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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Are there bounds or measurements on the derivative of acceleration (jerk)

The title says it all. Is there a physical maximum value to the 3rd derivative of position? Common Lore says that there is not and that jerk does not play any role in physics. My guess is that there ...
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I need help with finding distance traveled

How do I find the distance traveled of an object if the speed is not constant?
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Position dependent speed, how to compute position

I can't solve a problem: $ A= 0.5 (ms)^{-1}$, $ x_0 = 0.5 m $, $v(t)= A \cdot x^2 $, I have to compute the position at $t=3$ ($x_0$ is the initial position). So my guess is that I should be able ...
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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 ...
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What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy?

What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy? Does it mean that the momentum vectors of each particle of that body has the same direction? What about angular momentum?
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Calculate vertical distance using acceleration

I have the following scenario: an iPhone is connected to a vertical rail (it's motion is restricted to the Y axis). Through mechanical means the phone is forced upwards and then allowed to return to ...
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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = \frac{v^2}{r}$) for non-uniform circular motion

The formula for centripetal (radial) acceleration is well known, and there exist many proofs for it: $$||a_c|| = \frac{||v||^2}{r}$$ However, all the proofs I've seen rely on the fact that it is ...
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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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Why is using Newton's First Law failing me?

A factory worker pushes a 29.7kg crate a distance of 5.0m along a level floor at constant velocity by pushing downward at an angle of 32$^\circ$ below the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic ...
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If the velocity of particle $A$ exceeds that of $B$, is the acceleration of $A$ greater than $B$?

Two particles $A, B$ are travelling along parallel straight paths. At some point, the velocity of $A$ exceeds that of $B$. Does this necessarily mean that the acceleration of $A$ is greater than the ...
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Simple Projectile Motion Question

A volcano erupts 50m below the sea level. A rock leaves the crater at 20 m/s at an angle 30 deg with the vertical line. The rock has a mass of 15kg. IGNORE WATER RESISTANCE. It gets out of the water, ...
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Help with a solid sphere sliding and then rolling

Initially at time $t=0$, a solid sphere slides with velocity $v$ along a horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction is u. Find the required time for the sphere to stop sliding (the sphere will ...
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When we take time derivative of a function of time, then is the result another function of time, again?

(I'll try to explain my question by one known example), for example where the velocity is a function of time v(t) then its time derivative (which is acceleration: $a=\frac {dv}{dt}$) is another ...
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Doubt in Kinematics

I know that this isn't the place for such basic questions, but I didn't find the answer to this anywhere else. It's pretty simple: some particle moves in straight line under constant acceleration from ...
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Should the cold drink come out of a free falling bottle with an open lid?

If I hold an open bottle and perform free fall, say sky diving, along with it from, say 10000ft, while I'm holding the bottle vertically upwards should the cold drink come out of the bottle? Kindly ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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i can't detect what wrong have i done in a kinematics problem [closed]

a question was given to us in assignment which was as follows A person moves 20 metres towards north then 30 metres towards east and then moves 30 x 1.414 metres towards south west. The whole ...
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What does the magnitude of the acceleration mean?

I am a little confused as to what the magnitude of acceleration is and what it means.
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Calculate kinematics of body movement from the set of spatial coordinates

Short intro I have a set of 3D (x,y,z) spatial coordinates of arm movement obtained using motion capture system. The example set of such coordinates looks like this (rounded up): ...
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why does perpendicular motion to the direction of someone' s approach does not affect the distance between them

I was reading about the the four turtles/bugs math puzzle Four bugs are at the four corners of a square of side length D. They start walking at constant speed in an anticlockwise direction at all ...
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Is it possible to calculate specific velocities from acceleration?

I'm trying to understand a sample problem from a current (published 2011) high school physics textbook, but I really think the question is flawed. The task is to convert an acceleration-time graph ...
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Doubt concerning centripetal acceleration

What is the centripetal acceleration and angular velocity of a child located 8.2 m the center of a carousel? The speed (size of the tangential velocity) of the child is 2.1 m / s A train moves in a ...
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Stopping Distance (frictionless)

Assuming I have a body travelling in space at a rate of 1000m/sec. Let's also assume my maximum deceleration speed is 10m/sec*sec. How can I calculate the minimum stopping distance of the body? All ...
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Why do two equal-and-opposing forces each do work on a moving object but not on a stationary object?

Consider a point-mass $m$ having constant velocity but undergoing influence from two forces, $F_1$, $F_2$, having equal magnitude but opposite directions. Because the forces' magnitudes are equal, I ...
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Cart on Ramp with Varying Acceleration

For a lab that I have to do, the teacher has given me a data table of the displacement of a cart on a ramp after successive intervals of time. I have used this data to derive the velocities and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Projectile Motion Question involving a ball and a ramp inclined at an angle

The question is to finde the initial horizontal velocity of the ball at end of the ramp, where it is released. I know how to do this using gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy ...
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Why does gravity assist transfer twice the planet's velocity?

In orbital mechanics and aerospace engineering a gravitational slingshot (also known as gravity assist manoeuver or swing-by) is the use of the relative movement and gravity of a planet or other ...
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helium balloon tied to a car [closed]

A helium balloon is tied to the seat of a car. The doors and windows of the car is closed. If the car now starts moving, in which direction will the balloon move- front or back?
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Newton 2nd Law: Does vertical force (mass) affect the horizontal acceleration?

I learnt before that if 2 forces are perpendicular to each other, they should not affect each other. However in a recent experiment setup (asked in another question): I believe the theoratical ...
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What's the difference between arc length and signed distance?

Suppose I give you a position function $x(t)$ where t is time and x is position. Then i ask you to find the total distance travelled from $t = 0$ to $t = t_f$. Which formula would give you that ...
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Is there a theory about kinetic energy “particles”? [closed]

We have a model of electricity which says electrons flow from one place to another. We have a model of optics which says that photons go from one place to another. As I understand, there is currently ...
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Is there a difference between “average acceleration” and centripetal acceleration?

Question adapted from Examkrackers MCAT prep book: A particle moves along a half circle (diameter=$10\text{ m}$) at a constant speed of $1\text{ m/s}$. What is the average acceleration of the ...
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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 is initial position negative? [closed]

A student on ground throws a ball straight up, the ball leaves students hand with speed of 15m/s when hand is 2.0mm above ground How long is the ball in the air before it hits the ground? I was ...
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Kinetic energy of a mass rotating about two axes

I'm working on a question where I have to find an equation for the kinetic energy of a mass being rotated by a fold-able arm. The equation for $m_1$ is obvious, however, the equation I derived for ...
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A ball is thrown up, and a second ball is dropped- what is the maximum initial velocity of the first ball so that

This question only exists in one dimension, the y axis. A ball is thrown upwards with an initial velocity $V_o$ from a roof with height $h$. One second later, a second ball is dropped from the same ...
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Relativistic Elastic Collision

I am having trouble getting my head around the transfer of energy in a relativistic elastic collision. My understanding of a relativistic elastic collision is one in which the total rest mass on each ...
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How does one exert greater force on the ground by jumping?

When one jumps, how does he/she manage to exert greater force on their ground than their weight? Also, what is normal force and the reaction force (are they the same thing?) and by newton's third ...
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Direction of motion

What does the term direction of motion actually mean? Is it a direction where a particle is moving or the direction of its velocity? For example, what is the direction of motion of a projectile in ...
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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: ...
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Basic vertical projectile motion

A ball is thrown from the top of a tower with a certain initial speed. It's downward acceleration is g. But why? the initial force makes no difference? and, if not, if I get a revolver and shoot down, ...
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Angle needed for object A to intercept with object B

Object B is 15 degrees East of North at a distance of 20km/h. Object B is moving at an average speed of 30km/h in the direction 40 degrees East of North. If object A is capable of moving at 100km/h, ...
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Calculate Mass based on Velocity and Acceleration

I am attempting to design a obstacle avoidance system with the Arduino. My position (for now) is going to be stationary. I will be detecting an incoming object and I want to use the below known ...
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Can you help me solve a difficult kinematics problem?

I've been working on this problem for a while now, but I still don't know how to solve it. It involves 2D kinematics, which aren't in themselves hard, but this one threw me for a loop. A ball is ...
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1D Motion under Gravity

I have attempted this question in so many different ways but I am getting nowhere. Could someone point me in the correct direction so I can work it out myself? Here is the question: An object $K$ ...
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Relation between the time, velocity and acceleration

This is question from I.E. Iredov's General Physics: $1.22$ : The velocity of a particle moving in the positive direction of the $x-axis$ varies as $v = α \sqrt x$, where $α$ is a positive ...
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How can I solve for time without knowing the vertical velocity?

A guy posted this problem on a forum: There is a bird sitting on a pole of height h. you throw a rock at it and the moment the rock leaves your hand the bird starts flying horizontally away from ...
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Functions of Time

1) Is position a function of time only or also velocity? Likewise, is velocity a function of time only or also the position? 2) The following are functions of time: $s(t)$ = distance a particle ...