The description of the movement of bodies by their position, velocity, acceleration (and possibly higher time derivatives, such as, jerk) without concern for the underlying dynamics/forces/causes.

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Trajectory of projectile thrown downhill

I'm teaching myself mechanics, and set out to solve a problem determining the optimum angle to throw a projectile when standing on a hill, for maximum range. My answer seems almost plausible, except ...
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Find vector position in time give this graph?

Graph is position x position. There are 3 points, $A$, $B$ and $C$. $A(0,2)$ $B(4,2)$ $C(6,0)$ Particle travels from $A$ to $B$ and from $B$ to $C$ at constant $v = 2 ~m/s$. Find vector ...
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Trains travelling at different speeds towards a station C

Here's the question: Consider two stations A and B located 100 kilometer apart. There is a station C, located between A and B. Now trains from station A and B start moving towards station C at ...
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Maximum range of a projectile launched from elevation “dumbed down”

I am trying to conceptually understand why the angle which produces the greatest range for a projectile launched with an elevation is not 45 degrees. I have exausted all other options, and I hope that ...
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What is the displacement of an accelerated and relativistic object?

Displacement in an accelerated classical object is: $$s=ut+\frac {at^2}{2}$$ What is the displacement of an accelerated relativistic object? In Newtonian mechanics there are two types of ...
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Simple Projectile Motion Question

A volcano erupts 50m below the sea level. A rock leaves the crater at 20 m/s at an angle 30 deg with the vertical line. The rock has a mass of 15kg. IGNORE WATER RESISTANCE. It gets out of the water, ...
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What's wrong with this equation for harmonic oscillation?

The question: A particle moving along the x axis in simple harmonic motion starts from its equilibrium position, the origin, at t = 0 and moves to the right. The amplitude of its motion is ...
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Does acceleration at an angle to velocity change the direction?

During an interval of time, a tennis ball is moved so that the angle between the velocity and the acceleration of the ball is kept at a constant 120º. Which statement is true about the tennis ball ...
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How do you calculate instantaneous velocity in projectile motion?

An object is thrown horizontally with a velocity of 30 m/s from the top of a tower. It undergoes a constant downward acceleration of 10 m/s2. The magnitude of its instantaneous velocity after 4.0 ...
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Kinematics Problem

The question asks me to find the angular velocity. Now I do not want you to solve my homework, I want explanation please. It states that the acceleration of point P is $\vec{a}= -3.02 \vec{i} ...
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How do I know an initial speed of a thrown object using the max height [closed]

The simulation being referred to is in box2d An object is thrown to the max height of $h$ with gravity of $g$, what is it initial speed? I tried the following: $v = v_0 - g t$ $0 = v_0 - g t$ $t ...
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Can these figures demonstrating the safety of “Archery Tag” arrows be correct?

There is a new sport called "Archery Tag" that involves shooting opponents with foam-tipped arrows fired out of a real bow. The official Archery Tag web site presents data that claims to show the ...
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If my acceleration is -1 ($a=-1\:\rm{m/s^2}$) and I'm standing in the infinite ($x_0=\infty \:\rm m$), could I reach the point $x=0\:\rm m$?

I'm standing in the infinite where $x_0=\infty \:\rm m$. If I have a negative acceleration, could I reach the point $x=0\:\rm m$? Would it be possible to calculate how long would take to reach the ...
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Calculating the launch angle of a horizontal launch (mechanics) [closed]

I need some help with the following question: A smooth spherical object (the first object) is projected horizontally from a point of vertical height H = 26.38 metres above horizontal ground with a ...
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Equations of motion in 2D [closed]

I'm struggling with a seemingly simple problem in 2D motion. Basically, the question is, given accelerations in $x$ and $y$ ($a_x$ and $a_y$) as well as the angular velocity ($\omega$), how can we ...
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What will be the relative speed of the fly? [duplicate]

It has happened many times and i have ignored it everytime. Yesterday it happened again . I was travelling in a train and saw a fly (insect) flying near my seat. Train was running at a speed of ...
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A freefalling body problem, only partial distance and time known

Well, I've been trying to figure out a problem which I imposed on myself, so no literal values included. Unfortunately, my brain is not cooperating. The problem states: What is the height from ...
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How to find acceleration given position and velocity? [closed]

Sorry for this very simple question but I am still very new to the laws of motion. I am dealing with 2-dimensional vectors in my programming environment and I'm following these slides to learn about ...
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Simplifying some math for an ant-on-rubber-band problem

OK, I've been doing this problem for fun (it's a great problem, BTW!): http://www.physics.harvard.edu/academics/undergrad/probweek/prob76.pdf Here is the solution: ...
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Sign of Velocity for a Falling Object

I'm working on a homework problem in Mathematica. We have to graph the height and the velocity of a function given an initial height and initial velocity. However, when I do the graph for the velocity ...
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Why do far away objects appear to move slowly in comparison to nearby objects?

When we are sitting in a moving train than nearby stationary objects appear to go backwards...in terms of physics we can use the formula velocity of object with respect ...
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How to find speed from Newton's law?

I have a question about Newton's law. The question says block A(mass 2.25kg) rests on a tabletop. It is connected by a horizontal cord passing over a light, friction less pulley to hanging block ...
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What is the origin of the naming convention for position functions?

In physics, position as a function of time is generally called d(t) or s(t). Using "d" is pretty intuitive, however I haven't ...
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Calculating Impact Velocity Given Displacement and Acceleration

Assume a car has hit a wall in a right angled collision and the front bumper has been displaced 9 cm. The resulting impact is 25g. Also, it is evident by skid marks that the car braked for 5m with ...
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Acceleration: Value Disparity?

If we consider a ball moving at an acceleration of $5ms^{-2}$, over a time of 4 seconds, the distance covered by the ball in the first second is $5m$. In the 2nd second will $5 + 5 = 10m$. In the ...
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How to compute drag coefficient given initial position, initial velocity and final resting position?

The equations I'm using are: x = x + (DT * vx) vx = vx * C My DT is always 0.01 and the coefficient C (related to a linear ...
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Question Concerning Position Of A Particle At Any Given Time

After years of procrastinating i've decided not to "move ahead" with physics without getting this ridiculously trivial question clear!*I know i had asked a similar question as silly and stupid as this ...
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The Double Integrator: Matching velocity and position as quickly as possible with only a limited amount of force available

If a body with mass $m$ begins at position $x_0$ with velocity $v_0$ and experiences a force that varies as a function of time $f(t)$ (and we ignore gravity, friction, and everything else that might ...
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Should you run when under rain?

When it's raining, would you get less wet if you run or more wet? I think you will get less wet, because rain is coming down in a constant volume and if you run you will have a shorter amount of time ...
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How to calculate a firing location from point of impact data?

I would like to know how to calculate the point at which a bullet is fired from a gun given information from the scene where the bullet falls. The scene would contain the point of impact (GPS ...
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What do I need to do to find the stopping time of a decelerating car? [closed]

The question is: A car can be stopped from initial velocity 84 km/h to rest in 55 meters. Assuming constant acceleration, find the stopping time. Sorry for my ignorance, but I need to review ...
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Why wouldn't this system of equations determine where two balls meet?

A ball is thrown vertically upwards at $5\text{ m/s}$ from a roof top of $100\text{ m}$. The ball B is thrown down from the same point $2\text{ s}$ later at $20\text{ m/s}$. Where and when will ...
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What's the difference between arc length and signed distance?

Suppose I give you a position function $x(t)$ where t is time and x is position. Then i ask you to find the total distance travelled from $t = 0$ to $t = t_f$. Which formula would give you that ...
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I think I disprove this with kinematics, but energy says it is right

! Here is my kinematics argument. For now I am only going to look at ball 2 and ball 3. Make note of the following data. $|v_0| = 10m/s$, $y_0 = 10m$, $\theta_2^0 = 30^0$, $\theta_3^0 = -45^0, g = ...
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If 2 bodies are moving at equal speed parallel, and one throws something at a right angle to itself, will the thing thrown hit the other body?

Me and some friends were discussing the idea of (in a perfect scenario, no air resistance or gravity to affect the results) 2 bodies moving in the same direction exactly parallel to each other. If ...
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2d simulation shooting projectiles that inherit the gun's veocity at a moving target while also moving

Overview: I'm working on programming a simulation that requires 'shooting' projectile-type objects at other moving objects. How can I calculate the angle at which to shoot the object to hit? Details: ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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Real world examples for projectile thrown upwards or downwards

I am preparing a physics course for high school about projectile motions. If a projectile moves with initial velocity $v_0$ in the gravitational field of the earth, the equation $$ s(t) = 1/2 g t^2 ...
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How to calculate total distance and time a puck will move?

To simulate a puck's movement, I use the following model (please restrain from discussing the model, it makes the simulation look the way I want it to) and would like to know how to calculate the ...
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Basic Free Fall Problem [closed]

So I am trying to remember my childhood doing some Physics problems, but seems that I forgot almost everything. But it's not a big thing... that's why I'm training! My problem is pretty basic ...
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How to model an accelerometer measurements on a car wheel?

I am working on kinematically modelling an accelerometer on a car wheel. When working on the initial conditions, I am confused whether or not I should use the gravitational acceleration since there ...
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Is it possible to calculate specific velocities from acceleration?

I'm trying to understand a sample problem from a current (published 2011) high school physics textbook, but I really think the question is flawed. The task is to convert an acceleration-time graph ...
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Is spherical coordinates enough to calculate the exact position of a point with rotations included?

With "Geographic coordinate system" we only get the location, no rotations or anything. Translated into latitude and longitude. Where with "Spherical coordinate system", we should be able to get the ...
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If a car appears in horison and within 2 seconds passes you by, whats the speed it's doing?

While watching the first 4 seconds of driving at 745 km/h is ludicrous from any angle wondered 1)If we knew the curvature of the earth in a "flat" desert, what would be the speed of the car? ...
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Find the acceleration based on V² x d graph

How could I find the acceleration of a body knowing only that its position and velocity satisfy $v^2 = f(x)$, where $f(x)$ is a known function of $x$ (position)?
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Projectile motion question: vertical and horizontal graph

I've have got some vertical and horizontal distances for a projectile-like motion. In order to work out the trajectory, why is it better to plot on the x-axis, "horizontal distance^2", and on the y ...
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Why does a ping pong ball change direction when I spin it on a table?

When I spin a ping pong ball on the table, it rolls forward in the opposite direction of the spin, and then eventually changes direction and rolls backward. Here's a video demonstrating the effect. ...
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what is the kinematics of a particle with complex mass?

particles with real-mass have time-like kinematics ($ds^2 > 0$). particles with zero-mass have light-like kinematics ($ds^2 = 0$). particles with imaginary-mass have space-like kinematics ($ds^2 < ...
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Difference between momentum and kinetic energy

From a mathematical point of view it seems to be clear what's the difference between momentum and $mv$ and kinetic energy $\frac{1}{2} m v^2$. Now my problem is the following: Suppose you want to ...
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How to get distance when acceleration is not constant?

I have a background in calculus but don't really know anything about physics. Forgive me if this is a really basic question. The equation for distance of an accelerating object with constant ...