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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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Why are there only 3 Additive Integrals of Motion?

1. I was reading Landau & Lifschitz's book on Mechanics, and came across this sentence on p.19: "There are no other additive integrals of the motion. Thus every closed system has seven such ...
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Slowly Varying Functions for Adiabatic Invariants - The Same as Karamata's?

In section 49 (and 50) of Landau and Lifschitz's "Classical Mechanics", adiabatic invariants are discussed, which are related to functions which vary adiabatically or "slowly" with time. Admittedly ...
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Understanding potential energy

I am self-studying the classical mechanics using the book by Taylor, and I have a question about the potential energy. The book (pg 111) says: If all forces on an object are conservative, we can ...
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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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Why is the Virial Theorem not a Special Case of the Ergodic Theorem? What is their Relationship?

The virial theorem involves the time-averages of the potential and kinetic energies if the motion of the system is bounded to a finite region of space. An ergodic theorem relates the time and space ...
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Complete vs General Integral of first order PDE

The following is an excerpt from Landau's Course on Theoretical Physics Vol.1 Mechanics: ... we should recall the fact that every first-order partial differential equation has a solution depending ...
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Classical proof of the gyromagnetic ratio $g=2$

I was reading Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities, by Theodore Arabatzis. At a certain point, where he is explaining the history of the magnetic moment of the ...
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Springs and Cantilevers - how linear and repeatable are they under deformation?

I know you guys only deal with the ideal, but in practice how linear and repeatable is the response of a spring or cantilever when deformed under a test mass?
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Does topology have any role in classical physics?

I've seen many applications of topology in Quantum Mechanics (topological insulators, quantum Hall effects, TQFT, etc.) Does any of these phenomena have anything in common? Is there any intuitive ...
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Why does holding an object cost energy while no work is being done?

I was reading the discussion here: Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done? I feel as though the question is being avoided. Suppose instead of holding an object by hand ...
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Find the acceleration of the bead [on hold]

Two identical, uniform large rings, each of mass $\text{m}$ are connected through a bead of same mass, which can move freely. When bead is released, it starts sliding down. The large rings roll ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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Protecting astronauts from G's when taking off/landing

When landing from orbit or launching from the ground to orbit (with chemical rockets or other means of fast acceleration), could one place the astronauts in a centrifuge and spin it to protect them ...
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Light's inverse square law: Does it require a minimum distance from the source?

Does the inverse square law begin to take effect the moment light leaves its source? For example, does light's intensity decrease, i.e. does the area in which the photons might land increase, at a few ...
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Could 1 force cause a pure moment?

A friend of mine told me if there is only one force, it cannot cause only rotation. I wasn't convinced so I proposed a thought experiment, and now we are both confused. Suppose that we put a rod ( ...
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Coupled spring mass-system [on hold]

Below is an old exam question I am trying to solve (it's not homework or an assignment, just an interest of mine). I have a few gaps in my attempted solution that I would like help with. Specifically: ...
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Why was the Stark effect discovered much later than the Zeeman effect?

This is strange. The Zeeman effect involves the magnetic field. The Stark effect involves the electric field. In the course of classical electrodynamics, we get the impression that for many physical ...
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How is it possible to exert a force on a static object?

Assuming mass doesn't change, force is defined as mass * acceleration. Acceleration is the change in velocity as time changes. How is it possible then to exert a force on an object that doesn't move? ...
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Why doesn't a fly fall off the wall?

Pretty simple question, but not an obvious answer at least not to me. I mean you can't just place a dead fly on the wall and expect it to stay there, he will fall off due to gravity. At first I ...
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Independent canonical coordinate variables?

In Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (2nd ed.) on section 9-1 page 382, there is a discussion about finding a canonical transformation $(q_i,p_i)\rightarrow (Q_j(q_i,p_i,t),P_j(q_i,p_i,t))$ from a given ...
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Stationary-state scattering process

In a stationary-state scattering process of an incoming plane wave, the outgoing spherical wave can be described by $\psi(\vec r) = e^{ikz} + f(\theta) \frac{e^{ikr}}{r}$. My question is, how is this ...
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Canonical transformation problem

(Apologies if HW questions are not allowed -- I couldn't really find a definite answer on this) Question Let $Q^1 = (q^1)^2, Q^2 = q^1+q^2, P_{\alpha} = P_{\alpha}\left(q,p \right), \alpha = 1,2$ ...
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Stable Sides of Polygon Objects

I have a physics question for you. Let us say a polygon shaped object is stable on a side when the center of mass "falls" inside the base. Is it possible in 2D to build an object that is unstable on ...
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physics thermofluid mechanics pressure force area [on hold]

As shown in the attached image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of $45^{\circ}$ to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1 m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The ...
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I dropped my tissue box on a glass table, the box didn't bounce back, table didn't move nor break, what happened?

I have a box, it drops and thus by moving has Kinetic energy, It doesn't penetrate and impacts however the box doesn't rebound nor breaks the table. Its like when I slam my fist on a table but the ...
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Solving the Three-body problem numerically

I want to create a program in $Mathematica$ that solves numerically the Three-body problem by Euler-Lagrange's equations. I was searching some methods to sucessfully do it. So I found a way to solve ...
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Thermofluid mechanics inclined plane

As shown in the attacked image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of 450 to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The distance ...
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Spring pendulum system [on hold]

Find the Lagrangian and the equations of motion for the system described by the figure using the Lagrange multipliers method. The mass $m$ can slide frictionless along the massless rigid rod of the ...
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Creasing of a material at the molecular level

What exactly happens when a material (particularly paper or even cloth or a metal) is folded to form a crease? Why is it that a creased material tends to retain form, while a lightly folded one, ...
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Is it possible to find the G forces of one of the axis rather than the total?

I am investigating the g-forces and acceleration experienced on roller coasters and have data for $x$, $y$ and $z$ acceleration every $0.2$ seconds of the ride as well as the total acceleration and ...
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Why an object with double length have the same friction? [on hold]

I didn't really got the highlighted part.
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Eddy current damping heat generation

Background According to this source (page 7): https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/109373/me450w10project16_report.pdf?sequence=1 the "braking" torque a magnetic field on a ...
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Displacement of an object dropped from a cliff [closed]

An object is dropped from a cliff. How far does the object fall in the third second? Assume that $g = 10 \, \mathrm{m/s^2}$. A: 10 m B: 20 m C: 25 m D: 45 m
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Question about the apparent loophole in principle of least action

In Lagrangian formalism, given two points $(x_1,t_1)$ and $(x_2,t_2)$, we ask the question which paths $x(t)$ make the action $S=\displaystyle \int_{t_1}^{t_2}L\ \mathrm dt$ stationary and satisfy the ...
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Is there a proof from the first principle that the Lagrangian L = T - V?

Is there a proof from the first principle that for the Lagrangian $L$, $$L = T\text{(kinetic energy)} - V\text{(potential energy)}$$ in classical mechanics? Assume that Cartesian coordinates are ...
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Dynamics of pairwise distances in the $n$-body problem

Consider the $n$-body problem where we are interested in describing the time evolution of $n$ masses interacting through a potential $U$. Let $D$ be the matrix containing all pairwise distances ...
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Coordinate Transformation in Classical Mechanics

The coordinates in one inertial frame are represented by $(x,t)$. Under coordinate transformation, the coordinates in another inertial frame can be represented by $f(x(t),t)$. It can be shown that the ...
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Why rubber is incompressible material?

Why rubber is incompressible material? I know its Poisson's ratio is nearing to 0.5. So I don't understand physically, what it means by 0.5 Poisson's ratio and incompressibility. When I tried ...
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Would it be possible to kill a flea or mosquito with a high probability using high pressure and low volume? [closed]

I was thinking about how to kill off some bugs in the house and it dawned on me that part of the ritual of spraying down insects is the spray itself - they don't seem to handle the pressure well, and ...
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Problem with derivation of phonons in crystal

In this derivation of phonon solutions, everywhere, we are forcefully assuming the wavelike characteristics along the length of the chain. While all we can deduce for finding out the fundamental ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Different subscripts for $\nabla$ operators while deriving force on system of many particles

Consider a system of 4 particles in an external conservative field. So force acting on each particle is derived from potential energy $U(x,y,z)$of the particle+field system: Total (external) force on ...