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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Can someone explain the physics of a standing jump?

I would like to use something like a kinematic equation to know where the person will be in the jump at a given time. However since I think acceleration is not constant because of the jump force it ...
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Is it possible to rotate an angle on perfectly smooth ice?

You must start and end with the same pose. Prove it if you think you can't.
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Help getting the distance an object has moved

What is a distance an object went through at the speed of 14hm/min for 6 hours? I am having problems with conversions. First, I tried passing 14hm/min to m/s. I did it alright. But now I am unsure. ...
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Could a fish in a sealed ball, move the ball?

If you had a glass ball filled with water, completely sealed and containing a fish, could the fish move the ball?
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How would you move without gravity?

I'm wondering how would you move without gravity? You would still have air pressure at 1Atm. Would you "swim" in the air or would you have do something else?
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Is the speed of a person falling down different if doing a forward somersault during the fall?

Let's imagine this in an situation where a person jumps down from a smaller building, a garage for example. The exact numbers aren't really important here, since I'm not aiming for an exact answer, ...
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Physics of simple collisions

I'm building a physics simulator for a graphics course, and so far I have it implementing gravitational and Coulomb forces. I want to add collisions next, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about ...
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Kinematics textbook illustration

I have trouble interpreting this illustration. I see why r (position) and a (acceleration) are the way they are, but what happened to v? Why is it smaller than its coordinates? Is this another error ...
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Simple kinematics excercise, throwing something upwards [closed]

I am trying to solve this simple excercise: Question You throw a small coin upwards with $4 \frac{m}{s}$ . How much time does it need to reach the height of $0.5 m$ ? Why do we get two results? ...
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Object docking in Space

How do objects dock in space? There's a recent piece of news that Keppler would dock to the ISS sometime this week. I want to know the operational aspects of it - considering the velocity of the ...
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negative vectors (eg velocity)

If you said someone had a velocity of -12mph and they were traveling north? Wouldn't it mean that they were traveling 12mph south? This is a quote from here: if something [object-x] moving to the ...
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Kinematics of scratching a rolling tire

Recently a "U" shaped scratch appeared on my car's front tire. It looks like someone rolled past a curb and scraped it. This has led me to the following problem: Generate a plot (ideally polar) of a ...
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Solving straight-line motion question for time [closed]

I apologise in advance if this question doesn't appeal to the advanced questions being asked in this Physics forum, but I'm a great fan of the Stack Exchange software and would trust the answers ...
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Is it possible to throw an object faster but over the same distance?

Is it possible to throw say a tennis ball at $1ms^{-1}$ for 20m and then be able to throw the same ball at $2ms^{-1}$ for 20m at the same angle? That is throwing the ball in a traditional curve withe ...
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How much does it cost every time your car stops for a traffic light?

Every time we have to stop the car, it is costing us extra money, because we have to then accelerate to full speed again. I would like to know how much. In order to simplify the situation, we can ...
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Distance travelled in free-fall

When an object is in free fall, we have: $a(t) = g - \frac{c}{m}v(t)^2$ where $g$ is acceleration due to gravity, $m$ is the mass of the object, and $c$ is the coefficient of air resistance. How ...
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Are all objects in motion?

It seems like everything in the universe is in motion, at least relative to some other object. That leads me to believe that all objects are in motion. But how do we measure motion when we are ...
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Is there a theory about kinetic energy “particles”? [closed]

We have a model of electricity which says electrons flow from one place to another. We have a model of optics which says that photons go from one place to another. As I understand, there is currently ...
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Is there a 2D generalization of the coefficient of restitution?

The coefficient of restitution characterizes a collision in one dimension by relating the initial and final speeds of the particles involved, $$C_R = -\frac{v_{2f} - v_{1f}}{v_{2i} - v_{1i}}$$ In a ...