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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
0answers
46 views

General motion of a cone on an inclined surface

Suppose that a solid cone is placed horizontally on an inclined surface and is initially at rest. How will the cone move when it starts motion due to its weight? I know that its motion depends on the ...
2
votes
1answer
188 views

Mandelstam variable equality derivation for $s$-channel process

I am supposed to show that the Mandelstam variable $s=(p_1^2 + p_2^2) = 4(P_{cm}^2 + m^2)$ for an electron/positron interaction, where $p_1$ is the incident 4-momentum of the electron and $p_2$ is ...
7
votes
2answers
131 views

Why does a small object stay in one place after being shot from a big gun?

This video shows what I mean. Basically they shoot a bullet from a huge gun at an iPhone. What I don't get is why does the phone move only so little after being shot? As far as I can tell it isn't ...
2
votes
2answers
141 views

Projectile motion maximum distance to origin

Is there an elegant or easy way to derive the maximum distance from the origin to a point of the parabola created by projectile motion (assume initial position is the origin)? Other than ...
0
votes
1answer
267 views

Distinguish between instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity

I encountered a line in my text book of physics that: Average speed over a finite interval of time is greater or equal to the magnitude of the average velocity. But instantaneous speed at an ...
-1
votes
2answers
48 views

how to find last position given a time

I found this formula (I dont know its name) and I'm trying to apply it in order to find the last position given a time and velocity. $ s = s_0 + v_0 \cdot t + \frac{1}{2} \cdot a \cdot t² $ given $ ...
0
votes
2answers
187 views

Finding the optimal angle of a projectile motion [closed]

I am trying to solve a task in which I need to calculate the optimal angle($\alpha$) with which the projectile will land the furthest from a height ($h$), so what I basically have is the equations for ...
1
vote
1answer
199 views

Applying multiple forces to one object and calculate net movement and rotation?

I'm working on a small game as a hobby project, and I've run into a problem that would seem simple, to me, but that I can't find any information on or solution to. How would one go about figuring ...
3
votes
2answers
296 views

Oscillation of a rolling sphere in a bowl [closed]

This is a homework task. I already came to a result but I am very unsure. The task: In a bowl with the shape of a semi-circle ($R$ = 0.5m) a sphere (there is no specification for the size of the ...
1
vote
1answer
186 views

Equations of motion of particle mass on parabolic surface

Given a parabolic surface $$ Z = \frac{\Omega^2}{2g}\left(X^2 + Y^2\right)$$ My textbook (Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, 2nd ed, p.50) states: "Provided that the paraboloid is ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

prediction of a moving object

OK, this may be a hard question to answer and really all I am looking for is an equation as I don't even know what to call this. This is all for a game so bare with me please. In the game two ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road

Suppose a wheel with radius $R$ is resting on a non-inclined surface. A torque $\tau$ is applied to the wheel center. In an attempt to prevent wheel from spinning, the ground applies a static friction ...
1
vote
2answers
212 views

Increase in velocity by loss of mass? [closed]

A trolley of mass 300kg carrying a sand bag of 25kg is moving uniformly with speed of 27km/h on a frictionless track. After a while, sand starts leaking out of a hole on the floor of the trolley at ...
2
votes
3answers
127 views

Why isn't centripetal acceleration considered in this problem

Fairgoers ride a Ferris wheel with a radius of 6.00 m. The wheel completes one revolution every 30.0 s. If a rider accidentally drops a stuffed animal at the top of the wheel, where does it land ...
6
votes
1answer
78 views

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, ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Relative velocity decomposition

In my fluid dynamics course notes is stated a change in relative velocity can be decomposed: $$\delta \mathbf{v} = \left\{ \begin{pmatrix} \Delta & 0 \\ 0 & \Delta \end{pmatrix} + ...
3
votes
1answer
123 views

Optimal velocity in rain [closed]

Problem statement: A sphere is rolling in rain from point A to point B. The vertical speed of rain is V and horizontal speed of rain is v, as shown in the picture. Angle between horizontal ...
-1
votes
2answers
52 views

A block in motion explodes [closed]

A 9.5 kg block (A) is traveling in the positive x-direction with a speed of 3.0 m/s. At some point, it explodes and breaks into two pieces. After the explosion, block C, which is 6.0 kg, moves off ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Why does a difference in approach to projectile motion yields different results?

A body is projected vertically upwards from the surface of the earth with a velocity equal to half the escape velocity. If $R$ is the radius of the earth, then find the maximum height attained by the ...
0
votes
2answers
101 views

How to find time, acceleration under this situation

I am trying to solve the following. An object of mass $m$ slides on a horizontal surface with initial velocity $v_0$. If the kinetic friction between the object and mass is given by $\mu$, find ...
10
votes
1answer
553 views

Why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?

I'm preparing for my exam, but I have difficulties in perceiving why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?
1
vote
4answers
294 views

Calculate average speed with unknown variable accelaration

I am in the middle of a vehicle tracking project where I have to calculate the distance traveled by the vehicle in a given amount of time. Data I am getting: ...
4
votes
2answers
118 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 ...
-4
votes
2answers
79 views

How many years would it take the Pioneer space probe to travel to Proxima Centauri with its current speed? [closed]

Pioneer space probe moving at a speed of $30km/s$. Assuming its heading for Proxima Centauri, which is situated at $4.2ly$ from earth, calculate how long it would take to get there in years, to the ...
2
votes
2answers
106 views

Relative velocities of boats and a stone thrown by the boat [closed]

Question: A police boat is chasing a boat with criminals along a straight river by moving against the stream. The speed of the river stream is 3 miles per hour, the speed of the boat with ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

Integration on a general equation for instantaneous angular acceleration

An equation for instantaneous angular acceleration is given as: $$ \alpha \equiv \lim_{\Delta t\to0}\frac{\Delta \omega}{\Delta t} = \frac{d\omega}{dt} $$ The text I am reading says writing this ...
-1
votes
1answer
62 views

Homework - Mechanics [closed]

Just started mechanics and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong on a question. Car accelerates uniformly from a speed of $50\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ to a speed of $80\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ in $20$ ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Deduction of relativistic mass formula in 1+1 dimensions

I have read the explanation/calculation of relativistic momentum and relativistic mass in the Feynman lectures, see chapter 16.4 here: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_16.html. (I guess this ...
0
votes
2answers
100 views

Relative velocity of boat

I am trying to understand fully the following question: A boat is traveling west at 100m/s and is partially helped by a strong wind blowing at 20m/s 30 degrees north of west. What speed could the ...
-2
votes
2answers
150 views

Is two cars colliding at 25 mph the same as one car colliding into a wall at 50 mph in reference to injuries?

This question has been asked using 50 & 100 mph reference, see this Phys.SE post and links therein. However, I am interested in the potential injuries to occupants of the autos. As the one going ...
0
votes
1answer
133 views

Missing centrifugal acceleration

I am trying to get correct equations for acceleration of a point in reference frame A, given position, velocity and acceleration in rotating reference frame B. Let $\mathbf{x}_A(t)$, ...
0
votes
1answer
128 views

Write a parabolic equation in kinematics

How might I go about writing a parabolic equation in standard form $ax^2 + bx + c$ given all of the following measurements: $X_0, X_f, Y_o, Y_f$: the initial and final x and y positions. ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

Relative motion of airplane in the wind [closed]

I have a relative motion problem in which I cannot get my answer to match the book answer. The question is: An airplane has to travel $189\, \mathrm{km}$ due east to point $B$ from point $A$. It ...
2
votes
1answer
151 views

Is there a better, faster way to do this projectile motion question? [closed]

The question is In a combat exercise, a mortar at M is required to hit a target at O, which is taking cover 25 m behind a structure of negligible width 10 m tall. This mortar can only fire at an ...
0
votes
1answer
190 views

Vector Maths to Simulate Car Physics [closed]

I'm working on a 3D program that involves controlling a Cube on-screen (which represents a car). I use C++, OpenGL and GLM (for vector and matrices etc, if you're familiar with programming; Once the ...
4
votes
2answers
129 views

Work done on stationary rocket

Suppose I have a rocket thats exerts a force (with negligible loses in mass), which cancels out the downward force of gravity. Clearly my rocket could be moving at a constant velocity (ignore air ...
0
votes
1answer
188 views

Distance formula in kinematics?

I've always seen it $d = v_i t + \frac{1}{2} at^2$ However, I also saw it as $d= d_i + v_i t + \frac{1}{2} at^2$ where $d_i$ = initial position. This was applied to 2D kinematics. Can anyone explain ...
0
votes
2answers
810 views

If I lift a box vertically, why is the work I do equal to the distance I lift it times the force of gravity on the box? [duplicate]

I have problems fully understanding the concept of work, so please forgive me if this is simple. If I take a box of mass $ m $, and lift it a distance $ d $ vertically, why is the work I have done ...
1
vote
1answer
253 views

I am unable to combine two equations in kinematics

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
74 views

Applying kinematics issue

I've been having an unusually difficult time solving kinematics problems in comparison to all the other students in the classroom. It appears that I'm one of the unfortunate people with an anti-math ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

when to consider linear kinetic energy and when to use angular kinetic energy?

I saw a problem about a pivoting rod online (http://dev.physicslab.org/Document.aspx?doctype=3&filename=RotaryMotion_RotationalDynamicsPivotingRods.xml), I am thinking the problem if we initially ...
4
votes
2answers
147 views

Does $y$-motion really have nothing to do with $x$-motion?

I am watching a Physics 1 for physical science majors on coursera.com, and in one of the concept tests there is a question that goes like this; "A bullet is fired horizontally from a rifle on the Moon ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Kinetic energy and momentum conservation in an explosion?

My physics book says, "A firecracker sliding on ice has the same total momentum before and after it explodes." I understand this part. This is because of Newton's 3rd law, and no external forces. This ...
1
vote
2answers
377 views

I don't understand the idea of perpendicular vectors being independent of each other?

So problem 71-75 is about vectors. The problem says: A river has a current flowing with a velocity of 2.0 meters per second due east. A boat is 75 meters from the north riverbank. It travels at ...
8
votes
2answers
265 views

What is the physical meaning of $|f''(\xi )|\leq\frac{4(f(b)-f(a))}{(b-a)^{2}}$ where $f(t)$ is position as a function of time?

Here is the full problem: I was able to prove the given expression; but the interpretation part is giving me a bit of trouble. Here is my interpretation: The average acceleration in $(a,b)$, is ...
0
votes
1answer
114 views

x-coordinate of the ball when it's velocity is perpendicular to projection velocity

We have a ball projected at 20 m/s at an angle $\pi/6$ from the x-axis. Now we have to calculate x-coordinate of the ball when it's velocity is perpendicular to projection velocity. I am thinking ...
-1
votes
2answers
379 views

Calculate the acceleration of a moving elevator [closed]

An elevator is moving down with uniform acceleration. A man inside the elevator who wants to measure the acceleration drops a coin as soon as the elevator starts. The coin is 6ft above the floor of ...
0
votes
0answers
115 views

Calculating journey time of a spacecraft from one planet to another planet

I don't know if this is the correct place to ask =/ I have been trying to make an animation of a spaceship travelling from one planet to another. The animation being this: ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

Why do I get inconsistent answers with the kinematics equations?

The initial velocity is 14 m/s the final velocity is 0. The distance is 9.0 m and the time is 1.5 s. When solving for the acceleration, why do I get different values when using different kinematic ...
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Objects falling on Slopes [closed]

An object falls on a slope and then rebounces....and it is known it hits the slope again...how do I calculate it's second point of contact with the slope....how can a projectory equation be used in ...