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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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 is “kinematic inversion” (from geophysics) in mathematical terms?

I am a mathematician working on a seismic imaging problem, and am currently (attempting to) read some geophysics papers (this one (Ruiz, Madariaga 2011) and this one (Di Carli, Francois-Holden, ...
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Relative velocity decomposition

In my fluid dynamics course notes is stated a change in relative velocity can be decomposed: $$\delta \mathbf{v} = \left\{ \begin{pmatrix} \Delta & 0 \\ 0 & \Delta \end{pmatrix} + ...
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Optimal velocity in rain [closed]

Problem statement: A sphere is rolling in rain from point A to point B. The vertical speed of rain is V and horizontal speed of rain is v, as shown in the picture. Angle between horizontal ...
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A block in motion explodes [closed]

A 9.5 kg block (A) is traveling in the positive x-direction with a speed of 3.0 m/s. At some point, it explodes and breaks into two pieces. After the explosion, block C, which is 6.0 kg, moves off ...
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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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How to find time, acceleration under this situation

I am trying to solve the following. An object of mass $m$ slides on a horizontal surface with initial velocity $v_0$. If the kinetic friction between the object and mass is given by $\mu$, find ...
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Why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?

I'm preparing for my exam, but I have difficulties in perceiving why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?
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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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The velocity of a cloud?

I noticed an unusually fast moving cloud this morning. My questions: What is the average velocity of a cloud on Earth? What is the greatest ever recorded cloud velocity? What factors affect the ...
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How many years would it take the Pioneer space probe to travel to Proxima Centauri with its current speed? [closed]

Pioneer space probe moving at a speed of $30km/s$. Assuming its heading for Proxima Centauri, which is situated at $4.2ly$ from earth, calculate how long it would take to get there in years, to the ...
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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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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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Homework - Mechanics [closed]

Just started mechanics and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong on a question. Car accelerates uniformly from a speed of $50\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ to a speed of $80\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ in $20$ ...
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Deduction of relativistic mass formula in 1+1 dimensions

I have read the explanation/calculation of relativistic momentum and relativistic mass in the Feynman lectures, see chapter 16.4 here: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_16.html. (I guess this ...
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Relative velocity of boat

I am trying to understand fully the following question: A boat is traveling west at 100m/s and is partially helped by a strong wind blowing at 20m/s 30 degrees north of west. What speed could the ...
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Is two cars colliding at 25 mph the same as one car colliding into a wall at 50 mph in reference to injuries?

This question has been asked using 50 & 100 mph reference, see this Phys.SE post and links therein. However, I am interested in the potential injuries to occupants of the autos. As the one going ...
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Missing centrifugal acceleration

I am trying to get correct equations for acceleration of a point in reference frame A, given position, velocity and acceleration in rotating reference frame B. Let $\mathbf{x}_A(t)$, ...
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Write a parabolic equation in kinematics

How might I go about writing a parabolic equation in standard form $ax^2 + bx + c$ given all of the following measurements: $X_0, X_f, Y_o, Y_f$: the initial and final x and y positions. ...
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Relative motion of airplane in the wind [closed]

I have a relative motion problem in which I cannot get my answer to match the book answer. The question is: An airplane has to travel $189\, \mathrm{km}$ due east to point $B$ from point $A$. It ...
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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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Vector Maths to Simulate Car Physics [closed]

I'm working on a 3D program that involves controlling a Cube on-screen (which represents a car). I use C++, OpenGL and GLM (for vector and matrices etc, if you're familiar with programming; Once the ...
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Work done on stationary rocket

Suppose I have a rocket thats exerts a force (with negligible loses in mass), which cancels out the downward force of gravity. Clearly my rocket could be moving at a constant velocity (ignore air ...
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Distance formula in kinematics?

I've always seen it $d = v_i t + \frac{1}{2} at^2$ However, I also saw it as $d= d_i + v_i t + \frac{1}{2} at^2$ where $d_i$ = initial position. This was applied to 2D kinematics. Can anyone explain ...
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If I lift a box vertically, why is the work I do equal to the distance I lift it times the force of gravity on the box? [duplicate]

I have problems fully understanding the concept of work, so please forgive me if this is simple. If I take a box of mass $ m $, and lift it a distance $ d $ vertically, why is the work I have done ...
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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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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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when to consider linear kinetic energy and when to use angular kinetic energy?

I saw a problem about a pivoting rod online (http://dev.physicslab.org/Document.aspx?doctype=3&filename=RotaryMotion_RotationalDynamicsPivotingRods.xml), I am thinking the problem if we initially ...
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Does $y$-motion really have nothing to do with $x$-motion?

I am watching a Physics 1 for physical science majors on coursera.com, and in one of the concept tests there is a question that goes like this; "A bullet is fired horizontally from a rifle on the Moon ...
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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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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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What is the physical meaning of $|f''(\xi )|\leq\frac{4(f(b)-f(a))}{(b-a)^{2}}$ where $f(t)$ is position as a function of time?

Here is the full problem: I was able to prove the given expression; but the interpretation part is giving me a bit of trouble. Here is my interpretation: The average acceleration in $(a,b)$, is ...
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x-coordinate of the ball when it's velocity is perpendicular to projection velocity

We have a ball projected at 20 m/s at an angle $\pi/6$ from the x-axis. Now we have to calculate x-coordinate of the ball when it's velocity is perpendicular to projection velocity. I am thinking ...
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Calculate the acceleration of a moving elevator [closed]

An elevator is moving down with uniform acceleration. A man inside the elevator who wants to measure the acceleration drops a coin as soon as the elevator starts. The coin is 6ft above the floor of ...
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Calculating journey time of a spacecraft from one planet to another planet

I don't know if this is the correct place to ask =/ I have been trying to make an animation of a spaceship travelling from one planet to another. The animation being this: ...
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Why do I get inconsistent answers with the kinematics equations?

The initial velocity is 14 m/s the final velocity is 0. The distance is 9.0 m and the time is 1.5 s. When solving for the acceleration, why do I get different values when using different kinematic ...
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Objects falling on Slopes [closed]

An object falls on a slope and then rebounces....and it is known it hits the slope again...how do I calculate it's second point of contact with the slope....how can a projectory equation be used in ...
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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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Muon 3 Body Decay

I'm trying to calculate the maximum energy of the electron in the decay muon >electron + electronantineutrino +muonneutrino in the reference frame of the muon having no kinetic energy. $m_m$=mass of ...
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How to get $t$ from $a(v)$?

I read what if we have acceleration given as a function of velocity we can calculate time as $$t(v) = t_0 + \int_{v_0}^{v} \frac{dv}{a(v)}.$$ Why?
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Homework Question Transformation Energy [closed]

A $1400kg$ car is approaching the hill shown in the figure at $14.0m/s$ when it suddenly runs out of gas. What is the car's speed after coasting down the other side? I think I have to use this ...
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Physics transformation energy [closed]

A 15kg child slides down a 2.3m -high playground slide. She starts from rest, and her speed at the bottom is 2.1m/s . What is the change in the thermal energy of the slide and the seat of her pants? ...
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relationship between kinematics and area under curve

My teacher is giving us an honors pre-calc/calculus introduction to physics and the kinematics learning target he has given us is to understand the "relationship between area under a curve and the ...
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Time to travel distance given acceleration/deceleration [closed]

A body accelerates at 0.2 m/s$^2$ & retards at 0.3 m/s$^2$. Maximum velocity obtained by it is 30 m/s. Find the least time in which it covers 6 km Well, if I do not assume that the body ...
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Height of projectile above the inclined plane and above the horizontal.

I am trying to work out the maximum height of a projectile above the incline plane and above the horizontal plane but I am not sure how to do this. I have worked out all the equations of motion, $ax, ...
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Calculate average acceleration without time? [closed]

I have a question about a flea jumping, for which I need to show that the average acceleration is around 1000 $ms^{-2}$. I know that to calculate average acceleration you can use $\frac{dv}{dt}$, ...
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Determing time to complete known distance with constant acceleration [closed]

Answer: $a=v^2/d$ is the formula I needed. This is a problem in a programming assignment, I haven't taken physics. I have a starting speed (0 m/s), an final speed (208.33m/s) and the distance it ...
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Why does the amount of energy transferred depend on distance rather than time?

The change in energy of an object can be determined by the work equation, where work is the change in energy: $$ W = F \cdot d $$ I conceptualize the transfer of energy as simply a series of small ...
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Does a different opposing force affect work?

Suppose a man exerts $10~N$ as he lifts a $1~kg$ box a distance of $2~m$ against Earth's gravity. To determine work we can use the following equation: $$ W = F \cdot d \\ W = (10~N) \cdot (2~m) = ...
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Determine resultant velocity of an elastic particle-particle collision in 3d space

So I have two particles that have collided in 3 dimensional space. I want the particles to rebound off of each other in an elastic manner. How do I determine the resultant velocity vector if I know: ...