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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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### If an object moved 5 meters in a second, how can its velocity be 10 m/s?

I am reading the tutorial on physics classroom.com, and am at Meaning of Slope for a v-t graph. It gives data for an object experiencing an acceleration: This is the corresponding chart for the ...
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If a photon hits a 'perfect' mirror (with no environment interference) would the mirror move a bit?
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### Ball thrown from a moving train

This is not a question about throwing a ball vertically in a moving train. I am asking what would happen if I throw a ball in a horizontally in a moving train. Assume I am facing an exit door of a ...
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### Physical intuition for higher order derivatives

Could somebody give me an intuitive physical interpretation of higher order derivatives (from 2 and so on), that is not related to position - velocity - acceleration - jerk - etc?
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### Inertia Vs Momentum

At my recent lesson on kinematics, my teacher taught about inertia and momentum. This is what she said. Inertia: a characteristic of an object that resists changes to its state of motion. Momentum: ...
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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 ...
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### View from a helicopter rotor: why is the horizon distorted?

This video ("rotor panorama") was captured by a camera attached to the rotor head of a radio-controlled helicopter, with the frame rate set to the rotor's frequency. During a long segment of the video,...
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### What is the highest energy position for a double pendulum? And for which energy positions is it chaotic?

Math/physics teachers love to break out the double pendulum as an example of chaotic motion that is very sensitive to initial conditions. I have some questions about specific properties: For a ...
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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 ...
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### Is there mechanical strain on a wire along the direction of current flow?

The (attractive) magnetic force on two parallel wires can be seen by the two wires bending towards each other. This can be explained by the Lorentz force acting on the charges and the charges "pulling"...
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### Two formulas for a particle's acceleration

While on a class my teacher was taking about particle's motion in space. At some point she said the following: Consider that the particle's path is described by a curve in space defined by the ...
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### What is “kinematic inversion” (from geophysics) in mathematical terms?

I am a mathematician working on a seismic imaging problem, and am currently (attempting to) read some geophysics papers (this one (Ruiz, Madariaga 2011) and this one (Di Carli, Francois-Holden, Peyrat,...
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### How does an object's motion behave if dropped from an aeroplane travelling diagonally upwards?

Imagine an aeroplane travelling with velocity $v$ at some angle $\alpha$ from East to North. A box is dropped from the aeroplane. What would the projectile of the box be? Would it be a parabola with ...
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### Is there any such thing as a change in acceleration (ex: 3 m/s/s/s)? [duplicate]

If there exists something like that, then in $distance/time/time/time$, how is it expressed?
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### Why isn't average speed equal to displacement over time?

I'm in an introductory Physics course and I need help! During a one-hour trip, a small boat travels 80.0km north and then travels 60.0km east. What is the boat's average speed during the one-hour ...
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### In calculating work done by a constant force over a constant distance, why doesn't the subject's initial velocity matter?

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 ...
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}... 3answers 2k views ### Why does light travel at the same speed when measured by a moving observer? [duplicate] I know the hypothesis that the light speed is constant is retained by experiments. But is there any theory explaining why the light speed is constant no matter how an observer moves relative to light? ... 5answers 552 views ### 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 ... 2answers 508 views ### Does a tire need to slip to generate force? Recently, I have been doing some research on racing and tire modelling. While I was doing this, I encountered many curves like those shown below. While I understand the need of slip angles to ... 2answers 1k views ### Zeno’s Paradox of the Arrow Premises And the Conclusion of the Paradox: (1) When the arrow is in a place just its own size, it’s at rest. (2) At every moment of its flight, the arrow is in a place just its own size. (3) ... 3answers 281 views ### If an electric car were to drive without having to stop, would the range be greatly affected by the speed at which the vehicle is moving? Of course aerodynamics factors into this question, and the faster you are moving the more air you have to push out of your way, the more energy you use. But would the difference be only a small ... 4answers 5k views ### How to tell if the collision is elastic or inelastic? I'm a programmer and a game developer, not a mathematician or a physicist. So please go easy on the math :) I know two things: How to find the new velocities of two objects after an elastic ... 4answers 259 views ### Calculating how fast a mass needs to travel in order to launch itself from a hill Today I was driving on a hill side and on the opposite lane this very careless gentleman was traveling at a very high speed on a large truck that I surely thought his truck would of lifted off the ... 3answers 391 views ### 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$is number ... 1answer 270 views ### Walking along a moving train, we make 18 steps. Opposite: 11. How long is the train? A man walks in the same direction as a slowly moving train ($v_{man} > v_{train}$). He counts the train to be 18 steps long. Then he turns around and counts the train to be 11 steps long. (... 2answers 471 views ### How is Chasles' Theorem, that any rigid displacement can be produced by translating along a line and then rotating about the same line, true? Chasles' Theorem in its strong form says: The most general rigid body displacement can be produced by a translation along a line (called its screw axis) followed (or preceded) by a rotation about ... 1answer 699 views ### How to calculate the kinetic energy of supernova ejecta? I believed I could use$0.5\times M_{ej} V_{ej}^2$, with$M_{ej}$being the ejected mass and$V_{ej}$being the velocity of the ejected mass. But I noticed in this and this that the the mean velocity ... 2answers 182 views ### The velocity of a cloud? I noticed an unusually fast moving cloud this morning. My questions: What is the average velocity of a cloud on Earth? What is the greatest ever recorded cloud velocity? What factors affect the ... 1answer 133 views ### Obtaining the temperature from Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distribution Lets say you are given a distribution function$f(p)$and you want to define a temperature,$T_f$, for this distribution. (I assume$\mu = 0$.) It is then natural to define a temperature the ... 1answer 55 views ### Will the speed of the wind produced by a fan increase continously to infinity with the propeller spin speed? Imagine a scenario: On a stand, an$RC$plane motor is mounted on a stand. The motor has a$8x4$prop attached to it. In the theoretical model, if the spin of the motor can be increased infinitely ... 1answer 200 views ### Why does a stream of water behave like this when aimed against a spoon or into a glass? I noticed while doing everything except the dishes that water behaves quite strange. These two things might be two different phenomenon, but the water acts in a similar way in both cases. Spoon and ... 4answers 249 views ### Why the round trip instead collision time? From Newton's second law, the$\Delta t$is defined as the collision time, but why in this case, it can be assumed to be the value of time between successive collisions on 1 wall? If I have an ... 2answers 152 views ### How long does it take to optimally change position and velocity? A spaceship moving in two dimensions is at position$(x, y)$and has a velocity$(v_x, v_y)$. It also has a maximum acceleration$a_{max}$. Its goal is to be at position$(x', y')$with a velocity of$...
Imagine a ball ($m= 1\,{\rm kg}$) moving at a velocity $2\,{\rm m}/{\rm s}$ towards a wall. When it hits the wall, it suddenly stops, thereby liberating all its ${\rm KE}$ as heat. Here, the initial ...