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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Projectile motion - calculate landing angle

A projectile is launched at a $45^\circ$ angle, aiming for a target at a distance of 15 feet away from, and $2$ feet below the starting position. I'm looking for equations to determine: The ...
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Inclined plane, circular motion and the friction

Suppose we have a cylinder on an inclined plane of mass $m$ and radius $R$ moving without sliding (so that $\varepsilon = a/R$). Why is the friction $F$ causing the circular motion sometimes lower ...
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Find the force needed to accelerate body to a certain velocity for a certain time with respect to drag force

So, the problem is straightworward when we suggest that air resistance force is constant: $$ \vec F = \frac {\vec V_1 - \vec V_0} {t} m / b $$ $$ \vec V_0, \vec V_1 - \text {initial and final ...
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Speed of a fly inside a car

A couple of weeks ago I was travelling in a car (120 km/h approximately) and I saw a fly flying in front of me (inside the car, near my nose, windows closed). I wonder how was that possible. Does it ...
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Is running in a zigzag helpful in avoiding being shot by an arrow? [closed]

Two people A and B start at a certain point. B runs away from A to another point. A shoots arrows at B. Is it helpful for A to run in a zigzag rather than in a constant direction? To be more ...
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Contradictory kinematics formula [duplicate]

The displacement of a particle in the $t$th second of its motion is given by: $$ S(t)=u + \frac{a}{2}\left(2t-1\right) $$ where $u$ is the initial velocity, $a$ is the acceleration and $s$ is the ...
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Magnitude of the average velocity vector (not the average speed)

Thank you ahead of time for taking to look at this. For this following problem we were given an answer however I am almost positive the given answer is wrong. It doesn't even make sense. So here is ...
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Has a body angular momentum and torque only in a circular path?

In different contexts, my book(Principles of Physics by Resnick, Halliday ,Walker) , they wrote For torque, the path need no longer be a circle and we must write the torque as a vector $\vec{\tau}...
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Find the initial velocity's angle of a projectile knowing only the ratio between the horizontal distance traveled and max height

The ratio between the horizontal distance traveled and the launch height is 3 to 1. I think it is possible to find the angle given this information, but how exactly do you do it? I think it's arctan(2/...
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What happens if you fly a drone inside moving passenger airplane? [duplicate]

I have a little question. If I mark an X in the center of a passenger airplane, and try to fly a drone from the X mark in the moving passenger airplane (800-900 km/h), what will happen to the drone? ...
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Find the Kinematic degrees of freedom of the following contraption

In the above mechanism it is required to find the generalized coordinates to write equation of motion of the MDOF system. I just want to ask how do we actually approach such a problem? How to identify ...
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Defining Uniform Motion

According to Wikipedia the definition of motion is: In physics, motion is a change in position of an object with respect to time. Motion is typically described in terms of displacement, distance, ...
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Deriving the equation of motion for a rigid system

I want to derive equation of motion for the system shown in picture. How do I choose a generalized coordinate in order to calculate kinetic and potential energy of the system? I need the ...
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Projectile question doubt [closed]

A hunter wants to shoot a monkey with an arrow by launching the arrow at a speed $v_0$ at a distance of $L$ from the base of a tree of height $H$ on which the monkey is sitting. Now on watching the ...
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Simple change in velocity question

The hand of a clock is 1cm long. find the change in velocity of the hand in 15 seconds. The question is pretty simple, $v=2\pi R/T$ and then using the vector addition one can easily get answer which ...
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Branching ratio for a bound state

Consider the meson $\Upsilon(10860)$. It decays into $B\bar{B}$, $B\bar{B}^*+cc$ and $B^*\bar{B}^*$. The mass of $B$ is $5.28 ~\textrm{ GeV}$ and mass of $B^*$ is $5.33~\textrm{ GeV}$. The branching ...
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Solar Sail Questions

I'm just looking for a good (better) analogy. How do massless photons put pressure on a surface especially when it's a mirror? Using the analogy of the wind (atmosphere) on a sail breaks down when I ...
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Point object, Kinematics

I am very new to physics. This evening, I was reading about the concept of objects to be considered as point objects under some circumstances. And I was trying to think of circumstances under which ...
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How do you arrive at this equation? $ \bar{v} = v_2 - \tfrac{1}{2} a \Delta t $

$$ \bar{v} = v_2 - \tfrac{1}{2} a \Delta t $$ $\bar{v}$ being average velocity and $v_2$ instantaneous velocity at one point this equation was used to find instantaneous velocity from average ...
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How can I find the maximum height if I have changing acceleration?

I'd like to find the maximum height that a projectile reaches in motion if I have a non-constant acceleration. How would I do this? What variables do I need to know in order to calculate this? ...
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Extra vibrational mode in linear molecule

When calculating the number of vibrational modes for a molecule, the formulas differ for linear $(n = 3N - 5)$ and non-linear $(n = 3N - 6)$ molecules, where $n$ is number of modes and $N$ is number ...
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Explanation about friction force directions of two moving bodies in contact

can someone explain me why in this scenario (picture below) we have a friction force Ftr12 in the same direction as movement (left part of the picture, case 1 ) and how these directions of friction ...
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Acceleration velocity relation

I just happened to come across this specific question in physics:- Q: If a particle is moving along a straight line with increasing speed, then, (1) its acceleration is negative (2) its ...
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Why does $k^z/E$ have dimensions of inverse velocity rather than velocity?

I'm studying quantum field theory and I want to prove the cross section. In Peskin's book, equation 4.77 says that: $$ \frac{1}{\left | \frac{k_{A}^{z}}{E_{A}}-\frac{k_{B}^{z}}{E_{B}}\right |}=\frac{...
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Intercept of 2 moving objects at constant acceleration

I have to make a simulation in which a guided missile has to hit an incoming enemy missile.The enemy missile "T" is the one which has to be intercepted and is only affected by gravity, the guided ...
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Area under the displacement-time graph giving time?

This is probably very stupid, but today at a lecture, our professor solved a problem where we had to find the time taken to travel from 0-5m, where $v = 3/x$ (velocity is a function of position.) ...
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Why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?

I'm preparing for my exam, but I have difficulties in perceiving why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?
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Velocity ; Acceleration [closed]

A ball was thrown vertically upwards with a speed of 3m/s. The ball reached a highest point before falling down to the ground. What is the acceleration of the ball at the highest point? A 0m/s2 B ...
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Explain $\Delta x = v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$ please? [duplicate]

$g = \Delta v/t$, so $\Delta v = gt$. $v = v_0 + \Delta v$, so $v = v_0 + gt$. So if $\Delta x = vt$, then $\Delta x$ should be $v_0t + gt$. Why the $\tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$? I'm really confused, so this ...
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Acceleration at rest when ball is thown [duplicate]

If a ball is thrown vertically upward and it comes to rest for a moment, then its velocity decreases and becomes zero. Does its acceleration also becomes zero? If yes then how ball falls down?
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The norm of the vector sum of two 4-momentum vectors before and after pair production

Two photons traveling along the x-axis (in a lab frame of reference) of different frequencies are about to collide. Their 4-momentum vectors are (h$\nu_1$/c , h$\nu_1$/c , 0, 0) and (h$\nu_2$/c , -h$\...
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Can a system's internal forces change the system's motion?

Let say the motor makes the two rigid body rotate as a same velocity. (they rotate the opposite direction) then the Net force of the motor is 2Fsin(Theta). The acceleration of the motor is 2Fsin(theta)...
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Area under and slope of the motion graphs

I wanted to ask in general what area under the graph means. Also which physical quantity is highlighted by area under distance vs time graph. I'm confused that area is a 2 dimensional concept and it ...
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How to solve this one dimensional motion question? [closed]

I was able to deduce the following information from the problem: acceleration of police = 2m/s^2 x0 = 50 meters t= 5 seconds final velocity = 0 m/s However, I'm not sure what to do next.
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Finding if two objects collide

The question that I'm trying to understand is this: This is the part of the solution I don't understand: From my knowledge, if $v_p-v_q$ is due south, this means $r_p-r_q$ is also due south, ...
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Physical pendulum dynamics confusion

I'm validating a Matlab Simulink SimMechanics model analytically. The model consists of a physical pendulum (uniform rod with length $l$ and width $w$) which is torque driven. I'm somewhat confused ...
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How would you go about solving this tricky distance problem? [closed]

I've tried calculating the distance the runner has left to get to the finish line by the time the bird gets there and adding it to the distance the bird has to fly back to the runner. Then I ...
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Motion of a rod struck at one end

Imagine a strong metal rod of uniform density and thickness floating in a weightless environment. Imagine it lies on an X-Y plane, with one end (A) lying at 0,0, and the other end (B) at 0,1. Then it ...
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Considering velocity-distance graph [closed]

A car is travelling at constant velocity. Its brakes are then applied, causing uniform deceleration. Which graph shows the variation with distance s of the velocity v of the car? The solution is A, ...
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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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Components of Velocity in polar co-ordinates

Consider a point moving along a curve in a plane. The position of a point P on a coordinate system can be specified by a single vector $\vec{r}$=$r\hat{r}$. A rough sketch describing the situation is ...
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How to calculate initial acceleration of a projectile motion? [closed]

I have an object following a projectile motion, that hasn't got horizontal acceleration but only vertical -g. What is the acceleration that I have to use in the second law of motion (F = ma) in order ...
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Finding the height of a balloon [closed]

A balloon moves up vertically such that if a stone is thrown from it with horizontal velocity $u$ relative to it, the stone always hits the ground at a fixed point $ 2u^2/g$ horizontally away from it. ...
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Is distance considered only for objects which have already moved?

I have this confusion concerning distance and speed. Typically, we express displacement and distance relative to a reference point, which we regard to be an unmoving location. As displacement has a ...
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What is the difference between “kinematics” and “dynamics”?

I have noticed that authors in the literature sometimes divide characteristics of some phenomenon into "kinematics" and "dynamics". I first encountered this in Jackson's E&M book, where, in ...
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How exactly do objects move

Suppose I have a piece of steel that is made up of one row of 100 atoms. Now, suppose I try to slide it across a surface by pushing it forward, the atom I come into contact with (the last atom in the ...
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Equations of motion acceleration doubt

So i was going through some text today morning. Where it said $$ a = \frac{vdv}{dx} $$ So they then went on to, $$ vdv = adx \\ \implies \int vdv = \int adx$$ But,I am very certain acceleration is ...
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Equations of motion derivation doubt

I just started on learning how to derive the equations of motion using calculus. This is my first time and I have a basic doubt. So $v = \large{\frac{dx}{dt}}$ Then, $dx = v dt $ What does this ...