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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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 ...
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Calculating Kryptonian speed in the movie “Man of Steel”

This is my first question, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but: How would you go about calculating the speed of Kryptonians in the movie Man of Steel (2013)? Specifically, I'm ...
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Speed of a fly inside a car

A couple of weeks ago I was travelling in a car (120 km/h approximately) and I saw a fly flying in front of me (inside the car, near my nose, windows closed). I wonder how was that possible. Does it ...
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How to explain this to my sir

We all know that $f = ma$. But for finding displacement, we always use: $$ s = s_0 + ut + \tfrac{1}{2} a t^2 $$ My sir, i don't know why for some reason uses this weird method: $$ F = ...
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Special relativity kinematics problem [closed]

I have this problem in SR kinematics. a spaceship travels near earth at c/2. it shoots off a light-ray at 45deg to its direction of travel (measured in its own ref frame). What is this angle in the ...
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Constrained Motion of Connected Particles, Small Calculation Question

I am looking at this sample problem from Meriam Kraige - Engineering Mechanics Dynamics: When I do the differentiation, I end up with $\large -2\dot y+\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2+h^2}}$ Where is the $\dot ...
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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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One extra conservation equation or angle relation for a relativistic collision

Edit: It seems that the derivation for the center of momentum frame was incorrect, due to the fact that the center of momentum velocity changes after the collision. This is also true for the ...
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Best coordinate system for Projectile motion [closed]

What is the best coordinate system for describing the projectile motion? Rectangular coordinate system or n-t(normal and tangential) coordinate system.
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Finding the initial velocity of projectile [closed]

What is the formula for calculating initial velocity of projectile using the conservation of energy given the mass, height, angle ?
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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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Acceleration of a particle moving along a straight line

If a particle moves along a straight line, then can we say that the acceleration should be zero? and if not, then why? If the equation of the motion is linear, then the velocity is constant and if ...
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Non zero accetion, varying speed [closed]

Can an object have non zero acceleration without having varying speed? How? Can you explain with an example please.?
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Derivation of $v=u+at$ [closed]

I read the derivation of $v=u+at$ using integration. The steps are as follows - $$\frac{dv}{dt}=a dt$$ $$dv=adt$$ $$\int dv=\int a dt$$ $$\int dv=a\int dt$$ $$v=at+c$$ My questions are as follows - ...
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How Burmester's theory converts rotary motion of the crank to linear movement?

I have been studying the mechanism of Klann's Mechanical spider and there it was written that by Burmester's theory it converts rotary motion of the crank to linear movement. I tried searching but how ...
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How to calculate meters per second speed when i have distance in meters and time in minutes [closed]

It might be a simple formula but I want to confirm it so can you please tell me how can I find speed in meters per second when I have Distance = 7720298 meters and total time 320941.03 minutes. How ...
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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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String wrapping around a motionless cylinder

A particle is connected to the end of a thin, weightless string, which has its other end connected to the cylinder, in such a way that motion of the particle causes the string to wrap around the ...
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Velocity and transfer of energy for a body in free fall

I just need to check if my understanding of the transfer of gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy is correct. Is anything wrong below? Say if a body were suspended at a height h above the ...
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A car with constant speed doing a turn

Let's say we have a car with four wheels and the center of the car has a speed of 50km/h. There is no friction or air resistance. If the car is moving straight each wheel will also have a speed of ...
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Solve $a(t) = g - \beta v(t)$ for $t$

If $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity and $\beta$ is a known value, solve for the time $t$ it takes an object to reach a given velocity if the acceleration of the object is given by ...
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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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What's my weight when jumping on a bicycle from a higher to a lower ground?

Before I start defining the situation and asking a question, I'd like to make a few things clear: this is not a homework, merely a matter of personal interest and enthusiasm I am neither a ...
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Which acceleration equations? [closed]

Which equation gives the most accurate answer? $$a=g \sin⁡ α-μg \cos⁡ α\\ a=s/t/t\\ a=2s/t^2 -(2v_0)/t$$ Because i get three different answers. The scenario is a box sliding down on an inclined ...
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Looking for the curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering bar is fully rotated

I am looking for a curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering bar is fully rotated either clockwise or anti-clockwise. How to model it mathematically? Is the curve a circle? My attempt is ...
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Simulating a car in an intersection

I'm somewhat confused. I want to simulate in real-time an intersection where cars have to turn left, right or go straight. What I have are 2 way points: One at the beginning of the intersection on ...
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Car wheels in a turn [duplicate]

I know that when a car is taking a turn, the front 2 wheels trace out 2 arcs having the same centre. I also know that the steering angle for the outside wheel is more than that of the inner wheel to ...
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Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone?

Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone? For example I'd like to use some kind of power generator to charge smartphone's battery but I'm wondering if shaking (by hand, or motion when ...
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In Which Position A Co-passanger should Sit On A Turning Bike

Pardon me for this very basic mechanical science question. But I just want to clear my doubt it. Whenever I sit a behind someone on a bike I get confused when the the bike has to take a sharp turn. I ...
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Is there a “framerate” for the universe? [duplicate]

I've been wondering this for quite some time. I just can't wrap my head around the idea of truly continuous time. If time is truly infinitely divisible, then how can any object in the universe move? ...
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Why does kinetic energy increase quadratically, not linearly, with speed?

As Wikipedia says: [...] the kinetic energy of a non-rotating object of mass $m$ traveling at a speed $v$ is $mv^2/2$. Why does this not increase linearly with speed? Why does it take so much ...
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Question on particle decay process, conservation of energy

Why is $$\Sigma^0 \rightarrow \Lambda +\pi^0$$ not a possible process? Charge and baryon number both are conserved. There's no issue with strangeness that I can tell. The masses in $\frac{Mev}{c^2}$ ...
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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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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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Does a heavy body move with the slightest force on a frictionless surface?

If I apply horizontal force on a body resting on the ground, my force will be opposed by the frictional force and the body will accelerate at the point where my force exceeds the force of friction = ...
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Kinematics question - Newton's Law of Motion [closed]

Question: Find the mass M of the hanging block in the following figure which will prevent the smaller block from slipping over the triangular block. All the surfaces are frictionless and the strings ...
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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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Question on Projectiles and momentum conservation [closed]

Firstly I apologize for bringing forth a high-school physics problem here, as some of you'll find this problem highly childish. But there are certain things i need to clarify about this. Q: An ...