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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Relativistic momentum of an electron

Suppose we have some interaction between a photon and an (initially) stationary electron, and we wished to find the final momentum of the electron. Should we solve this using conservation of momentum, ...
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Dodging paintballs

I was recently watching The Matrix, and was considering the speed at which one needs to move to literally dodge a projectile. Now, in real life, it is impossible to dodge bullets as such a feat would ...
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Force in a moving object that is not accelerating

If an object is traveling in a straight direction at a constant speed it has no acceleration, right? So if $F=ma$ and $a =0$ then force should equal 0. Does that mean a car traveling at a constant ...
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Question regarding the sail attached to a boat. [closed]

I came across a physics numerical in which the boat is travelling 45 degrees south-east. The direction of wind is towards north and the force that it exerts is constant force of 100 N on the sail. The ...
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What causes a car's velocity to follow the front wheels' direction?

I'm trying to simulate a car with correct physics models. In this example we let the car have a constant speed, and there are no forces (friction and drag) to slow down the speed. Here's a video that ...
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A car is moving in a circular trajectory with radius R=20m. The equation of motion is : x(t) = 15 + 8t – t^2 [closed]

We have to find the distance the car has traveled after 3s. Actually this question came up in an important exam, and the answer was: L=x(3)-x(0) But I think this is the answer for displacement, ...
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Time taken by a stone to reach the ground is independent of point of dropping

A balloon is rising. A stone is dropped and the stone takes $\frac{2u}{g}$ to reach ground (Nothing is known about $u$ and $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity), irrespective if the point of ...
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Angular and linear displacement of a turning car

My illustration is supposed to show a simplified car (with just two wheels, where the front wheel has been rotated $-90 \text{ degrees}$). Let the car travel at constant speed. This means that the ...
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Computing distance traveled from jerk

When dealing with higher time derivatives like jerk, how does one find the distance traveled? Can it be calculated by just knowing time?
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Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? [duplicate]

Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? Please explain (in simple terms) with examples if possible.
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Drag coefficient of a rectangular prism

How do you find the drag coefficient, specifically for a rectangular prism-shaped body? What other factors must be taken into consideration when calculating this value?
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How to get these SUVAT formulae?

When learning kinematics, I have learned these three formulae $s=1/2(u+v)t$ $s=ut+1/2at^2$ $v^2=u^2+2as$ s = displacement u = initial velocity v = final velocity t = time a = acceleration My ...
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Why is parallel component of velocity along position vector considered rate of change of position?

If you have a position vector and a velocity vector of a particle, then the component of velocity vector along position vector is the rate of change of distance of the particle from the reference ...
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Can anyone explain this formula graphically?

$$v^2=u^2+2as$$ v=final velocity; u=initial velocity, a=acceleration; s=displacement. I know and understand how this equation is derived.But, can anyone show me that $v^2=u^2+2as$ using graphic ...
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What is the meaning or purpose of inertial motions

It seems to me that, except for light, inertial motion is never possible in real world where there is gravity everywhere. It is at best some kind of idealization. But why inertial motions are so ...
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Submarine Speed Detection [closed]

A submarine can use sonar (sound traveling through water) to determine its distance from other objects. The time between the emission of a sound pulse (a “ping”) and the detection of its echo can be ...
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Does a truck stop faster if the stack on the back of truck is stable or if it moves forward?

My question in the title might not be very descriptive so I am re-writing it here: If there is a truck in motion and it has stack of hay (lets suppose) on the back. Now if the truck comes to a sudden ...
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will the acceleration of a freely falling body having rotional motion be differet from g?

A disk is falling freely vertically rotating on its on axis while doing so. Will the acceleration of the body be different from 'g'?
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can kinetic energy be independent of mass.?

Why is it said that the kinetic energy acquired by a body of after traveling a fixed distance from rest under the action of constant force is independent of mass? Nd yeah the mass of the body is ...
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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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How to calculate angular velocity given constant tangential acceleration? [closed]

A car starts moving in a circle with a radius of $200 \text{ m}$. It has a constant tangential acceleration of $1{\text{m}\over {\text{s}}^{2}}$. a. What is the angular acceleration? b. What is the ...
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Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car?

Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car? How big is this effect?
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Computing Acceleration in mass and pulley system using conservation of energy

I have a question in which a multiple pulley and mass system is being analysed. I can compute accelerations and Tension without any issue using newtons second law. However I am asked to use ...
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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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Six particles at the corners of a regular hexagon of side $a$ move at a constant speed $v$ [duplicate]

Each particle maintains a direction towards the particle at the next corner. Calculate the time the particles will take to meet each other. When the particles move with same speed,how can they ever ...
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Net Force On An Object

If 5 different forces are acting on an object in the same direction, is it possible for the net force to equal 0? Could Friction or Gravity make this possible? If so then how?
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What theories or formulas are involved with velocity

What theories or formulas are involved or can be added as background information in an experiment that sees a small toy car roll freely down an incline where the surface area is altered to cause more ...
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Kinematics - When projectile lands at an angle

Question: You are watching an archery tournament when you start wondering how fast an arrow is shot from the bow. Remembering your physics, you ask one of the archers to shoot an arrow parallel to ...
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Object moving in a circular path without accelerating

A train is moving with a constant speed on a straight portion of track. Then, it encounters a curve in the tracks, and goes along the curve. However, it does not change the magnitude of acceleration ...
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What factors affect the velocity of an object moving down an inclined plane?

If you have a small toy car rolling down an wooden plank, what factors would increase or decrease the velocity of said car. In the experiment my team originally stated that adding mass to the car ...
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How does $p=fv$ hold when $v=0$ and an engine is working?

Standard high school equations: Work = Force x Distance Power = Work / Time = Force x Distance / Time = Force x Velocity When a space rocket takes ...
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How can an object move from point A to point B?

If I was at point $A$ and I wanted to walk directly to point $B$, I would have to walk half way to point $B$, but before that I would have to walk half way to halfway to halfway to point $B$ and half ...
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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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Modifying differential equations representing a projectile system to account for an arbitrary force

The following series of differential equations represents a projectile's path when solved (g=9.81): Here is some sample output from this system (with initial values x,y=0, v=1500, theta=1.33): I ...
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How to measure the range of a horizontal projectile?

For an experiment, I'm launching a projectile horizontally to determine the relationship between height and range. Pretty basic stuff. But I'm having trouble coming up with an effective way to measure ...
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Why is there a contradiction in this Newton's equations of motion related question? [closed]

One second after being thrown straight down, an object is falling with a speed of 20 m/s. How much distance does the object travel in the first second? We took: $$v = 20\,{\rm m/s}$$ $$u = 0\,{\rm ...
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What is displacement time series?

For a car motion, I have time vector (starting from 0 to 40 with 0.1 increments) so that the time vector is something like $\begin{bmatrix}0&0.1&0.2&0.3&\ldots&40\end{bmatrix}$ and ...
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Optimal “Blow up” Configuration

Suppose you have three balls glued together. Two are red and one is blue. The system of balls is blown up by an explosion of pure energy (that conserves the center of mass frame) exactly at the ...
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Maximum Momentum of Neutral Pion

I'm considering the reaction $p + p \rightarrow p + p + \pi^0$. To find the maximum momentum that the $\pi^0$ can have after this reaction in the center-of-mass frame, what I am doing is assuming the ...
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Relativistic Kinematics - 2-Body Particle Decay

Consider the scenario where a particle of mass $M$ decays into two lighter particles of mass $m_1$ and $m_2$. In the center of mass frame (i.e. $\mathbf{p}_1$ and $\mathbf{p}_2$, the momenta of the ...
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Throwing a basketball. What do I need to consider to hit a target? [closed]

This is a question that's been bugging me for some time now and the physics department at school is closed so yeah. Anywho, my question was, given a ball of mass .76, what forces would i have to ...
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At what point does force stop translating an object and start purely rotating it? [duplicate]

At what point (or distance) from the axis of rotation, does force applied on a rigid body stop translating and purely rotating the body? Can such a point even exist? Does the body always have to ...
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Average acceleration versus instantaneous acceleration

Does instantaneous acceleration also changes when direction of velocity changes. I know average acceleration does change.
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How does Zeno of Elea's argument on “motion” make sense? [duplicate]

Zeno of Elea (born c. 500 bce) argued so intensely about motion. In one of his arguments he claims – in simple language – "that it is impossible to slap somebody, since the hand first has to travel ...
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Equivalence of delta functions when calculating decay rate [closed]

$\newcommand{\bs}{\boldsymbol}$ Hello, I'm currently working through the lecture notes of my Theoretical Particle Physics course, and there, we are calculating the decay rate of the following process ...
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In circular motion, what's preventing me from calculating the circumference of the circle, dividing it by time to find the speed of the object?

There are equations to solve for the speed in circular motion. However, is there anything preventing me from calculating the circumference from the given radius, and then divide that over the time to ...
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In an electron-positron annihilation, in what direction are the photons released?

I read that, in an electron-positron annihilation, at least 2 photons are produced, because of the law of conservation of momentum. my question is: in what direction are those photons released? and ...
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Newtons 3rd law, on two opposing discs?

Assume a large disc at rest(bottom disc), and free to move. Above it is another disc(disc2) that's rotating, and a motor fixed on that large disc(bottom disc) as well, that's load is a disc rotating ...
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How to solve Kinematics: two objects meeting in the air

A water balloon is dropped from the top of a 200m high tower. An alert archer at the base of the tower sees the balloon being dropped, waits for 5s, then shoots an arrow at 40m/s straight up towards ...
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Can Theta be greater than 360 degrees in this equation?

I have a quick question regarding Rotational Motion. I understand the equation x = r (theta) and I know that theta represents the Angular Displacement for a circle but what if the linear distance ...