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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Confusion regarding geodesic of thrown ball - curved or Cartesian coordinates?

I'm confused trying to understand what's happening in terms of spacetime geodesics when a ball is thrown and its trajectory plotted, height against time to give a parabola. I read (from more than ...
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Trains travelling at different speeds towards a station C

Here's the question: Consider two stations A and B located 100 kilometer apart. There is a station C, located between A and B. Now trains from station A and B start moving towards station C at ...
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Acceleration: Value Disparity?

If we consider a ball moving at an acceleration of $5ms^{-2}$, over a time of 4 seconds, the distance covered by the ball in the first second is $5m$. In the 2nd second will $5 + 5 = 10m$. In the ...
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2d simulation shooting projectiles that inherit the gun's veocity at a moving target while also moving

Overview: I'm working on programming a simulation that requires 'shooting' projectile-type objects at other moving objects. How can I calculate the angle at which to shoot the object to hit? Details: ...
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Find radius of curvature, given a velocity vector and acceleration magnitude?

The particle P moves along a space curve. At one instant it has velocity $v = (4i-2j-k)$ $m/s$. The magnitude of the acceleration is 8 $m/s^2$. The angle between the acceleration and the velocity ...
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Given a radius and velocity calculate position of an aircraft banking to make a turn in three dimensional space

Suppose an aircraft is moving at a certain fixed altitude above the ground. It follows a path defined by latitude and longitude. Now if we want to define the position of an aircraft at any point in ...
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Simple kinematics excercise, throwing something upwards [closed]

I am trying to solve this simple excercise: Question You throw a small coin upwards with $4 \frac{m}{s}$ . How much time does it need to reach the height of $0.5 m$ ? Why do we get two results? ...
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Solving straight-line motion question for time [closed]

I apologise in advance if this question doesn't appeal to the advanced questions being asked in this Physics forum, but I'm a great fan of the Stack Exchange software and would trust the answers ...
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Average acceleration versus instantaneous acceleration

Does instantaneous acceleration also changes when direction of velocity changes. I know average acceleration does change.
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How do these factors affect the free fall of objects?

Take an example of two balls of different masses being dropped from about 250 meters from the ground. How do the following factors affect free fall: Air resistance. Absence of air resistance. ...
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Kinematics and dynamics - what pattern do they portray?

The Equations which are derived for kinematics and dynamics are some patterns related to the body in motion. What is the demarcation in the pattern that kinematic equations and dynamic equations ...
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How to find stopping distance of a car? [closed]

I am trying to calculate minimum stopping distance of a car once the brakes are applied. I know the velocity at braking instant, i also know the distance from the obstacle. I found out that $$ d = ...
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Necessity of the Notion of Work and Kinetic Energy

I've worked through many example problems in my college physics text in the section on kinetic energy and work. I noticed that if the desired quantity is velocity or force, they can be solved entirely ...
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Work done: kinetic energy or area under F-ds curve?

Starting from $$F=ma = m \frac{dv}{dt} = m \frac{ds}{dt} \frac{dv}{ds} = m v \frac{dv}{ds}, $$ leads to work done = integral of F.ds = integral of mvdv = change in KE. Suppose a variable force is ...
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Prove the relation between relative velocity ,momentum and energy

In Chapter 8 of F.Mandl's book Quantum field theory, during the derivation of the differential cross section, the following relation is used: $$E_1E_2v_{rel}=\sqrt{(p_1p_2)^2-m_1^2m_2^2} \,\, ,$$ ...
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Computing the Initial Velocity of an orbiting body

I'm working on a simulation program that replicates the movement of planets around a large celestial body (the sun). This is a three dimensional simulation that uses vectors. At present, I'm ...
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Minimum power to pull a sheet of paper [closed]

I'm trying to tackle a question in kinematics, but I miss something and don't know what. The question goes like this: Let a homogeneous pole of mass m be connected to ceiling and lean on the ...
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Can there be force without motion?

I am confused. Can you have a force or tension without motion? Take for instance two robots with jet packs connected via a cord, each is flying in opposite directions. The tension of the cord is ...
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What does it mean by $t=-1$?

if the position vector of a particle is $\hat{r}=\left(4+3t\right)\hat{\imath}+\left(t^3\right)\hat{\jmath}+\left(-5t\right)\hat{k}$, i want to find at what time this particle passes through the point ...
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Instantaneous velocity is slope of displacement-time curve?

I have a toss-up question that I'm not sure how to answer. Here it is (true or false): The instantaneous velocity at a particular time is the slope of the displacement-time curve at that position. ...
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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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Derivation of the average Velocity formula with constant acceleration (using calculus)

I have been looking at $$ v_{avg} = \frac{v_{i} + v_{f}}{2}, $$ when the acceleration is constant, where $v_i$ is equal to the initial velocity and $v_f$ is equal to the final velocity. How can ...
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A question about finding average velocity and average acceleration

I have trouble understanding the following problem's answer: Which of the following relations are true for any arbitrary motion in space? (a) $v_{avg}=\frac{r(t_2)-r(t_1)}{t_2-t_1}$ ...
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Forces acting on a double pulley

In a double pulley system, if the mass of the object is 10 kg and the object is accelerating upwards at 2 m/s$^2$, what is the tension in the ropes? I figured the weight of the box is 100N and the ...
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Earth moving over the Sun instead of around [closed]

Let's say you are observing the movement of the Sun and Earth from very far away. After year 1, the Earth creates an orbital plane around the Sun. Since the objects in the universe induce forces of ...
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Distance and velocity question

I know that speed is the derivative of distance. So integrating speed should give you distance. Let's suppose we have a speed which obeys this function: $$ v(x) = 2^{2^x} $$ So at time 0 the speed ...
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Kinematics question - Newton's Law of Motion [closed]

Question: Find the mass M of the hanging block in the following figure which will prevent the smaller block from slipping over the triangular block. All the surfaces are frictionless and the strings ...
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What's The Minimum distance?

My Friend gave me a question today. The question was.:: We have a point A. At a distance of $x_0$ from the point. There is a particle$(P_1)$. Also, a particle is present at the point A $(P_2)$.The ...
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Why is the constant velocity model used in a projectile motion derivation?

I was re-studying university physics last week, I'm now in the chapter about kinematics in 2 dimensions and specifically the one treating projectile motion. In page 86 of his book (Serway - Physics ...
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Why do electrons move towards regions of lower potential?

Can someone explain why electrons move from high to low potential regions in quantum mechanics? By the way, what is the very definition of this potential? Moreover, how does this generalize to other ...
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When is the speed specified for an object experiencing an exponential force?

So this is the question given in my text book: A particle of mass m is at rest at the origin at time $t = 0$. It is subjected to a force $F (t) = F_0e^{–bt}$ in the $x$ direction. Its speed ...
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rectlinear motion with constant acceleration [closed]

Friends, this is a numerical homework problem. I tried my best to solve it but my answer is not matching with the one given at the back of the text book. Please help me out: A motor car moving at a ...
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Motion of rigid body system in absense of work

In the absence of work on the system, is there a closed form equation for the motion of a set of constrained rigid bodies (let's say, using Revolute (ie: simple pivot) constraints)? If the bodies are ...
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Applying multiple forces to one object and calculate net movement and rotation?

I'm working on a small game as a hobby project, and I've run into a problem that would seem simple, to me, but that I can't find any information on or solution to. How would one go about figuring ...
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Need clearing up on vector decomposition in motion physics

I've been pursuing physics on my own, and I need something cleared up. Say I have two arbitrary objects, I have their velocities, I know when the collide, I have their normal vectors, etc. I know ...
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Equations of motion of particle mass on parabolic surface

Given a parabolic surface $$ Z = \frac{\Omega^2}{2g}\left(X^2 + Y^2\right)$$ My textbook (Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, 2nd ed, p.50) states: "Provided that the paraboloid is ...
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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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How to calculate pressure exerted on the wheels of a robotic car?

I need some help in designing my robotic car. So its going to have 4 wheels, each driven by a 12-volt motor. It occurs to me that the weight of the chassis itself will exert some pressure on the ...
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Utilizing maximum acceleration $a$ for displacement $d$ with initial velocity $v_0$ and final velocity $v_1$

Problem My goal is to move an object from point a to b (displacement $d$) as fast as possible utilizing the maximum available acceleration $a_{max}$, taking into account the initial velocity $v_0$ ...
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Calculating Average Velocity

I understand that the concept of an average of a data list means finding a certain value 'x', which ensures that the sum of the deviations of the numbers on the left of 'x' and on the right of 'x' ...
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Monkey and tree - projectile motion

The famous scenario: A hunter is trying to shoot a Monkey hanging from a tree. However, this question doesn't mention the monkey jumping down from the tree or trying to escape. (The hunter uses a ...
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Non-commutative property of rotation

Addition of angles are non-commutative in three dimensions. Hence some other angular vector quantities like angular velocity, momentum become non-commutative. What is the physical significance of this ...
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Acceleration/tension of object. 1 on horizontal surface one hanging

A 5.00-kg object placed on a frictionless, horizontal table is connected to a cable that passes over a pulley and then is fastened to a hanging 9.00-kg object, as in Figure. Find the ...
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Am I making the right assumption about a jump discontinuity in the acceleration?

A train heads from Station A to Station B, 4 km away. If the train begins at rest and ends at rest, and its maximum acceleration is 1.5 m/s^2 and maximum deceleration is -6 m/s^2, what's the least ...
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Estimate quarter mile time

I need to estimate a drag race quarter mile time given the car's weight, bhp and preferably the drive (FWD, RWD, 4WD). I know $v(t) = ds/dt$ and $a(t) = dv/dt = d^2s/dt^2$, but how can I get the ...
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Looking for the curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering bar is fully rotated

I am looking for a curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering bar is fully rotated either clockwise or anti-clockwise. How to model it mathematically? Is the curve a circle? My attempt is ...
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Trajectory of projectile thrown downhill

I'm teaching myself mechanics, and set out to solve a problem determining the optimum angle to throw a projectile when standing on a hill, for maximum range. My answer seems almost plausible, except ...
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What's wrong with this equation for harmonic oscillation?

The question: A particle moving along the x axis in simple harmonic motion starts from its equilibrium position, the origin, at t = 0 and moves to the right. The amplitude of its motion is ...
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Kinematics Problem

The question asks me to find the angular velocity. Now I do not want you to solve my homework, I want explanation please. It states that the acceleration of point P is $\vec{a}= -3.02 \vec{i} ...
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Is there an optimum length for a swing for a childs mass?

If you want to maximize the maximum velocity a child could go, what would be the optimum height? If you wanted to maximize the efficiency of a child "pumping" their legs to gain velocity, what would ...