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### Real and relative velocity formula

What i need is a thing more complicated than the usual relative velocity formula. Imagine a radar. You are at the center, moving at some angle, but lets make it clear, you are always at the center. ...
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### Can the use of a magnetic compass be inconsistent with Galileo's Relativity Hypothesis?

I just read Galileo's Relativity Hypothesis from this website: http://physics.ucr.edu/~wudka/Physics7/Notes_www/node47.html It states that - "any two observers moving at constant speed and direction ...
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### Given the 1st Postulate of SR, doesn't the 2nd Postulate go without saying? [duplicate]

i've been looking over possible duplicates of this question and haven't found one yet. so, using Wikipedia as the textual source: The Principle of Relativity – The laws by which the states of ...
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### circular motion relative velocity question

You are standing in the middle of a disk of radius $2\:\mathrm{m}$ rotating at $\pi\:\mathrm{rad s^{-1}}$, and there's a smooth puck at $1.5\:\mathrm{m}$ away from the centre. If the puck was released,...
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### Calculating offset when crossing a river with speed profile [closed]

I am having some issues putting the theory I learned into practise. We have an exercise, that goes as following: A swimmer wants to cross a river with width b. The swimmer heads straight to the other ...
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### Where does the energy required to speed the object in this question come from if the object actually slows down from another perspective?

I was thinking about mechanics and energy and stumped myself with this scenario I made up: Suppose you are in a room and you are motionless. In the same room, a 1 Kg ball is moving to your right with ...
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### Effect of redshift on energy conservation [duplicate]

Light coming from galaxies that are going away from us is redshifted. Since the energy of a photon is purely dependent on its frequency one may conclude that the energy of these photons decreases. The ...
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### Why wasn't the theory that light's velocity depended on its source very popular?

Before special relativity, it was believed that light having a specific velocity meant it had to travel through something. My question is, why wasn't the idea that light depended on its source very ...
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### Feynman lectures on physics: The Michelson-Morley experiment

I have a problem understanding something. I'm reading FLP and here I don't understand why when the system is travelling, the light doen't make the same angle in the mirror C... if B and C are moving ...
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### Stone released from balloon [closed]

Q: If a stone is released from a balloon rising with acceleration a at the instant when its velocity is v. Then immediately after release the acceleration and velocity of the stone are ? I tried to ...
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### Relative displacement of a point in a deformed object

I have a 3d model (nodes and elements) and it undergoes translation and rotation at different time steps Ti. I want to know the displacement relative to some point in the model which is kept as fixed ...
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### Why the point right below the center of a rolling ball on the ball has zero instantaneous velocity [duplicate]

Suppose there is a snooker ball rolling on a table. The velocity of the center of the ball is Rω and its direction is horizontally right. I don't understand why the point right below the center on the ...
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### Will Coulomb law work if both the charges are moving with same speed and same direction?

I read it on wikipidia that Coulomb law will work if both the charges are at rest relatively. Will there be an effect of magnetic field also?
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### How fast are we moving when standing still? [duplicate]

The Earth rotates around itself and revolves around the Sun. Our solar system revolves around the center of our galaxy and our galaxy is moving in some way throughout the universe. If you took into ...
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### What is the velocity relative to earth?

I'm having trouble distinguishing between different relative velocities. Example: Say I'm riding my bike at a constant speed of 5 m/s in a straight line. While riding my bike I throw a baseball with ...
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### How does the angle between two objects change relative velocity?

I apologize in advance if my question isn't clear. If two objects start from the same position, but leave in opposite directions--say $40^0$ west of north, and $50^0$ east of north--how would an ...
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### Does it take less time to drop a ball than fire one horizontally (with $90^{\circ}$) [closed]

So I was arguing about this with my friend. If we take two balls and drop one from a certain height H and then fire another one with horizontally with some initial speed from the same height H, which ...
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### Stone dropped from a moving train

This may look like a stupid question, but it is really getting to me. Imagine a train moving with an acceleration $a$, and a person drops a stone from the window. To an observer on the ground, the ...
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### Why do we launch rockets during the day?

The clips that I have seen of rockets launching all seem to be carried out during daytime. However, we learnt at school that rockets are fired closer to the equator and towards the east to take ...
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### If the Earth is in constant motion then why do we say that an object is in a state of rest?

I got this question as my physics class homework for tomorrow. Anyone please help me out. If Earth constantly rotates and revolves, then how can we call an object in a state of rest?
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### Why a type of motion is relative and another is not? [closed]

Two scientists are completely isolated in two different boxes: First box moves uniformly straight (in a perfect space). Second box rotates uniformly (also in a perfect space). The scientists have ...
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### Fundamental paradox with Newton's Law of Gravity?

This is my first post here, but I've been struggling with this problem in my head since I studied physics at school when I was 14 (30 years ago!). There seems to be a fundamental paradox with Newton'...
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### How can we find velocity, acceleration etc, of a revolving particle with respect to an observer inside the circle(not at center)

A particle is revolving in horizontal a circle of radius $R$ with constant speed of $|\vec{v}|$ and constant angular velocity $\omega$. There is another observer standing inside the circle, at a ...
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### Velocity of approach of a beam of light and a moving object

I came across a problem on Brian Greene's course on Special Relativity. (http://www.worldscienceu.com/courses/6/elements/TnRUSU) From George's perspective, how fast does a beam of light approach ...
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### Does Earth get gravity due to it's spinning? [duplicate]

Consider my example below. Example: 1. A man standing on grass(point) on earth surface. 2. He jumped. 3. And returned back, and he could find the same grass(point) under his foots. Right? If earth is ...
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### Can you tell your absolute speed in space?

Normally in relativity your speed can only be known relative to another object, given that as one approaches light speed more energy is required to accelerate faster, based on the energy consumption ...
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### Is our galaxy colliding with Andromeda, or is Andromeda colliding with our galaxy? (i.e. Which is moving less / staying still?)

...Or does this question not make sense because of Relativity?
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### Isn't a physical frame of reference useless for calculating speed? [closed]

Please ignore relativistic effects and the effects of the expansion of space-time due to the expanding universe theory for the purposes of this question. Whenever someone asks what is the speed of X, ...
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### Would impact angle matter on relativistic impactor?

I'm trying to calculate (for fun) a comparison between a kinetic impactor and an H-bomb. I would assume this to be a fairly straight forward problem involving kinetic energy and a table of various H-...
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### Do you encounter more photons (per unit time) when moving forwards at a constant velocity?

Let's say you have rain hitting you evenly on all sides (not very realistic, I know). If you were to move forwards at a constant speed, there would be more droplets of rain hitting you per second on ...
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### Relative motion with two observers

For four particles A, B, C, D , the velocities of one with respect to other are given as $V_{DC}$ (Velocity of D with respect to A) is 20 m per second towards north, $V_{BC}$ is 20 m per second ...
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### If all motion is relative, how does light have a finite speed?

I've often heard that Einstein shattered the notion of absolute motion (i.e. all things move relative to one another) and that he established the speed of light as being absolute. That sounds ...
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### Unable to understand relative motion

If you sit in a fast moving car on a highway, you will see the objects outside the window moving backwards with respect to you. Assume that your motion is uniform. One would think that all static ...
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### Can we find actual rest mass of things on Earth

Earth moves around the Sun and the Sun moves around the galaxy and the galaxy moves with unknown speed and direction. We have speed so the mass of us all altered. Can we know the real rest mass? If ...
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### How insects got hits on the wind shield of a car?

There are rare chances when any insects got hit the wind shield of a car while driving in highway but it makes to wonder that how is that happen ? Does insect suffered a greater change in momentum ...
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### Smooth collar sliding down smooth shaft [closed]

For part (a), we find that the acceleration of the collar is $6.94~\mathrm{m/s^2}$. In part (b), we say that the acceleration of B with respect to A is $6.94~\mathrm{m/s^2}$, which makes sense. ...
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### Relative Velocity Help

I am struggling with relative velocity and so decided to do some extra problems in my textbook. I have 2 problems that seem to contradict, and its annoying things like this that throws me off, leaving ...
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### Trajectory of a swimmer trying to reach the opposite bank [closed]

I came across the following question 2 days ago: $Q$. A swimmer is swimming in a river with a speed $u$ with respect to the speed of water which is $v$. It is assumed that the river has straight ...
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### Is this one of the reason we can't travel in time? [closed]

I'd like to ask a question that is not in my field but it's bothering me. Based on that, I'm sorry if I make dumb mistake in my assumptions. The idea of travelling in time means "going" at some place,...
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### Relative Velocities/Accelerations

I seem to just not understand how relative velocities and accelerations work. Here is a problem that I will use to ask my question: When the box lands, its moving 3m/s to the right, and the belt ...
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### Coriolis Effect vs airplane

So, if I build a highway from north pole towards equator and sit in a car, speed pretty fast towards it, I should feel force with the Earths rotation due to the different rotation speeds of this ...
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### How does a spacecraft enter Earth's atmosphere?

If Earth whirls around the center of our galaxy at some 220 kilometers per second, how can a spacecraft, which is much slower, enter Earth's atmosphere when returning from Mars for example?
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### Relative Movements Agreement on Object speed

I am confused about Relative Motion.Lets suppose we have one train and two observer.One of them inside the train and the other one is outside.Lets think the outside observer see the train moves a ...
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### When we are inside a plane and look outside the window why does everything (outside) appear to be at rest?

When we are inside a train and we look outside the roadside trees appear to be moving in the opposite direction but when we are inside a plane and look outside the window everything seems to be at ...
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### Is it possible to derive the Doppler effect formulas for sound using relative velocity?

Is it possible to derive the Doppler effect formulas for sound using relative velocity? If possible can anyone please explain it to me.
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### Since the Earth is moving through space, do we experience time dilation?

What I mean is, the Earth orbits around the sun at around 30km/s, while I understand that this isn't a very high velocity does time dilation still occur to say a person who is completely stationary in ...
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### Does it take more effort to move against earth's rotation?

I know that if we stand still, we are traveling at 0 m/s relative to the Earth. But if we move against the rotation of the Earth we lower our speed, so, wouldn't we have to fight against the ...
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### Since Earth spins, would an aircraft travelling opposite to direction of Earth spin take less time? [duplicate]

Suppose we want to reach the point on earth which in relative terms is exactly on the opposite end of the sphere we call earth (I know it is not an exact sphere). We either dig vertically downwards, ...
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### Earth's direction in space [closed]

After watching videos about the rotation of the planets being helical and not heliocentric, I wondered, as Earth travels through space, which part of Earth is the forefront?
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### Why distant are stationary?

Why do for an observer looking out of the window through a fast moving train ,the distant objects appear to be stationary?