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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Determine acceleration from experiment (Newton 2nd Law)

I have done a physics experiment (setup below). And was asked to determine the experimental and theoretical acceleration. The data I've got Ok, am I right to say Experimental acceleration ...
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Finding acceleration for a car after finding torque

I am trying to calculate the acceleration of a vehicle after finding the torque $\tau$. Assuming my Horse Power is 130 and my RPM is 1000, I calculated torque as: $$\tau = \frac{130 \times ...
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What is displacement? Position relative to a reference point or change of position

What is the "official" or most useful definition of displacement in the context of kinematics? There are two common ones: Displacement is the length and direction of a line from a fixed reference ...
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“Observed” angular velocity

I have a homework question based on the following diagram: I need to find the angular velocity of the object as seen by an observer at the origin of the frame. The question says that the observed ...
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Predicting balls's movement in well due to fluid flow

I am a total newbie in fluid dynamics. In one of my experiments/open project, my experiment setup is as below: a small ball sits in a circular well (has mass density a bit heavier than water), with ...
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From acceleration to displacement

Hi I am a major in Computer science and this question should be really easy for all the physics geniuses here: I have a set of data points from an accelerometer on a moving object that basically ...
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Why should $\langle xf_r\rangle=0$ but $\langle\dot{x}f_r\rangle\ne 0$?

All the $\langle\rangle$ in this question is the mean value theorem over a large number of experiments. Consider a Brownian particle moving in a liquid with the viscosity $\mu$. The equation of ...
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How to measure trajectory regularity? [closed]

I have two animal running trajectories. A regular one with repeated back and forth running between point A and B, like the one on top in the figure. The other one is very irregular, animal paused and ...
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Why speed of Mangalyan is constant?

I have learned in school regarding the relationship between speed,acceleration and distance is $$v^2-u^2=2as $$ The initial velocity of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM, is 32 km/s source and now ...
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Understanding vectors in an example

I just read an example of vectors in my book which is confusing me. Three particles A,B and C are at the vertices of an equilateral trinagle ABC. Each of the particle moves with constant speed v. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Vertical circular motion followed by projectile motion

If you have a stone tied to a string, and it is given a certain velocity at the lower most point such that it completes a quarter circle but then the string becomes slack, and it undergoes projectile ...
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Relativistic kinematics of particle decay

Suppose a particle decays to three other particles. The masses of all particles are assumed to be known and we work in the rest frame of the parent particle. So there are 12 parameters for this ...
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Direction of friction on rollers with plank resting on top

In a question, its given that a plank is resting on 2 rollers like: Then the explanation, as part of computing the forces, for the direction of friction on the rollers look like: Why are the ...
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Relating angular and linear kinematics

In my physics book "University Physics", there is a chapter on relating linear and angular kinematics. I understand the parts where it shows $v = r\omega$ and $a_{\text{tan}} = r\alpha$. However in ...
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Ideal 2D Unicycle Kinematics

A particle is connected to a massive wheel by a rigid rod. The wheel can roll without slipping on a horizontal surface. The particle is free to rotate around the centre of the wheel. I believe the ...
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What is the displacement of an accelerated and relativistic object?

Displacement in an accelerated classical object is: $$s=ut+\frac {at^2}{2}$$ What is the displacement of an accelerated relativistic object? In Newtonian mechanics there are two types of ...
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How to calculate a firing location from point of impact data?

I would like to know how to calculate the point at which a bullet is fired from a gun given information from the scene where the bullet falls. The scene would contain the point of impact (GPS ...
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Heads, Tails… Edge?

No Nobel prizes at stake, but just an idle thought and an idle question. How could one calculate the probability of a flipped coin landing stable on its edge, instead of heads or tails? I assume ...
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2d particle collision, Time for one particle to catch another one [duplicate]

Say we have 2 particles where 1 moves with constant velocity $u$ and the other moves with speed $v$ towards the first particle. After what time does the 2nd particle catches up with the 1st one?
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What will be the time taken by a stone to reach the ground if it is thrown with velocity $v$? [closed]

I was studying from my reference book and I got this question. I tried solving it by finding the total distance n average velocity but it didn't work please help me out.
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What does kinetic energy at infinity mean in terms of supernovae?

I have noticed that in some paper that the term "kinetic energy at infinity" is used. I understand what potential energy with reference to infinity mean, but what does the term kinetic energy of ...
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Kinematic, motion in 2D [closed]

If the kinetic energy at maximum height is 2/5 the kinetic energy at half the maximum height, find the angle of projection. In other words: K.E. at H(max) = 0.4*K.E. at 0.5*H(max) I got 60 degrees, ...
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How to get time from equation of linear uniformly accelerated motion? [closed]

I have had a problem solving this equation for time (from Linear Uniformly Accelerated Motion (LUAM)): $$ s= v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}at^2 $$ I'll appreciate if someone could provide me some step-by-step ...
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Kinematics and Motion [closed]

If a body loses half of its velocity on penetrating 3cm in a wooden block, then how much will it penetrate more before coming to rest? How does answer come out to be 1cm?
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Acceleration vector for an object moving in a elliptic trajectory

I am interested in deriving what the radial and tangential components of the acceleration vector should be for an object following an elliptical trajectory centered on the origin, in which the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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2D - Kinematics - Linkage System using Vector Algebra [closed]

I have this question that I dont know how to solve correctly : My question is, how do I find $V_B$ ? I will find the angular velocities myself, but I want to know the method to get $V_B$ ? I know ...
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How do you calculate instantaneous velocity in projectile motion?

An object is thrown horizontally with a velocity of 30 m/s from the top of a tower. It undergoes a constant downward acceleration of 10 m/s2. The magnitude of its instantaneous velocity after 4.0 ...
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Equations of motion in 2D [closed]

I'm struggling with a seemingly simple problem in 2D motion. Basically, the question is, given accelerations in $x$ and $y$ ($a_x$ and $a_y$) as well as the angular velocity ($\omega$), how can we ...
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Why do far away objects appear to move slowly in comparison to nearby objects?

When we are sitting in a moving train than nearby stationary objects appear to go backwards...in terms of physics we can use the formula velocity of object with respect ...
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Dog running after sephard

Assume there is a dog A on a field and a sephard B. B moves on straight line with constant ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the relative acceleration of a projectile fired at in a low gravity vacuum?

This question is to end an old argument. Given a (space) vehicle with an acceleration of X, and projectile with an acceleration of 2X (rocket, not bullet), what would the relative acceleration of the ...
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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 ...