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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Getting position from an accelerometer on an Android phone

I know that integrating acceleration twice will give me position (acceleration-->velocity-->position) but how can I do all this when I all I have are a set of data points (ex: 1 second = some # ...
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Distance travelled in free-fall

When an object is in free fall, we have: $a(t) = g - \frac{c}{m}v(t)^2$ where $g$ is acceleration due to gravity, $m$ is the mass of the object, and $c$ is the coefficient of air resistance. How ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation of the work formula?

Upon learning calculus, I decided it was time to derive all of classical mechanics to give myself a good understanding of physics. What I found was that, while trying to do so, I would need some ...
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Insight into Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) [closed]

Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) is usually presented as the particular formulation of the SUVAT system which doesn't involve t. It is derived from the others using some (perhaps well-motivated) ...
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Curvature of a particle move

I'm simulating a particle movement following a normal distribution. How this is done: My particle has a constant speed v and every step the particle move, I ...
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How to calculate a collision which is partly elastic and partly inelastic?

(For the purpose of this question, "calculating a collision" means: given the velocities and masses of two objects in a collision, figuring out the new velocities of both objects after the collision). ...
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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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3D: Get linear velocity from position and angular velocity

I want to find out the linear velocity of a point in 3D space, (Euclidean), given: Its position Its angular velocity The point it's rotating around (fulcrum) (This is a problem I need to solve ...
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Pair production - mathematically?

Allover the web i am only seeing a statement similar to this: Pair production is not possible in vaccum, 3rd particle is needed so that conservation of momentum holds. Well noone out of many ...
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Do the physics in the FlyBoard video make sense?

If you haven't seen the video of the FlyBoard, please have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd6C1vIyQ3w&feature=youtube_gdata_player Yes, it's amazing, but do the physics make sense or is ...
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How do I adjust the kinematic equations to avoid reaching speeds faster than light?

I like some 'science' in my 'science fiction', so I started crunching out the kinematic equations for some of the scenarios my characters are getting involved in, and ran smack dab into an issue. ...
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Is it possible to rotate an angle on perfectly smooth ice?

You must start and end with the same pose. Prove it if you think you can't.
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Automobile Air bags [closed]

This is a problem that has many answers on google but I don't understand what is the underlying logic of the steps taken. Here's the problem The human body can survive an acceleration trauma ...
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Does deceleration (or negative acceleration) feel like acceleration?

This may seem like a dumb question, but I'm having a hard time trying to intuit the answer. The question is in relation to Einstein's famous thought experiment which says that it is impossible for a ...
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Motion of a rigid body: Why is motion only a compostition of two forms: rotation and Translation?

If you are in a 2-D space the motion of any rigrid body is composed of 2 different things, namely rotation and translation. If you are in 3-D space the motion of any rigrid body is also composed of 2 ...
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Viscosity and Density

So I'm reading my textbook and it says that that magnitude of air resistance $f(v)$ can be given as a taylor expansion: $$f(v) = bv + c^2v = f_{\text{linear}} + f_{\text{quadratic}}$$ The linear ...
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Distance along projectile motion [closed]

I was doing kinematics these days, projectile motion. And I did the basic concepts: range, max height, time of flight, projectile on inclined plane. I am curious to know how we would solve a question ...
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Acceleration and Circular Motion

Lets assume that there is a force that makes our body moves in circular motion. We know that the acceleration of a body that moves in circular motion is Velocity ^ 2 / Radius . How is it ...
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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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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 ...
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What does physics study? [closed]

Wikipedia definition: Physics (from Ancient Greek: φύσις physis "nature") is a natural science that involves the study of matter[1] and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such ...
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Concept of relative speed

I am traveling on a train running at a speed of 100mph. If from the train I shoot a ball at a speed of 100mph in opposite direction then what would be the speed of the ball with respect to a person ...
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Pushing down on the gas pedal of a car a good example of jerk?

I'm trying to think of the clearest examples to demonstrate the concept of jerk to a layman. Ignoring drag and making other reasonable assumptions (friction is conveniently there to only allow you to ...
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Does $v^2=v_0^2-2gh$ work if the positive axis is up and the initial velocity is down?

In the situation where the positive axis is up, the acceleration due to gravity is $g$, and the velocity is represented by the equation $v^2=v_0^2 - 2gh$. This works great if the initial velocity is ...
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Does a rotating object have more inertia, mass and gravitational pull?

When an object is rotating on an axis, it has stored rotational energy in it. Since energy and mass are related, does this stored rotation increase the mass of the object? And if so, will it be harder ...
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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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What is the difference between 'flow' and 'move'?

I just met with a very basic question.(Might even sound silly!) My textbook kinda says(not exactly), 'Whatever flows is a fluid'. That got me wondering because we are creating a whole category of ...
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Exeeding the speed of light by adding velocities [duplicate]

Well you know how it's said that things can't travel at or past the speed of light? However, can't they move at speeds greater than the speed of light relative to another object? For example: What ...
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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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Time variation of the distance between two falling objects [closed]

I have solved this question below from my textbook. My answer differs from the one given in the book. I have tried my best to see where I am wrong. I need your help to find the truth of this question. ...
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Velocity of hitting the ground when falling forward

A friend of mine fell while he was snowboarding which led to a discussion. He mentioned that, in general, if your center of mass is traveling at a certain velocity, and you fall forward, your head ...
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Problem Of Lazy Fish [closed]

Fish achieve neutral buoyancy (so they don't have to swim constantly to stay in place) via a swim bladder. A swim bladder is a little internal sack that they can inflate/deflate with air, which ...
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Circular motion problem? [closed]

I am learning about circular motion and not quite sure how to approach this particular problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated! A particle moves along a circular path over a horizontal ...
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How does this shell hit the aircraft?

A fighter aircraft is flying horizontally at an altitude of 1500m with speed of 200m/s. The aircraft passes directly overhead an anti-aircraft gun. The muzzle speed of the gun is 600m/s. ...
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Average Velocity [closed]

A car travels 100 miles in 2 hours, it then completes the return leg of the journey. How fast must it travel on the return leg to average 100mph over the total journey. My thoughts on this are that ...
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Kinematics with non constant acceleration

A particle experiences an acceleration described by $$ a=kx^{-2} $$ where x is the displacement from the origin and k is an arbitrary constant. To what value does the velocity v of the particle ...
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Calculate displacement in position from knowing constant acceleration

I have recently started studying physics at school, and my teacher went over the following equation without explaining about it too much: $$d~=~vt+\frac{1}{2}a t^2.$$ I have wondered, why would this ...
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Parabolic Motion

I was wondering if I was right about this simple problem: A projectile is shot at an angle of 37.0° with the horizontal. The velocity of the projectile at its peak height is 16 m/s. Then I was told ...
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Applying velocity Verlet algorithm

I want to implement a simple particules system using the velocity form of the Verlet algorithm as integrator. Initial conditions at $t=0$ for a given particule $p$: mass: $ m $ position: ...
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Circular equation of motion

I'm reading an article which describes a generation of artificial AKG signal. The article states that they use the following equation of motion: $ \left \lbrace \begin{array} {ccc} \dot x &=& ...
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Ascent rate and size of balloon

I am part of a school project, Project Stratos to send a balloon to the edge of space (the closer side :P) and was wondering how you would work out the accent rate of a large balloon (roughly 1m^3 of ...
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negative vectors (eg velocity)

If you said someone had a velocity of -12mph and they were traveling north? Wouldn't it mean that they were traveling 12mph south? This is a quote from here: if something [object-x] moving to the ...
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How do I find the angle with respect to the ground that will cause a projectile launched from the origin to land at the origin? [closed]

Given an arbitrary non-zero constant horizontal acceleration (like a breeze perhaps), how would one find the angle with respect to the ground (x-axis) that will cause a projectile launched from the ...
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Different results for displacement using different Kinematics equations

We drop an object from a height. It displaces a distance $L$ in the $\vec{y}$ direction. So: $$ L = \frac{1}{2}at^2 $$ Or: $$ v^2-v_0^2 = 2aL \rightarrow L = \frac{v^2}{2a}$$ How much would the ...
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Velocity of car down an Inclined Plane

I was learning to make a car game and came across this situation where my car is on an inclined plane. It's initial velocity is 0. Now, the problem is that my memory serves me this formula to ...
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Is uniform circular motion an SHM?

I know the projection along a diameter is an SHM but is circular motion itself an SHM? If we consider the mean position to be the center of the circle then the centripetal acceleration is proportional ...
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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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Calculating vector to aim for moving asteroid (3D asteroid game)

Considering we're in a 3D system of coordinates: our ship is at point A, motionless our ship can shoot bullets, the speed of which is known the asteroid is at point B the asteroid is moving on known ...
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How to find the function of acceleration respect to time while having the function of acceleration with respect to velocity

As everyone know that the integral of acceleration respect to time will give the function of velocity respect to time. However, my question concern the different case when the function of a(t) is not ...
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What is the percentage of energy recovery in Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems(KERS) in cars?

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) use flywheels to recover energy from the kinetic motion of cars. They use a rotating flywheel that generates energy as it rotates- this generates the electric ...