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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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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Finding distance when the force is a function of time

I'm having trouble with this homework question A mysterious rocket-propelled object of mass 49.0 kg is initially at rest in the middle of the horizontal, frictionless surface of an ice-covered ...
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Laws of Motion: Acceleration to be applied on a free falling object to reduce velocity to 0

Assume that an object of mass 'm' is falling to the earth.The force acting on the same would be F = m*g = 10m (assuming g = 10m/s^2). In this case the velocity of the object at time 't' = 10 seconds ...
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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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Is there an optimum length for a swing for a childs mass?

If you want to maximize the maximum velocity a child could go, what would be the optimum height? If you wanted to maximize the efficiency of a child "pumping" their legs to gain velocity, what would ...
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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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How to prove that a motion is Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)?

I would like to know how one could show and prove that a given motion is simple harmonic motion. Once given an answer, I'll apply that technique to an example I am trying to figure out. Thank you ...
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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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Gears and efficiency/speed

For Christmas me and my brother got an AR Drone, the propellers are on a large gear, which is rotated by a small gear that is connected to the motor. This means the small gear (and therefore the ...
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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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Do we know how matter moves matter?

I was surprised when reading an apologetics book recently that attempted a rebuttal of the claim that "An immaterial mind cannot interact with the physical order." Here was the response: How could ...
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Why does an airliner burn more fuel at lower altitudes?

At lower altitude an aeroplane usually has more lift. However an aeroplane flying at low altitudes (with gear/flaps up) at low velocity burns the same amount of fuel it would flying much faster at a ...
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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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How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force?

How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force? By Newton's law, any body can't move without any external force
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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 If we knew the curvature of the Earth in a "flat" desert, what would be the speed of the car? ...
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How do I find equations for the distance of the planets relative to one another?

I know I should be able to piece together some basic Newtonian equations for this, but I'm not sure where to start. I want to be able to choose one planet as the center and calculate its distance ...
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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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Combined Translation and Rotation of a disk possible? material and references?

I am considering building a robot that can rotate and move at the same time. Since it's just a theoretical idea at the time and I need read up material, I thought I would ask here. I am thinking of a ...
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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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Simple Harmonic Motion Question [closed]

I have two formulae: Displacement = Amplitude * Cos(Angular Frequency * Time) Velocity = - Amplitude * Angular Frequency * Sin(Angular Frequency * Time) OR $x = Acos(wt)$ $v = -A.w.sin(wt)$ And ...
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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 ...
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Very basic question: When to use $s=vt$, $s=1/2vt$, $s=at$ and $s=a/t^2$?

Very basic question: When to use $s=vt$, $s=\frac{1}{2}vt$, $s=at$ and $s=\frac{a}{t^2}$? What was the difference between those?
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Would you feel weightless if falling or flying up in a vacuum?

Ignoring that you can't survive in a vacuum. If you were to jump of a ledge in a vacuum (in a vertical tube eg). While falling would you feel weightless? Surely the earths gravity is still pulling ...
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Concept of relative speed

I am traveling on a train running at a speed of 100mph. If from the train I shoot a ball at a speed of 100mph in opposite direction then what would be the speed of the ball with respect to a person ...
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How to calculate the resulting velocitys and rotation speed after two concave polygons collide in 2d

so I've been searching google for how to do this, but all anyone seems to care about is collision detection =p, and no results come close to teaching me how to calculate 2d elastic collision between ...
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Understanding 1D Kinematics and Uniform Acceleration? [closed]

So I was given the following homework problem: You land on an unknown planet somewhere in the universe that clearly has weaker gravity than Earth. To measure g on this planet you do the following ...
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Can superconducting magnets fly (or repel the earth's core)?

If a superconducting magnet and appropriate power supply had just enough $I\cdot s$ (current $\cdot$ length) so that when it was perpendicular to the earth's magnetic field, the force of the ...
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Should acceleration be included in state vector of a Kalman filter?

I'm developing (actually adopting existing solution) a Kalman filter to model motion of a vehicle (UAV or automobile). The state vector will include position, velocity, and, possibly, acceleration. ...
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What is the highest energy position for a double pendulum? And for which energy positions is it chaotic?

Math/physics teachers love to break out the double pendulum as an example of chaotic motion that is very sensitive to initial conditions. I have some questions about specific properties: For a ...
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“Observed” angular velocity

I have a homework question based on the following diagram: I need to find the angular velocity of the object as seen by an observer at the origin of the frame. The question says that the observed ...
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Ion Drive Propulsion Top Speed

I would like to know if there is some formula / graph which would provide / show the efficiency of a certain type of propeller in space. Specifically, I'm interested in the acceleration attainable at ...
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Find radius of curvature, given a velocity vector and acceleration magnitude?

The particle P moves along a space curve. At one instant it has velocity $v = (4i-2j-k)$ $m/s$. The magnitude of the acceleration is 8 $m/s^2$. The angle between the acceleration and the velocity ...