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The statement that a property of a system does not change if the system is isolated.

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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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Can a mouse rotating a wheel violate conservation of angular momentum?

I have been thinking on the following problem. Part I. Imagine we have a mouse enclosed in a rigid box. We placed the box on a frictionless surface (ice might be a good example). Can the box start ...
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Particle hitting particles attached with springs [closed]

In classical mechanics if you have a particle moving in two dimensions and it hits a particle at rest although that particle is attached to a spring that is in turn attached to a third particle. ...
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Feynman's layman proof of local charge conservation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_IfV9fkBhk#t=10m55s And it ends at 16 minutes. I have a great love for Feynman's explanations but right now I seem to have failed to understand exactly how his ...
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Conserved quantity corresponding to reflection symmetry

I know about Noether's theorem, but I don't actually know how to use it myself. Suppose our universe were symmetric with respect to reflections about planes. What conserved quantity would then exist ...
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Human max speed in open space

Suppose you are an astronaut forgotten in the middle of nowhere, between our solar system and proxima centauri's. Now, you are out of fuel. I heard that with some kind of movements, someone in free ...
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Derivation of law of inertia from Lagrangian method (Landau)

I'm reading Landau's Book. He tries to conclude the law of inertia from the Lagrange equations. For that, he argues (by nice suppositions about space and time), that the lagrangian must depend only ...
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Conservation of momentum and mechanical energy in different reference frames

I am a biologist developing an interest in physics. I am struggling with the implications of changing reference frames on momentum, mechanical energy and work done calculations. I invented the ...
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If I start spinning a raw egg slowly why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously?

If I start spinning a raw egg very slowly in place, why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously? This is something I noticed the other day while cooking. It doesn't do the same thing with a ...
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If one object, moving at a constant speed collides with another object - which is at rest - how much force has been applied?

This is one question for which an answer doesn't really make intuitive sense. In elementary school, we learn F=ma, but where's the "a" in a collision such as this? Edit: Plus, there has to be a force ...
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Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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What does conservation of strangeness imply for the nature of interaction?

If the conservation of strangeness holds for a decay, then the possible interactions are Strong, Electromagnetic and Weak. But how does one determine which one is it, out of the three?
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What exactly is conservative vector field?

I'm studying calculus, but since the example involved a physical concept. I will ask here: This is how it goes: This means that in a conservative force field, the amount of work required to ...
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if the Earth's rotation was slowed down, would it naturally speed back up as it was before? [closed]

Fact: The Earth is rotating on it's own axis every 24 hours. Question: If, for some reason I won't specify the current speed of the Earth and could slow it down(say by 5%). Will it speed up again ...
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Importance of local conservation of probability

In almost every textbook of quantum mechanics we can find the derivation of the local conservation of probability. $$\nabla\cdot\vec{J}+\partial_t (\psi^*\psi)=0$$ where $\vec{J}$ is probabilty ...
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Collsion in 2D, find angle and final momentum

Suppose that the collision is completely inelastic. Disregard friction as the surface is smooth. Suppose that one is in the direction of $(1,0)$ and the other $(0,1)$. Is the final momentum the ...
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Greater momentum than initial?

The question is : Heavier object A, initially at rest, is struck by lighter object B. Is it possible for object A to have a larger final momentum than the initial momentum of object B? The ...
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One extra conservation equation or angle relation for a relativistic collision

Edit: It seems that the derivation for the center of momentum frame was incorrect, due to the fact that the center of momentum velocity changes after the collision. This is also true for the ...