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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Is there a formula that gives the position of an object depending on the time, but which doesn't allow the object to surpass the speed of light?

I have found these two formulas: $v = at + v_0$ $x = \frac{1}{2}at^2 + v_0t + x_0$ a is the acceleration v is the velocity x is the position t is the time $v_0$ is the initial velocity $x_0$ is ...
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I need help with finding distance traveled [closed]

How do I find the distance traveled of an object if the speed is not constant?
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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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Why is there a universal speed limit?

I am looking for an answer that does not rely on Special or General Relativity -and without recourse to the fact that the speed of light is frame invariant. Is there another way of showing this ...
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Object moving in a circular path without accelerating

A train is moving with a constant speed on a straight portion of track. Then, it encounters a curve in the tracks, and goes along the curve. However, it does not change the magnitude of acceleration ...
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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 ...
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Real world examples for projectile thrown upwards or downwards

I am preparing a physics course for high school about projectile motions. If a projectile moves with initial velocity $v_0$ in the gravitational field of the earth, the equation $$ s(t) = 1/2 g t^2 ...
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Is rate of change of velocity wrt distance and rate of change of velocity wrt time the same thing?

Is rate of change of velocity wrt distance and rate of change of velocity wrt time the same thing?If both are same can we define acceleration in the former way? Please explain using calculus.
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The velocity formula $\mathbf{v} = \mathbf{u} + \mathbf{a}t$ for 1D, 2D, 3D . What is the difference?

Could I use $\mathbf{v} = \mathbf{u} + \mathbf{a}t$ for calculating velocity in these 3 different dimensions? If not, what's the difference between these 3 dimensions? How would you calculate ...
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Why the photon can't produce electron and positron in space or in vacuum?

$$\frac{hc}{\lambda} = K_e + K_p + 2m_e c^2$$ could be the energy conservation equation for a photon of wavelength $\lambda$ decaying into a electron and positron with kinetic energies $K_e$ and $K_p$ ...
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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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Average velocity = Arithmetic Mean [duplicate]

I am having trouble grasping how the average velocity of a particle between an initial position and final position equals to the arithmetic mean of the initial velocity and the final velocity when the ...
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London into Australia in 90 minutes

Me and my friend are having a debate on whether it would be possible for a human to travel at 15,000 miles an hour from London to Australia in the matter of 90 minutes. Would a human be able to ...
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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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If 2 bodies are moving at equal speed parallel, and one throws something at a right angle to itself, will the thing thrown hit the other body?

Me and some friends were discussing the idea of (in a perfect scenario, no air resistance or gravity to affect the results) 2 bodies moving in the same direction exactly parallel to each other. If ...
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How to calculate displacement of an object [closed]

I am having a little bit of trouble with this following problem - Suppose a particle has initial velocity and is moving with a constant acceleration. After t seconds its velocity is v. What will its ...
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Free fall into circular motion

If I'm on a roller coaster free falling from height $h$ and then suddenly start going into horizontal motion with a radius $r$ of turn what is the $g$-force I experience? I worked out the equation ...
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Two runners on two different tracks

I got a question from a textbook, as follows. On two different tracks, the winners of the one-kilometer race ran their races in 147.95 seconds and 148.15 seconds. In order to conclude that the ...
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Why is momentum conserved (or rather what makes an object carry on moving infinitely)?

I know this is an incredibly simple question, but I am trying to find a very simple explanation to this other than the simple logic that energy is conserved when two items impact and bounce off each ...
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Are all objects in motion?

It seems like everything in the universe is in motion, at least relative to some other object. That leads me to believe that all objects are in motion. But how do we measure motion when we are ...
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Stanford: “Objects in spacetime all move at constant speed $c$.” Are they right? [duplicate]

In this Stanford University lecture on Relativity, it is stated: Likewise, objects in spacetime all move at constant speed c in spacetime but if you change its direction, say by moving at speed v in ...
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Explicit Function for Bouncing Ball [closed]

I was wondering if it's possible (and if so, how would you go about it) to write an explicit function for the position of a ball bouncing as a function of time (assuming a coefficient of restitution 0 ...
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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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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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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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Time reversal in simple *solution* to equation of motion

Consider the solution to the equation of motion for a particle with a constant acceleration: $$ x(t) = x_0 + v_0t + \frac{1}{2}at^2.$$ If I let $t \rightarrow -t$, then the equation becomes: $$ x(-t) ...
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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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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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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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Why can't I use conservation of energy to find ratio of final velocities on different planets?

The question is An object of mass $m$ is allowed to slide down a frictionless ramp of angle $\theta$, and its speed at the bottom is recorded as v. If this same process was followed on a planet ...
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Can there be motion without the flowing of time? [closed]

tldr - Can we reject the notion of the passage of time, but still accept that motion is real? This question is a follow up to comments between myself and the author of this answer to the question, ...
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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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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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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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Gas viscosity at high pressure, high temperature

EDIT 1 PER COMMENTS I am wanting to model nitrogen gas viscosity as a function of pressure and temperature OR learn of an existing equation that models nitrogen viscosity for the pressure and ...
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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 ...