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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Calculating time and speed change on downhill incline

I am trying to calculate the time and final speed if lets say a bike with constant speed of 20km/h of goes in this incline (downhill), what would be its speed after say $M$ meter ? I remember the ...
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Acceleration derivative

I am reading Morris Kline's "Calculus" and I fail to understand this notation: We have acceleration to which an object $r$ feet from the center of the earth (and above the earth) is subject. If we ...
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Why do two formulas $d = v_0 t + \frac{at^2}{2}$ and $d=vt$ yield different results?

All of you are sure to be familiar with these two equation: $d = v_0 t + \frac{at^2}{2}$ and $d=\overline vt$ Given the same initial and final velocities, and time and acceleration. With the ...
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Is magnitude of velocity same as speed?

Is magnitude of instantaneous velocity same as instantaneous speed? More specifically, is $$\left|\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}\right| = \frac{d|\vec{r}|}{dt}\; .$$ Also Is it wrong to say that ...
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How to find speed from Newton's law?

I have a question about Newton's law. The question says block A(mass 2.25kg) rests on a tabletop. It is connected by a horizontal cord passing over a light, friction less pulley to hanging block ...
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Dynamics and kinematics of quantum field theory

What is the difference between dynamics and kinematics of quantum field theory? I read that in QFT there is no possibility to keep the two things distinct because of a problem with the separability of ...
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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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Motion decomposition (Relativistic case)

When an electron moves at very close at $c$ (speed of light), is it physical to decompose the motion in two other directions (like what we do in classical case). If so, the motion in each direction ...
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Question about kinetic energy

I have a question about kinetic energy: Imagine two vehicles with velocities $v_1$ going at $30 \frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$ and $v_2$ at $50\frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$. If they hit each other, will ...
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Derivation of $V_f^2=V_i^2+2a\left(x_f-x_0\right)$

I'm reading this book on Classical mechanics, and they show a derivation of the mentioned kinematic formula: $V_f^2=V_i^2+2a\left(x_f-x_0\right)$ They start by saying that the acceleration of an ...
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Why Aristotle made mistake about motions law? [closed]

Hi I was studying Aristotle motions law and comparing them with Newton. He states that heavier body fall faster than slow ones. I really can't understand how he could committed such a mistake...I mean ...
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Determining the range of values for separation angle (Landau problem)

I encountered a problem while reading the following exercise from the second Landau & Lifshitz volume: Determine the range value in the $L$-system for the angle between the two decay particles ...
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Proof of (Vi + Vf)/2

Its quite intuitive that when you have constant acceleration, the average velocity is given by (Vi + Vf)/2, but how can you prove it?
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How does this chair move?

I have a chair like this(shown in figure). I was kneeling on the part where we sit. I just gave a sudden push to the part where we rest the back, without moving my legs. I found that the chair is ...
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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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Woman arrives 6s late for the train. Find her velocity to reach it [closed]

A woman arrives exactly 6 seconds after a train leave the station at a constant acceleration of $0.4m/s^2$. Find the minimum constant velocity she might run to get in the train. What I did: I wrote ...
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Problem with velocity vector [closed]

Question: The radius vector of a point depends on time $t$, as $\vec{r} = \vec{c}t+\dfrac{\vec{b}t^2}{2}$ where $c$ and $b$ are constant vectors. Find the magnitude of velocity. My attempt : ...
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I am unable to combine two equations in kinematics [closed]

Sorry people, very basic kinematic stuff here. (1) Velocity: $$v=\frac{d}{t}$$ (2) Acceleraton: $$a=\frac{v_{f}-v_{i}}{t}$$ (3) Re-arrange acceleration: $$v_{f} = v_{i}+at$$ (4) Ok here is my ...
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How do we calculate instantaneous velocity in 2D?

Suppose a body is moving with a constant speed of $10~\mathrm{ms^{-1}}$ in negative $x$ direction in $x$-$y$ plane. Let $\vec r$ be the position vector. Then what will be the instantaneous velocity ...
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Kinetic energy dissipation in braking a vehicle

Let's say a vehicle that weighs 20t is hauling along at 50m/s and we want to brake it down to a full stop. The kinetic energy we need to dissipate into heating up the brakes is ...
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Acceleration: A ball sliding down the inside of a semicircular bowl

Edit: To clarify, this is a homework question. But I couldn't care less about getting the answer to this specific question as it's not even assigned yet. It looks interesting and I want to understand ...
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Muting a bell with a resonating object

I recently moved into an apartment next to a church with bells and since then I haven't stopped dreaming of ways to mute them. I've been thinking about a design but I'm a little unsure of the ...
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When considering the acceleration as constant? [closed]

I'm solving a simple dynamic exercise, exercise says: "What is the absolute value of the force necessary to speed up a 500kg mass subject to 1600km/h in 1,8s, with the object from rest?" Then I had ...
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Why does the sound of my tea stirring go up in tone the faster I stir?

I've noticed that when stirring my tea, as I stir faster the tone generated by the stirring goes up. Why is that? Is it something to do with the Doppler Effect? EDIT -------------------------- ...
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Is it right? time < 0?

I'm doing the solutions of Halliday's book kinematic exercise, given the equation of acceleration:$$a(t) = -30t.$$ One wonders when the acceleration is positive. In a resolution, says that for t < ...
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A problem on rectilinear motion in a car [closed]

Today, I attempted the third question in the first chapter (Physical Fundamentals of Mechanics) in the book Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov. The question goes like this: A car starts ...
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How do I set when the object isn't moving

I started studying instantaneous velocity derivatives using only now. It may seem stupid but really I'm not sure whether that's right: I have an equation: $$x (t) = 1.5t - 9,75t³$$ To set the time ...
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If velocity for an interval is zero then is acceleration also zero throughout?

We know that if velocity is zero for an instant, then acceleration need not be zero (a simple example of which is a ball thrown upwards.) But if velocity is zero for an interval, will ...
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How to locate the initial speed? [closed]

I have this question: Two men were delivering a crate of mass $100~\text{kg}$ to a house up a hill which is inclined at $35^\circ$, when it dropped and slid down the hill. The coefficient of ...
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Bezier curve and deceleration

I have a question regarding calculation of a bezier curve. I'm programming an app where in there's continuous straight line motion of a vehicle at a constant speed. (Let's call it 'u'). When the user ...
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Why are springs shaped as they are? [duplicate]

It must have something to do with Hooke's Law and their tendency to have a restorative force as equal to the distorting force as possible; but I'm not sure. Help please?
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Differences between empiric laws of Galileo and Kepler

Although in both cases we encounter empiric laws, as far as I know Galileo's laws of motion differ in some way from Kepler's laws of planetary movements. In what way?
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What is a good book to learn AP Physics C? [duplicate]

I am looking to learn AP Physics C (if you are not acquainted with the curriculum see here), both the mechanics part and the electricity/magnetism part. I have not had much exposure to an AP-style ...
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Angular acceleration - radial & tangential

Since ever I knew that radial (angular acceleration) is equal to $ W^2 * R = V^2 / R $ and that the tangential depends in the situation (School physics & calculus). Recently I encountered the ...
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Preventing a block from sliding on a frictionless inclined plane

I want to demonstrate what force $F$ you would have to exert on an inclined plane of angle $t$, mass $M$ to prevent a block on top of it with mass $m$ from sliding up or down the ramp. I worked out ...
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Minimum distance between two bodies attached by a spring

Take two bodies of masses m and M attached by a spring of constant K on a smooth horizontal surface. The system is at rest. A constant force F acts on body M, horizontally. To study the motion of the ...
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Total cross section of particle decay

Suppose a particle A travelling along the $z$-axis and decays into particles B and C. The cross section is given by $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\cos\theta^*} = k(1+\cos\theta^*)^2$$ where $k$ is a constant ...
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Trajectory of a swimmer trying to reach the opposite bank [closed]

I came across the following question 2 days ago: $Q$. A swimmer is swimming in a river with a speed $u$ with respect to the speed of water which is $v$. It is assumed that the river has straight ...
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Projectile motion with wind

I am trying to simulate a projectile motion with wind and gravity. (I'm a programmer so excuse my knowledge on the subject) I want to know launch rotation of a person in 3d to throw a ball forward ...
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How fast would one have to travel in an airplane in order to experience a continuous sunset?

For the sake of simplifying this problem and removing any guess work on how high the plane is flying, we'll say that our airplane is at 30,000 ft. as this is the average altitude for commercial ...
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Kinetic Energy - use a log scale or not? [closed]

Lets say we have a series of balls and an eggs. All items have equal mass but are traveling at different velocities. Thus they have differing kinetic energies. Now, for each 'ball' object we have, ...
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Circular motion - is average velocity enough to tell?

If I knew the exact value of constant centripetal force and the average velocity of an object travelling around a circle for time $t$, would that be enough information to determine the final positon ...
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Methods of solving relative motion questions using algebra or calculus

I am looking for algebraic methods (that may involve calculus) to solve problems of course needed for closest approach and shortest distance apart. I understand that geometric methods are often much ...
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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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Can an object have 0 acceleration because its instantaneous velocity is 0? [duplicate]

If an object has an instantaneous velocity of zero, does this mean that its acceleration is zero?
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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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Basic question about acceleration [duplicate]

Very basic question. Please show where I'm wrong in the following reasoning. The movement of an object in function of time could be described as $$ x(t) = v t + x_{i} $$ if velocity is constant. If ...
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Can I sum-up time?

If a kinetic process takes 1 second to complete(reach a point), and that process is repeated $n$ number of times, is this formula correct $t_t$=$n\times 1$ = total time in seconds? It's similar to a ...
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Why can velocity and acceleration be negative?

Why is speed and acceleration negative when $V_1$ of an object is say 150m/s, $V_2$ is 0 m/s and $\Delta d=0.50\,\rm m$? I found the time it takes which is 0.0033s and the acceleration to be 90909.09 ...