# Tagged Questions

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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### Inclined plane, circular motion and the friction

Suppose we have a cylinder on an inclined plane of mass $m$ and radius $R$ moving without sliding (so that $\varepsilon = a/R$). Why is the friction $F$ causing the circular motion sometimes lower ...
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### Magnitude of the average velocity vector (not the average speed)

Thank you ahead of time for taking to look at this. For this following problem we were given an answer however I am almost positive the given answer is wrong. It doesn't even make sense. So here is ...
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### Difference between classic velocity and spatial velocity

I am reading a tutorial about a physics simulator I am using, and it has the following code (in C++, but not important): ...
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### 3 Particle problem with a difference

Please read this completely, it is not the typical question you expect. 3 particles are at the corners of an equilateral triangle with side a. Assume that particle 1 is at (0,0), particle 2 is at ...
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### Free body diagram with forces of friction

I'm reallizing that I'm very confused on how to make a free body diagram of forces in some situations where there is friction between two objects. I'll make an example where I cannot figure out what's ...
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### Finding the distance a spaceship would travel given a time of departure and velocity

Let's say a spaceship leaves Earth at a day t and with velocity v. Is there a way to know how many kilometers it will cover to arrive on Mars? This would be a trivial question were it not by the fact ...
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### Relative velocity of a boat traveling on a river [on hold]

I am confused about relative velocity. So suppose a boat is traveling upstream on a river and a crate is dropped overboard. The boat continues to travel upstream for 60 minutes and reaches a ...
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### Could someone please provide what each of these motions mean and provide a formula to it? [on hold]

Each time I try to organise each of the motions separately, I get somehow somewhere confused along the way and keep on getting stuck. The following motions: Average distance Average displacement ...
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### Use of the chain rule in kinematics problems for quantities given in function of the position [on hold]

I don't understand the use and the meaning of the application of the chain rule in some situations. For istance, consider a 2D motion and the equation of trajectory described by a point $y=f(x)$. ...
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### How fast does a long object bent at the center need to be travelling in order to boomerang?

At an angle, of course. Standard pressure, average temperature, and calm wind. Bonus question: Can an object that is not bent boomerang at all? If yes, how different would the equations for this ...
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### What's the formula for the speed of an accelerating car?

I am trying to find a formula that closely describes the speed of an accelerating car over time. I have found many graphs on the internet, but so far no formulae to generate them. For my purposes I ...
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### a problem on circular motion [on hold]

Question:A cyclist is riding with a speed of $7.5$ m/s. As he approaches a circular turn on the road of radius $80m$, he applies brakes and reduces his speed at the constant rate of $0.50$ m/s every ...
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### Does this count as a proper derivation of the formula for work and kinetic energy? [on hold]

$v_{av}$ = average velocity, $d$= distance, $a$ = acceleration, $m$ = mass Given: $$v_{av}*t=d$$ $$t=\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}$$ $$v_{av}=\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}$$ Then: $$\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}*\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}=d$$ ...
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### How to Calculate the Distance from Lightning? [on hold]

It is a dark and stormy night, when suddenly you see a flash of light. Three and a half second later you hear the thunder. Given that the speed of sound in air is about 340 m/s, how far away was the ...
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### How to interpret the equation of motion of a point that changes its acceleration

I'm trying to understand more deeply the equations of motion for a constantly accelerated 1D motion. Consider a point that moves with constant acceleration $a$ and that, at a certain moment $\tau$ ...
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### Relationship $v_A^2-v_B^2=2a_t\Delta s$ for motion with constant tangential acceleration [on hold]

I can not understand a relationship in the general motion in the plane. I am considering a point, which follows a curved trajectory. Indicate A and B two different position of the trajectory and $v_A$ ...
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### Introductory physics: first second of free fall

While doing my physics homework I encountered an acceleration problem that I've been unable to solve. Here, is the data table of the objects motion. At 1 second, why does the "Dist-meters" slot of the ...
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### Finding angle between two displacements [closed]

Consider two displacements, one of magnitude 6 m and another of magnitude 8 m. What angle between the directions of this two displacements give a resultant displacement of magnitude (a) 14 m, (b) 2 m, ...
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### Explanation about friction force directions of two moving bodies in contact

can someone explain me why in this scenario (picture below) we have a friction force Ftr12 in the same direction as movement (left part of the picture, case 1 ) and how these directions of friction ...
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### Equation of motion of a free particle

We know that the equation of motion of particle can be derived from the respective action. But in the book I am reading, the author is saying: ... timelike worldline of a massive particle is ...
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### Calculating the distance of a piston from the crank center

I stumbled upon this [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piston_motion_equations#/media/File:Piston_motion_geometry.png ] and was wondering, if you can determine the position of the piston (x) by the law ...
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### How to find tangential and normal unit vector to a trajectory from the equation?

Considering a 2D motion in a plane and the equation of the trajectory of a point $y=f(x)$, I don't understand how exactly $\frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}x}$ can be used. In particular if I'm looking ...
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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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### Relativistic Kinematics - 2-Body Particle Decay

Consider the scenario where a particle of mass $M$ decays into two lighter particles of mass $m_1$ and $m_2$. In the center of mass frame (i.e. $\mathbf{p}_1$ and $\mathbf{p}_2$, the momenta of the ...
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### conservation of momentum inelastic collision? [closed]

Consider a straight line path on which a car ($1$) and a truck ($2$) are approaching with the same velocity $v$ towards each other. Before they collide their respective momenta are , $m_{1}v$ and ...
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### What happens if an aeroplane travels in a pilot mode in a straight line with no stop? [closed]

Ex. If a plane flew upwards straight it would reach outer space but what happens if it travels below the horizon in a straight line. Will it be traveling around the earth? How? And what about it if it ...
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### How to account for inertia in kinematics?

Alright, I'm only in AP Physics and I asked my teacher and he couldn't help me... I'm making a 2D physics engine and I'm having problems when it comes to gravity between objects and I think its ...
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### Relations between unit vectors in polar and curvilinear coordinates

I'm a bit confused about the relations between unit vectors in curvilinear and polar coordinates in a plane. Let $u_{R}$ be the radial unit vector in polar coordinates and $u_{N}$ the normal unit ...
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### Calculation max speed for a particular speed profile, distance and time?

For work I have to calculate the maximum speed for a machine. The machine has a certain speed profile which must be followed. Besides this this speedprofile has to be followed within a certain time ...
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### Why do most office chairs have 5 wheels?

(Inspired by Why are four legged chairs so common?) I've been wondering for a while... Why do most wheeled office chairs have 5 wheels? My guess would be that while stability vs. simplicity ...
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### Computing Acceleration in mass and pulley system using conservation of energy

I have a question in which a multiple pulley and mass system is being analysed. I can compute accelerations and Tension without any issue using newtons second law. However I am asked to use ...
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### Conservation of momentum always? [closed]

Consider two atoms A and B, with A at rest and B in motion towards A. As soon as B is in the atomic field of A, will it stop with its energy going into B or will it just move up to a postion where ...
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### Two Trains Relative Motion

I am confused about finding the solution to this relative motion problem: You are on a train traveling east at speed of 20 m/s with respect to the ground. Your friend is sitting on another train ...
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### equation for velocity vs displacement for nonlinear acceleration [closed]

An object starts out at t=0, s=0 and accelerates with A=sin(pi*t/T), where T is defined as (pi/2 * Vmax/Amax). Vmax is maximum velocity, and Amax is maximum acceleration. Solution is restricted to ...
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### How does Newton's 3rd Law work in this scenario? Why is my reasoning wrong?

I came across this example question in my mechanics book: It's a light scale pan with negligible mass, with two blocks A and B, with masses 0.4kg and 0.6kg respectively. The pan is attached to a ...
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### Calculating time using SUVAT equations with unknown initial velocity

I understand that the equation used to find the equation used to find displacement when the initial velocity is unknown is: $vt-(at^2)/2$ how would you rearrange this to solve for $t\;?$ When I try ...
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### How do the postulates of relativity relate Lorentz transforms to their inverses?

This question is about one of the assumptions involved when one is deriving the Lorentz transformation, for example under "Principle of Relativity" in Wikipedia's page on the derivations. Let me ...
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### How can one prove mathematically using a thought experiment that a simple pendulum will vibrate forever in an ideal condition (no friction) [duplicate]

Let's say I have a simple vibrating pendulum, if there is no friction in the space, will it vibrate forever or will it stop? How can one prove this mathematically? I tried but failed, can somebody ...
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### How to sensor Jerk=$d^3{\bf r}/dt^3$, or higher derivatives (4th, 5th, 6th order) when applied in the equation of motion of a ballistic missile?

Given a 6th order differential equation of motion as usually used in ballastic missile dynamic models. What kind of sensors are usually used to measure Jerk, (or higher order derivatives in ...
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### Relative velocity

Question is from Barron's SAT subject test Physics "A flat railroad car is moving to the right at 5m/s. A person standing on the car throws a ball straight upward at 20m/s. If air resistance is ...
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 ...