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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Vehicle acceleration

What I'm essentially doing is Kalman Filter. If anyone is familiar with (but it doesn't really matter in this case). Consider the following formulas: $$x_k=x_{k-1}+v_{k-1}dt+a_{k-1}\frac{dt^2}{2}$$ ...
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End position of movement factoring in deceleration

Ok I am hoping to apply this answer to a piece of software, but it uses physics to work out the result so I require some help in that department. I will attempt to explain this the best I can. I ...
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Time and distance where velocity is a function of time

I'm creating a video game set in space in which spaceships travelling between places accelerate until they hit a maximum velocity. They then travel at that velocity until a time when they need to ...
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Does an airplane's speed include the speed of the Earth?

After take off, does airplane's speed include Earth's movement/speed? Do airplanes turn with Earth movement/rotation?
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How do I determine a component of relative velocity?

At a particular instant, a stationary observer on the ground sees a package falling with speed v1 at an angle to the vertical. To a pilot flying horizontally at constant speed relative to the ...
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Finding Distance an Object Travels Up an Incline After Launch

I've been doing a review for an introductory physics course final. I have a question on one problem though. Here is the problem: A mass (M=2kg) is placed in front of a spring with k=900N/m, ...
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Does acceleration at an angle to velocity change the direction?

During an interval of time, a tennis ball is moved so that the angle between the velocity and the acceleration of the ball is kept at a constant 120º. Which statement is true about the tennis ball ...
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Position in circular motion

Is it possible to determine the position of a particle undergoing circular motion, in x-y coordinates, at any given time and velocity? I'm thinking it has something to do with $\pi$
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Kinematics of scratching a rolling tire

Recently a "U" shaped scratch appeared on my car's front tire. It looks like someone rolled past a curb and scraped it. This has led me to the following problem: Generate a plot (ideally polar) of a ...
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Finding out the velocity [closed]

Displacement of an object is related to time $x=at+bt^2-ct^3$ where a, b and c are constant motion.Then the velocity of an object when it's acceleration is zero is given by ...
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When solving kinematics questions, how to find time in air?

I was trying to help a friend with this question: A ball is shot horizontally off a cliff. What would happen to the horizontal distance it travels if the acceleration due to gravity were doubled ...
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Compute the minimal distance between two points in movement

There are two points, $A$ and $B$ that move according to these laws: $$ \vec{x_a}= 20 -10 t $$ $$ \vec{x_b}= -15 +15 t $$ $A$ moves along the x axis, $B$ along the y axis. I have to compute the ...
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Two equations for $y$ in projectile motions

I have two equations on my equation sheet: $$y=v_o t \sin \theta - \frac{1}{2} g t^2.$$ And then another: $$y_{\max} = \frac{v_o^2 \sin 2 \theta }{2g}.$$ I understand that the first one is an ...
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Small Animal Terminal Velocity

I recently saw a cat fall probably 100 feet like in this video Cat Falls. It seemed as if the cat reached terminal velocity by the time it hit. Does this mean that cats (and other small animals) could ...
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Is it possible to work out the shortest time in which a body can travel a certain distance if all that is provided is the max a, max -a, v1, v2 and s?

Is it possible to calculate the shortest time it takes a body to travel a certain distance if the only information provided is its maximum acceleration, its maximum retardation and the distance it ...
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A pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop

I wanted to ask about the situation of a pearl that moves in a smooth vertical hoop in circular motion as described in the following sketch. According to a simulation found in the internet , a ...
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Motion of two gravitational bodies?

I'm doing a basic realtime simulation of two bodies, but the orbits are unstable for some reason. This code is run at every timestep: ...
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Streamlines for steady flow problem

I need to calculate the streamlines for the steady flow given by the velocity field $$\mathbf{u}=(u,v,w) = \left( 0,\frac{y}{y^2 +z^2} , \frac{z}{y^2 +z^2}\right)$$ Now I've been able to notice that ...
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Finding release angle and final velocity of projectile when the target has a different coordinations [closed]

I am trying to write some codes for auto-snowball mechanism which seems like a regular projectile but instead of hitting the targets on the ground it is going to be able to hit the target in the air ...
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Kinematics with non constant acceleration II [closed]

I'm getting crazy with this problem and I think that it's pretty simple. An helicopter's helix is spinning at initial speed $w_0=200\ rpm$, all of a sudden the motor stops and it decreases its ...
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A bird problem and trains [closed]

So that the problem: There are 2 trains at speed of 30km/h in the same trail and opposite directions and moving for a collision at 60km of distance of each other. One bird in front of one of the ...
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Determining the horizontal position of an object [closed]

In my calc-physics class we were given the following question: A movie stuntwoman drops from a helicopter that is $30.0 m$ above the ground and moving with a constant velocity whose components are ...
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Relative motion and how to calculate magnitude and velocity of objects relative to different given objects [closed]

A canoe has a velocity of 0.550m/s southeast relative to the earth. The canoe is on a river that is flowing at 0.540m/s east relative to the earth. Alright so I attempted many different things an ...
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Finding an equation to solve for the velocity of a swimmer crossing a river [closed]

Where $\theta=45^\circ$, $d_1=200\:\mathrm{m}$, and $d_2=150\:\mathrm{m}$. I do not know how to combine the following equations: $$\begin{align} t&=\frac{d_1}{v_s\cos(45^\circ)}\\ ...
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Simple velocity and kinematics!

in this question, how to i solve for the velocity of object at point W? What my thinking was is that you know x to w is 25, therefore 25m/25s = 1s so 1s/2 = 0.5s, so: v = d/t = 25/0.5 this is ...
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Help understanding a potential energy problem [closed]

Apologies if the following problem does not seem to involve potential energy, it is a homework problem that is labeled under the potential energy chapter. Question While a roofer is working on a ...
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A Kinematics Problem [closed]

Problem: From the top of a building of height h = 100 m I throw a stone up with velocity 10 m/s. What is the maximum height it reaches, and when does this occur? First I solved for $h_{max}$, ...
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Calculating angle of projectile motion [closed]

I realize that similar questions have been asked but I'd like to put my problem here and what I have to make sure everything is right. So my problem is: I've got a rock $2.5$ meters above the ground ...
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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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Parametric equations in ballistics

while studying some material on ballistic trajectories (the basic gravity-only parabola), I've tried to come up with closed-form expressions for another case, where in addition to gravity we add a ...
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Homework: A parachutist jumps from a plane [closed]

I need help with the following problem. I think I almost have it . . . A parachutist bails out and freely falls a distance of $y_1$. Then the parachute opens and thereafter, the parachutist ...
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Finding the optimal angle of a projectile motion [closed]

I am trying to solve a task in which I need to calculate the optimal angle($\alpha$) with which the projectile will land the furthest from a height ($h$), so what I basically have is the equations for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Average Resistive force exerted by a wooden block on a bullet [closed]

A bullet of mass 0.04 kg moving with a speed of 90 m/s enters a wooden block and is stopped after a distance of 60cm. What is the average resistive force exerted by the block on the bullet? Ok, so ...
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Uniform Acceleration [closed]

A steel ball is allowed to roll from rest down a 20.0 m long slop and over a 25 m long level surface. It takes 4.0 seconds to roll down the slope. Calculate the speed at the bottom of the slope. ...
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How long does it take for the speed of the train to decrease to $1~\text{m/s}$?

Here's the full problem: The speed of a train coasting on a level track satisfies the differential equation $\mathrm{d}V/\mathrm{d}t = kv^2$. The initial speed of the train is $v(0)=10~\text{m/s}$ ...
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Calculating acceleration function for given time, distance, initial velocity [closed]

An object has an initial velocity of v and should stop in d meters, in t seconds where v*t >= d. I can predict that this acceleration won't be constant but it is a function of time and this problem ...
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Projectile maximum height [closed]

How can I determine the needed initial velocity to make a 2d wind resistance free projectile (in computer simulation) reach maximum height at a certain x distance away, with launch position and target ...
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Kinematics problem

I'm on earth and we have two spaceships $A,B$. They can instantaneously accelerate to certain velocities $v_A,v_B$. We want to travel to another planet which is $\Delta x$ lightseconds away, and we ...
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Short-duration forces

In circular motion, it is said that the centripetal force acts only for a very very short period of time, hence is able to only change the direction but not magnitude of the velocity. Similarly in a ...
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Circular motion and centrifugal force

Assuming a race car drives around in a circle of radius r, center (0,0), linear velocity v, and ignoring centrifugal forces and friction I can calculate the position at any time, t. Angular velocity ...
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Kinematics question [closed]

An electric train accelerates uniformly from rest to a speed of 20m/s which it maintains until the brakes are applied. It is then brought to rest by a uniform retardation equal in magnitude to twice ...
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How can I add an acceleration vector to a velocity with a different direction?

I am in my last year of high school and am struggling with some homework. I'm sorry if this question is incredibly stupid, but I simply can't find the answer in my notes. If I have an object with a ...
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Equation of motion for average acceleration

I am trying to solve the following: A man of mass 83 kg jumps down to a concrete patio from a window ledge only 0.48 m above the ground. He neglects to bend his knees on landing, so that his ...