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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Is there a theory about kinetic energy “particles”? [closed]

We have a model of electricity which says electrons flow from one place to another. We have a model of optics which says that photons go from one place to another. As I understand, there is currently ...
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Why does the sound of my tea stirring go up in tone the faster I stir?

I've noticed that when stirring my tea, as I stir faster the tone generated by the stirring goes up. Why is that? Is it something to do with the Doppler Effect? EDIT -------------------------- ...
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How fast would one have to travel in an airplane in order to experience a continuous sunset?

For the sake of simplifying this problem and removing any guess work on how high the plane is flying, we'll say that our airplane is at 30,000 ft. as this is the average altitude for commercial ...
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Solve $a(t) = g - \beta v(t)$ for $t$

If $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity and $\beta$ is a known value, solve for the time $t$ it takes an object to reach a given velocity if the acceleration of the object is given by ...
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Time taken by a stone to reach the ground is independent of point of dropping

A balloon is rising. A stone is dropped and the stone takes $\frac{2u}{g}$ to reach ground (Nothing is known about $u$ and $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity), irrespective if the point of ...
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What is the meaning or purpose of inertial motions

It seems to me that, except for light, inertial motion is never possible in real world where there is gravity everywhere. It is at best some kind of idealization. But why inertial motions are so ...
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Confusing, can a motor on a moving disc stop the disc?

I've been troubled trying to solve this problem. If a motor is fixed on a moving rotating disc and the motor's rotor has another disc attached to it. What would happen if we attached the motor's ...
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Do rotation matrices rotate about inertial or body angles? [closed]

I have Yaw, pitch, and roll angles in that order (Euler 321) to apply to a body reference frame in cartesian coordinate system. I want to know what the body reference frame vector coordinates are ...
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Finding equation for exponential deceleration

Let's say my ship's velocity during deceleration phase is given by: $$ v(t) = v_0 \exp(-k t) $$ where $v_0$ is the speed at the time of starting deceleration and $k$ is arbitrary constant. My ...
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Uniformly Accelerated Motion question

A ballast bag is dropped from a balloon that is 300 m above the ground and rising at 13 m/s. For the bag, find the maximum height reached. Now the book gives me this answer - $V_i$ = initial ...
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Position, Velocity And acceleration relations

Today we showed our physics teacher our code for a basic physics engine. He told us that this code snippet is incorrect: ...
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Kinetic Theory of Gases: Why do gas molecules have translational motion?

The title pretty much asks the question. I was reminded of the Kinetic Theory of Gases recently and I am puzzled as to why gas molecules would have any translational motion. Is it because collisions ...
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What is the point of this type of graph? (Projectile) [closed]

What is the point of graphing vs range, during kinematic motion?
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Is uniform circular motion an SHM?

I know the projection along a diameter is an SHM but is circular motion itself an SHM? If we consider the mean position to be the center of the circle then the centripetal acceleration is proportional ...
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How to use accelaration data of moving object to calculate distance?

I read couple of similar question on this forum and few blogs on web, though I am still confused,I am determined to calculate object displacement using accelerometer data. So, I tried using ...
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An oscillating skateboard

A half pipe of a skateboard park consists of a concrete trough with a semicircular section of radius 5m, I hold a frictionless skateboard on the side of the trough, pointing down toward the bottom and ...
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Will A Vertical Projectile Travel the Same Distance as A Horizontal Projectile

If a projectile is fired vertically from an initial height, $h$, above ground level, and an identical projectile is fired with equal initial velocity from the same initial height in the horizontal ...
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How to approximate acceleration from a trajectory's coordinates?

If I only know $x$- and $y$- coordinates of every point on a trajectory without knowledge of time information, is there any way to approximate Cartesian acceleration angle at each point? Time interval ...
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Is there a difference between “average acceleration” and centripetal acceleration?

Question adapted from Examkrackers MCAT prep book: A particle moves along a half circle (diameter=$10\text{ m}$) at a constant speed of $1\text{ m/s}$. What is the average acceleration of the ...
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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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Why is initial position negative? [closed]

A student on ground throws a ball straight up, the ball leaves students hand with speed of 15m/s when hand is 2.0mm above ground How long is the ball in the air before it hits the ground? I was ...
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Kinetic energy of a mass rotating about two axes

I'm working on a question where I have to find an equation for the kinetic energy of a mass being rotated by a fold-able arm. The equation for $m_1$ is obvious, however, the equation I derived for ...
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A ball is thrown up, and a second ball is dropped- what is the maximum initial velocity of the first ball so that

This question only exists in one dimension, the y axis. A ball is thrown upwards with an initial velocity $V_o$ from a roof with height $h$. One second later, a second ball is dropped from the same ...
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Relativistic Elastic Collision

I am having trouble getting my head around the transfer of energy in a relativistic elastic collision. My understanding of a relativistic elastic collision is one in which the total rest mass on each ...
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How does one exert greater force on the ground by jumping?

When one jumps, how does he/she manage to exert greater force on their ground than their weight? Also, what is normal force and the reaction force (are they the same thing?) and by newton's third ...
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Direction of motion

What does the term direction of motion actually mean? Is it a direction where a particle is moving or the direction of its velocity? For example, what is the direction of motion of a projectile in ...
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Exertion from swinging on a playground swing

I've read about how by tilting one's body one changes one's center of mass while swinging on a playground swing, and thereby increases the energy of the swing. But I would like to get a better sense ...
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Calculate average speed with unknown variable accelaration

I am in the middle of a vehicle tracking project where I have to calculate the distance traveled by the vehicle in a given amount of time. Data I am getting: ...
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Basic vertical projectile motion

A ball is thrown from the top of a tower with a certain initial speed. It's downward acceleration is g. But why? the initial force makes no difference? and, if not, if I get a revolver and shoot down, ...
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Angle needed for object A to intercept with object B

Object B is 15 degrees East of North at a distance of 20km/h. Object B is moving at an average speed of 30km/h in the direction 40 degrees East of North. If object A is capable of moving at 100km/h, ...
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Calculate Mass based on Velocity and Acceleration

I am attempting to design a obstacle avoidance system with the Arduino. My position (for now) is going to be stationary. I will be detecting an incoming object and I want to use the below known ...
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Steering forces on a bicycle

Ok, I always notice this weird thing and try to overcome it but cant. Ok as shown in the image when I ride the bike by just one hand and pull the handle back say from the right side so as commonly the ...
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1D Motion under Gravity

I have attempted this question in so many different ways but I am getting nowhere. Could someone point me in the correct direction so I can work it out myself? Here is the question: An object $K$ ...
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Why can't some light ever reach earth? [duplicate]

Note: I'm a layman in physics. Excuse me if this question is a duplicate, I lack the knowledge in technical terms to find the answer to this by research (I've tried). Let's suppose there's a star ...
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How can I solve for time without knowing the vertical velocity?

A guy posted this problem on a forum: There is a bird sitting on a pole of height h. you throw a rock at it and the moment the rock leaves your hand the bird starts flying horizontally away from ...
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Deriving equations of motion using integration

Please refer to my school textbook pg48 (of the book, and not the pdf counter) here: http://ncertbooks.prashanthellina.com/class_11.Physics.PhysicsPartI/ch-3.pdf My doubt is in this context: (right ...
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Do you use the magnitude equation to get speed from an accelerometer?

A guy suggested to me that getting speed from an accelerometer required the use of this equation: $\text{speed} = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2}$ This does not make any sense to me, all that you would get ...
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Projectile motion in two and three dimensions question?

So I bought this book in the library and physics fascinates me and I found this quote in the book " Galileo has proved that when any effects due to air resistance are ignored, the ranges for ...
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Calculating force required to stop bungee jumper

Given that: bungee jumper weighs 700N jumps off from a height of 36m needs to stop safely at 32m (4m above ground) unstretched length of bungee cord is 25m Whats the force required to stop the ...
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Intercept a moving object

Object A can move at 50km/h, wants to intercept object B (currently $15^{\circ}$, east of north from A) moving at 26km/h, $40^{\circ}$ east of north. What angle should A take to intercept B? AB is ...
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Projectile Motion

I know the angle at which a projectile is launched, how far it needs to go, and also the maximum height. How can I find the initial velocity needed (disregarding air resistance)? Currently, I am ...
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Do observers at different speeds perceive other speeds differently?

I was told that if a plane takes less time to travel from the China to US as opposed to the other direction due to rotation of the earth. I suspect this is incorrect however. From this scenario I ...
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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 ...