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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Where does movement come from? [closed]

When you put a body in motion, where does that movement come from? Ok, you will say things like "acceleration", but where does that acceleration come from? Then you might say "a force is creating the ...
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What is the position as a function of time for a mass falling down a cycloid curve?

In the brachistochrone problem and in the tautochrone problem it is easy to see that a cycloid is the curve that satisfies both problems. If we consider $x$ the horizontal axis and $y$ the vertical ...
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How to express in terms of spacetime intervals the average speed of one participant having moved between two suitable others

Given a flat region of spacetime as set $\mathcal S$ of events together with values of spacetime intervals (up to a common non-zero constant) for each pair of events, $s^2 : \mathcal S \times \mathcal ...
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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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If a being was able to swallow itself, where would it go physically? [closed]

if a being was made from a special type of material that allowed it to stretch and was very flexible, if it were to swallow itself, where wold it go. I mean the physical aspects of it since it wont be ...
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A ball is thrown up, and a second ball is dropped- what is the maximum initial velocity of the first ball so that [closed]

This question only exists in one dimension, the y axis. A ball is thrown upwards with an initial velocity $V_o$ from a roof with height $h$. One second later, a second ball is dropped from the same ...
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Relationship between velocity and position due to constant jerk proof check [closed]

In constant accelaration and linear (1D) motion, we can show that relationship between velocity and position is quadratic (parabola) by We can write $v$ in the form of $v=v(x(t))$ \begin{equation} ...
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Angle required to hit the target in projectile motion

Consider the problem of projectile motion where the angle to hit a target $(x,y)$ is asked, once given the initial velocity magnitude $v_0$. The projectile is fired from the point $(0,0)$. Here is ...
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How to find Tangential/Radial/Angular Velocity for motion in any curve?

Is the radial velocity responsible only for changing distance between objects and the component perpendicular to it only for change in direction? If so why? Please try to give a different explanation ...
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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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Is it possible to determine particles' velocities from their crossings on a ring?

2 particles are constrained to move in a ring. Both particles begin moving at $t=0$ from $p=0$, each particle moving in the opposite direction of the other. It is known that they are moving at ...
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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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Acceleration of moving reference frame

I want to simulate the readings of an accelerometer that is arbitrarily moved through 3D space. In an inertial reference frame $W$, the motion of the accelerometer is described by it's linear ...
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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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How do you know when to use kinematic equations as apposed to $v = d/t$ and $a = v/t$? [closed]

How do I know when to use v = d/t and a = v/t or d=vi+​1/2​​at^2 and vf = vi + at?​
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How to determine the net velocity change applied by a force vector [closed]

I am a little stumped by the answer of this question. The question reads, "In three situations, a single force acts on a moving particle. Here are the velocities (at that instant) and the forces: ...
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Projectile, air resistance and wind

So for my school project I am working on a projectile simulator and air resistance. So I have looked at this. Equations for an object moving linearly but with air resistance taken into account? ...
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Why can't I use conservation of energy to find ratio of final velocities on different planets?

The question is An object of mass $m$ is allowed to slide down a frictionless ramp of angle $\theta$, and its speed at the bottom is recorded as v. If this same process was followed on a planet ...
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Helicity of massive particle at high enengy

We know that massless spin-1 particle like photon only has two helicity state (-1,1), what about the helicity of massive spin-1 particle (W boson) at very high energy? Does it have helicity 0 state ...
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Why do objects seem to move faster (relatively) when they move tangential to the observer?

I've observed this loads of times while travelling, in cars, trains,etc.I can't quite put it in words and therefore I've roughly made a diagram to assist my question. Assume an observer is travelling ...
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Finding acceleration due to gravity of a 2D projectile

Can I find acceleration due to gravity of a 2D projectile given only the peak of the projectile, the point of impact, initial angle, and initial velocity? Specifically what is missing is the initial ...
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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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Are velocity and acceleration smooth quantities?

My thinking: acceleration corresponds to a force which is instantaneous, so the acceleration of a rigid body can be rather spiky (non-smooth) velocity (angular velocity) describes the ratio of ...
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Does the position-time graph have to be a smooth function?

If at some time $t$ there were a discontinuity in the velocity-time graph, then the acceleration would be infinite at $t$. So intuitively, it seems that the velocity-time graph must be continuous. I ...
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Olympiad problem - struggling with polar coordinates [closed]

This is a physics olympiad problem; and I am still struggling with it. I will quote it here: " A particle moves along a horizontal track following the trajectory $r=r_{0}e^{-k\theta}$, where $\theta$ ...
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Uncertainty in Range of Projectile [closed]

If we are given that a projectile is launched with velocity 10m/s at an angle of $45^\circ$ and uncertainty in angle is of $0.5^\circ$ . What is the uncertainty in the range of projectile. The problem ...
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Kinetic energy vs Kinetic Energy scenario in a collision, mechanical energy used for work?

Most collisions have Kinetic energy conserved or in the case of inelastic collisions energy is lost into other forms. Though the equation of "TMEi + Wnc =TMEf" is true however, what if two unequal ...
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Why do I get two different answers? Using Calculus and Using Newton for Distance/Velocity [closed]

Why do I get two different answers? QUESTION: How long does it take to slow down from 8000 m/s to 6000 m/s with an acceleration of -400 m/s^2 ? GIVENS D distance V velocity T time V initial ...
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Lorentz-invariant phase space of a three-body decay process

I am not following the use of delta function in the 3-body decay process. In $\gamma^* \to gq\bar{q}$ process, with $\gamma^*$ being a virtual photon, we have a phase space factor $$d^9R_3 = ...
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Why the similarity in the Equations of Motion for Rotational and Rectilinear Motion?

These are the equations of motion given constant acceleration, for first rectilinear and then rotational motion. Rectilinear Motion: Rotational Motion: While the variables have changed, and the ...
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Homework: Expression for minimum speed to cause collision of objects / simple kinematics

I have a question which is worded as follows: Person A throws a rock at a 45∘ angle to the horizontal, aiming at Person B who's standing on a building at heigh h above level ground. At the ...
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Explicit Function for Bouncing Ball [closed]

I was wondering if it's possible (and if so, how would you go about it) to write an explicit function for the position of a ball bouncing as a function of time (assuming a coefficient of restitution 0 ...
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What kind of unit is $m^2s^{-4}$ in terms of gyro/accel?

Background While working on something in the field of avionics, I have discovered the following unit as part of an inertial-physics equation... $$m^2s^{-4}$$ I am trying to figure out the formal ...
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Does the physical cross section of a projectile have an effect on the motion of a target? [closed]

Why can a baseball (moving with kinetic energy) move a baseball glove (or how a hammer displaces a nail),. yet a bullet can't move a person? I know the laws of conservation of energy, deformation, ...
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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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Instantaneous Velocity after bouncing off a wall

I have a ball, and I throw it at a wall as a projectile (assume that the ball's position the instant the journey begins is on level-ground). The ball hits the wall with a velocity that is at right ...
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What decides distribution of momenta and energy in rigid collisions?

I recall in Highschool physics receiving a problem of the form "assume 2 spherical bodies" $P_1, P_2$ enter a collision where $P_1$ has momentum $m_1 V_1$ and $P_2$ has momentum $m_2 V_2$, both ...
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Dog running after shepherd

Assume there is a dog A on a field and a sephard B. B moves on straight line with constant ...
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Kinematics:homework question [duplicate]

Q.)A particle goes along a quadrant AB of a circle of radius 5cm with a constant speed of 2.5cm/s as shown.Find the average velocity. Attempt at the solution: 1.I calculated the displacement between ...
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Why the two different methods yield different answer in kinematics [duplicate]

Q.)A particle goes along a quadrant AB of a circle of radius 5cm with a constant speed of 2.5cm/s as shown.Find the average velocity. Attempt at the solution: 1.I calculated the displacement between ...
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Kinematics - Non constant acceleration [closed]

A biker traveling the road is 100 km away from his destination, at t=0 (initial time). His speed, at the start point, is 100km/hour, and varies equalys to his distance from the final destination, ...
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How to find out radius of curvature by knowing velocity and angle with horizontal of a body [closed]

A particle moving in air with initial velocity 100 m/s making an angle 60 degree with horizontal then how to calculate radius of curvature at time equals to one second ??
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what is the energy required to change only direction of a vector? [closed]

Does change in velocity vector change Kinetic energy of a system? Does any energy change when we change direction of a vector of a system?
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Circular motion and car tire angle [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what angle to turn the front tires of my small robotic car (about a foot in length) so that it moves in a circle (on level ground) of radius r (will be accommodating circles ...
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Calculate the height reached when 1/3 of original Kinetic Energy is lost [closed]

I am sorry for asking this low level question but there is a confusion, I am not overcoming from hours. My book asks me to solve the following problem: When an object is thrown upward, it rises ...
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graphical representation of Maxwell velocity distribution law

I have read Maxwell's distribution law it is the probabilistic representation of no. Of particles having velocity between $c$ to $c+DC$,through this representatation we can get the number of particle ...
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Why do tops move opposite to each other when colliding, not tangentially?

When two well-balanced tops collide, they tend to bounce directly away from each, in other words along the line connecting their centers. Intuitively I would expect the tops to move tangentially, not ...
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Relation between linear and rotational motion of molecules?

The temperature of a substance, such as an ideal gas, can be related to the root mean square speed of the molecules. For example, for gases the molecules travel at about 480 meters per second. If we ...
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The force causing galaxies to accelerate away from each other?

The galaxies in the universe appear to be accelerating away from each other according to the Doppler shift that is present in the light we receive from other galaxies. According to Newtonian ...
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Is Torricelli's law “wrong” for big holes? - Tank draining problem

Consider a tank full of water with a constant cross-sectional area A1 placed vertically on the ground. Now someone drills a hole of an area A2 in the bottom of the tank, and the liquid starts escaping ...