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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What variable is the conjugate momentum for angular momentum?

From the definition of conjugate momentum for a generalized coordinate we get that the conjugate for angular momentum should be proportonal to its integral with respect to time. According to my ...
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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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Is there an analog to the Runge-Lenz vector for a harmonic potential?

The Runge-Lenz vector is an "extra" conserved quantity for Keplerian $\frac{1}{r}$ potentials, which is in addition to the usual energy and angular momentum conservation present in all central force ...
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Central Force Scattering in Goldstein

On page 108 in Goldstein 3rd edition in the paragraph after equation (3.94) he says that $\psi$` can be obtained from the orbit equation (3.36) using the limits as $r_0=\infty$ $r=r_m$ which the ...
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Where does the $(\ell + x)^2\dot\theta^2$ term come from in the Lagrangian of a spring pendulum?

I am reading some notes about Lagrangian mechanics. I don't understand equation 6.9, which gives the Lagrangian for a spring pendulum (a massive particle on one end a spring). $$T = ...
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Determining the center of mass of a cone

I'm having some trouble with a simple classical mechanics problem, where I need to calculate the center of mass of a cone whose base radius is $a$ and height $h$..! I know the required equation. But, ...
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How does one write Newtons 2nd Law using the language of forms?

Newton's second law says that $F=ma$. Supposing that the force is conservative and can thus be expressed in terms of a potential $V$ we have that $F=-dV$. We have that $V$, being a function, can ...
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Pendulum moving faster than speed of light

In classical mechanics, the period $T$ of a pendulum is given by $$ T = 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{l}{g}},$$ where $g$ is the gravitational field and $l$ the length of the rope attaching the bob to the pivot. ...
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Magnetic field on axis of solenoid

So first I'd like to say that I have asked similar questions to this one. However, all the answers involve a level of calculus that I do not yet know. (Still on limits, going to spend the rest of ...
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Pulling on a weakened rope - where will it tear?

Let's say I have a rope of 10m length and it is weakened in 3 spots: at 2.5m, at 5m and at 7.5m. Weakened means that if enough tension is applied it will tear at these points (all points are equally ...
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Will the water go inside the moving water bottle?

Let's say that there is a empty bottle in the water moving at a high speed like this: My question is: Will the water go inside the the empty bottle when the bottle is moving at a high speed? If ...
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7/2 versus 9/2 for diatomic heat capacity

Question I calculated the classical heat capacity of a diatomic gas as $C_V = (9/2)Nk_B$, however the accepted value is $C_V = (7/2)Nk_B$. I assumed the classical Hamiltonian of two identical atoms ...
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Classical Limit in Quantum Mechanics

Suppose I have a wave function $\Psi$ (which is not an eigenfunction) and a time independent Hamiltonian $\hat{\mathcal{H}}$. Now, If I take the classical limit by taking $\hbar \to 0$ what will ...
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Why does angular momentum change only its direction and not its value (module) in the case of a spinning top?

I have a doubt, I hope you can help me. In the case of a spinning top precessing around the $y$-axis, there's a torque $\vec \tau$ which comes from the weight of the toy. This torque is perpendicular ...
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Forces and the light

Do external forces can affect the light? Can any external force make the light accelerate? And if it can, will it accumulate mass? (according to the second Newton's law of motion $m = F/a$ ) We know ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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Newton's laws and the maximum speed

According to Newton's second law of motion : $F = ma$ In an certain occasion, we exert 2 forces (the magnitudes of the forces are the same) on 2 different objects, Object A and Object B, in the same ...
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Why aren't the weights of the beads considered in this equation?

I was solving this problem: A ring of mass $M$ hangs from a thread and two beads of mass $m$ slide on it without friction.The beads are released simultaneously from the top of the ring and slides ...
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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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Beyond the third time derivative [duplicate]

Why do texts on classical mechanics never mention any derivative of position beyond the jerk, while at the same time being general in the sense of using of generalized coordinates?
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Book about fundamentals and concepts of classical mechanics [duplicate]

I want a book about fundamentals and CONCEPTS of classical mechanics. I have several books about classical mechanics, but all of them go directly to equations and applications. I don't know Really ...
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With a machete, why is a diagonal cut more effective than a right angle one?

When cutting back some thick growth in the garden a question that always nagged me. Why is cutting diagonally seemingly more effective than cutting at right angles? Part of the answer is obviously to ...
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What is an effective potential in classical mechanics?

What is an effective potential in classical mechanics? I have read the wikipedia article and David Tong's lectures notes, but I didn't understand how an effective potential simplifies a situation or ...
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Formalism to deal with discontinuous potentials in classical mechanics (hard wall, hard spheres)

It seems to me that Hamiltonian formalism does not suit well for problems involving instantaneous change of momentum, like particle collisions with hard wall or hard sphere gas model. At least I could ...
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Free energy of coupled classical harmonic oscillators

I'm looking to find the thermodynamic (NVT) free energy of a classical coupled harmonic oscillator system such as the one below: (image taken from ...
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Kater's pendulum graph

I was told that the graph of position vs period must be a straight line in Kater's pendulum, but my findings are more curved, also after searching in google graphs are like parabolas, my question is ...
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Small oscillations of heavy string

I'm solving problem in classical field theory and I have some difficulties. I'm trying to study small oscilations of heavy string with fixed points. First of all I wrote down this Lagrangian: ...
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Why is superdeterminism generally regarded as a joke? [closed]

Before anything, I'm sorry for being an outsider coming to opine about your field. This is almost always a stupid decision, but I do have a good justification for this case. I've been reading about ...
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Variable tension in rope connected to mass

Problem 3.9 from Kleppner and Kolenkow's text An Introduction to Mechanics involves a uniform rope of length $L$ and mass $m$ that is connected at one end (its "bottom" end) to a block of mass $M$ and ...
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Are there any fully analytically solvable nonlinear oscillators?

I'm trying to find a simple one-dimensional problem, in which a particle would oscillate with some energy, and the period of oscillation would depend on particle energy (unlike in harmonic ...
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How long it will take for a upright rigid body to fall on a ground

Let's suppose there is a straight rigid bar with height $h$ and center of mass at the middle of height $h/2$. Now if the bar is vertically upright from ground, how long will it take to fall on the ...
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Partition function of a 3D vibrating string

Is the partition function of a 3D vibrating string a sum of discrete energies, an integral of an energy continuum, or both? $$ Z_{\text{disc}} = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}g_ke^{-\beta E_k} $$ or $$ ...
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Is the Legendre transformation a unique choice in analytical mechanics?

Consider a Lagrangian $L(q_i, \dot{q_i}, t) = T - V$, for kinetic energy $T$ and generalized potential $V$, on a set of $n$ independent generalized coordinates $\{q_i\}$. Assuming the system is ...
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Why does a wind turbine have only three blades? [duplicate]

Why not four or five or even more? Intuitively, the more leaves the more power. So, what is the reason?
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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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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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What is the difference between configuration space and phase space?

What is the difference between configuration space and phase space? In particular, I notices that Lagrangians are defined over configuration space and Hamiltonians over phase space. Liouville's ...
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Why is my Lyapunov exponent similar for single and double pendulum?

This is my first question here on stackexchange. I hope that I can be understood. If not, tell me and I will reformulate and fill in with details. I have simulated a single pendulum and a double ...
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Reversing time for a closed system of particles

For a closed system of particles, the lagrangian in classical mechanics is $$L=\sum \frac{1}{2}mv_a^2 - U(\mathbf{r_1},\mathbf{r_2}, \cdots)$$ For an arbitrary position function $x(t)$, to see the ...
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What is the optimal slope for Archimedes screw?

The Wikipedia article has nice image showing how the Archimedes screw work: As I understand, the red balls do not fall down because they are in minima caused by the screw. Because of material ...
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Local conservation law involving Hilbert Transform in a classical field theory

Consider a nonlinear PDE of the form $$A_t +iA\mathcal{H}(|A|^2_x) +N(A) =0,$$ where the Hilbert transform $\mathcal{H}$ is defined as $$\mathcal{H}(|A|^2_x) \equiv P.V. \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Tension along a curved surface [closed]

I'm curious what the tension in a rope will be when its exposed to a uniform load. Assuming a similar setup to this question what will the tension along the rope/tube be?
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Fun physics book for high school student [duplicate]

can anyone recommend me a physics book for a highschool student (not these typical school books) a book that will let you think mostly interested in theoretical /quantum physics done with the ...
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Bertrand's Theorem: Perturbative Methods Leading to $1/r^3$ Solution

My professor and I have been working on a proof of Bertrand's Theorem using perturbative methods. We have arrived at a solution yielding 1/r^3, which we had presumed to be an incorrect result. While ...
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Hyper/parabolic kepler orbits and “mean anomaly”

In an elliptical kepler orbit there is an easy recipe to describe the motion/position of a satellite at time $t$. One just follows the following steps - an important detail for me is that the ...
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Preventing Heat Escape

Is is possible to completely prevent heat from escaping from a closed container? Here is a diagram of vacuum flask, which tries to implement the design - Vacuum Flask prevents heat from escaping ...
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How to determine plastic strain rate

Equivalent plastic strain rate is defined as $$ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p} } $$ Where, $ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}$ is equivalent plastic strain ...
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Classical Mechanics — Sign of work done

It seems that work has two possible ways to decide it's sign: Whether you take the perspective of the system or the surrounding (whether you consider work done on the system as positive, or work done ...
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Comparison of the effects of collisions from an NFL Nose Tackle and a Car with roughly the same momenta

If you get hit an NFL Defensive Tackle who runs at roughly 17mph (7.6m/s) it'd hurt a lot, but if you got hit by a normal car at 1.3mph (about 0.6m/s) it hardly hurts at all, and a collision from an ...
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What is the meaning of this definition of potential energy?

The isolated system of particles is being observed. In the coursebook, $\vec F_\mu$ is by definition the vector sum of forces of all other particles acting on $\mu$-th particle. Usually, potential ...