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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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 ...
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Can all the systems have a Hamiltonian description? [duplicate]

I have heard of mechanical systems that might not have a Hamiltonian dynamics, but I cannot figure out an example that supports it. Please help.
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Derivation of Lagrangian?

I know that the Lagrangian $L$ is defined to be $T-V$, i.e. the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy. Also the Action $S$ is defined to be $\int Ldx$ and from this we can derive ...
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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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Query into the cumulative velocity of mounted platforms

Consider throwing a stone at an object from rest, it travels at Vms-1. Now throw that stone whilst running at Ums-1. It seems in the latter scenario the total speed of stone is V + U. Now imagine ...
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The other side of the lever

If I have a lever, but I can see only up to the hinge and not the other half, can I know whether the other half is 1 m long with a weight of 3 kg on it, or 3 m long with a weight of 1 kg on it?
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Is an “infinitely sharp blade” possible?

A staple of science fiction and fantasy is a blade (knife, sword, ...) that cuts through literally any solid object (wood, steel, concrete, skulls, ...) without effort, often even without the need to ...
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Does mass affect velocity when travelling through frictionless medium?

I found the following question on an standardized test, and was debating with some friends what the answer would be: A car of mass M is travelling with a constant velocity through a plane in which ...
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State of constant motion

Why does an object remains in its state of constant motion if there are no forces acting on that object? My understanding is that all the energy of the motion will be kept inside and a change in the ...
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How does a simple weighing balance actually work? [duplicate]

I have made a simple sketch of how I think the system looks like. My problem is: I always thought that the angle the balance makes is a function of the difference between the two masses (or the ...
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Am I understanding power correctly? [duplicate]

4 men weighing 380kg, carrying a 380kg piano up 5 meters will generate 31 watt if the load takes 20 minutes. Now this is very hard to do and saps the strength out of any human being. However, that ...
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Do I need the exact velocity when experimenting with sliding coins?

I'm doing a home experiment but it's not going very well. I'm pushing coins on a table. I'm taking the time for how long it takes coin A to hit coin B and then I divide it by the time between them ...
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Speed of liquid being blocked at end of pipe

How fast would water go if at the end of of a 1 inch diameter pipe was closed by a valve? The system is as follows: 5 meter high source of water that feeds a 1 in pipe. The pipe goes straight down ...
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Active and passive transformations and the change in potential energy

Under active transformation, the particle moves. On the other hand, for a passive one, the coordinate is just relabel. I've read that the passive one will not affect the potential energy and the ...
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Is there a systematic way to derive constraint equations?

There's this problem in Goldstein's (Classical Mechanics) derivations section: 5. Two wheels of radius $a$ are mounted on the ends of a common axle of length $b$ such that the wheels rotate ...
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Lorentz force in rotating frame of reference?

This is the common problem of a charged particle moving in a static electric and magnetic field. Say $\textbf{E}=(E_x,0,0)$ and $\textbf{B}=(0,0,B_z)$. In the inertial frame of reference, the ...
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A question about Hamiltonian phase flow

Show that if a one-parameter group of difeomorphisms of a symplectic manifold preserves the symplectic structure then it is a locally hamiltonian phase flow. Note that A locally hamiltonian ...
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I need a micro-sized clutch for a project, what are my options?

Also, what's the proper stack exchange site to ask this on? mechanics.stackexchange seems to be for motorvehicles. I'm designing an automatic guitar tuner that clamps onto my acoustic guitar. The ...
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Translation symmetry and the non-conserved momentum in Viscous fluids

Even though a viscous fluid has a translation symmetry (invariance) for its Lagrangian , it still 'waste' Linear momentum. How come ?, isn't the rule that every symmetry yields a conservation law ?
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How are degrees of freedom and energy related in classical theory?

How are degrees of freedom and energy related in classical theory? How do we come to know that each quadratic degree of freedom classically contributes a factor of $\frac{k_{B}T}{2}$.
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Which transformations are canonical?

Which transformations are canonical? Why do canonical transformations preserve the measure of integration in phase space?
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Horsepower at certain RPM point without knowing torque?

I want to know the horsepower produced by an engine at certain RPM by knowing another certain RPM point? Let's suppose that an engine produces 200 hp at 4000 RPM, how many horsepower is produced by ...
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Complex variables in classical mechanics [duplicate]

In quantum mechanics complex numbers are absolutely essential because of the relation $$[\hat q_i,\hat p_j]=i\hbar\delta_{ij}.$$ But is complex number also essential anywhere in the formalism of ...
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How much force is required to compress air?

How much force (Newtons) is required to compress normal air in a chamber to 2 atm? For example, if I had a sealed piston pump, how much force would need to be exerted in order for the air to be ...
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Why are non-horizontal levers not considered to be in equilibrium?

Consider a triple-beam balance, like so: An unknown mass is placed on the left pan, and the provided weights are moved on the right until the lever arm comes to rest at an exactly horizontal ...
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Are Negative Eigen Values of a Hessian Matrix physically acceptable?

Suppose I have a Hessian Matrix of a System with 3N degrees of freedom, What are the physical significance of eigen values of the Hessian, Are negative Eigen Values physically acceptable?
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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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More on the closed-form for a simple pendulum

I've learnt about the simple pendulum, and while the regular curriculum only uses the linear approximation of $\sin\theta$ to obtain $\ddot\theta+\omega_0^{2}\theta=0$. I tried to find out about a ...
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Eulerian Angles — Why three rotations can transform fixed frame into body frame?

"In general, if we restrict ourselves to rotations about one of the Cartesian axes, three successive rotations are required to transform the fixed frame into the body frame" The origin of our fixed ...
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Name of unknown effect where liquid moves when placed on a jagged surface

I recently saw a video in which a water droplet, when dropped on a jagged surface (see photo), and whilst under the Leidenfrost Effect, moved. Does anyone know the name of this effect?
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horizontal motion inside a cone (cylindrical polars)

I have a question from an example we done in lecture Suppose we have a particle moving inside the surface of a cone given by $r = wz$ where $w$ is a constant, and also suppose initially the particle ...
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Matrix Representations of Galilean group

The general group element (in the vector representation) $$ \left [{ \begin{array} {c} \bar x^1 \\ \bar x^2 \\ \bar x^3 \\ \bar t \\ 1 \\ \end{array} } \right] = \left[ ...
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Heuristic equation for Friction force between materials

I'm programming a game where different types of objects will be sliding over different types of terrains (Top-down in two dimensions). At my current level of physics education we are given the ...
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Why is the Hodge dual so essential?

It seems unnatural to me that it is so often worthwhile to replace physical objects with their Hodge duals. For instance, if the magnetic field is properly thought of as a 2-form and the electric ...
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Lagrangian to Hamiltonian

I'm having some problems with an assignment where I have to state the Hamiltonian from the kinetic energy $T$ and potential energy $U$. These are as follows: ...
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Galilean, SE(3), Poincare groups - Central Extension

After having learnt that the Galilean (with its central extension) with an unitary operator $$ U = \sum_{i=1}^3\Big(\delta\theta_iL_i + \delta x_iP_i + \delta\lambda_iG_i +dtH\Big) + ...
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When does the angular momentum point in a different direction from the angular velocity?

I read this somewhere: $$\mathbf{L} = \tilde{\mathbf{I}}\mathbf{\omega}$$ In general, the angular momentum vector, $\mathbf{L}$, obtained from Equation above, points in a different direction to the ...
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Why $-i\hbar\vec\nabla$ for momentum in quantum mechanics, while $m\vec{v}$ in classical mechanics?

I am a little bit confused when thinking of the momentum representation in QM and CM. In QM, momentum is represented as $-i\hbar\vec\nabla$, while in classical, momentum is represented as $m\vec{v}$. ...
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Taking time derivative of two dependant variables

I'm not entirely sure if this is correct. I have to take the time derivative of the following: $$\frac{d}{dt}mr^{2}\dot{\phi}$$ Now, both $r$ and $\dot{\phi}$ depends on the time $t$, so I have to ...
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Are the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian always convex functions?

The Hamiltonian and Lagrangian are related by a Legendre transform: $$ H(\mathbf{q}, \mathbf{p}, t) = \sum_i \dot q_i p_i - \mathcal{L}(\mathbf{q}, \mathbf{\dot q}, t). $$ For this to be a Legendre ...
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Can someone explain the solution (provided) of this conical pendulum work problem [closed]

In the image, it looks like the tangential direction is always 45 degrees away from the string, not 90 degrees. Is it not the circular path that the solution is talking about?
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Why does water gulp out of a water bottle with a narrow opening instead of a steady flow?

For example, take a water bottle. Fill it with water and then turn it upside down. Instead of flowing steadily downward, it gulps down in parts. Why?
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How do I properly write Newton's second law for a particle with drag?

A heavy particle is projected at speed $U$ at an angle $\alpha$ to the horizontal. The particle is subject to air resistance which is experimentally found to vary proportionally to the square of ...
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stopping, moving of mobile phone when vibrating

A mobile phone move aside when it vibrates. How is that happening ? and most importantly is it possible to make any changes to the vibration motor to stop moving when vibrating or any other methods to ...
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If a paper disc is cut into a spiral, does its moment of inertia change?

It is obvious that there is no change in the mass of it and its radius. But the shape of the object does change. Does it mean its moment of inertia will also change?
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Casimir Invariants of the Galilean group

I had studied a couple of things about Galilean and Poincare group. But in the Galilean group, there is not enough clarity on how to calculate generators for boosts ($B_i$), which if I do it seems I ...
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How can I tell that circular motion is a solution for a particle confined to the surface of a cone?

I'm working on a problem where a particle of mass $m$ is confined to the surface of an inverted half cone (and is circling downwards due to gravity), with the cone's half angle $\alpha$. I chose to ...