# Tagged Questions

The time rate of change of the position of an object

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### Elastic Collision of Infinitely Large Body and an Infinitely Small Body

So I guess this is a somewhat conceptual question. There are two bodies, one with a mass $m$ that is so light it is massless and at rest so $v_{_i1} = 0$ And the other with mass $M$ that is almost ...
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### Representing variable velocity in cellular automata

I've read through some of the more non-physicist accessible material on cellular automaton, touching on digital physics etc and I am somewhat confused about methods to reason with variable velocity in ...
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### If an object's acceleration is zero, can its velocity be non zero?

Question: If an object's acceleration is zero, can it's velocity be non-zero? Explain by giving an example. My Attempt: This doesn't make any sense at all. Via my teacher's solution ...
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### Calculate distance with variable acceleration [duplicate]

I know the time and I know the force that acts horizontally on a particle. The problem is that the force is F=k(D-V), where k and D are constants. So at the beginning where the particle has zero ...
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### What's the formula to determine how fast a magnet can travel and still hold objects in it's magnetic field?

If an object (an iron ball) is locked (suspended) in the magnetic field being produced by a magnetic bar, what is the maximum velocity at which the bar can be moved before the iron ball is disturbed ...
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### Tachyons and Lorentz velocity transformation

In general, is it possible to apply the Lorentz velocity transformation to a tachyon? I have tried to do so but the results seemed very illogical. Here's my attempt: suppose an evil spaceship named ...
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### How to prove the average velocity formula without calculus

I often see the formula: $$\overline v = \frac {v + v_0}{2}$$ in physics textbooks, to describe the average velocity for an object moving with constant acceleration. This formula is often ...
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### Can 3 objects be collinear?

Suppose there are 3 objects floating in some space, without anything else besides this 3 objects. Is there any way for them to end up collinear at any given moment (assuming they start at completely ...
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### Elastic collision between two circles [duplicate]

I am trying to calculate the final velocities of two equal mass 2-dimensional circles after an elastic collision. I have tried to figure it out using formulas I know from high school physics, but ...
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### Find the height and the velocity of the object [closed]

A bolt is detached from the lower part of an elevator cabin that is ascending with velocity 6meters/second and for 3 seconds comes to the point from where the elevator started to ascend. Find: in ...
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### What is the relationship between rolling resistance and velocity?

I'm a games programmer, trying to write a simple car physics simulation. I'm aware that a car travelling in a straight line will exert a traction force that drives it forwards (by turning the wheels ...
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### Can a particle have no instantaneous velocity at all points of the path taken but a finite average velocity?

I have a question on kinematics. Say the path traced by a particle is given by a Koch curve or Koch snowflake. Now consider the particle starts from some arbitrary point $A$ on the curve and ...
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### Escape speed or Escape Velocity? [duplicate]

Which one should be the correct term escape speed or escape velocity? In one book it is given Speed whereas in another its velocity.
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### Cumulative distance formula

I am working with position recordings over time. Basically, I record the position of animals in a treadmill. They can go forwards or backwards. Hence, position can increase or decrease. However, I am ...
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### Lining up fans in a row

Im new to this website, and not extremely educated in the world of physics. I have a very basic (mostly high school, some college) understanding of physics. That being said, I work for the fire ...
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### Why do objects change its direction when their velocity reaches 0?

When you throw an object into the air, the object will decelerate by 10 or 9.8 meters per second per second due to gravity. When the object reaches its highest point, the objects velocity would be ...
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### Calculating constant velocity from friction [closed]

I'm unsure if my Book is wrong. Either way, we send a pinball through a cylinder filled with oil, the forces that apply are. Fpinball = 15,8 ∙ 10^−6 ∙ 9,82 = 5,69 ∙ 10^−5N Foil = 𝜌 ∙ 𝑔 ∙ 𝑉 = 0,...
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### Velocity and acceleration (as vectors) in a straight line

A student is trying to determine the acceleration of a feather as she drops it to the ground. If the student is looking to achieve a positive velocity and positive acceleration, what is the most ...
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### How can I calculate the change in velocity? [closed]

"A runner runs at 4 m/s on a circular track constantly. A and B are opposite points on the track, so A is the starting point and B is halfway around the track. Calculate his change in velocity from A ...
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### Equation for Turning Projectile

I'm trying to cook up an equation that will give me position for a projectile which operates in the Newtonian Domain. So a the fall equation is: \mathbf{p_t} = \frac{\mathbf gt^2}{2} + \mathbf{v_0}...
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### How to determine when to decelerate to reach a destination at 0 velocity?

(Sorry, not sure whether this belongs here on the Physics StackExchange or the Math StackExchange.) I'm creating a computer game in which there is a computer-controlled car that needs to travel along ...
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### Help with a problem in magnetism, kinetic energy

I couldn't fully understand how the author solved the problem c). Here's what was done: At first I thought he changed $v$ for $\sqrt{\frac{2K}{m}}$ in the equation $r=\frac{mv}{|q|B}$, but instead ...
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### Understanding rotational motion on a rough surface

I am having trouble gaining an intuitive understanding of rotational motion for an object rolling on rough surface, and I have a few questions regarding it. Let's say that there's a cylinder that ...
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### Need to find module of magnetic field

I have a post-lab problem During the experiments I have a U magnet on a scale. Inside the U magnet there is a conductor with a steady current. The conductor is made so that the magnetic field is ...
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### Calculating position of a particle at time $t$ in a gravitational field

I'm working on a piece of code that is supposed to visualize a particle bouncing up and down from the ground (somehow magically we can give it velocity upwards when it is on the ground). I figured ...
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### Obtaining Velocity from Acceleration

I'm following a research paper (PDF via RG), part of which is about using the accelerometer of a smartphone to assist the user's positioning via WLAN. Accelerometer is used to determine if the user ...
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### Relativity: easy spaceship scenario. easy questions [duplicate]

Your spaceship is traveling at 1/2*c and you approach Bob's spaceship going -1/2*c in the opposite direction. Relative to you, Bob is going the speed of light, and of course he has a giant ticking ...
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### Terminal Velocity of 100lb Hail [closed]

In the Apocalypse there is meant to be hail weighing 100 pounds or 45 kg. What would the terminal velocity be, assuming the hailstones are perfect spheres of solid ice? Also, is there a way to guess ...
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### Position from acceleration, or acceleration from position, to track an object moving the speed of sound

I'm working on a project that involves tracing the motion of a fast-moving object (approx the speed of sound) through a fairly defined trajectory. Would it be more accurate to measure the position of ...
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### 4-velocity in an accelerated frame

I am trying to check some calculations of the displacement tensor from a paper that has been given to me by my advisor. And it seems I am stuck on the form of the 4-velocity in an accelerated frame. ...
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### Where does the energy required to speed the object in this question come from if the object actually slows down from another perspective?

I was thinking about mechanics and energy and stumped myself with this scenario I made up: Suppose you are in a room and you are motionless. In the same room, a 1 Kg ball is moving to your right with ...
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### Acceleration vs. Velocity

Since acceleration is a change in velocity or a change in direction how can in reality velocity exist since a straight line does not exist except in Euclidean geometry? Any movement from one point to ...
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### Example of physical phenomenon with zero velocity at some point that does not correspond to an extremum [closed]

For many students (at least mine), the vanishing of the derivative $f$ at some point means that the function is maximal at that point. The cubic function $f(x)=x^3$ shows this is false. Students ...
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### How do I measure speed accurately without any turning wheels?

Consider a pod (about 50 ft long and 15 square feet wide) that levitates using air pressure that shoots through the bottom and travels through a tube that's at low air pressure (about 100 Pa). It ...
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### How to compute the speed of a cosmic ray from its energy? [duplicate]

How can you compute the speed of a cosmic ray from its type and measured energy? For example, if a cosmic ray were said to be a proton of 10 GeV, how would you compute the velocity of that cosmic ray?...
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### Why wasn't the theory that light's velocity depended on its source very popular?

Before special relativity, it was believed that light having a specific velocity meant it had to travel through something. My question is, why wasn't the idea that light depended on its source very ...
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### Speed of Light with trains [duplicate]

Suppose that there is a train (train1) going at 100 km/h. The train is infinitely long. Suppose that there is an other train inside train1 (train2), which has a speed of 100 km/h also. So for a ...
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### How far will the bullet travel before falling back to earth? [closed]

First, the question: A particular high performance rifle cartridge can be fired with a muzzle velocity of 1200 meters per second. The rifle is pointed straight up. Assuming there is no air ...
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### Questions about the velocity of the center of gravity

I have a physics test coming up in a couple of days and I really need to have some things explained to me. It is about something that I think is called in english "the velocity of the center of ...
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### stopping a rotating mass to achieve linear velocity

So I've been thinking about space, and I had this idea. I haven't found any prior art online for it, and from my limited understanding it seems like a viable idea. So I guess my question is, what am I ...
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### Calculate the distance of a falling object and terminal speed [closed]

I have a homework problem that I would like to verify that I am doing it correctly. If anyone could help me see where I'm going wrong with the steps, I would really appreciate it. (a) Consider a ...
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### For a particle moving in a circle,can $a_t\neq 0$ and $a_r= 0$? [duplicate]

I know for a fact that if a particle is moving in a circle such that the value of radial acceleration is non-zero and the value of tangential acceleration is zero ,then it can be classified as ...
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### How to find the height at which a projectile is launched from an angle? [closed]

I need guidance with the following question: A boat is $50.0m$ from the base of a cliff, fleeing at $5.00m/s$. A gun mounted on the edge of the cliff fires a shell at $40.0m/s$ and hits the boat ...
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### Differential equation for velocity regarded as a function of distance [closed]

Given a differential equation for velocity, $dv/dt + v = 1$, as well as its solution, is it possible to derive a differential equation for velocity with respect to distance? I found a solution to the ...
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### magnetic field strength paradox-where is my error in reasoning?

Under the assumption that I understood the following circumstances correct: Magnetism occurs when a charged particle moves with a certain velocity through space. Faster velocity equals a stronger ...
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### What is meant by the velocity of a star?

I recently read somewhere that among other things like size, radius, distance from earth, luminosity, age, etc of a star, velocity was another variable. What is exactly meant by the velocity of a star?...
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### Speed of different inclined plane [closed]

Assume friction-less, an object was release from the top, what is its speed at the lower end of the slope? I tried $v= \sqrt {2*9.0m/s^2*5m}$, but I doubt if it's a correct answer, any help?
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### What is the acceleration at the top most point of a ball’s journey vertically upward?

When i shoot a ball vertically upward, it’s velocity is decreasing. So there is acceleration. -9.8m/s^2. I’ve read that at the top most point, the acceleration is STILL 9.8 m/s^2 where v=0 . The ...