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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How long does it take for the speed of the train to decrease to $1~\text{m/s}$?

Here's the full problem: The speed of a train coasting on a level track satisfies the differential equation $\mathrm{d}V/\mathrm{d}t = kv^2$. The initial speed of the train is $v(0)=10~\text{m/s}$ ...
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How do I meaningfully divide by a vector?

How long does it take a baseball with velocity $(30, 20, 25) m/s$ to travel from location $r_1 = (3, 7,−9) m$ to location $r_2 = (18, 17, 3.5)m$? I am thinking that it should be the ...
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How does this shell hit the aircraft?

A fighter aircraft is flying horizontally at an altitude of 1500m with speed of 200m/s. The aircraft passes directly overhead an anti-aircraft gun. The muzzle speed of the gun is 600m/s. ...
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View from a helicopter rotor: why is the horizon distorted?

This video ("rotor panorama") was captured by a camera attached to the rotor head of a radio-controlled helicopter, with the frame rate set to the rotor's frequency. During a long segment of the ...
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Conservation of linear momentum magnitude along a trajectory

I was once criticized for "taking angular momentum as momentum going in a circle". I was loosely trying to state, in classical mechanics, that in using conservation of momentum, one can switch between ...
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If the velocity of particle $A$ exceeds that of $B$, is the acceleration of $A$ greater than $B$?

Two particles $A, B$ are travelling along parallel straight paths. At some point, the velocity of $A$ exceeds that of $B$. Does this necessarily mean that the acceleration of $A$ is greater than the ...
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Centripetal acceleration for particle that moves in a circle at non-constant speed

How is $a_{R}=v_T^{2}/r$ derived for changing tangential speed? ($a_R$-centripetal component $r$-distance from axis $v_T$- tangential speed)
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Walking along a moving train, we make 18 steps. Opposite: 11. How long is the train?

A man walks in the same direction as a slowly moving train ($v_{man} > v_{train}$). He counts the train to be 18 steps long. Then he turns around and counts the train to be 11 steps long. ...
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Find the distance from the initial location [closed]

Sing Huat drives a car with initial speed 30 km/h and acceleration 2 km/h2 toward Tee, whose displacement is 200 m away from him. At the same time, Tee drives another car toward Sing Huat with ...
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Rigid Body Mechanics In a vacuum (no gravity) [closed]

I am writing a physics engine to map the rotary and translatory movements of a uniformly dense solid cylinder within 3d space. If a vectored thrust is applied to one end of the cylinder at an ...
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Calculating acceleration function for given time, distance, initial velocity [closed]

An object has an initial velocity of v and should stop in d meters, in t seconds where v*t >= d. I can predict that this acceleration won't be constant but it is a function of time and this problem ...
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Measuring the velocity of a pendulum using the width of the bob

I did an experiment on pendulum motion and in the method it says use the following equation to measure the velocity of the pendulum: $$v=\frac{W}{t}$$ where $W$ is the width of the pendulum bob and t ...
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Projectile maximum height [closed]

How can I determine the needed initial velocity to make a 2d wind resistance free projectile (in computer simulation) reach maximum height at a certain x distance away, with launch position and target ...
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Is it possible to solve a 2D relative motion question using components of relative velocity?

This is a question based on concepts of two dimensional motion . Here's how the question is: A plank A is floating in air, gravity has no effect on it (See its coordinates in the figure attached). ...
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Average Velocity [closed]

A car travels 100 miles in 2 hours, it then completes the return leg of the journey. How fast must it travel on the return leg to average 100mph over the total journey. My thoughts on this are that ...
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Obtaining velocity or acceleration vector of a point on a rigid body?

If I have a cube that is moving at a velocity of $v$ and spinning at an angular velocity of $\omega$, how can I determine the instantaneous velocity vector of one of the vertices of the cube? What if ...
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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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Kinematics problem

I'm on earth and we have two spaceships $A,B$. They can instantaneously accelerate to certain velocities $v_A,v_B$. We want to travel to another planet which is $\Delta x$ lightseconds away, and we ...
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Projectile Motion Question involving a ball and a ramp inclined at an angle

The question is to finde the initial horizontal velocity of the ball at end of the ramp, where it is released. I know how to do this using gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy ...
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$d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$ not giving expected results

Say I have an object that starts falling from rest at 2 m/s2. Its total displacement and velocity at the end of every second should look something like this: ...
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Is it possible to reach the edge of a room if there isn't any gravitational acceleration?

Consider that a large room(an indoor badminton court) is orbiting the earth with a person floating exactly at its center without any relative initial velocity. Consider that the person has no ...
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Find shadow's height

Just starting to learn physics. Now reading about constant motion and after this paragraph I have a task: Boy with growth of 1.5 m runs at a speed of 3 m / s in a straight line, passing under a ...
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Steering forces on a bicycle

Ok, I always notice this weird thing and try to overcome it but cant. Ok as shown in the image when I ride the bike by just one hand and pull the handle back say from the right side so as commonly the ...
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1D Motion under Gravity

I have attempted this question in so many different ways but I am getting nowhere. Could someone point me in the correct direction so I can work it out myself? Here is the question: An object $K$ ...
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Are there bounds or measurements on the derivative of acceleration (jerk)

The title says it all. Is there a physical maximum value to the 3rd derivative of position? Common Lore says that there is not and that jerk does not play any role in physics. My guess is that there ...
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Average velocity = Arithmetic Mean

I am having trouble grasping how the average velocity of a particle between an initial position and final position equals to the arithmetic mean of the initial velocity and the final velocity when the ...
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How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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Physical Variables of Circular Motion

To me, the definitions of variables involved in circular motion are rather confusing (perhaps due to the lack of understanding on my part), hence the question. As I understand it, there are two ...
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Velocity is “Distance/Time” in a particular direction OR simply “Displacement/Time”?

Is velocity: Distance/Time in a particular direction, or simply Displacement/Time? Or both 1 and 2 is the same thing?
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How - The force of a 60 mph crash is not just twice as great as a 30 mph crash; it’s four times as great! [duplicate]

The DMV manual says that The faster you go, the less time you have to avoid a hazard or collision. The force of a 60 mph crash is not just twice as great as a 30 mph crash; it’s four ...
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A block on a wedge

The system is as follows - Friction exists only between the 2 blocks. I am trying to find out the accelerations of $m_1$ and $m_2$. Let $a_2$ be acceleration of $m_2$, and $a_x$ and $a_y$ be the ...
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Time taken for collision [closed]

We have three particles at the vertices of equilateral triangle of side $d$. At $t=0$ they start moving in such away that at all instant of time each of them has a speed $v$ towards adjacent one. We ...
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When we take time derivative of a function of time, then is the result another function of time, again?

(I'll try to explain my question by one known example), for example where the velocity is a function of time v(t) then its time derivative (which is acceleration: $a=\frac {dv}{dt}$) is another ...
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Is it incorrect to explain the direction of a coded vector quantity?

For example, let's say that in a linear physics problem, all the data are given to a certain direction, and coded positively for direction to the right. So +5m/s would be a velocity of 5m/s to the ...
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Why can't some light ever reach earth? [duplicate]

Note: I'm a layman in physics. Excuse me if this question is a duplicate, I lack the knowledge in technical terms to find the answer to this by research (I've tried). Let's suppose there's a star ...
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6 Story Building Swaying, Normal? [closed]

Preface: I'm currently sitting at my desk on a 5th floor in a South Florida office building, as I was earlier this morning when I felt the building sway slightly. It wasn't continuous and the ...
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Help finding Delta T for a known position displacement with known accel/decel, etc

I'm looking for an equation to find the time it will take for a position displacement to happen, given known $V_{max}$, a (known) constant acceleration, deceleration, jerk, and displacement... and an ...
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Correct terminology for combined kinematic and dynamic state

The kinematic state is defined as the position and orientation in space. The dynamic state is defined as the associated velocities. What is the correct terminology for the combined kinematic and ...
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Intuitive meaning of factor 2 in formula of vertical throw max height $h=v^2/2g$

This is a question about a simple thing. The simplified expression for maximum height in vertical throw is $h=\frac{v^2}{2g}$ , could anyone explain intuitively (analogies are welcome) why there is a ...
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Galaxy Kinematic Fitting: How to deal with Point Spread Function (PSF)

The past few months I have been studying astronomy and Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS). What I want to do is to fit a galaxy kinematic model to data (ie: estimate the model parameters that give the ...
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Vectors and motion in a plane [closed]

A particle travels with speed $50 m/s$ from the point $(3,-7)$ in the direction $7i-24j$ . Find its positional vector after 3 seconds. My approach: It has travelled a distance of 150m in the ...
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Simple pendulum and planet mass [closed]

A simple pendulum, $20cm$ in length, has the period of $2.7s$ on a certain planet. Find the mass of the planet if its diameter is $18000km$. $G=6.67\times10^{-11}Nm^2/kg^2 $ I have no idea how to get ...
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How to calculate pressure exerted on the wheels of a robotic car?

I need some help in designing my robotic car. So its going to have 4 wheels, each driven by a 12-volt motor. It occurs to me that the weight of the chassis itself will exert some pressure on the ...
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Is it possible to calculate distance if non-constant acceleration is unknown? [closed]

I know that the distance travelled in non constant acceleration is $d=\int_a^b f(x)\mathrm{d}x$, but is it possible to calculate the distance without knowing the value of $f(x)$?
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Newton's First Law of Motion; Empirical Aspects

Newton's first law states that in an inertial frame, a body at rest continues to be at rest, and a body in constant rectilinear motion continues its motion, unless an external force is applied upon ...
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Short-duration forces

In circular motion, it is said that the centripetal force acts only for a very very short period of time, hence is able to only change the direction but not magnitude of the velocity. Similarly in a ...
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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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Relative Velocity problem

I was solving many problems on relative velocity and observed that when the question asks, "what is the minimum time taken by the boat/man to cross the river.?" so the solution says that he ...
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Static friction force on a block in a tunnel

Linked to this question: Comparing Static Frictions Suppose there is a cuboidal vertical tunnel, and a cubical block in it such that all surface of the block are in contact with the four walls of the ...
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Relation between the time, velocity and acceleration

This is question from I.E. Iredov's General Physics: $1.22$ : The velocity of a particle moving in the positive direction of the $x-axis$ varies as $v = α \sqrt x$, where $α$ is a positive ...