# Tagged Questions

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 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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### Infinite series of derivatives of position when starting from rest

Suppose you have an object with zero for the value of all the derivatives of position. In order to get the object moving you would need to increase the value of the velocity from zero to some finite ...
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### Tangential and radial acceleration in projectile motion

I'm currently learing kinematics, specifically projectile motion and as an example in my textbook is a bullet fired at some angle. I understand the derivation of formulas to describe that motion and ...
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### Pendulum Confusion

This text in my book is pretty confusing:With my emphasis A simple pendulum is a heavy point mass (bob) suspended from a rigid support by a massless and inextensible string. This is an ideal case ...
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### When solving kinematics questions, how to find time in air?

I was trying to help a friend with this question: A ball is shot horizontally off a cliff. What would happen to the horizontal distance it travels if the acceleration due to gravity were doubled ...
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### Why do electrons move towards regions of lower potential?

Can someone explain why electrons move from high to low potential regions in quantum mechanics? By the way, what is the very definition of this potential? Moreover, how does this generalize to other ...
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### Kinematics and Motion [closed]

If a body loses half of its velocity on penetrating 3cm in a wooden block, then how much will it penetrate more before coming to rest? How does answer come out to be 1cm?
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### Unknown Mass Spring Problem [closed]

A student conducts an experiment to measure the motion of two unknown masses (A and B) along a smooth table. A constant force of 1 N was applied by means of a string connected by a falling weight. A ...
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### Number of planks required to stop the bullet [closed]

A bullet looses (1/n)th of its velocity passing through one plank. The number of such planks that are required to stop the bullet can be? Logically, to me the answer seems to be infinity, as always a ...
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### Compute the minimal distance between two points in movement

There are two points, $A$ and $B$ that move according to these laws: $$\vec{x_a}= 20 -10 t$$ $$\vec{x_b}= -15 +15 t$$ $A$ moves along the x axis, $B$ along the y axis. I have to compute the ...
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### How to define the dilatation rate (strain) between two particles knowing the instantaneous positions and velocities?

Provided that I have the instantaneous positions and velocities of two particles that can separate in 3D with respect to time. I would like to characterize the change in length. What could be a good ...
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### How can I compute the angular velocity of a triangle formed by three particles knowing their instantaneous positions and velocities? [closed]

I have a set of trajectories of three particles and their instantaneous velocities. I would like to compute the 3 components of the angular velocity pseudovector of the fictive triangle formed by ...
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### Understanding vectors in an example

I just read an example of vectors in my book which is confusing me. Three particles A,B and C are at the vertices of an equilateral trinagle ABC. Each of the particle moves with constant speed v. ...
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### Two equations for $y$ in projectile motions

I have two equations on my equation sheet: $$y=v_o t \sin \theta - \frac{1}{2} g t^2.$$ $$y_{\max} = \frac{v_o^2 \sin^2\theta }{2g}.$$ I understand that the first one is an equation for the height ...
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### Small Animal Terminal Velocity

I recently saw a cat fall probably 100 feet like in this video Cat Falls. It seemed as if the cat reached terminal velocity by the time it hit. Does this mean that cats (and other small animals) could ...
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### Why do two equal-and-opposing forces each do work on a moving object but not on a stationary object?

Consider a point-mass $m$ having constant velocity but undergoing influence from two forces, $F_1$, $F_2$, having equal magnitude but opposite directions. Because the forces' magnitudes are equal, I ...
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### Why don't the kinematic equations agree with calculating velocity one second at a time?

A car is moving at a velocity of $10 \, \text{m}/\text{s}$. After point $A$ no acceleration is provided. By simple measurement, the acceleration is found to be $-1 \, \text{m}/\text{s}^2$. Using ...
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### Determining the path of a particle in a velocity selector

I am wondering how you can determine the path of a particle in a velocity selector provided its velocity doesn't equal $\frac{E}{B}$. I understand that the equation is derived from this force ...
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### Is there any significance to the negative sign on this speed?

A girl is riding a bicycle along a straight road at constant speed, and passes a friend standing at a bus stop (event #$1$). At a time of $60$ s later the friend catches a bus (event #$2$) If the ...
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### Non-uniform circular motion, computing the angle

There is an object moving in circle, with this law: $$\alpha = -k^2 \theta$$ With $\alpha = \frac{ d \omega }{dt}$, and $\omega= \frac{d \theta}{dt}$, $\theta$ = angle, $k$ positive constant....
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### Movement with non-constant acceleration [duplicate]

Suppose we have a material point. If it is moving from position $X_0$ with initial velocity $V_0$ and constant acceleration $A$, then from elementary physics course I remember that its movement is ...
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### Is it possible to work out the shortest time in which a body can travel a certain distance if all that is provided is the max a, max -a, v1, v2 and s?

Is it possible to calculate the shortest time it takes a body to travel a certain distance if the only information provided is its maximum acceleration, its maximum retardation and the distance it ...
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### Position dependent speed, how to compute position

I can't solve a problem: $A= 0.5 (ms)^{-1}$, $x_0 = 0.5 m$, $v(t)= A \cdot x^2$, I have to compute the position at $t=3$ ($x_0$ is the initial position). So my guess is that I should be able ...
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### Ball thrown in a moving train [duplicate]

A ball is thrown upward in a train moving with a constant velocity. Where will it land? My intuition tells me that the ball will fall at my back. But my book says that it will return back to the ...
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### A pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop

I wanted to ask about the situation of a pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop in circular motion as described in the following sketch. According to a simulation found in the internet , a ...
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### Question on kinematics [closed]

A particle is projected vertically upwards from point $A$ on the ground. It takes $T_1$ time to reach point $B$ but it still continues to move up. If it takes further $T_2$ time to reach ground from ...
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If a photon hits a 'perfect' mirror (with no environment interference) would the mirror move a bit?
Assume a point-mass $m$ is travelling in a straight line, and a force $F$ will act on $m$ (in the same direction as $m$'s velocity) over a constant distance $d$; why doesn't $m$'s velocity matter to ...