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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Calculating/estimating heat transfer losses for hot air balloon (lantern)

I'm trying to build a flying lantern / hot air balloon that flies as close to hovering as possible (as opposed to up-up and awaaay). To see if this is feasible I'm trying to simulate as much as I can ...
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Integrals of Motion

Landau & Lifshitz write on the first page of chapter 2 of their Mechanics book (p.13) The number of independent integrals of motion for a closed mechanical system with $s$ degrees of freedom ...
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What justification is necessary for convolutional variational principles to be considered legitimate?

I recently asked a related question and was interested in why/or why we cannot use convolutional variational principles in practice or in theory. Summarizing the points I made in the earlier post: ...
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Can individual forces be regarded as momentum flows? [on hold]

Net force on an object can be defined in two ways equivalently (from a classical point of view): $$\vec{F} = m\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}=\frac{d\vec{p}}{dt}$$ Looking at the last expression (definition in ...
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A central force which enables a torque on a sphere - is it still conservative?

Consider the following example: Two spheres (one big, other small) standing vertically on ground. At first, the small sphere is on top of the big sphere. Then, it starts to roll w/o slipping to ...
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Google interview riddle and scaling arguments

I am puzzled by a riddle to which I have been told the answer and I have loads of difficulties to believe in the result. The riddle goes as follows: "imagine you are shrunk to the size of a coin ...
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Understanding incompressibility (of rubber or viscoelastic material)

Literature gives a lot of explanation why rubber is incompressible. However, I still need some thinking to understand physical behavior of rubber or any such material. Often, incompressibility is ...
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Why is it easier to go uphill on a lower gear?

In cars as well as bicycles, when we are on a lower gear, the driving wheel (the one on the wheels) has a bigger radius compared to when on a higher gear. So on a lower gear the bike/car would move ...
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How to formulate variational principles (Lagrangian/Hamiltonian) for nonlinear, dissipative or initial value problems?

Although this questions is very much math related, I posted it in Physics since it is related to variational (Lagrangian/Hamiltonian) principles for dynamical systems. If I should migrate this ...
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Velocities of points along an inextensible string

It is a well known constraint that velocities of points along an inextensible taut string or rod is constant. This is, for instance of use in the following problem: If a rod slides along the wall ...
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How does the earth do a negative work on a static body? [on hold]

If a body is in rest and the earth acts with a force on it 10 N Is there a negative work done by the earth though the body doesn't move? how? does it have a common thing with potential energy?
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Is it possible to eliminate Van der Waals interactions?

I came to know that the friction force actually depends on the surface contact area due to weak interactions (adhesion due to Van der Waals forces) between the atoms of both materials increasing in ...
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How to reconstruct the dependence of the potential from a coordinate?

What is known is that an ion sent along the X-axis of a black box with a speed $V$ returns in a time: $$T=a V^b$$ $a$ and $b$ are some known constants. Having this, can we reproduce the dependence of ...
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spinning a water bottle quickly

When we spin a water bottle so quickly, why don't the water inside the bottle come out ? It has to do with the normal force and the apparent weight , i think . but plz someone explain for me how does ...
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Potential Energy of Interaction Between a Sphere and a Particle Formula Derivation [closed]

A sphere of radius R has density described by ρ=ρ(r). Derive equation for pontetial energy of interaction between the sphere and some point particle of mass m which is at distance r from the center of ...
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Pulling on a weakened rope - where will it tear?

Let's say I have a rope of 10m length and it is weakened in 3 spots: at 2.5m, at 5m and at 7.5m. Weakened means that if enough tension is applied it will tear at these points (all points are equally ...
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Langevin equations in translational and rotational direction

I want to describe the following system. A bead is connected with a tether. There is a force $\vec{F}_{up}=F_{up}\hat{y}$ that acts on the bead. The tether acts with a force on the bead, this force ...
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Why does weak equivalence principle say gravity is equivalent to acceleration?

I am told that the weak equivalent principle, that $m_i=m_g$ (inertial and gravitational masses are equivalent) is equivalent to the statement that in a small system you can't tell whether you are in ...
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Computing the gravitational force on a planet in a particular system [closed]

I have a system of four planets moving in a 2D plane. I'm trying to write some code (C++) to find the positions of these planets at time t=3. I'm probably going to attempt this via a leapfrog ...
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How to analyse this mass-spring system

I'm trying to analyze this mass-spring system -- i.e. write down the differential equation governing it. As you can see, there is a block of mass $m_1$ attached to a wall by an ideal spring of ...
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Can a thrown egg chip (or break) a car windshield?

Is it possible to throw an egg with such speed that a car windshield will chip (just like with stone chips?) I have searched around for existing research in the area and have found that the impact ...
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Given potentials, how does one find conserved quantities using Noether's theorem?

I've been asked to find the conserved quantities of the following 3D potentials: $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2)$, $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2 + y^2)$ and $U(\vec{r}) = U(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)$. For the first one, ...
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What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand?

What will happen to the center of mass of the human body when a person carries a weight with one hand a briefcase for example. Wouldn't the center of mass move horizontally towards the side carrying ...
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Proof that a traceless strain tensor is pure shear deformation

How can i proove that the traceless part of linear strain tensor $e$ in the Euler description: $$e_{i,j}={ 1 \over 2 } \left({ \partial u_i \over \partial x_j}+{ \partial u_j \over \partial x_i} ...
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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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Angular momentum consevation law [closed]

Consider two equal masses connected with a massless rod. This system is rotating around an axis, passing through the centre of mass of the system. This axis is not perpendicular to the rod. We know ...
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Sufficient conditions for the energy to be not conserved?

I'm almost embarrased to ask this question because I thought I was by now very confident with classical mechanics. Someone has stated that given a mechanical system with a Lagrangian $L$ s.t. ...
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Dimension agreement in canonical transformation

In this Physics.SE post, there is a transformation: $$Q = q,$$ $$P = \sqrt{p} - \sqrt{q}.$$ for Hamiltonian $H = \frac{p^2}{2}$. The post discusses the validity of this transformation as a canonical ...
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Deriving the Lagrangian for a free particle

I'm a newbie in physics. Sorry, if the following questions are dumb. I began reading "Mechanics" by Landau and Lifshitz recently and hit a few roadblocks right away. Proving that a free particle ...
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Would the torque required by a motor differ depending on where it connects to a frame?

Given a motor attached to a flat surface, aligned to the axis of a laptop screen and connected to the screen via an L shaped arm which is also connected to the motor shaft Would the torque required ...
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Stability of Mathieu's equation and parameteric resonance

I am given the following equation (Mathieu's equation) in my subject of Numerical Analysis : $$ \frac{d^2 x}{dt^2}=-\omega^2(1+\epsilon\cos(t))x $$ I am supposed to find those frequencies $\omega$ ...
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Elementary proof of the minimum number or parameters needed to uniquely identify a force-torque (aka wrench) in 2D vs. 3D

Since the term force-torque (aka wrench vector) is probably more common in Robotics than in Physics, let's try to start with a definition of what is sought: a force-torque is a parsimonious set (well, ...
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Symplectic structure and isomorphisms

In his book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, V.I. Arnold writes To each vector $\xi$, tangent to a symplectic manifold $(M^{2n},\omega^2)$ at the point $\mathbf{x}$, we associate a ...
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Examples of (classical) measurements that are not independent?

What are some simple examples of measurements that are not statistically independent, i.e. with nonzero covariance? I'm looking for real examples that might reasonably come up in an undergraduate ...
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Motion Integrals of a Particle in a Force Field

I am trying to wrap my head around the following problem: A point particle is moving in a field, where its potential energy is U=-α/r. Find first motion integrals. In our university we have no ...
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Does this massless spring affect the system?

I have to write out the differential equation modelling this system: There's a mass connected to a wall with a spring of spring constant $k_1$, sitting on a frictionless surface, with another spring ...
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Simple explanation of first and second class constraints with an example

Can someone give a simple physical example of first class and second class constraints? I mean, if you were giving a classical mechanics lecture for undergraduates, how would you explain this concept ...
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Is thermodynamic free energy and potential energy the same thing?

The equation for free energy $F$ and potential energy $E_{pot}$ are: $$ F=U-TS \\ E_{pot} = E_{tot} -E_{kin} $$ But the temperature $T$ is proportional to the average kinetic energy of a system. So ...
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Trajectory of a boat given by $$r=\frac{d sec(\alpha)}{(sec\alpha + tan\alpha)^{V/V_{R}}}$$ [closed]

I need some help with this problem, I've tried using polar and cartesian coordinates but I dont know how to get the trajectory (I've already obtained the position, velocity and acceleration vectors as ...
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Non-dimensionalizing the “bead on a rotating hoop, with viscous damping” problem

This is not a homework question. Rather, this is an exercise I have taken up on myself. In particular, I am trying to find an algorithmic way to non-dimensionalize known equations, using the ...
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Rotation of Thin street sign

I am attempting to complete a home question in which a shop sign in the shape of a thin rectangle of size p x q (with q being the longer side), and mass m, that rotates about an axis that passes ...
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Limits for the linear wave equation

In acoustics and continuum mechanics the following wave equation (for Speed of Sound $c$) for the pressure field $p$ is well-known: $\partial_t \partial_t p = c^2 \Delta p$. This wave equation can be ...
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How could a cord withstand a force greater than its breaking strength?

How could a 100 N object be lowered from a roof using a cord with a breaking strength of 80 N without breaking the cord?? My attempt to answer this question is that we could use a counter weight. But ...
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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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In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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Energy drain in damped oscillator

Suppose we have a mass on a spring with a damping term. The equation of motion is given by: $$m \ddot{x} = -kx - c\dot{x}$$ I believe solutions are damped oscillations of the form: $$x = x_0 ...
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Mathematical pendulum in accelerating frame of reference [closed]

An aquintance of mine, who is a first year physics student was given a simple task as a homework-like task, which is about determining the ratio of periods between two equal-parameter mathematical ...
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Is the force of a lifting arm due to a piston an internal force?

When I was analyzing an excavator, I was wondering if the force that the piston exerts on the lifting arm is an internal or external force. I am a bit confused because the geometry of the system ...
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Taking moments about two different points in a system of forces

If you have a system of forces and you take moments about two different points will the moment be the same?
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A ladder and a cube [duplicate]

I don't really understand how to start part two. Could some give me a hint? And no, this is not a duplicate of A twist on the leaning ladder problem. That question is regarding the first part, this ...