The time rate of change of the position of an object

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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? [closed]

I got asked this question for my physics course at college, i'm not the best at airspeed velocities... What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? I still can't find anything to help ...
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How to approximate acceleration from a trajectory's coordinates?

If I only know $x$- and $y$- coordinates of every point on a trajectory without knowledge of time information, is there any way to approximate Cartesian acceleration angle at each point? Time interval ...
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What is the terminal velocity of a sheep?

Inspired by this question on Gaming.SE Using actual in-real-life physics, what would the terminal velocity of a sheep actually be? I would assume it would be around 50m/s, but I might be wrong. ...
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Calculating force of a car [closed]

I'm simulating car cruise system and my results are not making any sense. I have been told that my force formula is wrong but I don’t understand why it is wrong and how I can fix this. Does anybody ...
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What is the speed of light from a star moving towards a observer.? [duplicate]

We can say that in vacuum speed of light is constant. But if the star is moving with a certain velocity does it add that velocity to the velocity of photons emitted out of that star?
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If the velocity vector of a moving particle is always perpendicular to the position vector, is the path a circle?

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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Can speed be defined in the complex plane?

This question cropped up while I was playing with the equation for time dilation. If I set the speed to be $i$ (imaginary unit) the answer from the equation still makes sense, but does that matter if ...
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Does speed in space really matter?

This is about validating the science from a science fiction novel. My understanding is that speed is all relative. So while I am in a car on the freeway my speed relative to another passenger is ...
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Swinging onto a Hill

I was just watching the movie "Frozen" (not the Disney one), and they were trapped in a ski lift 50 feet off the ground. They had to jump. My question is, when they jump, should they swing on the ...
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Help explain how direction change relates to acceleration [duplicate]

I was doing some simple harmonic motion problems and I came across this picture describing the position, velocity and acceleration of a linear oscillator. At the moment in time when v is 0 the ...
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Difference between short impact and sustained pressure

If I press the wall (with my hand) I feel a little pressure at my hand and I move away from it. If I hit the wall (lets say using the same amount of energy for total work) I feel pain in my hand. ...
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Why is work not related to velocity?

A very simple question; why does it cost me more energy to very slowly lift a mass $m$ over my head compared to very fast? The definition of work does not state anything about velocity, only the ...
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How to calculate the equation of projectile motion for curved ramps? [duplicate]

Consider the following cases (these are sections): I can find the equation of motion for Case a however I don't know how to deal with Case d. Normally I would need the angle α otherwise I can't ...
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How to find equation of motion for this trajectory? - object leaves curved ramp at a given velocity [closed]

Here is the sketch: The sketch is supposed to be side-view of the path of the object. The following values are known: $r$ - radius of the circle that describes the path AB of the object $a$ - ...
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What determines the speed of waves in water?

While I was walking my dog this morning, I passed over a canal filled with boats, barges, and kayaks all of different masses and moving at different speeds. I noticed that all of these vessels left ...
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Experiment - Measuring final velocity of a parachute

I'm working on a project that involves a scale parachute. It is vital for the project to get a good measurement of the speed it has when it lands. We still haven't built the parachute, but we need a ...
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Finding out the velocity [closed]

Displacement of an object is related to time $x=at+bt^2-ct^3$ where a, b and c are constant motion.Then the velocity of an object when it's acceleration is zero is given by ...
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Question regarding FTL information transfer between two inertial frames

Why can’t information travel faster than the speed of light, if the two endpoints to and from which the information is being sent are moving relatively to each other, as long as the information ...
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Kinematics - Concept of average velocity

Average velocity, as I have heard, cannot be found simply by finding the average of two numbers. I have a question on average velocity, but am simply unable to proceed: A particle moving in a ...
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Constant speed in curved space

Suppose a spaceship is travelling in the Schwarzschild metric. An observer at infinity sees the spaceship moving at constant velocity. What does this mean? Does it mean that: \begin{align*} ...
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Velocity at certain point?

I seem to have misunderstood something in velocity. There is a path from point A to point B, that gap between is 100 meters. An object moves from point A to B with a velocity is 10 m/s. ...
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Physical Interpretation of four velocity in GR

I'm confused about the physical interpretation of the four-velocity $U^\mu=\frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau}$ in General Relativity. I know that it is a tangent vector to a particle's "worldline", but what does ...
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How can there be really any instantaneous velocity?

I have read about Zeno's arrow paradox that tells us there is no motion of the arrow at a particular instant of its flight. It can be inferred that there can be no velocity at any instant. Moreover we ...
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Travel time for accelerating object [closed]

I have an object which starts at velocity = 0. Accelerates to a known max speed and continues thereon at constant velocity (max speed). My problem: How long does it take to reach a known ...
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Speed distribution in 1 dimension

In 3D, the maxwell velocity distribution is: $$f = \left(\frac{\alpha}{\pi} \right)^{\frac{3}{2}} e^{-\alpha v^2} d^3 \vec v$$ To get the speed distribution in 3D, we simply expand $d^3\vec v = 4\pi ...
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Bernoulli's equation

So there's a pipe filled with water that has 4 other pipes with same radii connected to it. The question is to arrange heights from the smallest to the biggest level in it. $A_1$ and $A_2$ are ...
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Help with Special Relativity velocity addition formula

While looking for question about speed of light I saw this Physics.SE question where I found this: $$v_\text{rel} = \frac{v_1 - v_2}{1 - \frac{v_1v_2}{c^2}}.\tag1$$ But in another answer there was ...
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Help with a solid sphere sliding and then rolling

Initially at time $t=0$, a solid sphere slides with velocity $v$ along a horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction is u. Find the required time for the sphere to stop sliding (the sphere will ...
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Determining fluid flow velocity from experimental volumetric flow rate data

I would be very grateful if someone helps me with my issue. I have a pump pumping water into a tube. My goal is to find velocity of the fluid flow in another tube that will be connected to the first ...
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How to calculate average velocity

The position of an object moving along X-axis is given as $X=a+bt^2$ where $a=8.5\,\mathrm m$, $b=2.5\,\mathrm {m/s^2}$ and $t$ is measured in seconds. What is it's velocity at $t=0$ and $t=2.0$ s? ...
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Chasing a photon [duplicate]

According to this article, the Theory of Special Relativity holds that if you were chasing a stream of light at half the speed of light, $c/2$, the light's speed relative to you would still be $c$. ...
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Perception of sound in varying temperature

If one disregards situations like explosions (where air is heated) etc. and also disregards humidity – does temperature affect sound in any way for the observer? Say for example one listens to a ...
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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 ...
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Question Regarding Lorentz Transformation

I have question regarding the following velocity transform formula: $$v_b = \frac{v_a - u}{1-uv_a/c^2}$$ $u$ here refers to the speed that one frame is moving relative to another. How do I decide ...
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Compute the minimal distance between two points in movement

There are two points, $A$ and $B$ that move according to these laws: $$ \vec{x_a}= 20 -10 t $$ $$ \vec{x_b}= -15 +15 t $$ $A$ moves along the x axis, $B$ along the y axis. I have to compute the ...
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Relativity addition and signs

I have just covered a very brief module on special relativity as a part of my physics course. I have also done some extra reading mostly; Morrin's Classical Mechanics. While I found the book really ...
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Small Animal Terminal Velocity

I recently saw a cat fall probably 100 feet like in this video Cat Falls. It seemed as if the cat reached terminal velocity by the time it hit. Does this mean that cats (and other small animals) could ...
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Is there any significance to the negative sign on this speed?

A girl is riding a bicycle along a straight road at constant speed, and passes a friend standing at a bus stop (event #$1$). At a time of $60$ s later the friend catches a bus (event #$2$) If the ...
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Ground velocity of satellite

I was wondering whether there is a simple formula in order to calculate the ground velocity (the velocity with which the satellite is moving along the planet's surface) on basis of the orbital ...
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Relativistic addition of velocities of spaceships

If Spaceship 1 is traveling at speed $.5c$ relative to Earth, and Spaceship 2 is traveling at speed $.3c$ relative to Earth in the same direction, what does Spaceship 2 see Spaceship 1's speed as? I ...
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Newton's Second Law

Newton's Second Law tells us that $\sum F = ma$. The vector sum of the forces $F$ on an object is equal to the mass $m$ of that object multiplied by the acceleration vector $a$ of the object. So ...
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Can a flying bullet be caught with your hands?

Many films show heroes catching fired bullet with their fingers. Is it practically possible? Is it possible to do like that or just in movies? Can we catch a bullet that is fired towards catcher?
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velocity in inertial and nontial frames

I got confused about the difference between the last term of both pictures. In the first one, we have w x r, but in the second we have w x r underlined. Does anyone have a better explanation? They ...
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Query into the cumulative velocity of mounted platforms

Consider throwing a stone at an object from rest, it travels at Vms-1. Now throw that stone whilst running at Ums-1. It seems in the latter scenario the total speed of stone is V + U. Now imagine ...
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Spinning theoretical object moving faster than the speed of light [duplicate]

Let's say you have the Earth, or any celestial body, spinning as it is. What if you build a tower from the surface, and extended it out into space. If it was built far enough, could the furthest end ...
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How long does it take for an electric car to go from 0 to 60 mph?

I found the freefall motion equation which describes terminal velocity of a falling body, but I can't find a similar equation for a vehicle subject to constant traction force, so I tried determining ...
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Does mass affect velocity when travelling through frictionless medium?

I found the following question on an standardized test, and was debating with some friends what the answer would be: A car of mass M is travelling with a constant velocity through a plane in which ...
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Finding release angle and final velocity of projectile when the target has a different coordinations [closed]

I am trying to write some codes for auto-snowball mechanism which seems like a regular projectile but instead of hitting the targets on the ground it is going to be able to hit the target in the air ...
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Deriving $F = ma$ - Newton's Second Law of Motion

Context: In my textbook it is given: 'momentum' short for 'linear momentum': Mass = $m$, momentum is $p=mv$. In time $\Delta t$, momentum changes by $\Delta p$, the rate of change of momentum is: ...
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Two vehicles moving in a line with different accelerations

Let two similar vehicles starting at rest in a straight line (with a distance of $D$ between them) have time-varying accelerations in the same direction. If both of them have similar time varying ...