of the phase space volume? By Liouville's theorem, the total phase space volume is ...
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Separating the potential energy of a system of particles.

Assuming all forces derive form a conservative source and that all forces observe the strong form of the third law, how do we arrive at the following equation? \begin{equation} V=\sum _i V_i+\frac ...
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The classical hydrogen atom

Suppose we want to analyze a hydrogen atom using purely classical mechanics. This obviously is not exactly how things work - quantum mechanics plays a huge role and probability distributions are ...
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Strain-Displacement relationship symmetrization

In the context of infinitesimal elastic strain theory, one writes the relationship between displacement and strain as $$ \epsilon_{ij} = \frac{1}{2}( \frac{\partial u_i}{\partial x_j} + ...
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Action principles and covariant equations [duplicate]

Can every physically sound differential equation, that is covariant, deterministic etc. be derived by extremising a suitable action using a suitable lagrangian, that may be arbitary. Is this a ...
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Why quantum mechanics?

Imagine you're teaching a first course on quantum mechanics in which your students are well-versed in classical mechanics, but have never seen any quantum before. How would you motivate the subject ...
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Normal force of loop-the-loop at the side of the circle

In the loop-the-loop ride a car goes around a vertical, circular loop at a constant speed. The car has the mass of 230 kg and moves with the speed of 300 m/s. The loop-the-loop has a radius R=20 m. ...
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What is the percentage of energy recovery in Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems(KERS) in cars?

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) use flywheels to recover energy from the kinetic motion of cars. They use a rotating flywheel that generates energy as it rotates- this generates the electric ...
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Landau Mechanics equation 16.9

I am having trouble deriving the equation 16.9 from Landau's Classical Mechanics book. This equation is the maximum kinetic energy of a particle if a massive particle with mass $M$ disintegrates into ...
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Non-linear systems in classical mechanics

In general, what is meant by non-linear system in classical mechanics? Does it always concern the differential equations one ends up with (any examples would be greatly appreciated)? If so, is it ...
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Forces Create Angular Acceleration And “Straight” Acceleration - But How Much Of Each?

Let me set up the following problem for a rectangle floating in space: We know its dimensions. We know its mass. There's a force pushing it for a known amount of time - we know the angle & ...
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Conservative force as a potencial energy gradient

A conservative force $\vec{F}$ is apparently defined as the gradient of a potential energy $U$: $$\vec{F} = -\nabla\ U$$ I am curious if this definition was originally used to describe a ...
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Non-deterministic particle system

This question is in the spirit of Norton's dome, an example of an apparently non-deterministic system in Newtonian mechanics. Under certain restrictions, the Picard–Lindelöf theorem guarantees the ...
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What could cause an asymmetric orbit in a symmetric potential?

My question can be summarized as: Given a potential with a symmetry (e.g. $z\rightarrow-z$), should I expect orbits in that potential to exhibit the same symmetry? Below is the full motivation for ...
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In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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How does an object's motion behave if dropped from an aeroplane travelling diagonally upwards?

Imagine an aeroplane travelling with velocity $v$ at some angle $\alpha$ from East to North. A box is dropped from the aeroplane. What would the projectile of the box be? Would it be a parabola with ...
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Phase space volume and relativity

Much of statistical mechanics is derived from Liouville's theorem, which can be stated as "the phase space volume occupied by an ensemble of isolated systems is conserved over time." (I'm mostly ...
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Two masses on frictionless table with one string connecting both masses on ground and the other string [closed]

From Morin's Introduction to Classical Mechanics page 342: A solid cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $r$ lies flat on frictionless horizontal table, with a massless string running halfway around ...
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Robot speeds in body frame

I am building a robot with two wheels (and differential drive) and I am trying to make it have the same performances over very different loads (an order of magnitude between the ), so I decided to try ...
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How can I derive the Hamiltonian of simple harmonic oscillator from this Lagrangian?

I'm working through Leonard Susskind's Theoretical Minimum: Classical Mechanics and I can't seem to understand how the Hamiltonian of a simple harmonic oscillator is derived from the following ...
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Should the liquid come out of the tank if a hole is drilled in the vertical wall?

This is a tank filled with water kept on ground. The points $A$ and $B$ are at 'same horizontal level', hence, as per an interpretation of pascal's law, pressure at $A$ must be equal to the pressure ...
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Shock-waves, Bangs and the Speed of Sound

I was watching this video of an erupting volcano. Some Guys in the comments tried to estimate how far away the volcano is by using the delay until the "shock-wave" hits the camera and the speed of ...
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belts and balls, correct size of holes

I'm working on a robot that has to transport a set of balls up at a 60 degrees angle. In order to do this I want to use a belt system with holes in it. Now my question is how big do these holes have ...
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Experimental set up of vertical circular motion

We are trying to do the following experiment: http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/301/lectures/node90.html. At the moment, here is the experimental setup: We have a rod 0.4 m long which rotates ...
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Cutting a circle and moving endpoints

A metal (or otherwise, suitably elastic) circle is cut and the points are slid up and down a vertical axis as shown: How would one describe the resultant curves mathematically?
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Modeling the creation of transverse waves

Suppose I hang one end of a jump rope against a wall and start waving the other end. I'm interested in knowing the behavior of the jump rope as it starts generating waves. In other words, how can I ...
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Unbalancing a system of rotating masses - what happens?

Lets say you have a rod spinning on its long axis and this rod has a few smaller beams attached perpendicular to the rod at varying angles and with varying masses. Here's a picture from wikipedia to ...
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How to take in to account torques applied at different points

Suppose we have a rigid body with known moment of inertia through some axis ($J$) and that there are multiple torques being applied in different points in that body. I know that for a rigid body, the ...
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Example of materials with 21 independant coefficients in linear elasticity?

By definition of linear elasticity, the strain et stress tensors are related: \begin{equation} \boldsymbol{\sigma}=\mathbf{C}:\boldsymbol{\varepsilon} \end{equation} and because of minor and major ...
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Hysteresis in liquid–solid-phase transitions such as Agar

I'm wondering how it is possible for a substance to have a significantly different melting point than its freezing point. What physical interaction "locks" a substance such as Agar into the phase that ...
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how to draw mechanical engineering problems [closed]

Hello I'm not entirely sure if this is on topic, but does anyone know software (or methods) to draw mechanical engineering schematics? (For statics/dynamics, so things like beams joints, rollers, ...
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What makes laminar cascade break?

Near my house there is a mall that have a cascade, which has a pratically constant flow, and doesn't seem to have perturbations (at least near the edge where water falls), between its two levels. ...
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Why rubber is incompressible material?

Why rubber is incompressible material? I know its Poisson's ratio is nearing to 0.5. So I don't understand physically, what it means by 0.5 Poisson's ratio and incompressibility. When I tried ...
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Problem-solving approach to Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book with problem-solving approach to the intermediate classical mechanics. The book I expect should have: Solutions to all of its problems Be Calculus based(!) - try to show me ...