Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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What is a diffusionless fluid?

I'm taking a course in astrophysical fluid dynamics and have come across a problem involving "small diffusionless disturbances" of a fluid. Based on the nature of the course I expect the examiner to ...
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how to rotate scaled-vector (orientation) by scaled-vector (rotation)

Recently I seem to have gotten the physics-engine portion of my 3D simulation/game engine [apparently] working correctly. The most convenient way to store and compute position and orientation are in ...
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How do I show $e_r$ and its first- and second time derivative?

What does a charge q moving in a circular orbit with a constant velocity (a "rotating charge") and a stationary observer that measures the E field look like? And how do I show $e_r$ and its first- and ...
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Is the Mass flow rate (Mass flux) a scalar quantity?

Wikipedia states that mass flow rate is a scalar quantity, however Mass Flow Rate= Density x Cross Sectional Area x Velocity and velocity is a vector quantity, so this would imply Mass Flow Rate is ...
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Write the force as a sum [closed]

We suppose that a force $\overrightarrow{F}$ (for example, the gravity) is applied vertically downwards to an object that is placed at a plane which has an angle of $45^{\circ}$ with the horizantal ...
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Quantities that have magnitude and direction but do not obey the parallelogram law [closed]

Back in college, when I'm learning about Vectors, I remember the text book saying.. There are certain quantities that have Magnitude & Direction but doesn't follow the Parallelogram Law of ...
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Problem on relative motion involving wind speed .Finding the real velocity of wind?

Here is the question For a person running west at 7km/hr wind appears to blow from north-west .But when he walks towards west at 3km/hr the wind appears to blow from the north. What is the true ...
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How can a vector have both contra-variant and co-variant components? [duplicate]

I have read that contra-variant and co-variat vectors have different transformation properties , which distinguish them, yet at the same time I have read that a vector can have contra-variant and ...
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Time Given Distance and Velocity Vectors [closed]

I recently came across a problem that gives velocity and two positions (which I solved for distance) in vector notations (). My question is, given the vectors for velocity and distance, how do I solve ...
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Find time-parametrization given path and speed of a particle [closed]

Consider a particle in two dimensions with position vector $r(t)=<x(t),y(t)>$ and the shape of the path is described by a function $y(t)=f(x(t))$ (Thus $r(t)$ is a parametrization of $f$ with ...
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Suspended mass in motion free-body diagram [closed]

A 20kg mass is held by two ropes which span 90 from each other. The mass is being accelerated at 1m/s^2 to the right. Draw a free body diagram for the mass and find the numerical values for each ...
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Laboratory fixed-vector components

What are laboratory fixed-vector components? I have an effective Hamiltonian derived from a 40-something year-old Chemical Physics paper. The article mentions the term laboratory fixed-vector ...
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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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Kinematics simple question [closed]

Question: In order to protect himself from the rain, a person is standing holding an umbrella at right angle to the horizontal surface. The rain is falling at 10m/s when the velocity of the wind is ...
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Angular velocity vector in terms of motion of an object

May be it is small question in this forum but I'm trying to get the feel of the understanding about the angular velocity. If this question is getting rejected please kindly refer me to appropriate ...
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Where do these formulas for an object being pushed up an incline come from? [closed]

An object on an incline with an angle $\theta$ is being pushed at constant speed. Constant speed implies $a = 0$. Because $F=ma$ and the object must have mass greater than 0. If I want to find the ...
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Position with respect to time with friction

I'm interested in equations of motion when friction is present for a little graphical side project I am working on. I'm really rusty with physics, so I apologize if this is a basic question or doesn't ...
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Understanding unit vectors

Trying to understand how the unit vector ${\mathcal{\hat{r}}}$ defined as $\frac{r' - r}{|r' - r|} $ (where $r'$ is the source point) works in this problem: Work out the electric field, $E$, at point ...
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Phonon vectors and characteristic length interpretation

Basically I have a set of vectors of unit length, $\{\nu_i\}$, describing the movement of phonons (all orthogonal to each other), $\{\omega_i\}$. Lets say I only have two atoms, $m_1$ and $m_2$. In ...
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Why do we say that in Coulomb's law the force is proportional to $\frac{1}{r^{2}}$ and not $\frac{1}{r^{3}}$?

I am going over Coulomb's law and there is something that is a bit confusing for me: According to Coulomb's law, if I have a charge $q_{1}$ at a point $\vec{r_{1}}$ and a charge $q_{2}$ at a point ...
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Basic vector addition problem [closed]

This is the entire problem: A student adds two vectors with magnitudes of 200 and 40. Taking into account significant figures, which is the only possible choice for the magnitude of the resultant? ...
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Is $\left|\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}\right| = \frac{d|\vec{r}|}{dt}\;$?

Is magnitude of instantaneous velocity same as instantaneous speed? More specifically, is $$\left|\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}\right| = \frac{d|\vec{r}|}{dt}\; $$ Also Is it wrong to say that ...
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Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices

Consider the Heisenberg picture of Quantum Mechanics. For a two state system we have the Pauli matrices evolving according to the relation $$\sigma_i(t)=U^+\sigma_i(0)U$$ where $U=e^{-iHt/\hbar}$ and ...
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A force's magnitude

In this question I asked about gravity and in the answers it came up that the magnitude is equal (of the gravity acting on the Sun and the of the gravity acting on the Earth) Does magnitude simply ...
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Splitting up a force into horizontal and vertical components?

My Bedford and Fowler textbook (4th edition) has a chapter on numerical solutions. I'm having trouble understanding how the textbook splits up the components of force in the $x$ and $y$ directions to ...
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Is torque still a vector in 2 Dimensions?

In 3D, torque is defined as $\vec{r} \times \vec{F}$ which is a vector, therefore having both a direction perpendicular to the plane of $\vec{F}$ and $\vec{r}$ and a magnitude of ...
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How do we calculate instantaneous velocity in 2D?

Suppose a body is moving with a constant speed of $10~\mathrm{ms^{-1}}$ in negative $x$ direction in $x$-$y$ plane. Let $\vec r$ be the position vector. Then what will be the instantaneous velocity ...
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Why does $\hat n \times (\vec E_1 - \vec E_2) =0 $ imply that the tangential electric field components are equal?

On page 8: http://local.eleceng.uct.ac.za/courses/EEE3055F/lecture_notes/2011_old/eee3055f_Ch4_2up.pdfele I don't understand why $E_{t1} = E_{t2}$ is equivalent to $\hat n \times (\vec E_1 - \vec ...
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What is going on in the system? How are the formulas $mg \sin(x)$ and $mg \cos(x)$ derived?

When a load is resting on an inclined plane, there is force $mg \sin(x)$ that's vertical to the inclined plane and force $mg \cos(x)$ horizontal to the plane acting on it like this: My textbook ...
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Where to take $\theta$ (theta) in a triangle?

This is an inclined surface having and unit vector A. The perpendicular and horizontal surfaces are the components of the inclined surface. We want to find out that how much flux will pass through ...
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Dot product approaches zero as the magnitude of the vectors increase?

Is there such thing? I'm doing some computations on mathematica and I noticed the dot product between two vectors are getting smaller and smaller as I increase the magnitude of the vectors, I'm not ...
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Using the Metric in Book Gravitation (MTW)

Here is the whole Box 2.2, at Page 55 The dot behind the second $-p^2$ seems to be a "planck mass" (sarcasm, flea egg) or just the book's style to use Dot behind the equations. So the Equation is ...
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Is a vector and a unit vector dimensionless

Lets say I have a position vector $\vec r$. Is it dimensionless or does it have a dimension of length i.e $[L]$. Also does the unit vector $\hat r$ have a dimension?
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Isn't this statement regarding projectile motion wrong?

Isn't this statement regarding projectile motion wrong? If a body is thrown at an angle to the horizontal with initial velocity $u$, then displacement of body as a function of time is ...
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Confused on how to properly use right hand rule

I am having trouble using the right hand rule properly and often find myself putting my hand in awkward orientations. I know you point your hand in the direction of $r$ and then point your fingers in ...
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How do I find the tension in additional strings in this problem? [closed]

A mass of 5.00 kg hangs attached to three strings as shown in the figure (see image below). Find the tension in each string. Hint: Consider the equilibrium of the point where the strings join. ...
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Norm of the momentum 4-vector

The norm of the momentum 4-vector is $\mathbf{P}.\mathbf{P}$ $= (\gamma mc, \gamma mv).(\gamma mc, \gamma mv) = \gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2$ But why is $\gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2 = mc^2$?
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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 taking components of a component of a vector is invalid?

Suppose there's a force $F$ of magnitude 10 newtons in the direction of positive y-axis acting on a particle A. I know that the particle would not experience any force in the positive x-direction ...
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Tension on a string

A string is attached at both extremities and put under tension $T_0$ at rest. We know that if we pull the string upwards from the middle, the tension will increase. But why is it that, admittedly, ...
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What force $\vec{F_{1}}$ is needed to balance the beam in the diagram below? [closed]

What force $\vec{F_{1}}$ is needed to balance the beam in the diagram below? I know that $\sum \vec{F}$ must equal zero. I also know that since the unknown force is farther from the pivot, ...
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Question about resolving forces

Say, in the example below, the weight $mg$ of the object is $800N$. To find $R$, the conventional method is to use $R\sin(28^\circ) = 800$. But why isn't it possible to use instead the component of ...
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Mathematically determining the direction of torque?

I need to mathematically derive the direction of torque in a 2D plane(clockwise/anticlockwise), for a physics engine. I have torque calculated, but it is always positive, so rotation always is in the ...
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Relative velocity of boat

I am trying to understand fully the following question: A boat is traveling west at 100m/s and is partially helped by a strong wind blowing at 20m/s 30 degrees north of west. What speed could the ...
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A very elementary question regarding force of friction

When I first studied friction I faced f = $\mu$ N where f is force of friction, $\mu$ is coefficient of friction for the surface considered and N is the normal force for the body on surface. Now f is ...
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Meaning of juxtaposition of vectors

I came across some notation that I can't quite understand: $$ \hat{r}\hat{r} - \textbf{1}_3$$ where $\textbf{1}_3$ is the 3$\times$3 identity matrix, $\hat{r}$ is a unit 1$\times$3 vector, and the ...
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Showing $ m\int \frac{d\textbf{v}}{dt} \dot \normalsize \textbf{v}dt = \frac{m}{2}\int \frac{d(v^2)}{dt}{}dt$

Can someone please explain how this equation is valid, using intermediate steps if available? $$ m\int \frac{d\textbf{v}}{dt} \dot \normalsize \textbf{v}dt = \frac{m}{2}\int \frac{d(v^2)}{dt}{}dt$$ ...
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Direction of Magnetic force from a current running through a coil of wire

What is the direction is the magnetic force vectors pointing from a coil of wire that has current running through it? ...
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vector cross products

Lets say you have a free particle in a rotating frame of reference with constant angular velocity $\mathbf{\omega}$. By free, I mean there are no real forces on it. Lets call the moving system ...
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Can vector components be in turn decomposed? [duplicate]

I've a basic (and maybe obvious even if I don't see it) question on the decomposition of a vector in physics. An example of situation I'm confused about is the inclined plane with an object on it. ...