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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What is the relative acceleration of a projectile fired at in a low gravity vacuum?

This question is to end an old argument. Given a (space) vehicle with an acceleration of X, and projectile with an acceleration of 2X (rocket, not bullet), what would the relative acceleration of the ...
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If the velocity of particle $A$ exceeds that of $B$, is the acceleration of $A$ greater than $B$?

Two particles $A, B$ are travelling along parallel straight paths. At some point, the velocity of $A$ exceeds that of $B$. Does this necessarily mean that the acceleration of $A$ is greater than the ...
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Simple Projectile Motion Question

A volcano erupts 50m below the sea level. A rock leaves the crater at 20 m/s at an angle 30 deg with the vertical line. The rock has a mass of 15kg. IGNORE WATER RESISTANCE. It gets out of the water, ...
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Doubt on series springs

Here is a description of the motion of two springs in series. The premise is that the force on the two springs is the same. This is derived from the following reasoning: when I pull the mass with a ...
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May a point rotate about itself?

Suppose we have two equivalent rigid cylinders. Cylinder 1 is moving (translating) with constant velocity of v. Cylinder 2 is rotating without slipping and its center’s velocity is constant and equal ...
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Can the force acting on a body remain constant if the body is accelerating?

Since $F=ma$, the force should change if acceleration changes shouldn't it? And since acceleration is the rate of change of velocity, can velocity be constant if acceleration changes?
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Can the equations of motion be used for both instantaneous and average quantities?

I have three equations of motion: $$v = u+ at , $$$$s = ut + \dfrac{1}{2} at^2 , $$$$ v^2 = u^2 + 2as.$$ Can I use them for both finding instantaneous and average quantities? Suppose I want to find ...
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Help with a solid sphere sliding and then rolling

Initially at time $t=0$, a solid sphere slides with velocity $v$ along a horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction is u. Find the required time for the sphere to stop sliding (the sphere will ...
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When we take time derivative of a function of time, then is the result another function of time, again?

(I'll try to explain my question by one known example), for example where the velocity is a function of time v(t) then its time derivative (which is acceleration: $a=\frac {dv}{dt}$) is another ...
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Doubt in Kinematics

I know that this isn't the place for such basic questions, but I didn't find the answer to this anywhere else. It's pretty simple: some particle moves in straight line under constant acceleration from ...
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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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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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Should the cold drink come out of a free falling bottle with an open lid?

If I hold an open bottle and perform free fall, say sky diving, along with it from, say 10000ft, while I'm holding the bottle vertically upwards should the cold drink come out of the bottle? Kindly ...
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If my acceleration is -1 ($a=-1\:\rm{m/s^2}$) and I'm standing in the infinite ($x_0=\infty \:\rm m$), could I reach the point $x=0\:\rm m$?

I'm standing in the infinite where $x_0=\infty \:\rm m$. If I have a negative acceleration, could I reach the point $x=0\:\rm m$? Would it be possible to calculate how long would take to reach the ...
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Sign of Velocity for a Falling Object

I'm working on a homework problem in Mathematica. We have to graph the height and the velocity of a function given an initial height and initial velocity. However, when I do the graph for the velocity ...
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How to prove that a motion is Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)?

I would like to know how one could show and prove that a given motion is simple harmonic motion. Once given an answer, I'll apply that technique to an example I am trying to figure out. Thank you ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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Would you feel weightless if falling or flying up in a vacuum?

Ignoring that you can't survive in a vacuum. If you were to jump of a ledge in a vacuum (in a vertical tube eg). While falling would you feel weightless? Surely the earths gravity is still pulling ...
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Why the similarity in the Equations of Motion for Rotational and Rectilinear Motion?

These are the equations of motion given constant acceleration, for first rectilinear and then rotational motion. Rectilinear Motion: Rotational Motion: While the variables have changed, and the ...
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The force causing galaxies to accelerate away from each other?

The galaxies in the universe appear to be accelerating away from each other according to the Doppler shift that is present in the light we receive from other galaxies. According to Newtonian ...
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accelerating and non accelerating duality of matter

Kinetic energy of any object , assumes accelerating nature of the object as it is derived from equations of motion for uniformly accelerated objects and the work-energy theorem which deals with ...
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Given a current velocity and a fixed input energy, how much faster will a relativistic particle be?

The relativistic kinetic energy of a particle with mass $m$ and velocity $v_0$ is $$m c^2 (\gamma_0 - 1) \textrm{ where } \gamma_0 = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - \frac{v_0^2}{c^2}}}$$ I would like to know how ...
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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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Nonzero acceleration is compatible with $d|\vec{v}|/dt=0$; why is the reverse not true?

It is possible to have change in magnitude of velocity w.r.t time to be zero and magnitude of acceleration to be non zero, $$\frac{d|\vec{v}|}{dt}=0 \quad \left| \frac{d\vec{v}}{dt} \right| \neq 0\, ...
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Question about kinetic energy

I have a question about kinetic energy: Imagine two vehicles with velocities $v_1$ going at $30 \frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$ and $v_2$ at $50\frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$. If they hit each other, will ...
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How to explain this to my sir

We all know that $f = ma$. But for finding displacement, we always use: $$ s = s_0 + ut + \tfrac{1}{2} a t^2 $$ My sir, i don't know why for some reason uses this weird method: $$ F = ...
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At what point does force stop translating an object and start purely rotating it? [duplicate]

At what point (or distance) from the axis of rotation, does force applied on a rigid body stop translating and purely rotating the body? Can such a point even exist? Does the body always have to ...
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Why does a plane look like it's slower than a car?

Recently, I was in a car and noticed a plane in the sky. What was interesting was that the plane seemed to go slower than my car because I passed the plane. Is there a physics reason to this?
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Are velocity and acceleration smooth quantities?

My thinking: acceleration corresponds to a force which is instantaneous, so the acceleration of a rigid body can be rather spiky (non-smooth) velocity (angular velocity) describes the ratio of ...
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What are the equations for motion with constant jerk?

Every one knows the three famous equations for motions with constant acceleration . But what if the motion were having a jerk? How should then be the equations for motions? How can I find them?
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Quick question on free fall of 2 objects [closed]

I am trying to work through a problem, that is basically telling me that two objects were dropped from a building, one was thrown 2 seconds after the previous object, and I have to find out how long ...
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What acceleration to use in this problem?

A balloon starts rising from the ground with an acceleration of 1.25 m/second square. After 8 second, a stone is released from the balloon. Find the time for stone to reach ground, distance ...
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The dimensional formula of distance travelled in $n$th second

I read that the dimensional formula of distance traveled in $n^{th}$ second is same as that of velocity. Okay, the formula for the distance traveled in $n^{th}$ second is $s_t= u+\frac{a}{2}(2t-1)$ ...
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i can't detect what wrong have i done in a kinematics problem [closed]

a question was given to us in assignment which was as follows A person moves 20 metres towards north then 30 metres towards east and then moves 30 x 1.414 metres towards south west. The whole ...
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Increase in velocity by loss of mass? [closed]

A trolley of mass 300kg carrying a sand bag of 25kg is moving uniformly with speed of 27km/h on a frictionless track. After a while, sand starts leaking out of a hole on the floor of the trolley at ...
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Measuring the velocity of a pendulum using the width of the bob

I did an experiment on pendulum motion and in the method it says use the following equation to measure the velocity of the pendulum: $$v=\frac{W}{t}$$ where $W$ is the width of the pendulum bob and t ...
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How does this chair move?

I have a chair like this(shown in figure). I was kneeling on the part where we sit. I just gave a sudden push to the part where we rest the back, without moving my legs. I found that the chair is ...
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Calculate kinematics of body movement from the set of spatial coordinates

Short intro I have a set of 3D (x,y,z) spatial coordinates of arm movement obtained using motion capture system. The example set of such coordinates looks like this (rounded up): ...
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why does perpendicular motion to the direction of someone' s approach does not affect the distance between them

I was reading about the the four turtles/bugs math puzzle Four bugs are at the four corners of a square of side length D. They start walking at constant speed in an anticlockwise direction at all ...
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Motion of a rod struck at one end

Imagine a strong metal rod of uniform density and thickness floating in a weightless environment. Imagine it lies on an X-Y plane, with one end (A) lying at 0,0, and the other end (B) at 0,1. Then it ...
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Is it possible to calculate specific velocities from acceleration?

I'm trying to understand a sample problem from a current (published 2011) high school physics textbook, but I really think the question is flawed. The task is to convert an acceleration-time graph ...
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Doubt concerning centripetal acceleration

What is the centripetal acceleration and angular velocity of a child located 8.2 m the center of a carousel? The speed (size of the tangential velocity) of the child is 2.1 m / s A train moves in a ...
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non constant acceleration problem [closed]

The acceleration of an arrow from a bow falls from $6000m/s^2$ to zero when it leaves the bow after travelling a distance $x=0.75m$. Assuming that this acceleration can be expressed by the linear ...
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Would this be correct for kinetic energy in special relativity?

In galilean relativity $$p=mv$$ and $$KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$$ If I understand it in special relativity the equation for momentum is $$p=\frac{mv}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}$$ In galilean relativity ...
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Force required to send ball in set trajectory

If I have a desired 2D trajectory where I know the desired speed of my ball and desired path, and a ball that starts at (x=0,y=0), how can I calculate the required force / point at which the force ...
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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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Can we observe two different events occuring at the same point?

I was wondering a situation. Suppose a train is moving with a certain acceleration. It turns on its front light at a certain time, and it's back light say t s after. But to a inertial, or non ...
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Acceleration of a particle moving along a straight line

If a particle moves along a straight line, then can we say that the acceleration should be zero? and if not, then why? If the equation of the motion is linear, then the velocity is constant and if ...