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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Integrating radial free fall in Newtonian gravity

I thought this would be a simple question, but I'm having trouble figuring it out. Not a homework assignment btw. I am a physics student and am just genuinely interested in physics problems involving ...
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What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy?

What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy? Does it mean that the momentum vectors of each particle of that body has the same direction? What about angular momentum?
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How can I solve for time without knowing the vertical velocity?

A guy posted this problem on a forum: There is a bird sitting on a pole of height h. you throw a rock at it and the moment the rock leaves your hand the bird starts flying horizontally away from ...
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Reachable area of cannonball given fixed initial speed [closed]

The trajectory of a cannonball fired from the origin with initial speed $v_0$ at an angle $\theta$ is given by $$y = x\tan\theta - \frac{g}{2v_0^2 \cos^2\theta}x^2.$$ For fixed $v_0$, at what angle ...
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Books describing motion of objects in fluid [closed]

I'm looking for any resources that would help me model the behavior of objects moving in fluid. My end goal is to be able to describe the motion of irregularly shaped objects in a river environment. ...
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Area under a displacement graph

If the area under an acceleration-time graph denotes velocity and the area under a velocity-time graph denotes displacement, what exactly does the area under a displacement-time graph denote?
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Acceleration, velocity and speed

It is given that acceleration is constant, so can we infer that average speed and velocity are the same?? Moreover, circular motion is out of the question, as the function of x(t) where ...
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Functions of time [duplicate]

Following are the functions of time: $s(t)$ = distance a particle travels from time $0$ to $t$ $v(t)$ = velocity of a particle at time $t$ $a(t)$ = acceleration of a particle at time $t$. If we want ...
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Functions of Time

1) Is position a function of time only or also velocity? Likewise, is velocity a function of time only or also the position? 2) The following are functions of time: $s(t)$ = distance a particle ...
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Rotational velocity of face-on spiral galaxies using spectroscopy

I am doing my first steps in spectroscopy (IFS actually) and how we can learn more about galaxies by using it. I came up with a simple question which, unfortunately, I can not answer: How can we ...
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Does more rain strike a vehicle while moving or while stopped (or neither)? [duplicate]

Assume there is a rainstorm, and the rain falling over the entire subject area is perfectly, uniformly distributed. Now assume there are two identical cars in this area. One is standing still, and ...
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Convert a 200mm linear stroke into 90 degrees motion [closed]

Can anyone help me Convert a 200 mm linear stroke into 90 degrees motion with as much mechanical advantage as possible or into two 90 degrees motions with as much mechanical advantage as possible? ...
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Fundamental properties of motion

The first paragraph of the Wikipedia article on the angular momentum operator states that In both classical and quantum mechanical systems, angular momentum (together with linear momentum and ...
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Is acceleration an average?

Background I'm new to physics and math. I stopped studying both of them in high-school, and I wish I hadn't. I'm pursuing study in both topics for personal interest. Today, I'm learning about ...
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Utilizing maximum acceleration $a$ for displacement $d$ with initial velocity $v_0$ and final velocity $v_1$

Problem My goal is to move an object from point a to b (displacement $d$) as fast as possible utilizing the maximum available acceleration $a_{max}$, taking into account the initial velocity $v_0$ ...
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Given Angle, Initial Velocity, and Acceleration due to Gravity, plot parabolic trajectory for every “x”?

Given any Angle -> 0-90 Given any Initial Velocity -> 1-100 Given Acceleration due to Gravity -> 9.8 Plot every x,y coordinate (the parabolic trajectory) with cartesian coordinates and screen pixels ...
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Solve for Initial Velocity of a projectile given Angle, Gravity, and Initial and Final positions?

I've found equations http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/1DKin/U1L6a.cfm for solving everything (and rearranged to solve everything) to do with projectile motion EXCEPT this, even though it should ...
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Kinematics with non constant acceleration

A particle experiences an acceleration described by $$ a=kx^{-2} $$ where x is the displacement from the origin and k is an arbitrary constant. To what value does the velocity v of the particle ...
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Does the mass point move?

There is a question regarding basic physical understanding. Assume you have a mass point (or just a ball if you like) that is constrained on a line. You know that at $t=0$ its position is $0$, i.e., ...
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Why is momentum conserved (or rather what makes an object carry on moving infinitely)?

I know this is an incredibly simple question, but I am trying to find a very simple explanation to this other than the simple logic that energy is conserved when two items impact and bounce off each ...
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Is a heavier skier faster? [duplicate]

Is it true that a heavier skier goes faster? If it is, why is that? My intuition would be that the speed gained by a skier should be independent from its mass, since both its acceleration and the ...
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Sign of acceleration

I'm developing an application using accelerometer sensor. I'm not good at physics so forgive me if the question is trivial. If I have 3 values of acceleration: $x$, $y$, $z$, I find acceleration ...
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Calculating the path of a ball with spin moving across a table

A ping pong ball is rolling over a smooth (but not frictionless) table. During its travel, a clockwise spin is placed on the ball. The ball's path is changed to move to the right (in perspective from ...
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Help me get out of a speeding ticket

I was driving uphill from a complete stop for a distance of .4 miles estimated to take 1 minute in a navigation app. I was pulled over right after cresting the hill. The cop had me on radar going ...
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Deriving equations of motion using integration

Please refer to my school textbook pg48 (of the book, and not the pdf counter) here: http://ncertbooks.prashanthellina.com/class_11.Physics.PhysicsPartI/ch-3.pdf My doubt is in this context: (right ...
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Projectile's angle in midflight

For a missile travelling from (0,0) at angle $\theta$ (to the horizontal) and initial velocity $u$, the y (vertical) position at time t is given by $s_{y} = u\sin (\theta) t - 0.5gt^{2}$ and the x ...
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Circular motion and centrifugal force

Assuming a race car drives around in a circle of radius r, center (0,0), linear velocity v, and ignoring centrifugal forces and friction I can calculate the position at any time, t. Angular velocity ...
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Best shape to reduce the splash of a droplet?

Our coffee machine catches the last couple of droplets, after your cup is removed on a shape to reduce plash of the coffee droplets. These shapes are placed inside the spill reservoir. The shape ...
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Kinematics question [closed]

An electric train accelerates uniformly from rest to a speed of 20m/s which it maintains until the brakes are applied. It is then brought to rest by a uniform retardation equal in magnitude to twice ...
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Getting position from an accelerometer on an Android phone

I know that integrating acceleration twice will give me position (acceleration-->velocity-->position) but how can I do all this when I all I have are a set of data points (ex: 1 second = some # ...
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Do you use the magnitude equation to get speed from an accelerometer?

A guy suggested to me that getting speed from an accelerometer required the use of this equation: $\text{speed} = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2}$ This does not make any sense to me, all that you would get ...
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Doubt in Kinematics

I know that this isn't the place for such basic questions, but I didn't find the answer to this anywhere else. It's pretty simple: some particle moves in straight line under constant acceleration from ...
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Relativistic kinematics of particle decay

Suppose a particle decays to three other particles. The masses of all particles are assumed to be known and we work in the rest frame of the parent particle. So there are 12 parameters for this ...
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Calculate displacement in position from knowing constant acceleration

I have recently started studying physics at school, and my teacher went over the following equation without explaining about it too much: $$d~=~vt+\frac{1}{2}a t^2.$$ I have wondered, why would this ...
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What is the initial velocity of a projectile so that it passes through a target point in its trajectory? [closed]

Let's say I have a projectile being thrown by a player in my 2-D game. I want to work backwards and find the initial velocity to apply to the projectile such that it passes through a target point in ...
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Getting pairs of angle and velocity for a projectile to a given destination

I'm trying to calculate the initial velocity $v_0$ and angle $\theta$ for a given destination $(x, y)$ with a launch height of $y_0$. Obviously there will be a set of pairs of velocity and angle that ...
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Experiment to measure initial speed of high speed tennis ball?

I want to devise a way to measure the initial speed of a tennis ball fired from a tennis ball cannon, but without using any speed-measuring devices. Just plan distance-measuring and physics formulas. ...
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Shooting a bullet at a system of blocks [closed]

So, I made this question up myself.... and I'm curious about the answer. It requires only secondary-school-level knowledge of physics: You have a surface (ground) with a certain coefficient of ...
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Galilean invariance of the Schrodinger equation

I am only asking this question so that I can write an answer myself with the content found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Likebox/Schrodinger#Galilean_invariance and here: ...
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Calculating Average Velocity

I understand that the concept of an average of a data list means finding a certain value 'x', which ensures that the sum of the deviations of the numbers on the left of 'x' and on the right of 'x' ...
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How can I add an acceleration vector to a velocity with a different direction?

I am in my last year of high school and am struggling with some homework. I'm sorry if this question is incredibly stupid, but I simply can't find the answer in my notes. If I have an object with a ...
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Equation of motion for average acceleration

I am trying to solve the following: A man of mass 83 kg jumps down to a concrete patio from a window ledge only 0.48 m above the ground. He neglects to bend his knees on landing, so that his ...
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If an electric car were to drive without having to stop, would the range be greatly affected by the speed at which the vehicle is moving?

Of course aerodynamics factors into this question, and the faster you are moving the more air you have to push out of your way, the more energy you use. But would the difference be only a small ...
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Speed of an object in air versus in vacuum

Okay, imagine that you are shooting a rocket down a tunnel that is 60 miles long and the rocket is travelling at 60mph, so the rocket should reach the end of the tunnel in a hour, right? Yep, in an ...
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How to track the visual path of a LEO satellite as seen from the ground

I have been struggling with this problem for a while so I decided to ask. I'm new here and I'm not sure where this type of question belongs, so forgive me if this isn't the right section. I am ...
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I need help with the following Physics' questions [closed]

I need to know which formulas and the step-by-step answers for the following physics questions: 1. You throw a ball upward with an initial speed of 7.0 m/s, and it returns to your hand o.92 ...
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A 0.1kg ball of dough is thrown up with a velocity of 15m/s. What is the momentum halfway up? [closed]

I know that $p=mv$ and (0.1kg)(15m/s)=1.5 kg m/s and the momentum at the vertex is 0, but what is the momentum halfway up?
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When can one write $a=v \cdot dv/dx$?

Referring to unidimensional motion, it is obvious that it doesn't always make sense to write the speed as a function of position. Seems to me that this is a necessary condition to derive formulas ...
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How deep is the well, given this data?

A rock is dropped into a well. A timer starts when the rock is dropped and is stopped when the noise of the rock hitting the ground of the well is heard. How deep is the well? Here's what I have so ...
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Why isn't average speed equal to displacement over time?

I'm in an introductory Physics course and I need help! During a one-hour trip, a small boat travels 80.0km north and then travels 60.0km east. What is the boat's average speed during the one-hour ...