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 velocity progresses over time with a non-constant acceleration? [closed]

A $0.25\text{ kg}$ sphere of radius equal to $0.07\text{ meters}$ is dropped from rest from the top of a building. Granted that it will not hit the ground before, when and after what distance ...
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Position, Velocity And acceleration relations

Today we showed our physics teacher our code for a basic physics engine. He told us that this code snippet is incorrect: ...
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Zero velocity and non-zero average acceleration

Can you have a zero velocity and nonzero average acceleration? I am confused with the word "average" here. If the question would be, "Can you have a zero velocity and nonzero acceleration?" my answer ...
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How does angular momentum affect the trajectory of a projectile?

I am thinking about a football thrown in a very tight, very fast spinning spiral. If the football is thrown upwards at a high angle, is it possible for the football to not turn over at the top of its ...
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Motion in the gravitational field along a trajectory [closed]

A point particle of mass $m$ is moving in the gravitational field along some trajectory which is described by the function $y=y(x)$, which is in a vertical plane and is continuous. Initial ...
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Can I use $(v_1+v_2)/2$ to find average velocity? [closed]

An object is traveling from a point $M$ to a point $N$ with a velocity $v_1 = 600 \,\rm km/hr$ and comes back with a velocity $v_2 = 400 \,\rm km/hr$. What is the average speed of the object? Can we ...
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Speed of a river [closed]

I've got a problem (Sorry if it's too basic). It is: Going upstream in a canoe, the passengers throw an empty bottle. They keep rowing for 60 minutes, and move 2 kilometers upstream. They then start ...
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Minimum Distance for “Speed of Light Approach”

I tried to calculate the minimum distance between a planet and a test mass for the mass to attain the speed of light on colliding with the planet's surface if it were released from rest at the initial ...
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Motion in 2 dimentions relating $\delta x$ to $\delta y$ [closed]

In a self exercise i was trying to solve this users question what is the initial velocity if angle and range is given? My aim is 1) not to use the standard equations of motion but rather calculus; ...
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Definition of a symbol $s_{NN}$ appearing in particle physics

What is the meaning of $s_{NN}$ in particle physics? See e.g. here http://www4.rcf.bnl.gov/brahms/WWW/thesis/karabowicz_phd_thesis.pdf page 18 in the pdf. What is its relation to energy? I ...
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a question regarding relative velocity

"Consider a gravity-free hall in which an experimenter of mass $50~\text{kg}$ is resting on a $5~\text{kg}$ pillow, $8~\text{ft}$ above the floor of the hall. He pushes the pillow down so that it ...
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Is rate of change of velocity wrt distance and rate of change of velocity wrt time the same thing?

Is rate of change of velocity wrt distance and rate of change of velocity wrt time the same thing?If both are same can we define acceleration in the former way? Please explain using calculus.
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Height of building [closed]

How would I find the height of a building? I have been given the initial velocity, the angle at which the object was thrown, and the landing distance. And I was able to successfully compute the ...
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Kinetic energy of an expanding sphere [duplicate]

In the study of Newtonian stellar structure, Weinberg (1972) writes The uniform dilation of a sphere with uniform density will give it a kinetic energy $$U=\frac{3}{10}M\dot R^2$$ I don't ...
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Hockey puck collision [closed]

I have a homework question in which a sticky hockey puck traveling at constant velocity parallel to the side of the rink strikes a stationary puck and sticks to it. The angels between centres at ...
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Can anyone kindly help me with these sign conventions?

Since I have some confusions with the sign conventions , I have finally drawn up the following conclusions . Plz check if the following are correct .... ( I have taken all motions directed upwards as ...
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Web utility for viewing $x$-$t$, $v$-$t$, and $a$-$t$ graphs

I'm wondering if there exists any utility on the web which displays $x$-$t$, $v$-$t$, and $a$-$t$ graphs for, say, a number of well considered example animations. The utility should allow pausing, ...
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Modelling an Inelastic Collision

I've attempted to model the inelastic collision between a moving mass and a large stationary object, e.g. dropping an ball on the floor, for analysing the approximate kinematics and heat dissipation ...
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How do I find the angle with respect to the ground that will cause a projectile launched from the origin to land at the origin? [closed]

Given an arbitrary non-zero constant horizontal acceleration (like a breeze perhaps), how would one find the angle with respect to the ground (x-axis) that will cause a projectile launched from the ...
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Necessity of the Notion of Work and Kinetic Energy

I've worked through many example problems in my college physics text in the section on kinetic energy and work. I noticed that if the desired quantity is velocity or force, they can be solved entirely ...
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Equation for Figuring out the Displacement for a Projectile at an Angle

I'm wondering if anybody can simply tell me if there is a simple formula to solve for displacement when you've been given the launch angle and initial velocity? See; http://is.gd/LpT1EA To some, it ...
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$v^2 = 2ax$ or $v^2 = ax$?

As far as I am aware, $v^2 = 2ax$ is the formula to find the velocity in various questions. If kinetic energy = work, $$\frac{1}{2}mv^2=Fx$$ $$mv^2=2max$$ $$v^2=2ax$$ We use this formula to solve ...
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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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One dimensional motion problem [closed]

I kept almost 2 hours trying to solve this problem : Two trains are 150 km apart. Train A moves at 50.0 km/hr towards train B, which moves at 30.0 km/hr toward train A on the same track. How ...
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How to eliminate variable $t$ from the equations to solve this question? [closed]

A ball rolls horizontally off the top of a stairway with a speed of $1.52~\text{m/s}$. The steps are $20.3~\text{cm}$ high and $20.3~\text{cm}$ wide. Which step does the ball hit first? I tried ...
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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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Why isn't jerk necessary?

I've recently thought about the rate of change in acceleration and found out that is exists and is called jerk. I've looked at some questions and answers but i could not understand something in this ...
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Changing directions with a constant speed?

I'm currently working on a problem in which an object's speed remains the same, but it experiences a change in direction after some time. I'm fairly sure it experiences an acceleration in order to ...
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Are velocity and acceleration the fundamental quantities to use physics? [duplicate]

This question may seem out of the box, but i'd like to ask it since I thought about it today. Every time i had physics classes, when the subjects was mechanics, speed and acceleration along with ...
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Heat wave containing particle and wave like properties [duplicate]

I see heatwaves occur on the road and was wondering if that is visible motion of wave like properties involving particles.
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Rolling as pure rotation

In my book the following statement was written and I didn't understand it well. Can anyone explain it in a more simple way? Figure 11-6 suggests another way to look at the rolling motion of a ...
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Why does a plane look like it's slower than a car?

Recently, I was in a car and noticed a plane in the sky. What was interesting was that the plane seemed to go slower than my car because I passed the plane. Is there a physics reason to this?
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Jumping insect acceleration question [closed]

From my book, verbatim: The froghopper, Philaenus spumarius is supposedly the best jumper in the animal kingdom. To start a jump, this insect can accerate at $4.00 km/s^2$ over a distance of $2.00 ...
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Can we say that the instantaneous velocity of an object is the displacement in zero time?

Can we say that the instantaneous velocity of an object is the displacement in zero time? In the image above the instantaneous velocity of the object as change in time gets closer and closer to ...
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Shouldn't motion be represented as a Taylor series rather than a finite sum of functions or a polynomial? [closed]

Since the change in velocity of an object at rest prior to time $t_{0}$ implies a change in acceleration — that is, let's postulate, $ \mathbb{P} $, the object would have remained still, so there was ...
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Rate of deceleration for an average speed [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how to answer this problem: A car is driving at 11 m/s, when it begins to brake. Over the next 25 meters, it averages 6 m/s. At what rate does the car decelerate? Assume a ...
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What happens to kinetic energy of an object when i stop its motion? [duplicate]

Assume an object is moving and it is stopped at a point . Now kinetic energy will transform into some other energy . what can be those energies and on which cases these will happen respectively ? ...
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Resources for Kinematics [duplicate]

I find that I am having difficulty solving problems dealing with kinematics such as a ball being thrown and the air and being asked to find initial velocity as well as time. My main issue is the fact ...
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Photon energies after neutral pion decay

I am trying to find the photon energies of the decay $\pi_0 \rightarrow \gamma\gamma$ and their dependence on the pion energy $E_{\pi}$, its initial velocity $\beta$ and the scattering angle between ...
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Time Given Distance and Velocity Vectors [closed]

I recently came across a problem that gives velocity and two positions (which I solved for distance) in vector notations (). My question is, given the vectors for velocity and distance, how do I solve ...
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For a bob on a pendulum following simple harmonic motion, what causes the bob to accelerate towards the centre of equilibrium?

*The position of equilibrium being the position of the bob when the string is taut and vertically downwards. When I draw a simple diagram, I see that the tension of the string, which always acts ...
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What are the major differences in group-skydiving as opposed to “single” skydiving?

Surface area/the cross-sectional area is greatly increased, so my thinking is it should decrease terminal velocity as well as a couple of other factors. But mass changes too (since there would be more ...
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Kinematics equations of motion find x position in 2D from height

I have a question and I thought of 2 possible ways to answer it however the resulting answers are different which means I must be doing something wrong in my calculations. All the below happens 2 ...
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Searching for acceleration to minimalize path or time

I am thinking about motion of one point starting from $(0,0)$ and with velocity $\mathbf{v}(0)$. What is the acceleration $\mathbf{a}(t)$ with condition $|\mathbf{a}(t)|<M$ that minimalize ...
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Work done: kinetic energy or area under F-ds curve?

Starting from $$F=ma = m \frac{dv}{dt} = m \frac{ds}{dt} \frac{dv}{ds} = m v \frac{dv}{ds}, $$ leads to work done = integral of F.ds = integral of mvdv = change in KE. Suppose a variable force is ...
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Solving distance with acceleration and velocity given and getting two different answers using two different equations [closed]

Frictional forces from brake pads are responsible for stopping an automobile. A car is moving at $35.0 \:\mathrm{m/s}$. If the car's brakes are capable of generating a deceleration rate of $6.00 ...
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Is it possible for a moving body to have no kinetic energy? If yes, then how? [closed]

An object which is moving relative to your coordinate system has kinetic energy in that coordinate system; it does not have kinetic energy in a coordinate system which is stationary relative to the ...
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Predicting balls's movement in well due to fluid flow

I am a total newbie in fluid dynamics. In one of my experiments/open project, my experiment setup is as below: a small ball sits in a circular well (has mass density a bit heavier than water), with ...
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Heads, Tails… Edge?

No Nobel prizes at stake, but just an idle thought and an idle question. How could one calculate the probability of a flipped coin landing stable on its edge, instead of heads or tails? I assume ...
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From acceleration to displacement

Hi I am a major in Computer science and this question should be really easy for all the physics geniuses here: I have a set of data points from an accelerometer on a moving object that basically ...