# Tagged Questions

Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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### How do you tell whether a force acting on an inclined plane is going up or down in its perpendicular component to the plane?

I'm practicing mechanics, and I had to resolve the following forces perpendicularly to the inclined plane in order to work out the reaction force (plus the weight of the ball) But I cannot tell ...
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### Is the net force conventionally shown in a free body diagram?

Is it standard convention to display the net force vector on a free body diagram? Internet searches seem to give mixed results.
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### Why does vector addition work in physics? [closed]

How do we know for sure that vector addition works while working in 2D?Is there a mathematical proof for this?
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### $F\cos\theta$ is not proportional to $d\cos\theta$?

If Iām working in two dimensions and I wanted to calculate the net electrostatic force on charge C, where charges A and B are stationary, of the same charge, and placed on the y-axis equidistant ...
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### If gravity is additive, then how does it cancel itself out?

I understand that gravity, as far as we know, is always attractive. Also, it has additive qualities - i.e. the size and strength of the field are proportional to the quantities of mass. This seems to ...
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### Find the indicated quantities from the given data [closed]

This is a vector application. A rope is hung at both ends from a horizontal beam, and a weight m is suspended from it as shown in the figure. The left part of the rope exerts a force G at P, while ...
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### Definition of Position Vectors

I have a few (possibly very stupid) questions relating to position vectors; more specifically my confusion about them. Following Halliday and Resnick's text, we define vectors by their magnitude and ...
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. Vector A has a magnitude of 20 m and makes an angle of 30ā above the positive x axis. Vector B has a magnitude of 12 m and is oriented 60ā to the left of the y axis.? Part 1: Find the magnitude ...
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### The Vectors in $v=f\lambda$

We are learning about waves in physics and I was just wondering what are the vectors and what are the scalars in this function:$$v=f\lambda$$ I know the velocity $v$ is a vector so that means that: ...
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### Why use vectors to describe velocity/force/etc instead of treating magnitude and direction as separate values?

I'm only 4 weeks into my first college-level physics course, so this is a very elementary question. Also, in asking this question, I'm just playing devil's advocate in order to better understand the ...
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### Find the magnitude of the resultant force which these engines exert on the rocket?

A rocket fires two engines simultaneously. One produces a thrust of 760N directly forward while the other gives a thrust of 484N at an angle 34.0 degrees above the forward direction. What is the ...
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### Vectors finding direction include the difference between “north of east” and “east of north”

In what direction is your friend from the starting point after skiing 3 km east and then 1.5 km north? so far I know that angle= tan-1(opp/adj)=(1.5/3.0) angle= 26....
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### Basis independence in Quantum Mechanics

The idea that the state of a system does not depend on the basis that we choose to represent it in, has always puzzled me. Physically I can imagine that the basis ought to just yield an equivalent ...
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### Path of a swinging object on a rope [closed]

With my lanyard in hand (weighted by my keys), a gentle swinging motion will put the keys in pendulum motion, swinging back and forth. Pendulum motion is relatively easy to model since it is ...
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### Can an angle be defined as a vector?

In Classical Mechanics angular velocity, angular acceleration, torque and angular momentum can be defined as vectors with clear advantages such as the possibility to use vector product to simplify ...
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### Finding angle between two displacements [closed]

Consider two displacements, one of magnitude 6 m and another of magnitude 8 m. What angle between the directions of this two displacements give a resultant displacement of magnitude (a) 14 m, (b) 2 m, ...
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### When writing a differential equation, when do you take $+\text{d}x$ and when do you take $-\text{d}x$?

When writing a differential equation I'm confused as to when to write $+\text{d}x$ a and when to write $-\text{d}x$ a where $x$ represents some quantity. For example, I wanted to derive the equation ...
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### What is the meaning of “closure is lost” for a set of kets (or any members of a vector space)?

This is the closure relation in Quantum Mechanics: $$\sum_i |i\rangle \langle i| = 1$$ which I understand as "the sum of the projections onto the basis vectors leaves the projected vector unchanged"...
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### How to find tangential and normal unit vector to a trajectory from the equation? [duplicate]

Considering a 2D motion in a plane and the equation of the trajectory of a point $y=f(x)$, I don't understand how exactly $\frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}x}$ can be used. In particular if I'm looking ...
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### Relations between unit vectors in polar and curvilinear coordinates

I'm a bit confused about the relations between unit vectors in curvilinear and polar coordinates in a plane. Let $u_{R}$ be the radial unit vector in polar coordinates and $u_{N}$ the normal unit ...
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### what is the work done if force F= 3xyi-y^2 moves a particle in the xy plane from (0,0) to(1,2) along the parabola y=2x^2? [closed]

I know that work W=F.dl. But how can i apply this in above question? HOW CAN I FIND dl from the above question?
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### Dot product and divergence [closed]

Divergence is represented by dot product. How is the divergence related to dot product? And curl is represented by cross product. How is the curl related to cross product?
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### Time dependent ODE involving cross product

Let $\vec{A}$ be any time dependent vector quantity, and $\vec{\alpha}$ any constant vector. I was told that a solution to the differential equation $$\dot{\vec{A}} = \vec{\alpha}\times\vec{A}$$ is ...
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### Two different formulas

My problem is simple : given a particle of mass $m$, charge $q$ and velocity $\bf{v}$. If $\bf{A}$ denotes the magnetic potential satisfying $\bf{B}= \nabla \times \bf{A}$. I want to etablish the ...
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### How does a bikerider turn by leaning on one side? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the following image: Could someone please help me understnding it. What I understood so far: Your angular velocity mutyplied by the impulse gives you the impulsemoment. By ...
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### Unit Vector Displacement [closed]

A particle starts from the origin at $t = 0$ with a velocity of $+4.0\mathbf{j} \text{ m/s}$ and moves in the $xy$ plane with a constant acceleration of $(6.0\mathbf{i} + 4.0\mathbf{j}) \text{ m/s}$....
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### Why direction of angular velocity is taken along the rotational axis?

I read that it is a convention. But what does that mean in physics? If it would have been a sign assigning matter, I could confess but what convention means here? When we decide the direction of ...
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### vector addition - resultant of two vectors [closed]

Suppose two ships are moving in different directions at some angle between them and we have to find the distance between them we use the formula$R^2=a^2+b^2-2ab\cos\theta$ But if we have to find the ...
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### Bounced ray angle of normal direction? (SOLVED) [closed]

TL;DR whats the position of C. I'm currently programming something and for some reason I having problem figuring this one out, imagine having a ray / or ball bouncing (without mass or gravity etc) ...
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### Mnemonic for vector cross versus dot? [closed]

I'm always stuck to remember the difference between vector multiplication with dot product versus cross product? Is there any mnemonic so that I can easily remember which is which?
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### What is the difference between scalar and vector mesons?

My understanding is that vectors and pseudooscalars change sign under parity operation and pseudovectors and scalars do not. However, I don't understand what the difference between a vector and ...
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### Heuristic explanation of the difference between vectors and scalars in physics

I'm trying to give a student a (physically) intuitive, heuristic explanation as to why certain quantities are vectors and others are scalars. Here is what I have come up with: Scalars are quantities ...
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### New direction vector after collision of spheres [closed]

I have a volume in 3-space in which random spheres are spawned in motion. They have the following attributes to them: position known (in three axes) a direction vector (in three axes) a scalar speed ...
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### Dropping objects on a rotating disc: angular momentum?

I'm designing a very simplistic particle simulator. Particles are dropped on a spinning disc and then bounce back (although lose some momentum due to the friction of the disc). I'm working with an ...
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### Nature of Pressure

Pressure is defined as force per unit area. Therefore, pressure = force divided by area. Since force and area are both vectors, how can we perform this division without violating the rule of vectors? ...
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### Can we find a vector if its dot product and cross product with another vector is given?

If I have two vectors $\vec{b}$ and $\vec{v}$, and I know that $$\vec{b} \times \vec{v} = \vec{c}$$ and $$\vec{b}\cdot\vec{v} = \lambda$$ can I find the $\vec{v}$ vector in terms of the $\vec{c}$ ...
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### Why trajectories approach to origin tangent to the slower direction?

I am reading non-linear dynamics from Strogartz. Suppose, I have two solutions of a non linear system: $x(t) = x_0e^{at}$ and $y(t) = y_0e^{-t}$, where $a\in \mathbb{R}$. Now it is clear that,for \$a&...
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### what is significance of direction of vector product(torque & angular momentum)?how can one use them practically? [duplicate]

since i came across vector product or cross product i have one doubt that is what direction of torque shows.the direction of product is along axis of rotation(+ve or -ve).is there is any practical use ...
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### Cumulative distance formula

I am working with position recordings over time. Basically, I record the position of animals in a treadmill. They can go forwards or backwards. Hence, position can increase or decrease. However, I am ...
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### Calculus/Vector Calculus and so on in special relativity book recommandation

I want to learn calculus 1,2,3 vector calculus, analysis and so on in special relativity. But I never found a good and clear book/source on it. Can someone recommend an easy book or internet source on ...
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### What does 'vector-like' mean?

What are properties of vector-like field/particle? What's the counterpart of it? Chiral like?
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### Direction vector for gravity

I have co-ordinate axes on the earth's surface (and I've been told these are the axes I have to use). Ignoring z, I have x and y axes. The question asks me to calculate the acceleration due to ...
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### Velocity and acceleration (as vectors) in a straight line

A student is trying to determine the acceleration of a feather as she drops it to the ground. If the student is looking to achieve a positive velocity and positive acceleration, what is the most ...