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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Gravitational work

As far as I know gravitational work is independent from the path of the object, and I have an object that goes up on a inclined plane to a certain height, and than, after the object reaches the edge ...
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Hamilton-Jacobi equation with time dependent Hamiltonian

I was struggling with this exercise about Hamilton-Jacobi equation. I have to solve by menas of Hamilton's principal function the system with Hamiltonian: $$\tag{1} H=\frac{p^2}{2m}-mAtx $$ with $A$ ...
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What's the physical interpretation of an arbitrary normal mode for masses and springs?

Consider the following system consisting of 3 masses and 4 springs : I have learned that this system posseses three normal modes, corresponding to its three natural frequencies, say ...
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Classical Mechanics contradicts Conservation of energy?

Imagine a Stanford torus rotating with 1 rpm so that centripetal/reactive centrifugal acceleration provides about 1.0g of artificial gravitational acceleration inside the ring. The picture below shows ...
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What am i doing wrong here(dynamics)?they should give the same answer [closed]

So a body $m$ is on a uniform circular motion ($\omega = d\theta/dt = \text{constant}$), it is suspended by an inextensible rope with negligeable mass: First picture so: $$ -mg + T \cos \alpha = ...
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What is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?

Take a perfectly rigid metal rod of length $2\ell$ and some uniform linear density. Place one end (‘south’) at $(0,-\ell)$ and the other (‘north’) at $(0, \ell)$. Over some reasonably short time ...
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Is there an error in Susskinds' derivation of Euler-Lagrange equations?

http://imgur.com/kZO5C0V First, I believe there is a trivial error. The second equation should have another $\Delta t$ multiplying everything on the right. It is divided out later when the equation ...
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Equilibrium Points in Lagrangian Mechanics

Suppose we have a one particle system with generalized coordinates $q_i$. In classical mechanics, the corresponding Lagrangian is $L = T - V$. Assume $V(q)$ is time-independent. What additional ...
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Connection between Poisson Brackets and Symplectic Form

Jose and Saletan say the matrix elements of the Poisson Brackets (PB) in the $ {q,p} $ basis are the same as those of the inverse of the symplectic matrix $ \Omega^{-1} $, whereas the matrix elements ...
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Bertrand's theorem

I found in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics that the condition for closed orbits is given by $\frac{d^2 V_{eff}}{dr^2}>0$.(bertrand's theorem). Can somebody explain to me, how this inequality is ...
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How does the speed of an incoming pitch affect the speed of a baseball after it's hit?

Which will go further if a batter manages to hit it with a baseball bat: a baseball thrown to the batter at 90 miles per hour or one thrown at 60 miles per hour?
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Period of swinging incomplete hula-hoop

I was working on a problem where I had to calculate the period of a swinging incomplete hula-hoop given its center of mass and radius. It only swings with very small amplitude so I considered the ...
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What forces are at work in a loose ball bearing bicycle hub?

I've landed in a physics debate amongst bike mechanics. In a typical bicycle hub you have a simple bearing; the cups are set in the hub, the race (cone) threads onto the axel and there are just loose ...
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Coupled ODEs that model a quad rotor

I am working on modeling the vibrations of a quad rotor. The arms that support the rotors are fixed to a center plate; that is, it is pretty much a cantilever beam with an end load. Since this is the ...
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Why do some objects tend to change their axis of rotation while rotating?

This question struck me a few minutes back, I was at a table with a pear. It was more narrow than round.I proceeded to rotate this pear in one swift movement. It rotated for a few seconds, and ...
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How do anti-lock brakes know when to brake?

When you come to a stop normally, the brakes don't pulse when you stop. Since the car can only know its speed by the rotation of the wheels, how can it distinguish between the car is stopped normally ...
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Classical analogue of Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures?

What do the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures in quantum mechanics correspond to in classical mechanics (if they correspond to anything)? It's kind of weird, because (if I understand it well) in ...
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Net work done for rubber bands

I know that work is done on a rubber band to extend it, and then the rubber band does work to contract. However, then what is the net work done? If it returns to its original length, is the area ...
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Does Special Relativity require a “ruler postulate” analogous to the “clock postulate”?

It's fairly well known that the clock postulate is needed in Special Relativity when dealing with accelerated clocks, so does something analogous exist when dealing with accelerated spatial ...
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How do we explain accelerated motion in Newtonian physics and in modern physics?

Maybe my question will seem stupid, but I am not a physicist so I have some problems understanding a classic Newtonian experiment: in the bucket experiment, why does he have to introduce the absolute ...
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Analytical Mechanics [closed]

This is one of my three homeworks. I see that $W_a(1) = \dot U_a(1)=\ddot{X_a}(1) = 0.3 $ Since $U_{O'}=0 $ then O' is Instant centre of rotation. Then $U_b = 2U_a = 0.6$ I tried a lot, about a ...
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Symplectic Structure without predefined Hamiltonian

Here there is a link which has helped me understanding the relationship between symplectic geometry and classical mechanincs. In short, the symplectic form transforms the derivative of the ...
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Unstable equilibrium in a pendulum

Consider a pendulum with a bob and a massless, rigid, hinged rod attached to the bob. The bob is at rest at the bottom most position. Neglecting friction, is it possible to impart such a velocity ...
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When is the Hamiltonian of a system not equal to its total energy?

I thought the Hamiltonian was always equal to the total energy of a system but have read that this isn't always true. Is there an example of this and does the Hamiltonian have a physical ...
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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 ...
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Is static friction an impulsive force?

For example: let's consider a static sphere on an horizontal rough surface. I apply an impulse $J$ parallel to the ground and in the middle of the sphere. If, like my book says, the friction is not an ...
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How to calculate when an object will fall over

TL;DR Given the point of centre of mass, width of base and height, is there a way to calculate the angle where the object will fall over? The TL;DR of this question pretty much sums it up, however I ...
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How can the Gallilean transformations form a group?

In class my professor said the Galilean transformations form a group of order 10. $$ x'=x-vt\\ y'=y\\ z'=z\\ t'=t\\ $$ But how do these form a group? I don't see 10 things to interpret as elements. 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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What is the physical meaning of diffusion coefficient?

In Fick's first law, the diffusion coefficient is velocity, but I do not understand the two-dimensional concept of this velocity. Imagine that solutes are diffusing from one side of a tube to another ...
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Define Pressure at A point. Why is it a Scalar?

I have a final exam tomorrow for fluid mechanics and I was just looking over the practice exam questions. They do not provide solutions. But pretty much I have to define pressure at a point and also ...
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Torque and Car parked on slope [closed]

I have a homework question in which a car of mass $M\ kg$ is parked on a hill inclined at $25^o$ The car is facing up the hill and I am told that the wheels are $3\ m$ apart and the centre of mass is ...
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Sum of velocity fields

In hydrodynamics the for a non-viscous flow the velocity (and density) fields are given by the continuity and Euler equations: $$\rho\frac{\partial \vec{v}}{\partial ...
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How does the period of an hourglass depend on the grain size?

Suppose I have an hourglass that takes 1 full hour on average to drain. The grains of sand are, say, $1 \pm 0.1\ {\rm mm}$ in diameter. If I replace this with very finely-grained sand $0.1 \pm 0.01\ ...
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In supersonic flow, why must area increase in order to have velocity increase?

Based on the area velocity relation: $\frac{dA}{A}=(M^2-1)\frac{du}{u}$ For M > 1, in order to increase u, we must increase A. I'm wondering what the explanation is physically and why it is opposite ...
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Speed of a fly inside a car

A couple of weeks ago I was travelling in a car (120 km/h approximately) and I saw a fly flying in front of me (inside the car, near my nose, windows closed). I wonder how was that possible. Does it ...
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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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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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What is the temperature effect on trajectories in phase space in molecular dynamics?

In molecular dynamics simulations or microcanonical ensemble (fixed-energy), what is the effect of temperature on the trajectories of the reacting systems (let's say two reactants react to form two ...
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Does screwdriver length matter?

Everyone who deals with screws and screwdrivers knows that long screwdrivers are stronger than short ones. However, I can't find any relationship between length of a screwdriver and mechanical ...
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How is the equation of motion for a real scalar field derived from the Lagrangian?

The Lagrangian for a real scalar field is: $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\eta^{\mu \nu}\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial_{\nu}\phi-\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2 $$ How can I derive the dynamics of this field from this ...
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Sum of torque from a sphere

A sphere (grey color) turn in rotation at $\omega$ rd/s. There are 2 walls that prevent sphere to escape. Walls can only turn around center of rotation. The sphere turn only at $\omega$ rd/s too. The ...
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Derivation of ensemble distribution

I heard that you can derive the canonical ensemble by maximizing $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha (\sum_i p_iE_i-E)$ or for the grand-canonical ensemble $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha ...
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Good introduction to classical mechanics with math [duplicate]

Right now, I'm reading "Classical Mechanics" by Kibble and Berkshire. Already in chapter 2, I have found a concept being discussed that assumes you have prior knowledge. Specifically, it describes the ...
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Complexity of a physical system

Are there any accepted definitions quantifying the complexity of: a) macroscopic, classical mechanical systems (e.g., a bicycle) b) microscopic systems (ensembles of atoms)? By the way, I'm not ...
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Understanding a graph of energy conservation with bounded and unbounded motions?

This graph is from the physics undergraduate text "Classical Mechanics by Douglas Gregory". Above this graph was the statement: What I didn't understand is- as stated in the under [*paragraph], ...
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Why can we inflate the balloon?

I have an elementary question: I know from experiences that human can inflate (or fill with water) the standard ballon or latex medical glove. But I know also that in rubber/latex there are a pores. ...
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Why should fluids be confined for Pascal's Law to be applicable

When is Pascal's law about fluid pressure propagation applicable? Is it applicable to a closed circular pipe with a pump rotating the fluid, but not to a tub of water. Most statements require only ...
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Energy in harmonic oscillator [closed]

The expectation value of the potential energy is exactly half the total according to Griffiths. Is that case always true for quantum harmonic oscillator? Is that the case also for classical harmonic ...
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Hamiltonian is conserved, but is not the total mechanical energy

I wondering about the interpretation for the energy difference between the Hamiltonian and the total mechanical energy for systems where the Hamiltonian is conserved, but it is not equal to the total ...