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Scalar quantity which is the magnitude of velocity.

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### How to find the Average Speed in this question? [on hold]

If the average speed of a spaceship is 32,000 km/h, how long would it take to travel the 80 million km from Earth to Mars? I applied the S = D / T Formula and got 0.0004 h Because this is a ...
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### Average speed without given distance [on hold]

Here is the problem where the speed is given but not the distance and need to find the average speed.
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### Is there a physical formula or equation to describe change in size of rotating tire?

I've heard that tires will actually grow larger when you are moving, and shrink back down when you stop. I was wondering if there is a way to calculate the size of a given tire, and what the variables ...
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### Air flight and Earth's rotation

I read a response asking why flights of equal distance east and west take roughly the same time (disregarding wind actions). I have trouble visualizing part of the answer; "the speed of the rotation ...
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### White cloud around fighter jet at Supersonic speed [duplicate]

When a fighter jet flies with Supersonic speed then some type of white cloud form around the fighter jet for short period of time.what is the reason behind this phenomena?
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### Wheel versus Sphere: Traveling Linearly Down a Track

Assume the following: A tire-like wheel and sphere are both of diameter d and mass m They are both made of the same material They are both resting at the apex of an inclined track An equal amount of ...
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### Concequences of the speed of light beeing absolute? [duplicate]

If photons have a speed limit (speed of light), what happens when you shoot photons through a flashlight but you yourself already have some speed? Do the photons from the flashlight only travel at [...
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### Fastest Speed of Sound

Obviously, sound (like every other causal phenomena) may not travel faster than the speed of light. I know that materials with a high bulk modulus and low density will typically have faster speeds of ...
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### Is there a way to make atom move faster without heating them?

The more heat you add the faster the atom will move. This is something that is common knowledge. My question is it possible to make the atoms in let's say a gas move faster without adding heat of a ...
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### Can velocity be negative? [closed]

In free fall I use the formula V=g*t and g is negative(-9.8m/s^2). It gives me negative.
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### According to the theory of relativity, (relativistic) mass of an electron changes when it moves at very high speed; how and why? [duplicate]

It is given that $$\mathbf m' = \frac{m}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}$$ How does (relativistic) mass change here?
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### Calculating speed in four dimensions [closed]

If you are moving at $c$ in 3D space and $c$ in time axis too, What would be your total speed? Edit: Since question has been voted to be closed, I shall make an Edit. In 4D world all objects move ...
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### Distance and Speed

When I look up in the sky and I see a plane moving and it's further away why does it seem to move so slow compared if a flock of geese flies over at same time and seems to travel faster?
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### What is the max frequency of sound in a given medium?

When talking about acoustic waves, medium continuity (pressure, density) is implicit. But can the wavelength of an acoustic wave be as small as intermolecular separation? For example, can ~10 THz ...
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### Speed of Sound in matter

So basically when it comes to the speed of sound, it is said that speed of sound in media is based on two main factors - 1)elasticity and 2)density from the formula V= $\sqrt{E/\rho }$ where E is ...
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### What is the speed of transferring of energy in an inelastic solid? [duplicate]

Assuming that there is an inelastic, very low mass, very long, solid rod which is 150 million km long. This distance requires approximately 8.333 minutes for light to travel. If I apply a force at one ...
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### What particles travel near the speed of a photon? [closed]

I know photons travel at the speed of light. How does the size of a particle determine its maximum velocity? Phonons, Preons, Electron ect. Is there a scale in from the smallest particle's maximum ...
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### Phases and sinusoidal waves

When we're talking about a wave, just a singular sinusoidal wave, what exactly is a 'phase'? I came across a question that gave values of frequency ($550$Hz), and speed ($330$m/s). The question then ...
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### How to calculate the acceleration, if the mass-center is not on the force-vector's line (2D)

In a 2D plane there is an object, whose center of mass is at the $P$ point. The mass of the object is $m$. We apply a force $\vec F$ at the point $A$. If the center of mass is on the line, defined ...
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### How to calculate the maximum speed of an object?

There is a spaceship, whose mass is $100 \, \mathrm{kg}$. The thrust of its rocket is $300 \, \mathrm{N}$. How is it possible to calculate the maximal speed that the spaceship can reach, and the time ...
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### The Energy Equation

I've been studying the energy equation in relativistic motion $E= \frac{mc^2}{\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}}$, which can be expanded as $$E = mc^2 + \frac{1}{2} mv^2\text{ + some other terms.}$$ I'm curious ...
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### can time dilation be used to determine if an object is moving

I know that movement is only relative to another object, but as you move faster you also experience time dilation, correct? So if one body is moving faster then it should have a dilation of time, ...
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### Submerged water jet

I am trying to calculate at what pressure and speed water from a high pressure water jet will hit an object 100 millimeters away from the nozzle opening, but i can't figure it out. The nozzle will ...
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### Would a bullet damage a piece of metal the same as a pointy stick?

If you used a materials that would offer zero bending or dulling (the bullet/ pointy stick), would a 10 g bullet traveling at 1000 m/s with a surface area of 1 mm squared damage a piece of metal the ...
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### Liquid wave faster than sound in the above gas: possibility implications

I recently heard that tsunamis (meaning "harbour wave") can travel over 800 kilometres per hour (500 mph), not so far from the speed of sound in the air. May it happen, in general, that a wave in a ...
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### Can Doppler Shift be used to calculate speed of an observed object?

Thanks for looking. Just musing over an idea this afternoon: if I had a radio controlled plane, I could obviously calculate its airspeed based on pings and the known speed of sound if it was ...
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### Force by torque or force by speed with make the body jump?

I have a small object made of plastic weighing 3kg and I want to make it jump with the help of a dc motor and a plastic rod attached to it (4 such motor with rod are attached on the object at 4 ...
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### Does an object travelling at the speed of light cast a shadow? [closed]

Asked by my 8yo today and left me scratching my head.
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### Does travelling towards something at relativistic speed cause it to appear to speed up?

If one were to travel towards a giant TV floating in space, at a fraction of the speed of light, would a video playing on the TV appear to play faster? I'm guessing the answer is no. From what I ...
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### Is there a maximum energy for a relativistic particle?

So I was told today that the Standard Model breaks down at really, really high energies. The lecturer mentioned particles such as electrons hypothetically having energies equivalent to that of entire ...
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### Can a tomato pierce a hole in a steel plate if only the tomato is travelling fast enough?

A tomato is travelling very fast towards a 1 cm thick steel plate. Let's say this happened in a vacuum, so that the air resistance wouldn't rip the tomato apart before it even hit the steel plate. ...
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### How fast does the water have to go? [closed]

I have a pot of water. There is a one-way filter at the bottom right: How fast would the water have to be travelling to go into the tank via the one-way filter? Also, I would like to have some ...
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### If a car is travelling faster than the speed of light, do the headlights still work? [closed]

If a car is travelling faster than the speed of light, do the headlights still work? If you can help because i really need to know i am going on a trip with my car tomorrow!
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### Can light projection on a wall travel faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

If I project a flashlight beam on a wall and turn the source, the projection (as seen on the wall) is seen moving along the direction of the turn with some speed. If I have projected it on a gigantic ...
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### How to calculate the diameter of a moving circle from afar while lacking and knowing some information?

Let's say there is a solid wood wheel with two tires attached at the bottom travelling on a level road towards me while facing me width-wise (as in, the side of it from which you can see its diameter)....
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### Can motion be characterized without time as independent variable? [closed]

I was just thinking about speed = distance/time which relatively describes how fast something is moving wrt some still object. So if by some wishful thinking or some coordinate system I remove the ...
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### Why can't we use this method to achieve extreme speeds?

Turn an axle with diameter 1 inch at 1 mile per hour, and an attached wheel with diameter 5 inches will spin at 5 miles per hour. Why can't we apply this principle on a much bigger scale? Say you put ...
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### Can absolute speed be determined by an object's mass?

It's been said that nobody can actually know how fast the Earth is moving through space, because a reference point is needed to determine absolute velocity. But if mass increases as speed increases, ...
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### Why is this result wrong for finding speed of a neutron in relation to deBroglie wavelength [duplicate]

So given a deBroglie wavelength 1.8nm and the equations E=hf and E=1/2mv^2 you can get v = 2h/m*(1.8*10^-9) but this is 2 times the expected value. Wherever I look online people use the momentum p ...
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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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### Faster alternative to travel to any location in the west? [closed]

Suppose one needs to travel to Somalia from Indonesia(which are approximately at a distance of $4000$ miles from each other on the line of equator). To accomplish this task, I suggest the following ...
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### Impossible? Or not? [closed]

If the universe is expanding at light speed, and you stand on the edge moving out, if you look across the universe, then you will see twice the light speed, why is that?
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### Field of view from travelling at (almost) the speed of light?

As we go faster, our field of view increases, but would happen if we travelled at (almost) the speed of light? My questions: Can we see a 360 degree view while travelling at (almost) the speed of ...
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### Power vs. Speed - Indoor rowing

In the sport of indoor rowing (and probably others) I know that to double your speed you must increase your power output by a factor of eight. I am wondering why this is the case. The indoor rower ...
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### Why did they use two separate vectors to calculate the magnitude and angle of the initial velocity?

The question/solution are on the attached images. (It's dealing with projectile motion) I already understand how to work out part a, but I'm having trouble understanding why they used the final ...
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### Calculating speed of an object at the bottom of a curved slope? [closed]

Say you had a slope and it was like a ski slope that started shallow, got steeper and shallow again, and you knew that the top of the slope was a certain height vertically upwards from the bottom of ...
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### How should speed be expressed in Frenet-Serret frame of reference? [closed]

I'm looking for the equation of motion of the ball on a vertical plane with a cylindrical profile. I guess that means I have to use the frame of reference of Frenet-Serret here. Why is the speed of ...
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### Time taken to cover a point object in a circular region

I'm assuming a finite width rotating beam with increasing width as it gets closer to the circular edge. I'm trying to find the time it takes the beam to cross a point object at some distance from the ...
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### What is meant by 'Phase velocity is $c^2/v$' [closed]

Is phase velocity $c^2/v$ or $v/2$? Is there only one phase velocity as indicated by the above formula? If yes then why is wavepacket said to be superposition of 'waves' whose velocity is termed as ...
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### Why is the speed of sound lower at higher altitudes?

At sea level the speed of sound is 760mph, but at altitudes like the Concorde would fly at (55,000ft) the sound barrier is at 660mph, so 1000th slower. Does it have to do with lower pressure?