# Tagged Questions

The process of determining the best solution among all possible solutions given a set of constraints.

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### Number of blades in a helicopter rotor

I was wondering how it is possible to determine what is the optimal number of blades in a helicopter rotor. I think that the length of the blade is involved as a longer blades would have to spin ...
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### Can you help me solve this using the current value Hamiltonian? [closed]

Okay, so I am getting a little stuck on this question, I will post it and then tell you how far I get. $$max - \int_0^2 (x^2 + u^2)e^{-0.03t}dt\,$$ $$x' = x-2u$$ $$x(0) = 3$$ $$x(2)free$$ ...
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### Maximize time of flight and range at the same time in projectile motion

Given the equations of projectile motion (no air resistance), it is easy to find the launching angle theta that produces the maximum range. That angle is 45 degrees. The maximum time of flight is ...
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### What is the path taken by a “cable car”?

A well known result in variational calculus & Lagrangian Mechanics is the solution to the "brachistochrone" problem, where it is found the path connecting two points, A & B such that the time ...
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### Optimal curve for a marble drop [closed]

I'm doing a marble roller coaster project for my physics class at school. The first part of our roller coaster involves a marble falling downwards into a curve that will drop then go up 12 inches. ...
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### Optimizing the second, third,… eigenvalues - applications

I'm working on some topics related to spectral optimization as a function of the domain. For example it is known for almost a century (lord Rayleigh and Faber, Krahn) that the shape which minimizes ...
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### Optimization of Bottle Rocket Water Level

My (entry-level) physics class is building bottle rockets, and we are competing to build the longest-flying bottle rocket. The rockets are filled partway (we get to decide how much to fill them) with ...
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### What is the best path for a given initial and final state?

I am trying to calculate an efficient acceleration curve given starting and final positions and velocities. I'm assuming no friction, and that the acceleration can be applied in any direction at any ...
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### Optimization of transfer matrix method for quarter wave stack

Does anyone have any tips for Matlab optimization algorithms to use with a 2x2 Transfer Matrix Method Program? I have written a Matlab function that takes a series of refractive index values and ...
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### Optimal size of a windmill for a given windspeed

Here is the problem: Assume that you have some constant wind speed. I want to run a windmill but I need to decide how big a windmill I want. The size is characterized by the length of the blades, $r$. ...
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### Using differentials to optimize a function [closed]

I've read in a paper by Tevian Dray an alternative way to solve optimization problems manipulating "differentials". Here is an example of how it works (next I quote the paper). Consider the ...
I am thinking about motion of one point starting from $(0,0)$ and with velocity $\mathbf{v}(0)$. What is the acceleration $\mathbf{a}(t)$ with condition $|\mathbf{a}(t)|<M$ that minimalize path/...