The change in position of an object relative to a frame of reference. DO NOT USE THIS TAG just because the question contains motion! Almost all physical systems contains motion. Hence it is often a poor way to classify a question to use this tag.

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What causes the random movement of particles inside a conductor?

I'm reading about currents in electricity right now, and it was mentioned that even if there's no electric field inside a conductor, charged particles inside are still undergoing random movement. I ...
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Does a heavy body move with the slightest force on a frictionless surface?

If I apply horizontal force on a body resting on the ground, my force will be opposed by the frictional force and the body will accelerate at the point where my force exceeds the force of friction = ...
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Why do electrons move towards regions of lower potential?

Can someone explain why electrons move from high to low potential regions in quantum mechanics? By the way, what is the very definition of this potential? Moreover, how does this generalize to other ...
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Why are objects at rest in motion through spacetime at the speed of light?

I read that an object at rest has such a stupendous amount of energy, $E=mc^2$ because it's effectively in motion through space-time at the speed of light and it's traveling through the time dimension ...
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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Blueshift and increase in energy!

Imagine that there is a car and it is not moving but its headlights are on. There is a wall in front of the car but is very far away. Right now energy is being used only in switching on the ...
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What is the difference between 'flow' and 'move'?

I just met with a very basic question.(Might even sound silly!) My textbook kinda says(not exactly), 'Whatever flows is a fluid'. That got me wondering because we are creating a whole category of ...
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Can an object reverse its direction of acceleration even though it continues to move in the same direction?

Can anyone please explain me on this matter along with day to day examples?
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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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Why does a particle in an accelerating vehicle does not 'forget' its initial velocity after being dropped out of the vehicle?

A vehicle is moving with some constant acceleration 'a'. A particle is dropped out of the vehicle with no initial velocity. The net acceleration of the particle as soon as it loses contact with the ...
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If an area remains at temperature 0 Kelvin would the area be frozen in time?

If an area is at 0 kelvin, I am guessing that there is no motion. Without motion in an area, will it not look as if time has stopped?
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how to calculate acceleration? [closed]

The problem is as follows. A searchlight casts a spot of light along the face of a horizontal wall located 100m above from the searchlight. It rotates at a constant $\omega$ of 4rads/s. Determine the ...
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About photons and mirrors

If a photon hits a 'perfect' mirror (with no environment interference) would the mirror move a bit?
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How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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Can the thermal energy in an object be aligned, creating a thermal jerk?

Thermal energy is related to the speed at which atoms vibrate, therefor thermal energy is a form of motion. In a stationary object, all of these vibrating atoms 'impact' each other in such a way that ...
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snails moving on a sphere [closed]

I am trying a variation of snails moving in an equilateral triangle. Suppose that you have $6$ snails arranged on the the surface of a sphere such that they are equidistant from each other. All the ...
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Question about pendulum

I came up with this problem by myself: How much force do I need to make a pendulum revolve? Now I imagined that the force $\vec{F}$ must be enough to make the pendulum swing until half of the ...
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Angular distance Vs Angular displacement

Are the two terms - 'Angular distance', and, 'Angular displacement' interchangeable for a uniform circular motion?
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Pendulum Confusion

This text in my book is pretty confusing:With my emphasis A simple pendulum is a heavy point mass (bob) suspended from a rigid support by a massless and inextensible string. This is an ideal case ...
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Why does an airliner burn more fuel at lower altitudes?

At lower altitude an aeroplane usually has more lift. However an aeroplane flying at low altitudes (with gear/flaps up) at low velocity burns the same amount of fuel it would flying much faster at a ...
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Why do two equal-and-opposing forces each do work on a moving object but not on a stationary object?

Consider a point-mass $m$ having constant velocity but undergoing influence from two forces, $F_1$, $F_2$, having equal magnitude but opposite directions. Because the forces' magnitudes are equal, I ...
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Non-uniform circular motion, computing the angle

There is an object moving in circle, with this law: $$ \alpha = -k^2 \theta $$ With $ \alpha = \frac{ d \omega }{dt} $, and $ \omega= \frac{d \theta}{dt} $, $\theta$ = angle, $k$ positive ...
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Two vehicles moving in a line with different accelerations

Let two similar vehicles starting at rest in a straight line (with a distance of $D$ between them) have time-varying accelerations in the same direction. If both of them have similar time varying ...
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Does $y$-motion really have nothing to do with $x$-motion?

I am watching a Physics 1 for physical science majors on coursera.com, and in one of the concept tests there is a question that goes like this; "A bullet is fired horizontally from a rifle on the Moon ...
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How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force?

How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force? By Newton's law, any body can't move without any external force
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Shock Absorber - Bus - Not Uniform

Imagine a empty bus/lorry travelling at high speed over the "speed brake", why is that only rear seat is heaved relatively high compared to the fron seat?
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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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Does entropy apply to Newton's First Law or does “acted upon” always require an external factor?

First law: Every body remains in a state of rest or uniform motion (constant velocity) unless it is acted upon by an external unbalanced force. This means that in the absence of a non-zero net ...
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rectlinear motion with constant acceleration [closed]

Friends, this is a numerical homework problem. I tried my best to solve it but my answer is not matching with the one given at the back of the text book. Please help me out: A motor car moving at a ...
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Displacement inside the moving Object

Suppose say a person is standing over the moving bike and he jumps while bike is moving, bike will move forward & person will land in same point at which he jumped, relative to earth position ...
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Inclined plane problem

FOR THE GIVEN PROBLEM AND SOLUTION BELOW 1) The problem statement, all variables and given/known data: A student pulls on a box up an incline of 10 degrees. The student pulls with a force of 180 ...
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Motion of rigid body system in absense of work

In the absence of work on the system, is there a closed form equation for the motion of a set of constrained rigid bodies (let's say, using Revolute (ie: simple pivot) constraints)? If the bodies are ...
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g as a function of Theta

I slide an object down a ramp of a certain length, which is inclined at a certain angle $\theta$. It reaches the bottom in time $t$. Assuming that no forces act on the object other than gravity and ...
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Mass Effect on Slingshot Motion?

For my physics class (I'm a high school student), we created slingshots. Our task is to predict the distance a projectile, launched from a slingshot using surgical tubing, would land. We aren't given ...
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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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What is empirical mean of centripetal acceleration

We have this formula for centripetal acceleration - $a = v \frac{d\theta}{dt} = v\omega = \frac{v^2}{r}$ but in case of usual acceleration i know that speed in $t_1 = v_0 + a \cdot (t_1 - t_0)$ but ...
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Need clearing up on vector decomposition in motion physics

I've been pursuing physics on my own, and I need something cleared up. Say I have two arbitrary objects, I have their velocities, I know when the collide, I have their normal vectors, etc. I know ...
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Second law of thermodynamics and motion

The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium—the state of ...
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Interpreting the equation $\vec F = R\vec v$

The Aristotle's law of motion, which is incorrect, states that The velocity of an object $\vec v$ is directly proportional to the force $\vec F$ acting on it or $\vec F \propto \vec v$ ...
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Problem Of Lazy Fish [closed]

Fish achieve neutral buoyancy (so they don't have to swim constantly to stay in place) via a swim bladder. A swim bladder is a little internal sack that they can inflate/deflate with air, which ...
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Is projectile trajectory on Earth affected by the fact that it isn't a singular point?

So in high school physics, we were told that projectiles traveled in a parabola, but Google searches have said that it's more like an ellipse, since the Earth isn't flat. However, I was thinking that ...
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Two formulas for a particle's acceleration

While on a class my teacher was taking about particle's motion in space. At some point she said the following: Consider that the particle's path is described by a curve in space defined by the ...
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What would happen if an unstoppable force hits an immovable object? [closed]

I realize that the question a rather large paradox, but I do wonder if such a thing were true what would happen. Assuming that neither of these "objects" can be destroyed by each other.
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Circular motion problem? [closed]

I am learning about circular motion and not quite sure how to approach this particular problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated! A particle moves along a circular path over a horizontal ...
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According to Newton's third law, why don't Action and Reaction make equilibrium? [duplicate]

According to Newton's third law, Action and Reaction are equal and in opposite direction. If both forces are equal and in opposite direction then why they don't make equilibrium and void the effect of ...
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Projectile motion, what is the relation between initial angle and speed at a given distance [closed]

I am trying to understand the relation between the initial angle of a projectile and its initial speed, given that the distance this projectile will travel is fixed and at the same height as the ...
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Vertical circular motion followed by projectile motion

If you have a stone tied to a string, and it is given a certain velocity at the lower most point such that it completes a quarter circle but then the string becomes slack, and it undergoes projectile ...
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Air resistance of a general shape object

I'm trying to code a simple physics simulator in C++ but I'm stuck on the air resistance issue. Surfing the Internet I only find a drag coefficient for very basical area shapes when the air is ...
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How does this shell hit the aircraft?

A fighter aircraft is flying horizontally at an altitude of 1500m with speed of 200m/s. The aircraft passes directly overhead an anti-aircraft gun. The muzzle speed of the gun is 600m/s. ...
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Physical Variables of Circular Motion

To me, the definitions of variables involved in circular motion are rather confusing (perhaps due to the lack of understanding on my part), hence the question. As I understand it, there are two ...