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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How do traveling waves pass through a standing wave node, if the node doesn't move?

I'm having trouble with the explanation that a standing wave in a string is the superposition of traveling waves. The nodes in the diagram above are points where the particles of the string's ...
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Conjugate momentum is not gauge invariant

The conjugate momentum of a charged particle moving in a uniform magnetic field is given by $$\vec p=m\vec v+q \vec A$$ This expression is not unique because $\vec A$ is not unique. $\vec A$ is not ...
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Confusion with curl of Lorentz magnetic force

Since the magnetic force is a no work force, $dW=\vec F\cdot d\vec r=0$ for $\vec F(\vec r)=q(\vec v(\vec r) \times \vec B(\vec r))$, therefore $\oint \vec F \cdot d\vec r=0$ by Stoke's theorem. ...
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Liouville's theorem and conservation of phase space volume

It can be proved that the size of an initial volume element in phase space remain constant in time even for time-dependent Hamiltonians. So I was wondering whether it is still true even when the ...
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Why does shape of elements matter in finite elements analysis? [closed]

I have used FEA for a couple of years now, but using it and using it correctly are two different things, safety factor is not the solution to everything. I have the feeling I won't be using it right ...
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Perceived weight in dumbbell vs. barbell

I had an observation today at the gym when I was lifting weights. Lifting a dumbbell of 10 kg on each hand was as difficult for me as lifting a barbell with 5 kg on either end. It's true that the bar ...
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Trying to solve 2D Toda Lattice Equation with Lax Pair Approach

I am working on this Hamiltonian: $$ H = \frac{p_1^2 + p_2^2}{2m} + e^{q_2-q_1} + e^{q_2} + e^{-q_1} -3 $$ Thank you for the hint that it is a modification of the Toda Lattice Equation. Let me sketch ...
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Why and how will the string break?

While i was searching on the identity discussed earlier that is $$1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -\frac{1}{12}$$ I found a similar identity applied to physics concept. It started by arranging long ...
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Can the Lorentz force stabilize the Hydrogen atom?

I've recently been working on relative equilibria for some systems of particles. (ie. studying equilibrium solutions in a rotating frame. Saturn's rings for example.) This has evolved into some ...
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How do we know if a formulation of classical mechanics is correct?

For example, the Lagrangian formulation. I may be missing something, i.e. not having done it in enough detail, but here is my issue: from the definition of the lagrangian ($\mathcal{L}$) and from ...
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Solving coupled nonlinear ODEs, controlling numerical instability through numerical viscosity

I'm solving a problem numerically that takes the form $ Q_{ij} \ddot{y}_j +S_{ijk}\dot{y}_j\dot{y}_k +V_i=0$, where $(Q_{ij},S_{ijk},V_i) $ are all low order polynomial functions of the dependent ...
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upwind vehicle exceeding the wind speed [duplicate]

Has anyone done any research about the upwind vehicle http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2012-07/wind-powered-car-travels-upwind-twice-speed-wind? I think it is impossible but get a surprising number ...
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An intuitive proof of Bertrand's theorem

Is there a way to see that Bertrand's theorem is true intuitively. I mean without getting into too much mathematics ?
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What can cause a change in wave's shape - One dimensional wave

what can cause a change in wave's shape of one dimensional wave moving through a rope? It's velocity ? or the wave's length ? What can cause him change his shape.
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If air was significantly compressed, and then the force compressing it suddenly disappeared (no container), what would happen?

Question: If air was significantly compressed, and then the force compressing it suddenly disappeared (no container), what would happen? Side Question: I'm imagining significantly compressed, but ...
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Criteria for stable equilibrium [closed]

A homogeneous wooden bar of length 10 cm, thickness 4 cm and weight 1 Kg is balanced on the top of a semicircular cylinder of radius R as shown below. What is the minimum radius of the semicircular ...
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Classical static equilibrium in atomic physics

Consider a collection of $n+1$ mass weighted points in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Suppose we have one mass located at the point (0,0,0) with mass $m\in\mathbb{N}$ and further suppose we have $n$ masses arranged ...
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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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Coupled Oscillation Simulation

I'm looking for an online coupled oscillation simulation. The best I have got so far is this --- https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/normal-modes/normal-modes_en.html But I'm looking for something which ...
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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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Two-Body with external force - energy confusion

Setup Imagine a two-body system of masses under a classical mechanics model. The separation and mass-ratio doesn't matter for this example. Presume they are initially stationary. Now suppose that we ...
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How to reconcile angular momentum measurements?

Imagine a particle tracing a counter-clockwise circular path on a flat table with a certain speed. The particle is tied with a massless string of length $R$ to a point $P$ at the center of the ...
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Some question about symplectic transformation

I read Arnold's book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics and come across with three problems in page 229. 1.Let $\lambda$ and $\bar{\lambda}$ be simple (multiplicity 1) eigenvalues of a ...
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Constant of motion

An exercise from Goldstein (9.31-3rd Ed) asks to show that for a one-dimensional harmonic oscillator $u(q,p,t)$ is a constant of motion where $$ u(q,p,t)=\ln(p+im\omega q)-i\omega t $$ and ...
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Universal gravity at small distance

Could it be that there is simply a maximum gravitational force that two bodies of finite mass can exert on one another? This would occur at $r=0$, so maybe there is some really really really small $a$ ...
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Find pressure of liquids without making contact with it

Is there any way to find the pressure of a liquid inside a closed container without making contact with it? You can make any assumptions, like transparent container or anything, only rule, the ...
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Center of mass of a cylinder from which liquid is flowing out

A cylindrical container is of mass M, radius R and height H. The cylinder is filled with a liquid of density D. The base of the cylinder has an outlet tap of radius r through which the liquid can flow ...
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Can a force applied to a wheel find the fastest way of getting to the other side?

I haven't studied much about this, so if I am mistaken about something please correct me. From what I have seen around the Internet, a force applied to a object takes time to propagate through the ...
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Inertia matrix of a rod rotating about an axis [closed]

I'll provide a picture for clearer understanding. The problem is to calculate the angular momentum of the rod rotating about the z-axis. I have serious difficulties in deriving the inertia matrix, ...
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Is there a known equation for evolution of classical particle probability density?

Suppose we have some very imprecise knowledge of classical particle's coordinates and momentum: what we can only tell is the probability density to find it in some point of phase space. This is ...
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How come a whistling kettle starts whistling only when water boils, and not long before - due to hot air escaping under pressure?

A whistling kettle will start to whistle when the water boils and turns into a jet of steam which then exits the small aperture in the spout. But why doesn't this happen much earlier - when the air ...
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Confusion about units of angular momentum

According to multiple sources the SI units for angular momentum are kg * m$^2$ / sec I am confused about the derivation for this. Here is what I have done: $$L = I \cdot \omega \\ = m \cdot r^2 ...
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Newton's principle of determinacy

I am a mathematician. I have a (somewhat long term) goal of understanding some of the physical insights that have influenced my area of research. To this end I read Arnold's Mathematical methods in ...
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From Quantum Mechanics to Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

Is it possible, and has it been attempted, to use quantum mechanics to deduce Newtonian, macroscopic level mechanics laws as was the case of statistical mechanics deriving thermodynamic relations?
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Collision of Discs and Snooker Kicks

I woke up this morning thinking about spinning discs. Could someone verify whether my reasoning below is correct? Problem 1 Suppose have two identical uniform discs constrained to move in a plane. ...
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Why does pitch in a helicopter take effect 90 degrees later?

In a helicopter if you want to give it a forward pitch, you change the angle of the blades when it is in this position ---- So the two blades experience unequal lift and because o gyroscopic ...
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Types of circular acceleration?

To my knowledge there are three types of acceleration when a body (e.g. a rod) is moving in a circle about an axis. These are: Angular acceleration : this is the rate of change of angular velocity. ...
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A pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop

I wanted to ask about the situation of a pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop in circular motion as described in the following sketch. According to a simulation found in the internet , a ...
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A pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop (Circular motion) [closed]

I couldn't understand something about the situation of a pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop in circular motion. When the normal force equals 0 , the pearl didn't disconnect from the smooth ...
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Resonance and the driving frequency?

Why does resonance occur in a mass-spring system when the natural frequency = the driving frequency. I think it is because the driving force is always contributing to the kinetic energy of the system ...
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Acceleration and Circular Motion

Lets assume that there is a force that makes our body moves in circular motion. We know that the acceleration of a body that moves in circular motion is Velocity ^ 2 / Radius . How is it ...
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Why does Principle for least action hold for classical fields [duplicate]

Let $\mathscr L (\phi(\mathbf x), \partial \phi(\mathbf x))$ denote the Lagrangian density of field $\phi(\mathbf x)$. Then then actual value of the field $\phi(\mathbf x)$ can be computed from the ...
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What's the proper interpretation of canceling infinitesimals? [duplicate]

In most textbooks of physics I've found this demonstration of work-kinetic energy theorem: $$\begin{align} W &= \int_{x_{1}}^{x_{2}} F(x)\ dx \tag{1}\\ &= \int_{x_{1}}^{x_{2}} m\cdot a\ dx ...
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Kicking a soccer ball

I wonder which type of kicking may cause the ball to go a larger distance? One way is kicking the ball when it is at rest and another is kicking a moving ball in the opposite direction. If the ball ...
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A question about canonical transformation

I have posted this question in math.stackexchange before with no answer till now. It may be more suitable to post here. There is a problem in Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics ...
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Gravity and acceleration

I've imagined this little scenario to help me conceptualize things. Let's say we have a doughnut-shaped object with a hole whose diameter is greater than that of a sphere. Let's say that the sphere ...
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Detecting absolute motion inside a box

This is not a contradiction and I know it is impossible but still consider a thought experiment by me and point out if something is wrong. See the following picture and then the explanation follows. ...
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Relationship between tangential & centripetal forces when angular speed constant but radius varies

The model of a circular motion in basic Physics textbooks and online resources (e.g., Wikipedia on circular motion) assumes that the motion is a circle with constant radius to derive relationships ...
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velocity in inertial and nontial frames

I got confused about the difference between the last term of both pictures. In the first one, we have w x r, but in the second we have w x r underlined. Does anyone have a better explanation? They ...
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Internal potential energy and relative distance of the particle

Today, I read a line in Goldstein Classical mechanics and got confused about one line. To satisfy the strong law of action and reaction, $V_{ij}$ can be a function only of the distance between ...