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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Hamilton-Jacobi theory and initial value problem?

Having read through some recent posts regarding the Lagrangian formulation being interpreted into an initial value problem rather than the familiar boundary condition problem we are familiar with, I ...
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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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Euler-Lagrange equation with torsion, question on derivatives

Consider a mechanical system, the Lagrangian of which is: $$-L(u,\dot u)=\int\left(\dfrac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}\right)^2\mathrm{d}x$$ This would correspond to a system in torsion, for example. ...
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Does the $\frac12mv^2$ law apply to quantum mechanics?

Consider the classical Hamiltonian for a spring: \begin{equation} H = \frac{1}{2}\frac{p^2}{m} + \frac{1}{2}kx^2 \end{equation} This is one of those simple cases where when you work out the math we ...
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Is there a curve for which a particle restricted to move within it under the gravitational force will always exhibit a pure harmonic motion?

A simple pendulum, for example, is not isochronous for large amplitudes (that is, the frequency will depend on the amplitude). So a particle confined in a circumference will not always exhibit a ...
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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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Non-conservative Derivation of Lagrangian [closed]

I was previously led to a recent paper by a SE member that did an alternative derivation of the Lagrangian as an initial value problem with two paths rather than the traditional boundary value method. ...
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Is the strength of a muscle proportional to its cross-sectional area?

I have a question that is partially related to at least a couple of old questions: this one and this other. My question is specifically focused on the following point: why should the strength of a ...
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Physical meaning of non differentiatiability of $y(t)$ at a point of an elastic medium

Consider two waves $y_1,y_2$ travelling in opposite directions with equations $$y_1(x,t) = A \sin(\omega t - kx) \\ y_2(x,t) = A \sin(\omega t + kx) $$ That create the following standing wave ...
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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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Where is the energy stored in destructively-interfering waves?

Let's say we have two waves moving along a string. One of them is represented by the function: $$f_1(t)=\sin(\omega t)$$ The other one is represented by a function: $$f_2(t)=-\sin(\omega (\tau-t))$$ ...
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origin of the major symmetry property of the elasticity tensor

In linear elasticity theory the stress tensor $\sigma$ is related to the strain tensor $\epsilon$ via the elastic tensor $C$. Specifically $$ \sigma_{ij} = C_{ijkl} \epsilon_{kl} $$ Because $\sigma$ ...
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Independence of position and velocity in Lagrangian from the point of view of physics?

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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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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Time dependence of the Lagrangian of a free particle?

I am working through Landau's book on Classical Mechanics. I understand the logic and physics of isotropy and homogeneity of space-time behind the derivation of the Lagrangian for a free particle, but ...
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Help understanding what the Hamiltonian signifies for the action compared with the Euler-Lagrange equations for the Lagrangian?

Consider the Lagrangian for a simple harmonic oscillator \begin{equation} L (x,\dot{x}) = \frac{1}{2}m\dot{x}^2 - \frac{1}{2}kx^2 \end{equation} Obviously we have \begin{align} \frac{\partial ...
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Is there a typology of different fundamental physical objects?

As I understand it (and of course, I may be wrong!).... In classical mechanics, all objects are basically the same in the sense that They are composed of atoms bunched together. These atoms occupy ...
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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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Definition of generalised coordinates?

I think the definition of generalised coordinates is something along the following lines: A set of parameters that discribe the configuration of a system with respect to some refrence ...
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Why does deflating baloon spurting through the air make circular motion? [duplicate]

When you inflate a balloon and then let it go again, it will fly through the air in an unpredictable motion. My kids (1 and 3 year old) love watching this. At some point my oldest asked how it worked ...
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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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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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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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How does the earth do a negative work on a static body? [closed]

If a body is in rest and the earth acts with a force on it 10 N Is there a negative work done by the earth though the body doesn't move? how? does it have a common thing with potential energy?
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Why is it easier to go uphill on a lower gear?

In cars as well as bicycles, when we are on a lower gear, the driving wheel (the one on the wheels) has a bigger radius compared to when on a higher gear. So on a lower gear the bike/car would move ...
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Understanding incompressibility (of rubber or viscoelastic material)

Literature gives a lot of explanation why rubber is incompressible. However, I still need some thinking to understand physical behavior of rubber or any such material. Often, incompressibility is ...
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How to formulate variational principles (Lagrangian/Hamiltonian) for nonlinear, dissipative or initial value problems?

Although this questions is very much math related, I posted it in Physics since it is related to variational (Lagrangian/Hamiltonian) principles for dynamical systems. If I should migrate this ...
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Computing the gravitational force on a planet in a particular system [closed]

I have a system of four planets moving in a 2D plane. I'm trying to write some code (C++) to find the positions of these planets at time t=3. I'm probably going to attempt this via a leapfrog ...
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Given potentials, how does one find conserved quantities using Noether's theorem?

I've been asked to find the conserved quantities of the following 3D potentials: $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2)$, $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2 + y^2)$ and $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)$. For the first one, ...
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How to analyse this mass-spring system

I'm trying to analyze this mass-spring system -- i.e. write down the differential equation governing it. As you can see, there is a block of mass $m_1$ attached to a wall by an ideal spring of ...
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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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Can a thrown egg chip (or break) a car windshield?

Is it possible to throw an egg with such speed that a car windshield will chip (just like with stone chips?) I have searched around for existing research in the area and have found that the impact ...
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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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Proof that a traceless strain tensor is pure shear deformation

How can i proove that the traceless part of linear strain tensor $e$ in the Euler description: $$e_{i,j}={ 1 \over 2 } \left({ \partial u_i \over \partial x_j}+{ \partial u_j \over \partial x_i} ...
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Would the torque required by a motor differ depending on where it connects to a frame?

Given a motor attached to a flat surface, aligned to the axis of a laptop screen and connected to the screen via an L shaped arm which is also connected to the motor shaft Would the torque required ...
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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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Elementary proof of the minimum number or parameters needed to uniquely identify a force-torque (aka wrench) in 2D vs. 3D

Since the term force-torque (aka wrench vector) is probably more common in Robotics than in Physics, let's try to start with a definition of what is sought: a force-torque is a parsimonious set (well, ...
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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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Symplectic structure and isomorphisms

In his book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, V.I. Arnold writes To each vector $\xi$, tangent to a symplectic manifold $(M^{2n},\omega^2)$ at the point $\mathbf{x}$, we associate a ...
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Trajectory of a boat given by $$r=\frac{d sec(\alpha)}{(sec\alpha + tan\alpha)^{V/V_{R}}}$$ [closed]

I need some help with this problem, I've tried using polar and cartesian coordinates but I dont know how to get the trajectory (I've already obtained the position, velocity and acceleration vectors as ...
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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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Limits for the linear wave equation

In acoustics and continuum mechanics the following wave equation (for Speed of Sound $c$) for the pressure field $p$ is well-known: $\partial_t \partial_t p = c^2 \Delta p$. This wave equation can be ...
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How could a cord withstand a force greater than its breaking strength?

How could a 100 N object be lowered from a roof using a cord with a breaking strength of 80 N without breaking the cord?? My attempt to answer this question is that we could use a counter weight. But ...
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Energy drain in damped oscillator

Suppose we have a mass on a spring with a damping term. The equation of motion is given by: $$m \ddot{x} = -kx - c\dot{x}$$ I believe solutions are damped oscillations of the form: $$x = x_0 ...
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Mathematical pendulum in accelerating frame of reference [closed]

An aquintance of mine, who is a first year physics student was given a simple task as a homework-like task, which is about determining the ratio of periods between two equal-parameter mathematical ...