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 don't the kinematic equations agree with calculating velocity one second at a time?

A car is moving at a velocity of $10 \, \text{m}/\text{s}$. After point $A$ no acceleration is provided. By simple measurement, the acceleration is found to be $-1 \, \text{m}/\text{s}^2$. Using ...
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Query into the cumulative velocity of mounted platforms

Consider throwing a stone at an object from rest, it travels at Vms-1. Now throw that stone whilst running at Ums-1. It seems in the latter scenario the total speed of stone is V + U. Now imagine ...
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How to obtain the distance traversed by a free falling body equation?

I know that the distance that a free falling body has traverse through time is given by $d=0.5*g*t^2$. I would like to know how to get to this equation to study a bit more how it was obtained. I have ...
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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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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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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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$d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$ not giving expected results

Say I have an object that starts falling from rest at 2 m/s2. Its total displacement and velocity at the end of every second should look something like this: ...
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Time taken for collision [closed]

We have three particles at the vertices of equilateral triangle of side $d$. At $t=0$ they start moving in such away that at all instant of time each of them has a speed $v$ towards adjacent one. We ...
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Non-zero higher time derivatives of position?

My mom told me to use speed control, which would allow the car to remain at constant speed. I told her that its impossible for a car to maintain constant speed, as slight changes in friction on the ...
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Negative sign of acceleration [closed]

This is the problem from our Physics textbook : A player throws a ball upwards with an initial speed of 29.4 m s–1. (a) Choose the x = 0 m and t = 0 s to be the location and time of the ball at ...
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Calculating car's acceleration from change in angle of hanging object?

The question essentially is based on a situation like this- A car has a small object hung from the cieling on a string (apparently at an angle of 0 degrees to the ceiling). The car is accelerating ...
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Uniform Circular Motion

Why does the object not go inward, into the circle if the acceleration is inward? I think its because the velocity to outward? So they sort of cancel each other out? But if the speed is kept ...
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Kinematics - concept question

A child tosses a ball directly upward. Its total time in the air is T. Its maximum height is H. What is its height after it has been in the air a time T/4? Neglect air resistance. Ok so I know that ...
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I think I disprove this with kinematics, but energy says it is right

! Here is my kinematics argument. For now I am only going to look at ball 2 and ball 3. Make note of the following data. $|v_0| = 10m/s$, $y_0 = 10m$, $\theta_2^0 = 30^0$, $\theta_3^0 = -45^0, g = ...
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How to calculate total distance and time a puck will move?

To simulate a puck's movement, I use the following model (please restrain from discussing the model, it makes the simulation look the way I want it to) and would like to know how to calculate the ...
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Finding resultant and direction of resultant

In this question- A motorboat is racing towards north at 25km/h and the water current in that region is 10km/hr in the direction of 60 degree east of south. Find the resultant velocity of the ...
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Kinematics - Concept of average velocity

Average velocity, as I have heard, cannot be found simply by finding the average of two numbers. I have a question on average velocity, but am simply unable to proceed: A particle moving in a ...
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Projectile motion - ball hit 180m/s at 45 degrees, what is the hang time? [closed]

Assuming no air resistance etc, how long is the ball in the air for? This is actually part of a longer question concerning the ball trajectory on different planets but I think there must be an easier ...
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Displacement of a body in free fall

Suppose a ball is thrown up from the ground with some velocity. Let vertically up be the positive direction and vertically down be the negative direction and let the thrower be at the origin. What ...
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How to plot $(x,y)$ coordinate of projectile motion (with air-resistance)? [closed]

I am trying to plot a graph to show the difference in projectile motion when it has air-resistance and when it doesn't have air-resistance. I set the mass, $v_0$ and $\theta$ as constant I can plot ...
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Distinguish between instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity

I encountered a line in my text book of physics that: Average speed over a finite interval of time is greater or equal to the magnitude of the average velocity. But instantaneous speed at an ...
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Obtaining velocity or acceleration vector of a point on a rigid body?

If I have a cube that is moving at a velocity of $v$ and spinning at an angular velocity of $\omega$, how can I determine the instantaneous velocity vector of one of the vertices of the cube? What if ...
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Is it possible to reach the edge of a room if there isn't any gravitational acceleration?

Consider that a large room(an indoor badminton court) is orbiting the earth with a person floating exactly at its center without any relative initial velocity. Consider that the person has no ...
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Static friction force on a block in a tunnel

Linked to this question: Comparing Static Frictions Suppose there is a cuboidal vertical tunnel, and a cubical block in it such that all surface of the block are in contact with the four walls of the ...
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Reachable area of cannonball given fixed initial speed [closed]

The trajectory of a cannonball fired from the origin with initial speed $v_0$ at an angle $\theta$ is given by $$y = x\tan\theta - \frac{g}{2v_0^2 \cos^2\theta}x^2.$$ For fixed $v_0$, at what angle ...
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Two Different Sorts of Inertia: Inertial Mass and Moment of Inertia

There are two different sorts of inertia: inertial mass and moment of inertia. I am currently reading about moment of inertia. Now, I know inertia is an important concept; with it, we can determine ...
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Relationship between acceleration, velocity and position

I'm learning some applications for equation of motion. But I'm failing to relate velocity, acceleration and position. If $v=\frac{dr}{dt}$ and $a=\frac{dv}{dt}$, why $a$ is $\frac{d^2r}{dt^2}$ ...
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Differential squared vs. differential of squared

Why it is said that $$\frac{dx^2}{dt^2}=\upsilon^2$$ I can only understand the following one: $$\left (\frac{dx}{dt} \right)^2=\upsilon^2$$ Edit: Excerpt from Landau's Mechanics: Execrpt from ...
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How to compute drag coefficient given initial position, initial velocity and final resting position?

The equations I'm using are: x = x + (DT * vx) vx = vx * C My DT is always 0.01 and the coefficient C (related to a linear ...
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Question Concerning Position Of A Particle At Any Given Time

After years of procrastinating i've decided not to "move ahead" with physics without getting this ridiculously trivial question clear!*I know i had asked a similar question as silly and stupid as this ...
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What do I need to do to find the stopping time of a decelerating car? [closed]

The question is: A car can be stopped from initial velocity 84 km/h to rest in 55 meters. Assuming constant acceleration, find the stopping time. Sorry for my ignorance, but I need to review ...
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When does acceleration due to gravity equal positive/negative? [on hold]

For example a projectile is launched at an angle. What would $a$ in $y=vt +.5at^2$ be? Let's say I choose up to be positive. How do you not confuse yourself whether to use positive or negative $a$?
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How do I make an equation to be dimensionally consistent? [closed]

Velocity is related to acceleration and distance by the following expression: $$v^2=2ax^P$$ Find the power P that makes this equation dimensionally consistent. $$\frac{v^2}{2a}=x^P$$ ...
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Frictionless Cart on a Ramp (Experimental Design Question)

Question: Why is the calculated value for our final velocity higher than our predicted value? Since our prediction neglected air resistance and friction, shouldn't the velocity for the actual cart ...
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Horizontal distance covered by an object from an initial height to the ground

We are given: An angle $\theta$ with respect to the ground, its initial height $h_0$ and the final distance $d$. How can we find the initial velocity from this information? I tried a bunch of things, ...
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Ways of finding average accelleration

So I had a little debate with a professor on a simple problem of motion (See section). It basically comes down to how to find average acceleration. I did some research and couldn't find a definite ...
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Average acceleration when more than two different velocities occur [closed]

Suppose a car travels at 5m/s north for 5 seconds, it then turn east and travel at 7m/s for 10 seconds, finally it turns north east and travel at 10 m/s for 20 seconds. What is the average ...
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Finding Acceleration Force of Gravity on Rotated Accelerometer

Is it possible to calculate the force of gravity on the $x$, $y$, and $z$ readings of an accelerometer if I know the rotation of the sensor? If so, how would I do this? Sorry if I am doing this ...
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What do negative times and negative distances represent in parametric projectile equations?

There are negative times and negative x and y distances in parametric equations; what do they represent? And is it possible to tell the object's speed, direction and acceleration from just a ...
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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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$\theta '' = \frac{a}{R}$? [closed]

Assume that this is a general circular motion where $\theta$ is a function of time. I've derived some equations below and found that the angular velocity in the end is zero. Which step of my ...
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How are the angles equal?

At the back of my mind I know they should be equal, but mathematically, how are the two $\Delta \phi$ angles equal? The only explanation present in the text is that, "both velocities are ...
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Kinematics - projectile motion on inclined plane [closed]

Well I've tried everything to solve this problem, spent well over an hour, and have gotten no results. A particle is thrown over a triangle from one end of a horizontal base it grazes the top vertex ...
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Velocity at certain point?

I seem to have misunderstood something in velocity. There is a path from point A to point B, that gap between is 100 meters. An object moves from point A to B with a velocity is 10 m/s. ...
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Why does a perpendicular force not change speed?

I have been taught that a perpendicular force acting on an object will only change the direction of its velocity, not its magnitude. The explanation that was provided to me is that because there no ...
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Acceleration during collision with ground

For my physics class, I have to calculate an objects acceleration while it came to a stop. It was traveling at $6.26\: \mathrm{\frac{m}{s}}$ at impact, and travels a distance of $0.025\: \mathrm{m}$ ...
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Why does angle deviation of a satellite not captured my Mars decreases as the Velocity of the satellite increases?

When a satellite is not captured by a planet, it is moving sufficiently fast. so why is it that the angle deviation of the satellite decreases as its initial velocity increases?
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Difference between the two equations for acceleration

I came upon this while studying S.H.M. Well,is there a difference between writing $$a=\frac{dv}{dt}\;$$ and $$a=v\frac{dv}{dx}\;$$ do they differ on the basis of one being a vector and the other ...
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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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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 ...