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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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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. I'm ...
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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 reference ...
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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 ...
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 ...