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Scalar quantity which is the magnitude of velocity.

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### I know light's speed in vacuum is constant, but what about its velocity?

Is the velocity of light in vacuum constant? It seems it would be different depending on whether it is coming toward you or away from you, but I just want to make sure. Does the direction of light ...
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### How to calculate distance travelled while car is rolling, given start and end speed?

I'm trying to calculate the distance travelled by my Formula Student racecar if it starts at a certain speed, goes into Neutral (no acceleration, no brakes, just rolling on its wheels), and ends at ...
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### Can a “flat function” be a particle trajectory? [duplicate]

Recently I came across the concept of a flat function, which is a smooth function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ all of whose derivatives vanish at a given point $x_0\in\mathbb{R}$, the canonical example ...
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### Warship cannons influence on speed/direction [closed]

I've been looking at great warships like the Iowa or equivalent ww2 warships, and I raised question. This kind of war is pretty much only about strategic placements, accuracy and fire power. Hence ...
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### How do scientists measure miniscule constants like the mass and charge and speed of an electron?

What can measure the extremely tiny mass of an electron? Is it through indirect means? The same goes for charge. The pull of a single electron must be infinitely small. And if one is to attempt to ...
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### Moving objects along a radius

I'm working on a project involving a Roomba which I'd like to move precisely from coordinate to coordinate. To move the Roomba manually you need to give it a velocity between -500 to 500mm/s and a ...
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### Why and how does negative velocity exist?

Why and how does negative velocity exist? I have read on the internet about negative velocity but I still don't understand how it can even exist since time is positive and so is length. By doing some ...
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### What is the physics of traffic speed limit? [closed]

In my highschool class the teacher said that the speed limit is designed to prevent drivers from crashing. Does anyone know how they are able to determine the speed limit?
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### Are moving objects producing stronger gravity fields? [duplicate]

If the strength of gravitational influence exerted by a body is derived from its mass and energy then is it true that a moving object which has some kinetic energy should also produce stronger ...
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### What type of relationship should the speed of sound vs. air temperature graph have? Linear? Quadratic? Exponential? [duplicate]

I did a lab in class and the data I got might be a bit skewed (this is homework). When I graphed the speed of sound (m/s; y-axis) vs. air temp (degrees Celsius; x-axis), my graph resembled that of the ...
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### Kinetic Energy - use a log scale or not? [closed]

Lets say we have a series of balls and an eggs. All items have equal mass but are traveling at different velocities. Thus they have differing kinetic energies. Now, for each 'ball' object we have, ...
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### Are we traveling through time at the speed of light? [duplicate]

In the image below the y axis represents time and x represent velocity. Point D represents velocity c, point E represents 1 second per stationary observers second. What this chart is showing is as you ...
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### Why can velocity and acceleration be negative?

Why is speed and acceleration negative when $V_1$ of an object is say 150m/s, $V_2$ is 0 m/s and $\Delta d=0.50\,\rm m$? I found the time it takes which is 0.0033s and the acceleration to be 90909.09 ...
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### Calculating Kryptonian speed in the movie “Man of Steel”

This is my first question, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but: How would you go about calculating the speed of Kryptonians in the movie Man of Steel (2013)? Specifically, I'm ...
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### Why does time exist? [closed]

So I have been thinking about some subjects and one of it involves time. And I tried writing a story/question on here to summarize the bigger picture but it's not going to happen it's too complicated ...
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### How to calculate meters per second speed when i have distance in meters and time in minutes [closed]

It might be a simple formula but I want to confirm it so can you please tell me how can I find speed in meters per second when I have Distance = 7720298 meters and total time 320941.03 minutes. How ...
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### Speed of light, comparison of two light waves travelling side by side

okay so.here is setup of my question...say we have two observers A and A'..A is fixed to origin of coordinate axis x,y while A' is inside a hollow box (shown as rectangle MNRP) whose one side MN has ...
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### Speed to power conversion

Here it is stated that there is a cubic relationship between fan speed and power consumption (Pfan ∝ FanSpeed^3). I have the fan speed (m/s), but I need to convert it into power (W). How can I compute ...
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### In Which Position A Co-passanger should Sit On A Turning Bike

Pardon me for this very basic mechanical science question. But I just want to clear my doubt it. Whenever I sit a behind someone on a bike I get confused when the the bike has to take a sharp turn. I ...
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### Why do you seem to go faster as you hug a turn?

I was driving to work this morning when this question occurred to me. I was going up a clover-leaf entrance ramp to the highway. The person in front of me was lazily floating the outside of the curve, ...
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### Are there any natural phenomena on Earth that involve supersonic speeds?

Are there any natural phenomena on Earth that involves supersonic speeds, other than volcanic tephra and meteoroids? Edit: By natural I mean not man made like airplanes, rockets, missiles, bullet, ...
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### You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. Can you escape by inhaling in one direction, then exhaling in the opposite direction?

You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. If you trued to escape by blowing, you would have to inhale eventually, which would counteract the force you gained by blowing. However, if you were to ...
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### What is third cosmic velocity?

I have been studying Gravitation chapter and there I found one term : Third cosmic velocity which is also known as interstellar speed. So what is it ? What it really tells about? I tried to gather ...
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### Speed of heat / quantification of heat and other magnitudes

Is the speed of heat infinite? When solving the heat equation in a semi-infinite bar, we can see that a pulse in the finite end draws an immediate change in every point of the bar. So, at any given ...
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### Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car?

Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car? How big is this effect?
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### Speed formula intuition, dividing distance by time

I have a vague intuition as to why speed is distance / time, but mathematically speaking I don't understand the division aspect of it. One of the first things I learned in arithmetic was that you can'...
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### Difference between Speed and Velocity

What is the difference between Speed, Velocity and Acceleration? Could any one describe it pictorially?. I am more over confused even after investigating many times. I am unable to relate myself ...
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### Find the average speed and velocity of the object [closed]

An object travels 11 m north and then turns around and travels 25 m south. If the total time of travel is 52 s what is the average speed and velocity of the object. I used the formula I was told ...
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### Top speed for a human

What is the fastest that a human being of average weight could possibly travel, and what is the most widely held theory for how this might be achieved (assuming this person is impervious to all forms ...
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### What is the fastest speed that a massive object can travel at? [duplicate]

What is the fastest speed (in miles per hour) that a massive object can travel at? I have heard that an object can travel at the speed of light, but I've also heard that massive objects cannot travel ...
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### Time dilation due to change in speed

I can't get something strait... Lets use the usual example: A man is flying away from earth on a very fast spaceship. So, His time is now not moving in the same "speed" like earth time but slower. But ...
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### Why is most probable speed not equal to rms speed for an ideal gas?

The rms speed of ideal gas is $$\mathit{v_{rms}} = \sqrt{\dfrac{3RT}{M}}.$$ The most probable speed is the speed where $\dfrac{dP(\mathit {v})}{dv} =0$ where $P(\mathit{v})$ is the probability ...
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### At what velocity would a body need to travel at to experience noticeable (couple minutes) time distortion?

When a person experiences higher speeds, the light must travel a greater distance to reach the person whom is moving compared to that whom is staying still. Right? So therefore, light takes slightly ...
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### If a car moves at a certain speed, how fast is its wheel going?

Say in a given instance a car moves with speed $v$ and consider any wheel of the car. How fast is it going? Is it the case that the center of the wheel moves at the same speed as the car i.e. $v$? Why ...
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### Problem related in relative motion [closed]

The speed of a boat is 1.5 m/s in still water. One needs to cross a river of width 500 m with this boat. Along the direction of the river a strong wind is blowing with a speed of 0.9 m/s. The boat is ...
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### One dimensional motion problem [closed]

I kept almost 2 hours trying to solve this problem : Two trains are 150 km apart. Train A moves at 50.0 km/hr towards train B, which moves at 30.0 km/hr toward train A on the same track. How ...
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### How fast would an object have to move to create a vacuum behind it?

When an object moves, I assume that the air above it, instead of remaining at the same general height, is pulled downward as it is passed in order to fill the low-pressure area behind the object where ...
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### What is the slowest possible speed?

According to special relativity, nothing can go faster than the speed of light, and nothing can be distinguished to be in a state of absolute rest. So it makes me wonder: is there a slowest ...
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### Light wave crossing media and the relationship between speed, wavelength, and frequency

There are many threads on this topic (like this one) but one aspect about the equation $v = \lambda\nu$ still confuses me. I have read that frequency does not change when light crosses into ...
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### Can the speed of a vehicle be determined based upon the extent of injuries to a pedestrian?

While driving at night in a Prius, at varying speeds of 5-20 MPH in heavy, stop-and-go traffic on a 4 lane city street, two pedestrians in dark clothing were struck (not in a crosswalk). One died of ...
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### Calculate speed from accelerometer

I am trying to use my accelerometer on my mobile device (smart watch to be specific) to calculate a persons arm swing speed. The data returned from the accelerometer is in $m/s^2$. Since the ...
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### Analytical Mechanics [closed]

I see that $W_a(1) = \dot U_a(1)=\ddot{X_a}(1) = 0.3$ Since $U_{O'}=0$ then O' is Instant centre of rotation. Then $U_b = 2U_a = 0.6$ I tried a lot, about a week, i find the speed, but there is ...
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### What does a speedometer measure?

When speaking of the velocity of a particle, we must specify a reference point. The same holds when we talk about the speed of a particle (is this correct?). If so, a speedometer measures instaneous ...
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### Why does time slow down when traveling at high speeds [duplicate]

One of the effects of traveling at high speeds is slowing down of clocks. I can understand gravity time dilation effect but not how would velocity affect clock speeds. How correct it is, if I say ...
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### What does it look when we travel at the speed of light? [closed]

Suppose we're in a spaceship or in a car which runs at the speed of light. We are watching the light which is coming towards eyes at the speed of the light. What would it look like when the driver ...
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### Force required to drive car

From what I know of Newtonian Mechanics, if an object is moving at a constant velocity, the net force acting on that object is equal to zero. If there is friction, then the applied force required to ...
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### Speed of electrons in resistors

What affects the speed of electrons in a resistor? If two resistors are connected in series, they both have the same current; same number of electrons passing at a point per second. Suppose one ...
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### Force and Energy in robots

There are two similar and hypothetical robots that move with wheels powered by motors, Robot A and Robot B. Robot A has a gear ratio of 3:1 (The gear connected to the motor is three times larger than ...