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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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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Atomic physics through classical resonance?

I have a rather general question regarding the theory of Quantum Mechanics. To preface this question, consider a violin string. When a violinist exposes the string to a bow, this is exposing the ...
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What fraction of peak horsepower do typical 4 door passenger vehicles use?

I was surprised when I looked at the power rating of the engine used on a Humvee. It's only ~190 horsepower, which is exceeded by many sedan engines. So an obvious question is why doesn't my Camry SE ...
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Lego Blender and gear ratios

I bought the Lego Kit LEGO Crazy Contraptions. It allows the learner to build a blender. My son, the engineer, said something to our grandson, his son, about a gear ratio. Can someone translate?
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Bat hitting a ball

When a bat hits a ball, consider two cases: 1) The batsman goes for a defense, and stonewalls it, to reduce its speed. 2) the batsman goes for a shot, e.g. a home-run, etc. in which case will the ...
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Is a quantum system mandatory for generating true random sequence?

Is a quantum system necessary if we want to generate true random sequence? The mathematical framework used for classical mechanics doesn't involve any random value. But the mathematical framework of ...
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Pseudo force in rotating frames

A bug of mass $m$ crawls out along a radial scratch of a phonographic disc rotating at $\omega$ angular velocity. It travels with constant velocity $v$ with respect to the disc. What are the forces ...
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Should I use Coulombs law when magnets attract/repel?

When magnets attract to each other or repel. Should I use Coulombs law? If not, why not? Some would say that I shouldn't because: "Coulomb's law deals with static charges and force due to them. ...
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Liouville's theorem and gravitationally deflected lightpaths

It is customary in gravitational lensing problems, to project both the background source and the deflecting mass (e.g. a background quasar, and a foreground galaxy acting as a lens) in a plane. Then, ...
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When does $\hbar \rightarrow 0$ provide a valid transition from quantum to classcial mechanics? When and why does it fail?

Lets look at the transition amplitude $U(x_{b},x_{a})$ for a free particle between two points $x_{a}$ and $x_{b}$ in the Feynman path integral formulation $U(x_{b},x_{a}) = \int_{x_{a}}^{x_{b}} ...
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Are quantum mechanics and determinism actually irreconcilable? [closed]

As a preface, I am not a physicist. I'm simply interested in abstract physics and fundamental principles of the universe and such. As such, if you can provide an answer for the layman (as ...
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distance of electron from proton

An electron is projected, with an initial speed of $1.10 \times 10^5 \text{m/s}$, directly towards a proton that is essentially at rest. If the electron is initially a great distance from the ...
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Work done to tighten a screw [closed]

We use a wrench to turn nuts on bolts because they require less force. Consider a hexagonal nut 1 cm in diameter. We can tighten this nut with one of two wrenches, wrench A with lever arm 10 cm and ...
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Wheel locks and spinout

Imagine driving in a straight line on a ice lake, when you hit the brakes, if your goal is to stay in straight path with no spinout, which wheels would you choose to have locked: front or rear? ...
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Differences of behaviour of a particle in a box in quantum theory between that in classic physics

Can anyone help me enlist 3 major differences between the quantum and classical physics of the behaviour of a particle in a box? I would like some insight into the differences without solving PDEs ...
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Constants of motion vs. integrals of motion

Since the equation of mechanics are of second order in time, we know that for $N$ degrees of freedom we have to specify $2N$ initial conditions. One of them is the initial time $t_0$ and the rest of ...
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Physical and Geometrical interpretation of Differential Forms

I have a doubt about the physical and geometrical interpretation of differential forms. I've been studying differential forms on Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds, but my real intent is to use those ...
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Foucault pendulum

The equations of motions for a Foucault pendulum are given by: $$\ddot{x} = 2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{y} - \frac{g}{L}x,$$ $$\ddot{y} = -2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{x} - \frac{g}{L}y.$$ What are the ...
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Condition for closed orbit [closed]

I'd like to know when an orbit is closed. I know that, to have a closed orbit, there is a ratio that must be a rational number, but I don't know other things..
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Are Poisson brackets of second-class constraints independent of the canonical coordinates?

Say we have a constraint system with second-class constraints $\chi_N(q,p)=0$. To define Dirac brackets we need the Poisson brackets of these constraints: $C_{NM}=\{\chi_N(q,p),\chi_M(q,p)\}_P$ . Is ...
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Why is the Lagrangian quadratic in $\dot{q}$? [duplicate]

My teacher said we only consider Lagrangians which are quadratic in $\dot{q}$, and we don't take other Lagrangians. I couldn't understand why. Can anyone please explain this?
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Can a student with a heavy math background start learning physics with Goldstein's “Classical Mechanics”? [duplicate]

Can a student with a heavy math background start learning physics with Goldstein's "Classical Mechanics"? Or is the book too obtuse with basic physics that I need to start elsewhere?
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Virtual differentials approach to Euler-Lagrange equation - necessary?

I'm currently teaching myself intermediate mechanics & am really struggling with the d'Alembert-based virtual differentials derivation for the Euler-Lagrange equation. The whole notion of, and ...
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Internal moment in the hull of a pressure vessel

This question is related to the course structural analysis. As part of our exam grade every student has been given different multiple homework assignments which we have to solve. One of the problems ...
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Limitations on the choice of axis of rotation regarding rolling wheels

Consider a situation where a wheel is rolling without friction on a level surface. Call the center of the wheel $C$, the point where the wheel contacts the ground $G$, and some arbitrary other point ...
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Please provide the simplest example you can think of, of generators of time evolution and generalized coordinates

I was reading the Wikipedia article about Noether's theorem and this thing popped out: Then the resultant perturbation can be written as a linear sum of the individual types of perturbations ...
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Difference between torque and moment

What is the difference between torque and moment? I would like to see mathematical definitions for both quantities. I also do not prefer definitions like "It is the tendancy..../It is a measure of ...
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Sideways motion between a vertical launch from a planet and landing [duplicate]

I saw a video some days ago (Hello Kitty in Space) of a schoolgirl successfully launching a balloon into space which later popped and landed ~47 km from launch site. If I vertically launch an object ...
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A question related to tractrix

I'm a novice to physics, so maybe it's rather stupid. According to wiki, the tractrix could be considered a trajectory: Suppose $AB$ is a stick on a smooth plane $\pi$, and the initial position of ...
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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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How can I understand work conceptually?

I'm in a mechanical physics class, and I'm having a hard time understanding what the quantity of work represents. How can I understand it conceptually?
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Three Pendulum Rotary Harmonograph

I'm trying to create a simulation of a three pendulum rotary harmonograph, the one you can see in action in this video or in these instructions. As you can see in the video, there are 2 pendulum with ...
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Animating the Bosonic String

I am interested in studying the classical solutions to the Bosonic string in flat 3+1 dim. spacetime by having them rendered a moving picture on a computer. This is partly for fun, and partly to ...
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Solution of motion in hamiltonian formalism

I have these canonical equations: $$\dot p = - \alpha pq$$ $$ \dot q =\frac{1}{2} \alpha q^2$$ I have to find $q(t)$ and p$(t)$, considering initial conditions $p_0$ and $q_0$. I thought to simply ...
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Find the Hamiltonian given $\dot p$ and $\dot q$

I have these equations: $$\dot p=ap+bq,$$ $$\dot q=cp+dq,$$ and I have to find the conditions such as the equations are canonical. Then, I have to find the Hamiltonian $H$. To answer to the first ...
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Rolling a deformed ring

Consider a ring rolling without slipping along a horizontal surface. Regardless of the speed of the ring, it is continuously in contact with the surface. Let's deform the ring slightly so that it ...
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What if $F\neq \frac{dp}{dt}$?

I was thinking of this idea that maybe there are esoteric cases where the force is not given in classical mechanics as $F=dp/dt$ but as some function of $F=F(p,q,\dot{p},\dot{q})$ E.g, something ...
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What does net mechanical efficiency mean?

I often see the term "net mechanical efficiency" used in literature, but I am not quite sure what it means, and what the difference is between it and "normal" efficiency. Take this sentence for ...
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Problem of Landau, Lifshitz - Mechanics - Integration of the Equations of motion [closed]

I'm studying Landau, Lifshitz - Mechanics. Could someone help me with this problem ? =) Problem 2 (Page 27 3rd Edition) Determine the period of oscillation, as a function of the energy, when a ...
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Is there any case in physics where the equations of motion depend on high time derivatives of the position?

For example if the force on a particle is of the form $ \mathbf F = \mathbf F(\mathbf r, \dot{\mathbf r}, \ddot{\mathbf r}, \dddot{\mathbf r}) $, then the equation of motion would be a third order ...
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How much (usable) potential energy is stored in a compound bow?

I have done a bit of reading about the energy stored in bows, but I haven't seen anywhere a description of how much energy actually is stored. Clearly there are many factors, bow design being ...
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all the 1-dimensional problems in newtonian mechanics are solvable?

i mean given a system with a conserved Energy in one dimension $$ E= \frac{p^{2}}{2m}+V(x) $$ then the 'solution' to this problem is implicitly given by $$ t(x)= \frac{1}{2m} ...
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Is there any case in classical mechanics where Newton's (strong) third law doesn't hold?

Is there any case in classical (non relativistic) mechanics where the strong form of Newton's third law does not hold (that is, reaction forces are not collinear)? For example, if we consider a system ...
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Question about non-holonomic geometric constraints

Suppose a point particle is constrained to move on the curve $y=x^2$. This would then be a non-holonomic geometric constraint since the particle has one degree of freedom and requires two coordinates ...
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Total Mechanical Advantage

How do you find the net Mechanical Advantage (MA) of two joint machines. Do you add or multiply the individual MA? Suppose I have two sets of wheel and axle connected by a fixed pulley. Each of the ...
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In which direction is the acceleration directed in a non uniform circular motion?

Acceleration is directed towards the center of the circle in a uniform circular motion. Is it same for the non-uniform circular motion?
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Is there a Lagrangian formulation of statistical mechanics?

In statistical mechanics, we usually think in terms of the Hamiltonian formalism. At a particular time $t$, the system is in a particular state, where "state" means the generalised coordinates and ...
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Translation Invariance without Momentum Conservation?

Instead of the actual gravitational force, in which the two masses enter symmetrically, consider something like $$\vec F_{ab} = G\frac{m_a m_b^2}{|\vec r_a - \vec r_b|^2}\hat r_{ab}$$ where $\vec ...
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Calculating projectile range from known maximum height and time traveled

I've been stuck on this problem for many hours and I think I'm onto the right solution but I'm uncertain about my math. I've got a projectile that I know its maximum height and it's hang time and I ...
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Fading transition and rotation of and object in 2D

I'm looking for sources about I guess dynamics subject. The model I'd like to solve is reduced to a question of: How does a force applied on a certain point of an object results in both fading ...