Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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Negative vectors (e.g. velocity)

If you said someone had a velocity of $-12\,{\rm mph}$ and they were traveling north? Wouldn't it mean that they were traveling $12\,{\rm mph}$ south? This is a quote from here: if something ...
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Finding the resultant electric field intensity? [on hold]

Q: Two charges Q1 = 4×10^-7 and Q2 = -8×10^-7 are placed at the two corners A and B of an equilateral triangle ABP of side 20 cm. Find the resultant intensity at P? I calculated the electric field ...
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Can someone explain me magnetic potential? [duplicate]

I don't understand why we can write the magnetic field as a potential vector A, and what exactly this potential is. Is it just a mathematical thing? And how can it help me calculate the magnetic ...
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Problem with derivation of potential enery of two body in Gravitational energy

Maybe what I'm going to ask sounds stupid but it means a lot to me that's why I'm asking. I've problem with just a single step in derivation. Let's start. I'm keeping in mind the direction of each ...
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Pendulum acceleration vector [on hold]

I'll make this quick, I want the acceleration vector for a pendulum WITHOUT using angle acceleration and angle velocity, just using the tension and gravity forces. I tried to use the formula for the ...
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Force at axis of spinning wheel

This is a newbie question, but I don't quite understand the forces at work when an object is rotating. So I've read that i can use my right hand to determine the direction of the force at the axis ...
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What is the difference between a tensor, vector, and a matrix? [duplicate]

I'm currently going through notes on a physics course and I'm having trouble understanding the difference between a tensor, a vector, and a matrix. I know that a vector is a kind of tensor and that a ...
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What does relative to something mean?

I just started learning about vector components and relative motion. I don't understand what relative to something means. I looked online but none of the explanations are helpful. If someone could ...
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Finding $x$ and $y$ component of a dog running [closed]

I'm new to physics and cant get through this problem atm... A dog running in an open field has components of velocity vx = 3.5 m/s and vy = -1.4 m/s at time t1 = 10.3 s . For the time interval from ...
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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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Rain man problems [closed]

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 $10\ \mathrm{m/s}$ when the velocity of the wind is ...
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How to find Tangential/Radial/Angular Velocity for motion in any curve?

Is the radial velocity responsible only for changing distance between objects and the component perpendicular to it only for change in direction? If so why? Please try to give a different explanation ...
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Calculating relative velocity in three dimensional space

Given two points $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ in $\mathbb{R^3}$ whose position and velocity vectors are, respectively: $$\mathbf{r_A}=\begin{pmatrix}r_{A_{x}}\\r_{A_{y}}\\r_{A_{z}}\end{pmatrix}$$ ...
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Why do we represent the axis of rotation using vectorial notation [closed]

When a body (in pure rotation) rotates along an axis passing through it, why do we represent the axis of rotation in vectorial notation? Wouldn't it be sensible enough to represent the angular ...
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Subtracting Audio from a Song with Multiple Forms

This question may start oozing into the realm of copyright infringement, but let's discuss the theory first and foremost. I have a song with vocal and orchestral accompaniment from a well-known movie ...
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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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Vector Derivative: General Case

From "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Kleppner & Kolenkow, SIE-2007, Chapter 1 (Vectors and Kinematics), Section 1.8 - "More about the derivative of a vector". In this section, towards the ...
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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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Adding multiple torque vectors together to determine resultant torque

I am working in a 2D environment, where there are multiple angular forces (torque) applied at an object. The way I calculated 1 torque "application", was by: ...
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Confused about the direction of friction force

I'm really confused about the direction of friction force. I think about collision of two balls and think that "friction force is opposite to the relative speed of the contact point of the two ...
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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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How is 4-current a 4-vector?

I am looking at Jackson sec 11.9, where he states that the $\rho,\bf{J}$ form the 4-current $$J^\alpha=(c\rho,\bf{J})$$ Jackson says this is from the invariant of the 4-divergence $\partial^\alpha ...
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Projectile motion dependency [closed]

I have read that in projectile motion both vertical and horizontal components are independent of each other but i don't get it that how it is possible i think that they are dependent. If they are not ...
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Relative wind velocity explanation - understanding Irodov problem 1.6

I am having trouble understanding the reasoning behind the solution in this Irodov General Physics problem. The problem is 1.6: 1.6. A ship moves along the equator to the east with velocity vo = ...
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A vector in a rotating frame. Find the rate of change of this vector ('particular step derivation') [duplicate]

I am doing a project with the fundamental background not in my major. I am reading the following lecture: How to get the green part? Can anyone show me the detailed derivation or provide ...
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Differences in notation of momentum 4 vector

I have noticed three ways to write the 4 momentum vectors: $P = (E/c, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, c\vec{p})$ I know how to derive equation 1, and as far as I know, one can use the ...
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Probable mistake in the derivation of the vector form of Biot-Savart's Law

In the course of "Classical Electrodynamics", our professor stated Biot-Savart's Law as follows: $$\vec {dB}=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\cdot \frac{i\vec {dl} \times \vec r}{r^3}$$ Then he proceeded to derive ...
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Tangential acceleration in circular motion?

A lot of my problems have objects moving in circular paths with tangential and normal components of acceleration. If the tangential component is non-zero though, the speed is changing so the radius ...
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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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Centripetal acceleration [closed]

I know if a particle is accelerating around the earth it has $$a= \omega*v$$ My question is how do I express this in terms of the unit vector. Would it go something like this. $$|a| = |\omega*v| $$ ...
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Area as a Vector [closed]

Why can we take area as a vector? And say if we take it as a vector why not on the plane why only perpendicular? What is positive or negative area or what the area has to do with direction?
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Wire with current in magnetic field $\vec{B}$has force $\vec{F_1}$. When rotated, $\vec{F_2}$. Find $B$ [closed]

I have the following question: In a wire with $10cm$ there is a current $4A$ going 'upwards' in the $z$ axis. The force over this field, under a constant magnetic field $\vec{B}$ is $F = -0.2\vec{i} ...
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Motivation for usage of 4-vectors in special relativity

I understand that if one considers a 4-dimensional space-time from the outset then 4-vectors are the natural quantities to consider (as opposed to 3-vectors as in Newtonian mechanics), since the ...
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Why does something on an inclined plane move forward at all?

We just started studying about the inclined plane and vectors in motion, but i don't understand one thing: Why on earth does the object on the inclined plane move forward (I.e in the direction where ...
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Rotation of a vector

Is a vector necessarily changed when it is rotated through an angle? I think a vector always gets changed because its projection will change, and also its inclination with axes will always change. ...
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Zeroth component of 4-momentum and relativistic energy-momentum relation

As I understand it one is forced to use 4-vectors since we require objects that transform as vectors under application of Lorentz transformations and 3-vectors do not (technically they do under ...
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What are the components of r-hat in spherical coordinates?

so I've found a lot of identities that relate the spherical unit vectors to cartesian unit vectors. What is the expression for the spherical unit vectors IN spherical coordinates? I'm tying my brain ...
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How do we determine if a certain physical quantity is a vector?

For instance in Newtonian physics we treat position of objects, displacements, velocities, forces, momenta, angular velocities etc all as vector quantities (little arrows in space which have a certain ...
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Is multiplication in physics purely mathematical or is there a physical explanation to it?

Here is what I mean: We always use mathematics in physics, which is pretty powerful, but I still need to ask whether multiplication in physics has a better explanation to what I already think. For ...
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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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How can gravity have a horizontal component?

$mg$ obviously has no horizontal component, but on resolving it into components it seems to have a horizontal component $mgcos\theta sin\theta$. I know I'm doing something wrong here. How is this ...
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Electron in a Magnetic Field: Force parallel to velocity?

According to the four-force given in this question, Force is parallel to velocity. But the Lorentz Force is perpendicular to velocity in a constant magnetic field. Is this a contradiction? [a ...
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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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What does $(\delta\vec{r}\cdot\nabla)^2$ mean in the derivation of the Lamb shift, and how do you find its expectation?

The Wikipedia page on the Lamb shift includes the following first steps: $$\Delta V = V\bigl(\vec{r}+\delta \vec{r}\bigr)-V(\vec{r})=\delta \vec{r} \cdot \nabla V (\vec{r}) + \frac{1}{2} \bigl(\delta ...
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Is time a vector in Minkowski space? [duplicate]

I am arguing about this topic with my school teacher in so long time, I want to finish this debate. My teacher's opinion is "Yes, Time is vector" because four-vector has $t$ component, and mine is ...
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How is the dot product a generalization of multiplication?

I've seen an interesting explanation for lots of what I previously thought were unmotivated definitions in Newtonian mechanics, namely that power is always defined as effort times flow. But when ...
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Orthogonal of tangent vector in Rindler coordinates [closed]

For 2D space time from $(t,x)$ to $(u,v)$ the transformation are $$t = u \sinh(v)$$$$x=u\cosh(v)$$ Asking to show that two families of curves $u = \textrm{constant}$ and $v = \textrm{constant}$ ...
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Vector interpretation of Kepler's 2nd law ( r X a = 0 )

I just read the vector interpretation of Kepler's second law and the conclusion put me in a confusion. The interpretation concludes by demonstrating that r X a = 0, where boldfaced r and a are ...
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if a force vector is acting horizontally, on a curved object, how will the object accelerate?

The force vector is acting horizontally, but the plane surface it is acting on is inclined at an angle to the horizontal. How will he plane surface accelerate?
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Velocity in harmonic motion - Why are these angles congruent?

I learned about harmonic motion and I found the derivation of the formulas: And so, the velocity in harmonic motion is the projection of the velocity in angular motion. The only thing that is not ...