Newtonian mechanics covers the discussion of the movement of classical bodies under the influence of forces by making use of Newton’s three laws. For more general discussion of energy, momentum conservation etc., use classical-mechanics, for Newton’s description of gravity, use newtonian-gravity.

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Derivation of Universal Variables

Does anyone know of link to the derivation of the Universal Variables? This is in regards to Kepler's equations. The Wikipedia link didn't have enough information for me, and the Colorado page ...
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What makes a wrist-energized gyroscope rotate faster?

I'm considering a wrist-energized gyroscope, shown below (after my daughter let it fall and it broke open). That one was sold as Roller Ball, but variants are known as Powerball, DynaBee, Dynaball, ...
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Do vortex tubes work with a reversed end plug?

Would a vortex tube still work if instead of a cone plugged into the 'hot' end you had a smaller hole on the 'cold' end? As I understand it, the point of the cone on the hot end is to only allow the ...
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Scaling arguments for the Contact mechanics between two elastic spheres

I am studying a bit granular dynamics and I have seen that two spheres of radius $R$ in contact with a contact area of radius $a$ would need an applied force $F$ on this two spheres that is nonlinear ...
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Aerosol size distribution

When the size distribution of particles in an aerosol is obtained, there is always a bimodal distribution. The small peak accounts for the particles that are in sub-nanometer size range and the larger ...
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Effective mass in Spring-with-mass/mass system

Suppose you have a particle of mass $m$ fixed to a spring of mass $m_0$ that, in turn, is fixed to some wall. I'm trying to calculate the effective mass $m'$ that appears in the law of motion of the ...
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Videos of changing the orientation of an astronaut in space

Kane, Headrick and Yatteau describe in their paper "Experimental investigation of an astronaut maneuvering scheme" possible maneuvers to change the orientation in space without external torque. Is ...
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Equation of motion for a falling rod (with one end touching a frictionless surface)

I have a quick question about the equation of motion for a falling rod (with one end touching a frictionless surface). The end touching the surface is not fixed. I am given the moment of inertia about ...
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Understanding gyroscopes

Considering the typical situation of a rotating bicycle wheel held by one end of its axle by a rope tied to the ceiling: gravity torque is the time derivative of the angular momentum, and in this case ...
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Can I use the reduced mass principle in a spring-damper system?

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/orbv.html#rm I want to know, if I can use the reduced mass principle to solve a two object spring-damper system. In the books and webpages that I have ...
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Stress calculations in a perforated paper

You have a sheet of paper (torn out of a good quality foolscap notebook) as shown above, and you start pulling it apart with both your hands (forces indicating by the blue arrows). Its difficult to ...
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Stresses on an inclined plane

Background This issue has been bothering me for a few days now. It's actually part of my homework, but I've already finished them and in a sense they're not part of the question here. What I would ...
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N-body forces in classical mechanics

For a system of two interacting particles 1, 2 we get from the conservation of momentum $$ \dot{\bf{p_1}} + \dot{\bf{p_2}} = 0$$ ...
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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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What diameter is used to calculate stress in an elastomer whose cross sectional area changes continuously when streched?

Consider a cylindrical rope of rubbery elastomer with a radius (in inches) equal to the square root of the inverse of $\pi \rightarrow \sqrt \frac{1}{\pi} $ so that the cross sectional area is $1 \, ...
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Why did increasing the Ackermann geometry in my race car make it faster in corners?

Ackermann geometry is used to account for the different radius arcs that the front tires follow when the steering wheel is turned from center. It's often expressed as a percentage: e.g. 25% Ackermann, ...
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Semiflexible discrete polymer chain

Suppose we have a 2D polymer model described by a set of 2D vectors {$\mathbf{t}_i$} ($i=1,2,\dots N$) of length $a$. The energy of the polymer is given by: $$ ...
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Early stages of a computational model for object movement charting

We would like to build a computational model capable of accurately predicting the position of any object inside a chamber at any given time. Inside the model we would have a number of smaller ...
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2D Car Physics including Throttle

For a simulation for testing on automatic cruise control, I came across the equation: $$ v_{n+1} = (1 - k_1 / m) v_n + (1 - k_b) \begin{pmatrix} T_n \\ θ_n \\ \end{pmatrix} $$ where: $T$ = ...
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The ideal trampoline

Suppose we have a mass attached to the top of an ideal (linear and massless) spring oriented vertically in a uniform gravitational field, and on top of that mass there is another mass resting on it. ...
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Integrating the divergence of a velocity field (Fluid Mechanics)

I'm looking more for verification of my answer as im not 100% sure how valid my integration is here: If i have a 2-D incompressible fluid velocity field given by ...
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What determines the speed required to pull a table cloth?

I was watching this show "Street Genius" on National Geographic and the host Tim Shaw demonstrated an experiment about Inertia, What he did was, He tied one end of a table cloth to a car through a ...
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Restrained double pendulum

The equations of motion of a double pendulum are well-known. Usually you'd have the them expressed in the rotations $\theta_1(t)$ and $\theta_2(t)$. There are two degrees of freedom. Now consider the ...
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Physical Meaning of Linear dependence of vectors in quantum mechanics

I have got some questions regarding the mathematical concepts in Quantum Mechanics that I have listed below- 1) What is the physical meaning of linear dependence of vectors in Quantum Mechanics ? 2) ...
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Stationary wave on a string

The problem says: A string lies on the x-axis, and is fixed at $ x=-a $ and $ x=a $. At $ t=0 $ we impose a transversal velocity given by $ a^2-x^2 $. Assuming that the velocity of the wave is $ c ...
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Calculating Dynamics of a Thick Sheet of Material

So I'm working on a computational neuroscience problem, and I'm attempting to model skin dynamics for use in some perception models. The problem is as follows: Imagine you had a two dimensional sheet ...
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Partition Function of a three state particle system

I've just finished studying the partition function of a two-state particle system, where particles can have a 0 energy value or E energy value . That is: Where $t_j$ is a variable of value ...
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Mechanistic description of leverage

How would you describe how a lever is able to apply a large for to an object from only a small applied force without recourse to conservation of energy? Is there a purely F=ma type derivation? For ...
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Travel time in elliptical orbit around the sun

Hi I'm calculating a problem, and I think it ought to be correct - but the result I get isn't. The problem is described as follow: A spacecraft is traveling from Earth to Venus in an elliptical, ...
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How to show that a general Galilean transformation in three dimensions is a conformal transformation?

Suppose two particles with equal mass move and then collide. We can easily show that the angle of collision is ninety degree if we choose our frame of reference moving with velocity equal to one of ...
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Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation

If we want to transform to another inertial frame of reference using Galilean transformation in 4-dimensional space-time, what is the Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation?
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Density distribution of gas in a centrifugal field

The problem asks me to find the density of gas in a cylinder of radius $R$ and length $l$ rotating about its axis with angular velocity $ω$, there being a total of $N$ molecules in the cylinder. What ...
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Seeking help simplifying this EOM equation

I am working on solving the equation of motion for a particular system. It has been a long time since I've worked with matrix equations and need help in simplifying the following: ...
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Moment of inertia about a tilted axis

I apologize if it seems foolish, I am a beginner. Suppose I am given an object, whose moment of inertia along the x,z axes are known. Suppose it rotates around a tilted axis, ...
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space acrobatics

In the newly released movie "Gravity" the main character is left alone floating in space in spacesuit, in a fast spin. Assuming there are no external forces (no tether, jet-pack etc) the system is ...
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At what angle do billiard balls scatter if they collide off center?

The angle defined by joining a line from the centers of the balls must be important. But do they follow this angle when viewed in the rest frame of one of the balls or in the CM frame? The spheres ...
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Find contact force given sphere's radii and distance

I simulate scenario of two contacting elastic spheres, where their radii and the distance of their centers is known, and repulsive force should be computed. Material parameters are also given. Most ...
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Modeling of exact stick-slip-friction using Linear complementarity problems (LCP)

Within my master's thesis, I try to model a machine elements and have to model the exact slipping and exact sticking between the bodies. So I noticed that such problems can be formulated as a LCP. ...
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Train construction-need of suspension

Suspension generally used to make ride comfortable. But rail tracks are smooth and even; intution says trains no need suspension. But they have it. Why do railway wagon/coach require suspension when ...
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Equations of motion for a pendulum and spring system

The question is available here: I've modeled the building as a rod on a torsional spring (with a pendulum hanging from the top). $\phi$ is the angle from the centre for the pendulum and $\theta$ ...
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Correct terminology for combined kinematic and dynamic state

They kinematic state is defined as the position and orientation in space. The dynamic state is defined as the associated velocities. What is the correct terminology for the combined kinematic and ...
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Delivered/Reflected Power by Drive on a Hamiltonian System

Imagine a SHO with a drive F(t). (or in general a Hamiltonian system) What is the power delivered to the system and can we talk about the power reflected? is i am imagining say a MW oscillator ...
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Formulation of the Three-Body Newtonian problem

I am trying to understand three body problem in Newtonian space. I want to make formulation of differential equations for known initial conditions for the case with: Identical three masses ...
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How to Analyze Applied Forces/Torques of System With Multiple Massless/Frictionless Pulleys of Different Radii

I have been reviewing the basics of mechanics in preparation of studying Spivak's text book on mechanics (I am from a more mathematical background and I am taking an advanced analytical mechanics ...
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Neglecting friction on a pulley?

So, this is how the problem looks: http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/honors/dynamics/images/Atwood%20Problem.png Plus, the pulley is suspended on a cord at its center and hanging from the ceiling. ...
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Potential energy of a spring

I have a little problem with the potential energy of a spring... I hope you can help me! I have two coupled pendula, given by two masses $m$ fixed to two rigid bars (that haven't any mass) and with ...
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Hooke's Law and the shape of coils

I've learned in school that the force in a coil is $F=kx$, linear on how much the coil is stretched. Two questions: Is it always linear for every shape of a coil? Does it remain linear if we ...
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Calculating semi-major axis of binary stars from velocity, position and mass

I'm trying to calculate the 'instantaneous' semi-major axis of a binary system with two equal (known) mass stars for an $N$-body simulation. I know their velocities and positions at a given time, but ...
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FPS to MKS usage issues

I'm currently taking a high school physics class and we're doing friction problems now. I've been doing the ones that use MKS perfectly well, but when the problems start to use the FPS system, I'm ...
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How would you explain the difference between these situations?

I have been thinking about this for quite a while, but I just can't seem to formulate a coherent answer. In problem which I will denote (a), we have a man sitting on some sort of chair and he is ...