Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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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. ...
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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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Confusion in distinguishing between scalars and vectors

Torque is an example of cross product of two vectors. But in that example length of the spanner is taken as one vector. But length ,distances are all scalars. How can we take it as vector ,it has no ...
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Difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$

What is the difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$ and why are both of them not always equal to each other? My question might seem stupid to some and will probably get downvoted but I have ...
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Can we have physical quantities which have magnitude and direction but are not vectors?

I am not able to understand how to approach the question. Vectors are defined as quantities having magnitude and direction, then how is it possible? Please explain.
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Force vs. impulse: what is the math description of their interaction?

In this image there are two forces acting on the same body, and we can decribe them mathematically and geometrically using vectors and the palallelogram rule. NOw, suppose the box (stone, ...
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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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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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Can a vector be defined by invariance of some algebraic operation to translations rather than rotations?

Every physics book I've come across defines a vector as an n-tuple of numbers that can be combined via an inner product that's invariant to rotations. Is it possible to instead define a vector via ...
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Flow rate is calculated only using the parallel component of the velocity vector

Flow rate is calculated using only the parallel component of the velocity vector to the area vector. Why is this? How can I mathematically prove this? Namely, how do I prove any perpendicular ...
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The work done by running in a rectangle

This may be quite off-topic but please help me. Is there any work done when I run in a rectangle? I thought that the answer should be no. But my teacher says that we should calculate each side ...
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How to derive the commutation relationship between $\hat{L}^2$ and $\hat{\textbf{p}}$ [closed]

How to prove that $$[\hat{L}^2,\hat{\textbf{p}}] = i\hbar(\hat{\textbf{p}}\times\hat{\textbf{L}} - \hat{\textbf{L}} \times \hat{\textbf{p}})$$ I tried to expand $\hat{L}^2$: ...
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We need to find unit vector along the reflected ray [closed]

A ray of light on a plane mirror comes along a vector $i+j-k$ The normal on incidence point is along $i+j$ we need to find unit vector along the reflected ray. I am not able to solve and draw the ...
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Animating an Acceleration Vector - Acceleration of object on a crested path in gravitational field

So I was reading in Chapter 3 of my textbook, Sears & Zemanksky's University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th Edition, and the discussion took us to a definition of the ...
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Vectors and motion in a plane [closed]

A particle travels with speed $50 m/s$ from the point $(3,-7)$ in the direction $7i-24j$ . Find its positional vector after 3 seconds. My approach: It has travelled a distance of 150m in the ...
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Vector Addition — Direction

Say we have three forces $F_1, F_2, F_3$, such that $$ F_1 + F_2 - F_3 = 0\hspace 10mm (1) $$ And let us say that $F_1$ and $F_2$ have the same direction and magnitude, and that $F_3$ has double the ...
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Component of force field tangent to a curve

I recently had to solve the following problem: A force $F=10\hat x- 8\hat y$ is applied to an object that is constrained to travel towards increasing values of x along the path defined by $y=x^2$ ...
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Vector Nature Of Angular Velocity

I am currently reading about angular position, angular velocity, and angular acceleration. I came across this paragraph that was particularly confusing, and was wondering if someone could perhaps help ...
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Understanding weight on an inclined plane

I'm trying to solve a problem where I have an object resting on an inclined plane, with the angle of the plan being alpha, and the weight being w. I'm having trouble figuring out how I can calculate ...
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Am I wrong about the right hand grip rule?

The right hand grip rule (also known as right hand screw rule) tells you the direction of a magnetic field due to a current. If you point your thumb in the direction of the current, your fingers will ...
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Why does the equality $\int \mathbf{r}\times \nabla f d\nu=0$ holds? [closed]

My question comes from Problem 4. Classical laws for angular motion of Practical Quantum Mechanics. And the Prob.4 is that, To show that the classical relation between angular momentum ...
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When is the direction of the static friction negative?

i thought that the force of static friction exerted on an object is always going in the opposite direction of any other force exerted on the same object. however, this problem seems to disregard that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When does angular position, or angular displacement, not obey the rules of vector addition?

The only examples I've found talk about rotating an object about one axis and then about another axis. When you reverse the order, the object ends up in a different position. However, as those ...
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Distance traveled from displacement

I am currently reading a book called Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway. While reading the chapter about 2-dimensional kinematics, I asked myself a ...
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resultant of 3 vectors along sides of equilateral triangle [closed]

It is a homework problem, but I really don't quite understand the question. It reads- "3 forces of magnitudes 10N, 20N, and 30N acting on a point are parallel to the sides of an equilateral triangle, ...
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Newton's third law of motion versus Work

Newton third law of motion says that "To every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction". The vector study tells us that if two vectors are of same nature and equal magnitude but ...
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Can changing representation change the meaning of density operator?

I had posted a question What is the actual meaning of the density operator?. After that I understood that if I have the expression of a density operator $$\rho=\sum_{i=1}^{i=k}p_i|\psi_i\rangle ...
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How to determine velocity vector direction with respect to acceleration.

I'm currently writing a program that attempts to simulate particle movement in a gravitational field with more than one object exerting a force on it. I decided that I'd have the particle move by ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Gradient of two-particle system

I'm working on problem 5.1a from Griffiths Intro to QM and given that: $$\mathbf R \equiv \frac{m_1\mathbf{r_1} + m_2 \bf r_2}{m_1+m_2}$$ and $\bf r \equiv \bf r_1 - \bf r_2$ I need to show that, ...
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Finding the Direction when resolving a Vector

When you are finding the resultant of a vector I understand that to find the magnitude you use Pythagorean Theorem and I understand that to find the direction you are going to use $\tan^{-1}$ (or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If the velocity vector of a moving particle is always perpendicular to the position vector, is the path a circle? [closed]

A Newtonian physics question: If the velocity vector of a moving particle is always perpendicular to the position vector, is the only possible path a circle? What if the magnitude of the velocity ...
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Quantum states and state vectors

Does a state vector correspond to only one quantum states and the components in the state vector correspond to different states of this quantum state or is it that the components of the state vector ...
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How are the angles equal?

At the back of my mind I know they should be equal, but mathematically, how are the two $\Delta \phi$ angles equal? The only explanation present in the text is that, "both velocities are ...
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Polar coordinates explanation needed on calculation [closed]

This is the question. Here is the answer. But honestly I cant figure it out. Maybe my lecturer's handwriting is quite illegible too (just kidding). Sorry if I ask too simple question but ...
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How is it that the cross product of two vectors is always perpendicular to the given vectors? [duplicate]

Vector addition, subtraction and dot product seem logical enough, but I don't understand how two vectors acting on the same plane maybe, can give a perpendicular resultant.
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confusion on vector quantities

How can we define simply that velocity is a vector quantity without mentioning that velocity has vector properties. How can we simply say it needs both magnitude and direction for its complete ...