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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Rocket altitude [duplicate]

I have a model rocket I'm planning to launch. I heard from someone that you can calculate the altitude by timing the rocket from the time it takes off to the time it lands. Does anyone know how to do ...
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Can a particle have no instantaneous velocity at all points of the path taken but a finite average velocity?

I have a question on kinematics. Say the path traced by a particle is given by a Koch curve or Koch snowflake. Now consider the particle starts from some arbitrary point $A$ on the curve and ...
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A fast object (0.8c) getting overtaken by another fast object (0.9c): why don't times agree?

I'm trying to work on an exercise in Wolfgang Rindler's book "Introduction to Special Relativity" and I'm stuck on the following exercise: Two particles move along the x-axis of S at velocities ...
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Finding time when acceleration is not constant

First of all, I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question, but it is for a personal project and its been bothering me. Let's say you want to accelerate in you car for some amount of time, then let off ...
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Special Relativity Kinematics Problem with My Wrong Solution [closed]

You are traveling toward a large fixed mirror at a constant relative speed 0.20 c0 . At t = 0, when the mirror is a distance d from you, you emit a light pulse from a lantern and then detect the ...
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Experimentally measuring a sphere's moment of inertia

I'm a freshman in Physics and I'd like to design an experiment to measure a sphere's moment of inertia except, well, I'm not very familiar with the concept beyond the formulas it comes with as it was ...
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Does really a spring compresses placed between two blocks when one block is given force on a frictionless surface?

When Spring is placed between two bodies on a frictionless surface it gets compressed when one block is given kinetic energy as told by my physics teacher. But it should not compress as there's no ...
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Formula - Bounce height with respect to time

I'm trying to graph a bounce with respect to time. I have these formulas: $\frac 12 mV_2^2 = mgH_2$ and $H_2 = \frac{1}{2} \frac{V_2^2}{g}$ I will have a series of $H(t)$ formulas as I know how to ...
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How can I calculate the change in velocity? [closed]

"A runner runs at 4 m/s on a circular track constantly. A and B are opposite points on the track, so A is the starting point and B is halfway around the track. Calculate his change in velocity from A ...
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Why can the ball travel at the same speed to the left like the toy car and at the same time travel vertically upwards? [closed]

Imagine a toy car travelling at constant speed to the left. Balls are projected vertically upward one at a time, at 1-second intervals. Edited question : Why is the ball travelling at the same ...
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Particle Disintegration Range of Angles (Landau& Lifshitz)

In the particle disintegration problem in the book by Landau and Lifshitz (pg 44 question 3), it is asked to find the range for $\theta=\theta_1+\theta_2$, where $\theta_1$ and $\theta_2$ are the ...
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Kinematic equations of a cascading particle decay

This paper discusses different measurable quantities that can be used to search for unknown particles at particle accelartors. For the following decay it introduces the invariant mass $m_{XY}$: It ...
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How much energy is needed to move an object in lossless environment?

How much energy is needed to move a 1 kg object for a distance of 1 meter horizontally in a constant speed (assuming no energy is wasted)? Does it matter what is the movement speed (assuming not ...
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Understanding rotational motion on a rough surface

I am having trouble gaining an intuitive understanding of rotational motion for an object rolling on rough surface, and I have a few questions regarding it. Let's say that there's a cylinder that ...
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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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Trying to find out how to calculate how fast something moves from the force [closed]

In our introductory physics class (8th grade) I/we would like to find out how fast a piece of paper needs to be moving to break a chopstick. [Similar to putting a straw through a potato] We will be ...
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Obtaining Velocity from Acceleration

I'm following a research paper (PDF via RG), part of which is about using the accelerometer of a smartphone to assist the user's positioning via WLAN. Accelerometer is used to determine if the user ...
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Circular Motion: Rubber Stopper Lab

During a lab I was doing involving uniform circular motion, we had to spin a rubber stopper horizontally via a rope. At the bottom of the rope, there was some weights. I have to answer this question ...
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Deriving some uniform circular motion equations

My question basically boils down to this. How do we derive these relationships. 1.)What is the relationship between radius and centripetal force? (inverse, but why?) 2.)What is the relationship ...
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Calculus versus Algebraic Kinematic Equations

Deriving the first equation of motion using either algebra or calculus you get the exact same thing, but my knowledge was that you use integral calculus in physics when you have a varying variable, ...
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Initial speed in homework problem [closed]

This is a homework question. I tried to solve it, but failed. I had to translate this question, so please forgive me if it is poorly worded. In this question you can ignore the atmospheric ...
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Vectors and Scalars [closed]

How is Momentum $mv$ integrate form a Vector product to produce a Scalar [ Kinetic Energy $(1/2)mv^2$]? Is this mathematical proof of the vector to scalar change in Absolute Calculus, Number Theory, ...
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Calculating offset when crossing a river with speed profile [closed]

I am having some issues putting the theory I learned into practise. We have an exercise, that goes as following: A swimmer wants to cross a river with width b. The swimmer heads straight to the other ...
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Why is it that when I do some substitution, I get $p=1$ for a photon? [closed]

I know that this is wrong, but where did i make a mistake? I just use a few equations and substitutions and I get that the momentum of a photon is one. Here is my math: $p=h/λ$ $p=hf/c$ (substituted ...
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The acceleration of the centre of mass [closed]

Given two balls that are thrown straight up in the air at a speed of $40 \:\mathrm{m/s}$, $0.10 \:\mathrm{s}$ apart. One ball is twice the mass of the other. The heavier ball is thrown second. ...
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What is the Kinetic energy of two objects as viewed from their center of mass [closed]

A body of mass $m$ moving with velocity $v$ is approaching the second object of same mass but at rest. The kinetic energy of two object as viewed from their center of mass is: (a)$mv^2$(b)$\frac 12 ...
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estimate the launch point and expect the place falling of a shell in the air

suppose that we have a shell in the air, and detected by a particular radar, how do I estimate the launch point and expect a place falling and time will takes to reach its target? I want help please! ...
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How do you interpret definite-integrating of both sides of an equation?

Consider a particle is moving at an acceleration of $a=f(s)$ [$s$ stands for particle's location) if we have the initial velocity of a particle then what is the final velocity? So... we know that ...
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2D Kinematics and Projectile Motion [closed]

In this page, I have finished most of the problems. Some of them I am unable to figure out. For 3 a-j, is it possible to solve this problem given parts a and b, that is, can I solve these problems ...
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Trajectory of a projectile in a three dimensional space [closed]

$g$: the gravitational acceleration—usually taken to be $9.81\:\mathrm{m/s^2}$ near the Earth's surface $θ$: the angle at which the projectile is launched $v$: the speed at which the projectile is ...
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Calculate the parabollic trajectory

In order to calculate the parabollic trajectory (or ballistic) I need intrinsic equation. Now I need to integrate this equation but I don't know how. I would appreciate so much if you help me!
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Kinematics equations: wrong place value [closed]

A marble is launched horizontally off a 93.0 cm high table causing the marble to land on the floor 1.85 m from the base of the table. a.) How long was the ball in the air? b.) With what velocity must ...
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How do I use the kinetic energy formula using mass as lbs and velocity as mph?

I understand that the formula for kinetic energy is: $(1/2)mv^2$, which is equal to 1 Joule or 1 N-m. If I want $m$ to be my weight (say 150lbs) and $v$ to be 40mph how do I apply it to this formula? ...
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Motion caused by Internal force

I would like to clarify whether an internal force in a system can cause it a motion externally? My Physics teacher and also other tuitions in my area tell that only external forces can cause motion of ...
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Newton's Third Law? [duplicate]

I've recently met with this new law and the way my teacher worded is so off for me. Shouldn't the equal and opposite reaction cancel out the action because they are equal? Apparently not? Why?
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Solve for launch angle in projectile motion equation

I need help solving the projectile motion equation for $\theta$. The projectile motion equation is $$ y = \tan(\theta)x - \frac{gx^2}{2v_0^2\cos^2(\theta)}. $$ How do we solve it so that $\theta$ ...
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Finding the distance travelled during change in velocity from $v_i$ to $v_f$ [closed]

A constant power is applied to a particle of mass m. The velocity of the particle increases from $v_i$ to $v_f$. We have to find the distance travelled by the particle during this interval.(neglect ...
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Can a pair of members of a “rotating system” be characterized by one value of displacement magnitude?

There seems to be a claim (cmp. Goldstein, "Classical Mechanics", eq. (4-126); or also perceptable here) that values of "velocity", and of "speed", of some participant, say $P$, can not only be ...
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Rocket projectile motion problem [closed]

I'm not really sure where to start with this question: In a brisk wind from the south-east of $14.1\:\mathrm{m/s}$ a rocket pointed due north is launched from a cliff that is $500\:\mathrm{m}$ above ...
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Instantaneous Centre of Rotation

Let's say a body is undergoing both rotational and translational motion. I know that ICR of the body as a whole will be the point about which the body is doing pure rotation, so basically will be the ...
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Calculate the distance of a falling object and terminal speed [closed]

I have a homework problem that I would like to verify that I am doing it correctly. If anyone could help me see where I'm going wrong with the steps, I would really appreciate it. (a) Consider a ...
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Why does $v^2=cad$ by dimensional analysis rather than $v^2=ad$? [closed]

Constants are generally added in functions to adjust for when magnitudes don't contain information necessary to the accuracy of the equation. Why is it that $v^2=cad$ instead of $v^2=ad$? What ...
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I do not know whether i have solved this correctly. Can anyone help? [closed]

A cart is moving along the $x$-direction with a velocity of $4 \;\mathrm{m/s} $. A person on the cart throws a stone with a velocity of $6 \mathrm{m/s}$ relative to himself. In the frame of ...
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How to find the height at which a projectile is launched from an angle? [closed]

I need guidance with the following question: A boat is $50.0m$ from the base of a cliff, fleeing at $5.00m/s$. A gun mounted on the edge of the cliff fires a shell at $40.0m/s$ and hits the boat ...
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Differential equation for velocity regarded as a function of distance [closed]

Given a differential equation for velocity, $dv/dt + v = 1$, as well as its solution, is it possible to derive a differential equation for velocity with respect to distance? I found a solution to the ...
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Time in a vertical circular motion [closed]

How can I calculate the time taken to go from one point to another, in vertical circular motion? If we have radius, angle between 2 points, and initial velocity. I tried to write $\frac{dv}{dt} = g ...
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Using resultant vectors to calculate how long it takes to travel a distance [closed]

A box of books weighing $320 \;\mathrm{N}$ is shoved across the floor of an apartment by a force of $569 \;\mathrm{N}$ exerted downward at an angle of $36.5^\circ$ below the horizontal. The ...
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Whether a large or a small ball fall faster in the air?

Given a ball falling under gravity is subjected to air resistance, after performing a differential to the drag equation, I get: $$g-Z(v^2)/r = a = v',$$ (where $Z$ is a constant.) How can I know ...
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Stone released from balloon [closed]

Q: If a stone is released from a balloon rising with acceleration a at the instant when its velocity is v. Then immediately after release the acceleration and velocity of the stone are ? I tried to ...
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Steps in a proof in kinetic equation of motion

This is a part of a kinetic equation of motion, \begin{align} x(t) - x_0 &= \frac{1}{2}a \left[ \frac{v(t) - v_0}{a} \right]^2 + v_0 \left[ \frac{v(t) - v_0}{a} \right] \tag{1.17} \\ &= ...