Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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How to find tangential and normal unit vector to a trajectory from the equation?

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 $B$ [on hold]

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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Intuitive understanding of vector spaces [closed]

I want to understand the intuitive meaning of vector spaces (Hilbert, Banach, metric, normed). I have read a lot of texts and understand the mathematical formalism given but how does it correspond to ...
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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

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 ...
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Difference between a magnitude and a component

Studying the basic concepts of vectors, I am very confused with the definitions of vector components and magnitudes. And why does the magnitudes always have to be positive? How about the components? ...
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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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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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Dot product in index notation [closed]

This is a question about a small exercise I am trying to do in order to check if I am correct. Such type of quantities can appear in propagators in QFT. Since I am not an index expert I need some ...
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Proof regarding angle between velocity vectors

Consider a casual trajectory of a point and the velocity vector at two istants $v_1$ and $v_2$. In picture (1) I considered the osculating circle with center $O$ and radius $R$. In the picture (2) I ...
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Flux - Scalar Multiplication in Integral?

No textbook and website seems to answer this so here is my question: When we have a scalar flux: I understand that you take the scalar product of the vectors. And I understand the need for using an ...
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Is there a physical interpretation of a tensor as a vector with additional qualities?

What is a tensor? has been asked before, with the most highly up-voted answer defining a tensor of rank $k$ as a vector of a tensor of rank $k-1$. But if a scalar is defined as a physical quantity ...
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Force conversion in a barrel cam-follower mechanism

A barrel cam-follower mechanism consists of a (cylindrical) barrel with a cam track, a cam-follower (roller) inside of the track, a fork connected to the cam-follower and a guide along which the fork ...
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How to interpret the units of the dot or cross product of two vectors?

Suppose I have two vectors $a=\left(1,2,3\right)$ and $b=\left(4,5,6\right)$, both in meters. If I take their dot product with the algebraic definition, I get this: $$a \cdot b = 1\mathrm m \cdot ...
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How to determine the net velocity change applied by a force vector [closed]

I am a little stumped by the answer of this question. The question reads, "In three situations, a single force acts on a moving particle. Here are the velocities (at that instant) and the forces: ...
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How to find components of vector other than 90 degree between eachother [migrated]

As from the Pythagoras theorem we can find the resolved parts of a vector (with given angle and magnitude) which makes angle 90 degree with each other. How to find components of vector other than at ...
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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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Is it possible that the magnitude of the resultant of two equal vectors be equal to the magnitude of either vector?

Is it possible that the magnitude of the resultant of two equal vectors be equal to the magnitude of either vector? What does this question mean? Does the zero vector(null vector) satisfy the ...
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Correct resolution of vectors [closed]

There's a sum given as an example in my physics textbook which I tried to solve in a different manner but ended up with a wrong answer. Here's a picture of the sum given in my textbook along with the ...
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Vertical component of moving weight at a 45 degree angle

Here's an easier one. I use the leg press machine at the gym so I don't have to worrying about hurting myself while lifting heavier weight. The weight glides on a track that looks to be 45 degrees. ...
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How is equilibrium achieved when masses are unbalanced?

Consider the see-saw scenario shown below (This image was from a Phet simulation) If you place a 5kg mass 0.25m from the pivot point, the seesaw will have net torque in an anticlockwise direction, ...
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Basic tension and equilibrium confusion

The following is what I did: $$Fsin\theta = 60 => F = 93 N$$ $$Fcos\theta = 40 => F = 52 N$$ Why do I get different results? Does this mean the object isn't in equilibrium? How can I ...
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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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Component of Component of a vector [duplicate]

NOTE : By perpendicular component of $\vec{F}$, I mean a vector which is a component of $\vec{F}$, but perpendicular to it. In the image above, the red vectors are a possible set of rectangular ...
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What is the physical significance of dot & cross product of vectors? Why is division not defined for vectors?

I get the physical significance of vector addition & subtraction. But I don't understand what do dot & cross products mean? More specifically, why is it that dot product of vectors ...
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What is the physical meaning of a dot product and a cross product of vectors? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that Vectors are quantities that behave like Displacements. Seen this way, the triangle law of vector addition simply means that to reach point C from point A, going from A to B ...
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What is the power given by centripetal force?(in circular motion)

A particle of mass $m$ is moving in a circular path of constant radius such that the centripetal acceleration is varying with time as $a_c = k^2rt^2$ where $k$ is constant. The power given to ...
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Geometric definition of the Lorentz inner product

In Euclidean space one can define the dot product as projecting one vector to the other and multiply the length of the projected vector with the length of the other vector. This definition doesn't ...
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About reference frame in Newton's second law?

Classical physics models events occuring in the spacetime $\mathcal E\times \mathcal T$ where $\mathcal E$ is a dimension 3 euclidean point space and $\mathcal T$ is an interval of $(\mathbb R, ...
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what is the energy required to change only direction of a vector? [closed]

Does change in velocity vector change Kinetic energy of a system? Does any energy change when we change direction of a vector of a system?
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The Physics Behind the American Death Triangle [closed]

I've heard a lot about the American Death Triangle and how it is awful for belaying. The Death Triangle is set up as such: you have two anchor points with a single rope or line running through both ...
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Vector addition forces with law of cosine

Given two vectors $\mathbf{F_1}, \mathbf{F_2}$ and an angle $\alpha$ between two vectors we can derive the resulting force $F_R:=\Vert \mathbf{F_R}\Vert$. ...