The time rate of change of the position of an object

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Why is speed defined as coordinate derivative over proper time rather than observer's time in STR?

In special theory of relativity, why is 4-velocity defined as: $$ u^\mu = \frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau} $$ and not as $$ u^\mu = \frac{dx^\mu}{dt} $$ where ${\tau}$ is proper-time and t is time in some ...
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What do things move relative to?

When someone says that a spacecraft in otherwise empty space is traveling at a constant velocity of 10 km/h (for the sake of convenience) then what is the reference point for which this measurement ...
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Why is mass times position not used in physics?

The momentum $\vec{p}=m \vec{v}$ plays a very prominent role in physics. Why is the same not true for the quantity $\vec{q}=m \vec{r}$? E.g. one can write angular momentum as $\vec{L} = \vec{r} \...
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Group Velocity of guassian packet equals time derivative of mean position?

If I look at a gaussian wave package, and then interpret (in the usual Quantum-Mechanics Way) its square value as the propability density, then I can calculate a mean value for the position: $$ x_{...
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If the applied force is constant, what is the graph of the velocity?

This is a sample interview question from Oxford: A ball, initially at rest, is pushed upwards by a constant force for a certain amount of time. Sketch the velocity of the ball as a function of ...
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Velocity of a body in a pulley problem involving a spring fixed to the ground

So the picture shows the whole situation. My question is, how do you find the velocity of the object after it had descended 10 cm (0.1 m) ? Pulley's radius 0.2 m, moment of inertia 0.2 kg/m I have ...
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Charpy problem, Impact velocity [on hold]

Calculate the velocity of the hammer of an impact testing device at its lowest position if the hammer starts moving at an angle 30° to the horizontal (mass of rod=0.5kg, length of rod 400mm. mass of ...
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Average speed without given distance [closed]

Here is the problem where the speed is given but not the distance and need to find the average speed.
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Speed of light and relativity [duplicate]

Suppose there are two observers $A$ & $B$ both are in motion, now $A$ sees $B$ is moving with speed $'u'$. A says that another object $'d'$ is moving with speed $c+u$ w.r.t. A in the same ...
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Why is the damping force acting on an oscillating system opposite in direction to velocity and not acceleration?

So far I know that the damping force is a frictional force that opposes motion and so it acts in the opposite direction to velocity . Bit why can't the same be said for acceleration doesn't the ...
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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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Even when the drift velocity of the electrons is very small, how is current in the circuit established immediately?

So I have this question in my textbook and Ive also got it in my test. Ive written a wrong answer. My friend wrote the drift velocities of each particle add up and he got full marks. Is it right? Can ...
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Special Relativity - oscillator paradox

I am reading about the Special relativity and the original Einstein papers from 1905 and 1920 where he derives the Lorentz transformation and the effects of the time dilation and space contraction ...
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What is the velocity in the Navier-Stokes equation?

I have been looking at the Navier-Stokes equation, and can't seem to find anywhere a clear description of what velocity it represents. From what I have read it could be any of the following: The '...
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Vary action with respect to velocity

Variation of the action $S$ corresponding to a Lagrangian e.g. $L(x(t),\dot{x}(t))$ gives the Euler-Lagrange equations: $$ \frac{\delta S}{\delta x(t)} = 0 \\ \int du \left ( \frac{\delta L}{\delta x(...
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Functional derivative in Lagrangian field theory

The following functional derivative holds: \begin{align} \frac{\delta q(t)}{\delta q(t')} ~=~ \delta(t-t') \end{align} and \begin{align} \frac{\delta \dot{q}(t)}{\delta q(t')} ~=~ \delta'(t-t') \end{...
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instantaneous velocity center

The instant center of rotation, also called the instantaneous velocity center is the point fixed to a body undergoing planar movement that has zero velocity at a particular instant of time. For ...
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What is centripetal force the resultant of?

If an object is travelling in a circular motion it is constantly changing direction. This means it's velocity is constantly changing. This means that it is accelerating. This acceleration is towards ...
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Calculate speed from accelerometer

I am trying to use my accelerometer on my mobile device (smart watch to be specific) to calculate a persons arm swing speed. The data returned from the accelerometer is in $m/s^2$. Since the ...
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Why $F_\mu V^\mu=0$ in special relativity? [closed]

I'm trying to prove why $F_\mu V^\mu=0$. Where $F^\mu$ is the four force and $V^\mu$ is the four velocity. Can anyone help me?
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Angular velocity relative to different frames

In Goldstein it is said "It is intuitively obvious that the rotation angle of a rigid body displacement, as also the instantaneous angular velocity vector, is independent of the choice of origin of ...
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What are the Radial, Tangential and Linear Velocities in this Context?

From the pictures below, it has been said that the tangential component (represented by the tangent at $B$) the linear velocity of a particle moving from $A$ to $B$ is $r \omega$, which is equal to ...
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Equation for a falling body including terminal velocity

I'm making an app that times how long it takes a pebble to fall, then calculates the distance it fell. I noticed that the simple $f(t) = \frac{1}{2}gt^2$ was becoming increasingly inaccurate as the ...
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Velocity ; Acceleration [closed]

A ball was thrown vertically upwards with a speed of 3m/s. The ball reached a highest point before falling down to the ground. What is the acceleration of the ball at the highest point? A 0m/s2 B ...
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Explain $\Delta x = v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$ please? [duplicate]

$g = \Delta v/t$, so $\Delta v = gt$. $v = v_0 + \Delta v$, so $v = v_0 + gt$. So if $\Delta x = vt$, then $\Delta x$ should be $v_0t + gt$. Why the $\tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$? I'm really confused, so this ...
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Acceleration at rest when ball is thown [duplicate]

If a ball is thrown vertically upward and it comes to rest for a moment, then its velocity decreases and becomes zero. Does its acceleration also becomes zero? If yes then how ball falls down?
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Kinematics equations of motion find x position in 2D from height

I have a question and I thought of 2 possible ways to answer it however the resulting answers are different which means I must be doing something wrong in my calculations. All the below happens 2 ...
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What factors affect the velocity of an object moving down an inclined plane?

If you have a small toy car rolling down an wooden plank, what factors would increase or decrease the velocity of said car. In the experiment my team originally stated that adding mass to the car ...
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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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Components of Velocity in polar co-ordinates

Consider a point moving along a curve in a plane. The position of a point P on a coordinate system can be specified by a single vector $\vec{r}$=$r\hat{r}$. A rough sketch describing the situation is ...
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Maximum velocity of a ball down a slope

I have the following situation: The dimensions of the ball are significantly smaller than the dimensions of the slope, and there is no friction. I'd like to know the maximum velocity of the ball ...
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Is distance considered only for objects which have already moved?

I have this confusion concerning distance and speed. Typically, we express displacement and distance relative to a reference point, which we regard to be an unmoving location. As displacement has a ...
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Meaning of a Dirac delta speed in 1d shallow-water equations

A 1d thin layer of a fluid of constant density in hydrostatic balance can be modeled by shallow-water equations: $$\begin{align*}\partial_tu+\partial_x\left(v+\frac{u^2}{2}\right)&=0,\\ \...
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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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How are the theoretical properties of a gravity train linked to orbital properties?

Whilst perusing a question on WorldBuilding, a link was given to an article about Gravity Trains. Some of the answers on the question, and the Wikipedia article, state a travel time of 42 minutes ...
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What is displacement? Position relative to a reference point or change of position

What is the "official" or most useful definition of displacement in the context of kinematics? There are two common ones: Displacement is the length and direction of a line from a fixed reference ...
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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 velocity be negative? [closed]

In free fall I use the formula V=g*t and g is negative(-9.8m/s^2). It gives me negative.
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Systematic+Random Uncertainty for velocity measurement

I have a question regarding systematic and random uncertainties. I have to measure the mean value of a velocity measurement in flow field at a point. I've recorded say 1000 samples in time, which I ...
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Application of Bernoulli's equation to siphon

I'm trying to understand how to use Bernoulli's equation in practice. So I will make an example of where is my confusion. I found this great explanation on Wikipedia about the siphon, but there is a ...
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How to derive addition of velocities without the Lorentz transformation?

Lorentz contraction and time dilatation can be deduced without Lorentz transformation. Can you deduce also the theorem of addition of velocities $$w~=~\dfrac{u+v}{1+uv/c^2}$$ without Lorentz ...
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If two cars have the same acceleration at time $t$, are the velocities of the cars the same at time $t$?

So when I look at the question logically, I reason that if I had two cars: Range Rover and BMW, at time t, I could pump the gas and make them accelerate at the same rate at 0.5 m/s^2 but I could be ...
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The path that a light beam takes in empty space

First excuse me if this question is very simple for you but for me and for my friend is not. Recently we were discussing what path a light beam will follow in a box moving at a constant velocity in ...
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Velocity Profile of the Upper Atmosphere

Consider an Earth-Centered Inertial (ECI) frame in which the tangential (to Earth's surface) velocity is measured. Now consider obtaining constant average velocity profiles of the atmosphere as a ...
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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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How to find initial direction of an object using components [closed]

I have a basic (not for me) physics question that I am struggling to get my head around. It involves a car moving at an unknown speed that explodes into 3 pieces. I am having trouble finding the ...
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How can I find initial and final velocity? [closed]

Is there a way to find initial and final velocity if I only know the acceleration and distance and which formula must I use? I do not know the time either. EDIT Thank you for all your answers! You ...
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Time traveled assuming instant acceleration/decelaration

I am working on sort of a motion planning algorithm where I need to estimate the time it takes to travel along a certain path of points (straight lines between consecutive points, i.e I am assuming ...