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What does “projection of a vector” really mean?

Let $\vec{a}$ & $\vec{b}$ be two non-collinear, non-zero co-initial vectors having angle $\theta$ between them. The projection of $\vec{b}$ on $\vec{a}$ is given by the dot product of $\vec{b}$ ...
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Why is force a localized vector and not a free vector?

A vector which is drawn parallel to a given vector through a specified point unlike free vector in space is called a localised vector. The effect of a force acting on a body depends not only on the ...
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Orientation of a rocket going in a circle?

This problem is from my physics homework: A rocket is moving at constant speed in a perfect circle in deep space, far away from any planets or stars. The diagram below shows the circle the ship ...
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In which direction does a wall exert the reaction force if it is hit diagonally?

I am confused about action-reaction forces and inertia of moving objects. As an example, take a cricket ball a bowler throws to the pitch: Suppose the ball is about to drop in the pitch with ...
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Velocity in relativity

We just started learning about 4-vectors in my physics class, and I'm a little confused about the relationship between the 4-velocity $U=\gamma(c,\vec{v}),$ and the velocity transformations given by ...
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Finding the divergence of this force [closed]

I've got to find the divergence of this force, $$ \mathbf F=\left(x^2+y^2+z^2\right)^n\left(x\hat e_x+y\hat e_y+z\hat e_z\right) $$ I would know how to do it if the $n$ superscript wasn't there. Any ...
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Various springs acting on a point mass

The force exerted on one spring is $\vec{F}=-k\vec{r}$. Now suppose we have N slinkys with stiffness $k_1,k_2,k_3,...,k_N$ where they have one end tied to fixed points in space with coordinates ...
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Projectile velocity and component $x$ and $y$ velocities

So the equations for the X and Y velocity given $\theta$ and $V_0$ are $V_x = V_0\cos\theta$, and $V_y = V_0\sin\theta$. When I test this with something like 1 m/s and and angle of $45^{\circ}$, I ...
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Is momentum of a moving body a vector or a scalar quantity?

Is momentum of a moving body a vector or a scalar?
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What is the direction of dot product and cross product of vector A and B? [closed]

What is the direction of the dot product and the cross product of vectors A and B?
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Is it possible to have a non conservative vector field, such that the closed loop integral is $0$ for only some specific path(s)?

I was wondering whether there exists some non conservative field in which the closed loop integral over some specific path(s) is $0$, even if it's not $0$ for all the closed loop integrals. Or to put ...
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Four-momentum, four-velocity, energy

If given the four-momentum of any particle monitored by an observer as: p = $p^\hat{α}e_\hat{α}$ using unit vectors in observer’s reference frame and u = $e_\hat{0}$ then I get I'm just ...
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Does Centripetal Force Change Direction?

I have been struggling with this question that I have, "Does centripetal force change direction?" From every point, it points to the center. But if we draw its vector, we draw the tails from ...
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Projections in Polar coordinate system

I really understand what projections in Cartesian coordinate system, I can imagine this, but I absolutely do not understand projection in polar system. For example, I have a speed, $U$, and I must ...
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How can I calculate the speed of an object knowing its horizontal and vertical velocity components?

Let's say a ball is thrown and it experiences typical projectile motion (moves in a parabolic arc etc.) and the only information we know are the equations for the horizontal and vertical components of ...
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Speed with wind resistance

This is probably a basic question, but it has been a while since I did anything like this. If a boat is sailing forward at speed $x$ and the direction of the wind, with magnitude $y$, is either equal, ...
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How to define pseudovector mathematically?

The textbook describes pseudovector like this: Let $a,b$ be vectors and $c=a\times b$, $P$ be the parity operator. Then $P(a)=-a,P(b)=-b$ by definition. But $P(c)=c$ since both $a$ and $b$ reverse ...
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If an asteroid were threatening the Earth, could I deviate it just by jumping on it?

An impact by a 10 kilometres asteroid on the Earth has historically caused an extinction-level event due to catastrophic damage to the biosphere. There is also the threat from comets coming ...
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Reflection - reaction force direction

Let's say an object hits a wall. When the object is reflected does the direction of the reaction force caused on the wall look like the red arrow? Does that direction depend on how "strong" object is ...
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Can we add any two vectors?

Can we add any two vectors? If not, why is that so? I think this is not true, but I am not sure. My book says it is true, but I guess it is a misprint. For example, adding acceleration to velocity.
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Finding resultant and direction of resultant

In this question- A motorboat is racing towards north at 25km/h and the water current in that region is 10km/hr in the direction of 60 degree east of south. Find the resultant velocity of the ...
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A particle has $\overrightarrow{r}(0)=4m(\hspace{2pt}\hat{j}\hspace{2pt})$ and $\overrightarrow{v}(0)=(2m/s^2)\hat{i}$ [closed]

I am having trouble with these problems, and I want to gain a understanding of how to solve these. I'll put what I have tried at the end, even though I don't think it'll be of help. A particle has ...
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Vectors in non-orthogonal systems

In a non-orthogonal coordinate system, what is the physically significant difference between the components of a vector on the skew axes and its projection onto each axis? Why would one want to find ...
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The vector r points from $P'(x',y',z')$ to $P(x,y,z)$ [closed]

For some reason this question is giving me a hard time :( The vector $r$ points from $P'(x',y',z')$ to $P(x,y,z)$. (a) Show that if $P$ is fixed and $P'$ is allowed to move, then ...
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Vector decomposition validity

Is force or field decomposition into component vectors always valid? Lets say a constant electric field $\vec{F}$ is acting in space such that it makes an angle $\phi$ with respect to the horizontal ...
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Find net force on a mass centered between four other masses

I'm not going to post the full question, I just want a general idea of how I should go about solving this type of problem. There is a square with 4 charged masses on each of the corners, in the ...
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How is weight distributed when legs are astride?

Is there a simple and quick formula to find the weight (the force acting) on each leg, especially when legs are astride and they are not equally stretched? (or, better) not equally distant from the ...
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A whole lot of doubts on Lorentz representation

Can someone tell me in layman's language how the $(1/2,1/2)$ represents a vector field and $(0,1/2)$ or $(1/2,0)$ represents spinors and $(0,0)$ represents scalar field. Please don't be pedantic on ...
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4-vector velocity to Newtonian?

The four-vector condition for a particle free of forces is: $\frac{du}{dτ} = 0$ and the equivalence of this to the statement of newton's first law follows from the expression for four-velocity: ...
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Average acceleration when more than two different velocities occur [closed]

Suppose a car travels at 5m/s north for 5 seconds, it then turn east and travel at 7m/s for 10 seconds, finally it turns north east and travel at 10 m/s for 20 seconds. What is the average ...
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How can I split a resultant force into its $x$ and $y$ components?

Point charge 3.5μC is located at x = 0, y = 0.30 m, point charge -3.5μC is located at x = 0 y = -0.30 m. What are (a)the magnitude and (b)direction of the total electric force that these charges ...
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Would equations for a spinning top be an (x,y,z) vector [duplicate]

I am following the equations on this page, and for torque it is $mgr\sin\theta$, but I am curious about $r$. I am working on a game and I want to correctly model the top, and am curious if $r$ should ...
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Why should an area vector point normal to the surface?

Why is it that the direction of an area vector should be always along the normal drawn to the surface? Can't it also be some other angles with the plane?
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Inner products with orthonormal bases

Probably a stupid question here - I think it's a case of me not having sufficient mathematical background to follow this through. In Leonard Susskind's Theoretical Minimum book, he represents the ...
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Why is the cross product between two vectors calculated by the determinant of a matrix

The cross product $\vec{a} \times \vec{b}$ can be written as the determinant of the matrix: $$\left| \begin{matrix} \vec{i} & \vec{j} & \vec{k} \\ a_i & a_j & a_k \\ b_i & b_j ...
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General definition of vector, spinor, and spin

I am looking for basic and exact definitions of fundamental physical concepts in graduate level. I reach this following definitions. Could you please help to improve these definitions. Spin: ...
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Parallel Transport and covariant derivative

I have been trying to understand the notion of parallel transport and covariant derivative. I am unable to see why the change in a vector when it is parallel transported from one point to another ...
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Forces as vectors in Newtonian mechanics

I seem to be confused about the nature of forces as vectors, in the basic Newtonian mechanics framework. I know what a vector is as a mathematical object, an element of $R^3$. I understand that if a ...
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Is the cross product of two vectors always perpendicular to both? [closed]

Does the cross product of two vectors result in a vector perpendicular to both of the vectors or does the cross product of only two perpendicular vectors result in a vector perpendicular to both of ...
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Vectors-Can anyone explain me the concept of sense in vectors?

Is it same as the direction?Then , why another term "sense"is used ,instead of direction? Can anyone illustrate it?
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Find a central force given the orbit

I've been trying to solve the following problem for a long time. Let's consider a particle of mass $m$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with polar coordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$. The particle moves on the orbit ...
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Determining the moment of force [closed]

A force $F = 3i + 2j$ passes through through a point $P$ with respect to an origin $O$. How do I determine the moment of the force at the origin.
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Why should multiplication of a ket vector by a complex number change only its “direction”?

Dirac argues on page 17 of his book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, that multiplication of a ket by a complex number shouldn't change the state this ket represents. But then concludes: Thus ...
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Integral ambiguity

I'm a bit confused with some notation I encounter in physics calculus. Consider this: Taken from here. Integration operates on functions, correct? What does it mean to integrate $\frac{d{\bf ...
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Is there a difference in handwritten nabla $\vec{\nabla}$ with an overset arrow and typeset nabla $\nabla$?

According to some physicist at KIT it is usual to write the following when using pen and paper: whereas in typeset texts you write $\nabla$. Is that true? Are there sources for this convention?
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Dot product of vector and its derivative with respect to time? How does $L \cdot\frac{dL}{dt} = \frac{1}{2}\frac{d(L^2)}{dt}$? [closed]

How does: $$L \cdot\frac{dL}{dt} = \frac{1}{2}\frac{d(L^2)}{dt}$$ where L is a vector (I dunno how to make it bold in the equation). How do they reach to this right hand side equation? And what is ...
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What is the relative velocity of this plane relative to the helicopter? [closed]

There is a plane moving 100 m/s due east relative to the ground without vertical motion. There is a helicopter facing north moving straight up at 20 m/s. From the perspective of the helicopter, is the ...
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Free vs bound vectors and torque

When considering basic Newtonian mechanics, we can treat vector as free and move their point of application at will. This is consistent with the affine nature of Euclidean space. However, when ...
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Where am I confused about force addition?

As far as my knowledge is concerned, a vector quantity should possess magnitude and direction & more over it should also obey the laws of vector addition. As we all know that the vector sum of 3 ...
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When is it useful to distinguish between vectors and pseudovectors in experimental & theoretical physics?

My understanding of pseudovectors vs vectors is pretty basic. Both transform in the same way under a rotation, but differently upon reflection. I might even be able to summarize that using an ...