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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Angular acceleration as a function of torque

I know that the angular momentum $\mathbf{L}_{cm}$ with respect to the centre of mass of a rigid body can be expressed as $I\boldsymbol{\omega}$ where $I$ is the inertia matrix and ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [on hold]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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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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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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Conservation of angular momentum - exercise [on hold]

A sphere of mass $M$ is rotating with constant $w_0$ regarding the axis that intersects the north and south pole of the sphere. A bug of mass $m$ sits on the north pole and starts to walk along a ...
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Liquid column “recoils” in a sealed cylinder when hit by a piston — is it possible?

Consider a cylinder filled partially with a liquid (e.g. water). The cylinder is sealed, and is at held at room temperature (e.g 298K). At equilibrium (or when no external disturbance is imparted to ...
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What is the difference between configuration space and phase space?

What is the difference between configuration space and phase space? In particular, I notices that Lagrangians are defined over configuration space and Hamiltonians over phase space. Liouville's ...
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How do I transform onto a relativistic rotating frame of reference?

In classical mechanics, the usual formula to translate the evolution of a quantity as seen from an inertial frame of reference to a rotational frame is: $$\frac{d \textbf{A} }{dt} \vert_{Inertial} = ...
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How does one express a Lagrangian and Action in the language of forms?

In Lipschitzs Classical Mechanics a Lagrangian is defined as: $L(q,q',t)$ for some trajectory $q(t)$ of a particle And the action is defined as: $S:=\int^a_b L(q,q',t) dt$ How does one ...
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The minimum force required to lift a triangular prism

If I have an isosceles triangular prism of mass m with the angle at the top being $2\theta$ I want to work out the minimum force I would need to apply to the upper faces to lift the prism. Lets say ...
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Instant centre of rotation for two connected gears

The two gears are have the angular velocities $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ respectively with respect to $Oxyz$. The task is to determine the angular velocity $\boldsymbol{\omega}$ of the arm ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Hamilton-Jacobi problem

In analytical mechanics by Fasano and Marmi they consider the Hamilton-Jacobi equation for a conservative autonomous system in one dimension with the following Hamiltonian, \begin{equation} ...
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Determine the maximum height a pump can suck up water

I am working on a homework problem that presents the scenario of trying to raise water from a small reservoir of depth 8 m whose surface is 25 m below a pump that can maintain a pressure differential ...
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Find distance vs. time for a space ship moving through cloud of dust of uniform density [on hold]

Here's a problem: We have a cylindrical spaceship with cross-sectional area $A$ moves through a stationary cloud of dust of uniform density $\rho$. Initially the ship has some speed $v_0$ and some ...
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Jacobi energy function $h$ and the Hamilton $H$ and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation

My understanding of the Jacobi energy function $h$ as defined in Goldstein is that it is the total energy $T+V$ expressed as, \begin{equation} h(q,\dot q,t)=\sum \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot q}\dot ...
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What can I say about a graph depicting orbit a particle has gone through? Acceleration VS friction

I have an orbit in which a particle is told to have gone through. There is a straight part, and a curved part. I am asked to mark the right statements, which are: a. Without any further data, there ...
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Degrees of freedom of a point mass sliding on a rigid curved wire without friction

I am very new to the subject and am going through Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics. One exercise asks to find the degrees of freedom of a number of systems, one of which is a ...
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Proving independence of the lagrangian on position of a free particle using the euler-lagrange equation

I asked a similar question some time back but am trying to work this from another angle. In deriving the lagrangian of a free particle, we use the homogeneity of space to conclude that the lagrangian ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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How to explain independence of momentum and energy conservation in elementary terms?

I'm trying to explain to someone learning elementary physics (16 year old) that linear momentum and energy are conserved independently. I'm not a professional physicist and haven't tried to explain ...
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Maximum range of projectile from elevation, simply?

Let us say you have project a ball at velocity $u$ from a cliff hight $h$, and we want to find the maximum range of the ball. Ok so you could do this using equations of motion (for constant ...
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How to calculate the steps needed for a motor to rotate a circular object in a pulley configuration? [closed]

I have a stepper motor with 200 steps per revolution and a pulleys configuration as following: 3 pulleys with 100 mm diameter each on 1184 mm PCD and are equally spaced (120 degrees) from each other. ...
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In which direction does mud fly off a moving bike's tire & why?

If a bike moves through a muddy area, mud gets on its tires. Then the mud flies off from the tires. Which forces are acting on it? In which direction does it fly off? On my physics test, I wrote ...
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Runge-Lenz vector and Keplerian Orbits

Is the loss of closed Keplerian orbits in relativistic mechanics directly tied to the absence of the Runge-Lenz vector?
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How do waves have momentum?

A question on a practice test I'm taking is as follows: By shaking one end of a stretched string, a single pulse is generated. The traveling pulse carries: A. mass B. energy C. momentum D. ...
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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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Physics of how the cochlea isolates frequencies along its length?

Can anyone explain the separation of frequencies along the basilar membrane of the cochlea please? (equations would be nice) I understand it being related to the resistance caused by fluid in the ...
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Lagrangian for free particle in special relativity

From definition of Lagrangian: $L = T - U$. As I understand for free particle ($U = 0$) one should write $L = T$. In special relativity we want Lorentz-invariant action thus we define free-particle ...
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How this tube rotates? [duplicate]

I recently seen a video where a tube is spin into space. When it starts to rotate, it keeps continuously to rotate along the axis of 180 degrees clockwise, then 180 counter-clockwise and so on. The ...
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name of this bouncing balls separator model

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRGf0Mq2Zwg I want to read the physical and mathematical model of this "bouncing balls separator " in the above link . What is name of this experiment so I can search ...
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Relation between magnetic moment and angular momentum — classic theory

How do I prove the relation between the vectors of magnetic moment $\vec\mu$ and angular momentum $\vec L$, $$\vec\mu=\gamma\vec L$$ ? Many text books and lecture notes about the principles of ...
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Is there a quick way of finding the kinetic energy on spherical coordinates?

Assume a particle in 3D euclidean space. Its kinetic energy: $$ T = \frac{1}{2}m\left(\dot x^2 + \dot y^2 + \dot z^2\right) $$ I need to change to spherical coordinates and find its kinetic energy: ...
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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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Classical and quantum systems [closed]

What are the main differences between a quantum and classical system? How does one can distinguish them?
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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do the planes of electron orbits make an angle?

if we think as the electrons around the atoms classically, then as the two electrons in the first shell (1s) go around the nucleus; do the planes of orbit make an angle with each other (as an average) ...
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Deriving lagrangian of a free particle - How do you arrive at Lagrangian independency conclusions

I guess this question has been asked before, but I'm looking at a slightly different aspect. I'm reading Landau's book on classical mechanics. In deriving the lagrangian for a free particle, I ...
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Equations of motion for a system of $n$ particles given the potetial [closed]

I am having difficulties on the following question: The equations of motion for a system of n particles are: $$m \ddot{x}_i = - \dfrac{\partial U(x_1,...,x_n)}{\partial x_i}$$ $$\ddot{x}_i = ...
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Is the strength of a muscle proportional to its cross-sectional area?

I have a question that is partially related to at least a couple of old questions: this one and this other. My question is specifically focused on the following point: why should the strength of a ...
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Decoupling of generalized coordinates in lagrangian

Say you have a lagrangian $L$ for a system of 2 degrees of freedom. The action, S is: $S[y,z] = \int_{t_1}^{t_2} L(t,y,y',z,z')\,dt \tag{1}$ If $y$ and $z$ are associated with two parts of the ...
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What stops the middle point of a power line from falling?

Say you have a system that is a uniformly weighted string with slack suspended from two points; i.e. a power line. There are three forces acting on any given point on this string: string tension ...
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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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Calculating the center of mass of a hemisphere (Solved) [duplicate]

Solved: $\theta$ goes from 0 to $\frac{\pi}{2}$ and not to $\pi$ EDIT: it was pointed out to me that this question was a duplicate of this post. In my opinion, the question asked on the other post, ...
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Why do some impact craters have an elevation in the center?

Why do some impact craters have an elevation in the center? What processes lead to its formation?
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Coupled wheel and rod (analytical mechanics) [closed]

I am struggling with formulating the equations of motion. Consider a coordinate system with origin in $O$ ($y$ upwards and $x$ to the right), label the center of mass of rod $AB$ with $G$ then: ...
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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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Physics of a cold and hot top

Imagine two tops made up of exactly one thousand atoms. One is kept at 4 degrees Kelvin, the other at room temperature. 1. Would they weigh the same given an arbitrarily precise scale in the Earth's ...
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Stress Force - Understanding Cauchy Stress Tensor

I've been trying to understand the derivation for the Cauchy Momentum Equation for so long now, and there is one part that every derivation glides over very quickly with practically no explanation ...
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why is London penetration depth independent from the magnetic field strength in superconductors?

in superconductivity, type I, we say that the penetration depth of the magnetic field is independent of the magnetic field strength applied to the sample... i just want to know why? you know, the ...