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 to know the Direction of the Acceleration Vector?

If the exercise doesn't give you the direction, how to know the correct one? Sometimes I assume its to the right and it was actually to the left, and I get everything wrong. Example here: How can I ...
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Weird Kinematics Homework [closed]

Here's another "hard" homework question I was given on how printers work. (I find it more confusing than it is hard.) I'm supposed to find the horizontal velocity of a charged droplet as it leaves ...
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What is the best path for a given initial and final state?

I am trying to calculate an efficient acceleration curve given starting and final positions and velocities. I'm assuming no friction, and that the acceleration can be applied in any direction at any ...
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Can the equations of motion be used for both instantaneous and average quantities?

I have three equations of motion: $$v = u+ at , $$$$s = ut + \dfrac{1}{2} at^2 , $$$$ v^2 = u^2 + 2as.$$ Can I use them for both finding instantaneous and average quantities? Suppose I want to find ...
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Jump of a mass and violation of physical laws

I've just watched one of Feynman's lectures on the character of physical law where he was talking about conservation laws. In that particular part he was reasoning why a mass can't "jump" from one ...
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How to tell if the collision is elastic or inelastic?

I'm a programmer and a game developer, not a mathematician or a physicist. So please go easy on the math :) I know two things: How to find the new velocities of two objects after an elastic ...
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Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?

Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?
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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = v^2/r$) for non-uniform circular motion

The formula for centripetal (radial) acceleration is well known, and there exist many proofs for it: $$||a_c|| = \frac{||v||^2}{r}$$ However, all the proofs I've seen rely on the fact that it is ...
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Why speed of Mangalyan is constant?

I have learned in school regarding the relationship between speed,acceleration and distance is $$v^2-u^2=2as $$ The initial velocity of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM, is 32 km/s source and now ...
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Calculating size/weight of the base of a banner to withstand wind load [duplicate]

I want to build what is essentially a banner - a rectangular piece of fabric that will be mounted to a stand and displayed vertically. This object will be outdoors, so the most important factor in it ...
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Isn't this statement regarding projectile motion wrong?

Isn't this statement regarding projectile motion wrong? If a body is thrown at an angle to the horizontal with initial velocity $u$, then displacement of body as a function of time is $\vec{s}=\...
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What's The Minimum distance?

My Friend gave me a question today. The question was.:: We have a point A. At a distance of $x_0$ from the point. There is a particle$(P_1)$. Also, a particle is present at the point A $(P_2)$.The ...
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Kinematics simple question [closed]

Question: In order to protect himself from the rain, a person is standing holding an umbrella at right angle to the horizontal surface. The rain is falling at 10m/s when the velocity of the wind is ...
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Why is the constant velocity model used in a projectile motion derivation?

I was re-studying university physics last week, I'm now in the chapter about kinematics in 2 dimensions and specifically the one treating projectile motion. In page 86 of his book (Serway - Physics ...
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Finding out the velocity [closed]

Displacement of an object is related to time $x=at+bt^2-ct^3$ where a, b and c are constant motion.Then the velocity of an object when it's acceleration is zero is given by $a+\frac{b^2}{c}$ ...
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If an area remains at temperature 0 Kelvin would the area be frozen in time?

If an area is at 0 kelvin, I am guessing that there is no motion. Without motion in an area, will it not look as if time has stopped?
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Kinematics - projectile motion on inclined plane [closed]

Well I've tried everything to solve this problem, spent well over an hour, and have gotten no results. A particle is thrown over a triangle from one end of a horizontal base it grazes the top vertex ...
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Kinematics - Concept of average velocity [closed]

Average velocity, as I have heard, cannot be found simply by finding the average of two numbers. I have a question on average velocity, but am simply unable to proceed: A particle moving in a ...
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Kinematics - ball bouncing off vertical walls [closed]

So here's my best attempt to state the question: A ball is thrown from a 100 meter tall tower, which has a vertical wall in front of it. The initial velocity of the ball is 10m/s and the distance ...
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Finding the total energy in centre of mass frame

I'm working through a problem in a special relativity textbook (Woodhouse) and I'm having some difficulty. I have to show that if I have a particle of rest mass $M$, total energy $E$ colliding with a ...
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Exeeding the speed of light by adding velocities [duplicate]

Well you know how it's said that things can't travel at or past the speed of light? However, can't they move at speeds greater than the speed of light relative to another object? For example: What ...
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Kinematic, motion in 2D [closed]

If the kinetic energy at maximum height is 2/5 the kinetic energy at half the maximum height, find the angle of projection. In other words: K.E. at H(max) = 0.4*K.E. at 0.5*H(max) I got 60 degrees, ...
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Velocity and acceleration with displacement [closed]

Find the velocity and the acceleration for a moving object with displacement $= te^{-t}$. The $e$ is the exponential function.
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Geometric Interpretation of these equations of motion?

I was reading my Engineering Mechanics book, and it derived some strange looking integrals I'll have to apply. I could memorize them, but I'd rather understand them - then I won't have to memorize. ...
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average speed and velocity [closed]

A distance on a straight line from point $a$ to $b$ is $2 km$. A student walks from this line with a speed of 4km/h and another student walks with a speed of 6km/hour. what is the average velocity and ...
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Velocity at certain point?

I seem to have misunderstood something in velocity. There is a path from point A to point B, that gap between is 100 meters. An object moves from point A to B with a velocity is 10 m/s. $V=\frac{\...
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Understanding why a problem was solved a certain way

I have this question in one-dimensional kinematics and the way the book solves it has left me confused. Here's the question: ...
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Why is initial position negative? [closed]

A student on ground throws a ball straight up, the ball leaves students hand with speed of 15m/s when hand is 2.0mm above ground How long is the ball in the air before it hits the ground? I was able ...
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From 3D velocity to coordinates

I want to calculate the 3D position $T_x, T_y, T_z$ of an object with respect to a coordinate system if I have the mean velocity (norm) $v$ and its 3D rotation $(\omega, \phi, \kappa)$ with respect to ...
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Why does a ball bounce lower?

If a ball hits the floor after an acceleration then why does it bounces lower? I mean the Energy is passed to the floor then why does the floor give back less Energy?
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How can there be really any instantaneous velocity?

I have read about Zeno's arrow paradox that tells us there is no motion of the arrow at a particular instant of its flight. It can be inferred that there can be no velocity at any instant. Moreover we ...
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Projectile motion - ball hit 180m/s at 45 degrees, what is the hang time? [closed]

Assuming no air resistance etc, how long is the ball in the air for? This is actually part of a longer question concerning the ball trajectory on different planets but I think there must be an easier ...
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Travel time for accelerating object [closed]

I have an object which starts at velocity = 0. Accelerates to a known max speed and continues thereon at constant velocity (max speed). My problem: How long does it take to reach a known ...
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Why is using Newton's First Law failing me?

A factory worker pushes a 29.7kg crate a distance of 5.0m along a level floor at constant velocity by pushing downward at an angle of 32$^\circ$ below the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic ...
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How to get time from equation of linear uniformly accelerated motion? [closed]

I have had a problem solving this equation for time (from Linear Uniformly Accelerated Motion (LUAM)): $$ s= v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}at^2 $$ I'll appreciate if someone could provide me some step-by-step ...
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How makes an equation to Flipping motion

Every now and then, I find myself reading papers/text talking about how this equation is a constraint but that equation is an equation of flipping which satisfies this constraint. Indeed, This ...
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How to interpret $t^2$? [closed]

I can't think of the meaning of squaring the Time (multiplying it by itself). It makes sense in Mathematics. But how can you figure it out in nature (or physics). As an example, the formula $$s=ut+(1/...
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Displacement of a body in free fall

Suppose a ball is thrown up from the ground with some velocity. Let vertically up be the positive direction and vertically down be the negative direction and let the thrower be at the origin. What ...
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Kinematics - angle of projection given relation between speed at highest point and half of that [closed]

For a projectile launched from a point on horizontal ground, the speed when it is at the greatest height is $\sqrt{\frac{2}{5}}$ times the speed when it is at half of its greatest height. Determine ...
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Help with a solid sphere sliding and then rolling

Initially at time $t=0$, a solid sphere slides with velocity $v$ along a horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction is u. Find the required time for the sphere to stop sliding (the sphere will ...
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Can the thermal energy in an object be aligned, creating a thermal jerk?

Thermal energy is related to the speed at which atoms vibrate, therefor thermal energy is a form of motion. In a stationary object, all of these vibrating atoms 'impact' each other in such a way that ...
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Throwing an object in the air [closed]

Studying formulas about velocity and acceleration I came up with a question: if I throw an object in the air with a velocity $v_0$ (suppose i throw it vertically) in how much time its final velocity $...
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How to calculate the velocity of this body? [closed]

Graph of a train (the body) is provided which starts from rest. What is the velocity after the train has 10 metres displacement? Thats the only things provided for the question, please help me out ...
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Question about pendulum

I came up with this problem by myself: How much force do I need to make a pendulum revolve? Now I imagined that the force $\vec{F}$ must be enough to make the pendulum swing until half of the ...
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Is there a mistake in this example in my mechanics textbook?

This is a worked example in my mechanics book: But I think this worked example is wrong. In the 6th line. shouldn't $X=4R$ as the expression for distance above the surface is $(X-R)$ and when the ...
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Why does a perpendicular force not change speed?

I have been taught that a perpendicular force acting on an object will only change the direction of its velocity, not its magnitude. The explanation that was provided to me is that because there no ...
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Angular distance Vs Angular displacement

Are the two terms - 'Angular distance', and, 'Angular displacement' interchangeable for a uniform circular motion?
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How long does it take to optimally change position and velocity?

A spaceship moving in two dimensions is at position $(x, y)$ and has a velocity $(v_x, v_y)$. It also has a maximum acceleration $a_{max}$. Its goal is to be at position $(x', y')$ with a velocity of $...