Questions tagged [kinematics]

The description of the movement of bodies by their position, velocity, acceleration (and possibly higher time derivatives, such as, jerk) without concern for the underlying dynamics/forces/causes.

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How area under Velocity-Time graph represents magnitude of displacement?

I understand that if the velocity is constant (acceleration=$0$) throughout the course of motion (where graph shows a rectangle) then it would simply be like playing with equation: (1). velocity=...
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Stanford: “Objects in spacetime all move at constant speed $c$.” Are they right? [duplicate]

In this Stanford University lecture on Relativity, it is stated: Likewise, objects in spacetime all move at constant speed c in spacetime but if you change its direction, say by moving at speed v in ...
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How to brake 'beautifully'?

Sometimes when I'm driving my car, I play a "game" against myself in which I try to minimize the deceleration felt by passengers (including myself) while still braking in a reasonable short space. I ...
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Ball thrown from a moving train

This is not a question about throwing a ball vertically in a moving train. I am asking what would happen if I throw a ball in a horizontally in a moving train. Assume I am facing an exit door of a ...
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How to remove gravity component from accelerometer $X$, $Y$ readings?

So I have an accelerometer which I am wanting to use in an IMU. When the device is tilted but stationary I want the x, y values to be 0, so effectively negate the effect of gravity along the x and y ...
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Rolling as pure rotation

In my book the following statement was written and I didn't understand it well. Can anyone explain it in a more simple way? Figure 11-6 suggests another way to look at the rolling motion of a ...
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What is the intuitive meaning of $Q^2$?

In particle physics, $-Q^2$ is defined by the four momentum transfer squared: $$Q^2 = -(p_i - p_f)^2 = (\vec{p}_i-\vec{p}_f)^2-(E_i-E_f)^2$$ For elastic scattering, the meaning of $Q^2$ is clear - it ...
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Trajectory of a swimmer trying to reach the opposite bank [closed]

I came across the following question 2 days ago: $Q$. A swimmer is swimming in a river with a speed $u$ with respect to the speed of water which is $v$. It is assumed that the river has straight ...
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What happens when two bodies collide in a dynamics point of view?

I'm a high school student learning about energy and momentum. What confuses me is the things with elastic and inelastic collisions. I completely (in my opinion) understand those concepts in energy ...
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Does entropy apply to Newton's First Law or does “acted upon” always require an external factor?

First law: Every body remains in a state of rest or uniform motion (constant velocity) unless it is acted upon by an external unbalanced force. This means that in the absence of a non-zero net force, ...
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Is there any such thing as a change in acceleration (ex: 3 m/s/s/s)? [duplicate]

If there exists something like that, then in $distance/time/time/time$, how is it expressed?
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Formulas for ball rolling in a bowl?

I'm developing a program where I've a ball/sphere rolling in a bowl from the side at top, till the center at bottom, and I'm trying to get the formulas for: The rotation angle and the position of the ...
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Does a rotating object have more inertia, mass and gravitational pull?

When an object is rotating on an axis, it has stored rotational energy in it. Since energy and mass are related, does this stored rotation increase the mass of the object? And if so, will it be harder ...
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Pulley system on a frictionless cart

Let's say you have a pulley set up as below on a cart, with a massless pulley and string. The mass hanging off the side is attached via a rail, and all surfaces & pulley are frictionless except ...
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Explicit Function for Bouncing Ball [closed]

I was wondering if it's possible (and if so, how would you go about it) to write an explicit function for the position of a ball bouncing as a function of time (assuming a coefficient of restitution 0 ...
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Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road [closed]

Suppose a wheel with radius $R$ is resting on a non-inclined surface. A torque $\tau$ is applied to the wheel center. In an attempt to prevent wheel from spinning, the ground applies a static friction ...
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Gas viscosity at high pressure, high temperature

EDIT 1 PER COMMENTS I am wanting to model nitrogen gas viscosity as a function of pressure and temperature OR learn of an existing equation that models nitrogen viscosity for the pressure and ...
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Problem in deducing the equations of motion using indefinite integral

As we know, antiderivative or indefinite integral is the function the derivative of which gives the actual function. Let $F(x)$ be the derivative of $f(x)$ ie. the instantaneous rate of change of $f(...
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How to calculate a firing location from point of impact data?

I would like to know how to calculate the point at which a bullet is fired from a gun given information from the scene where the bullet falls. The scene would contain the point of impact (GPS ...
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Calculation of Distance from measured Acceleration vs Time

I have an Accelerometer connected to a device that feeds the instant values of the acceleration in the 3 directions. I've tried to calculate the distance for a vertical movement using these values ...
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Why does gravity assist transfer twice the planet's velocity?

In orbital mechanics and aerospace engineering a gravitational slingshot (also known as gravity assist manoeuver or swing-by) is the use of the relative movement and gravity of a planet or other ...
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Does an airplane's speed include the speed of the Earth?

After take off, does airplane's speed include Earth's movement/speed? Do airplanes turn with Earth movement/rotation?
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Transformation of $4-$velocity

Notation: a greek index indicates four labels; spacetime coordinates $\mu = (0,1,2,3)$. A latin index indicates three labels; spatial coordinates $i = (1,2,3)$. $$* * *$$ A quantity, to be ...
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Kinematics question - Newton's Law of Motion [closed]

Question: Find the mass M of the hanging block in the following figure which will prevent the smaller block from slipping over the triangular block. All the surfaces are frictionless and the strings ...
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Find constant acceleration needed to reach point (possibly related to projectile motion on slopes) [closed]

Given a particle with a position $p_0$ and an initial velocity $\vec{v_0}$, what acceleration $\vec{a}$ do we need to reach point $p_1$ and how long until we have reached $p_1$? The magnitude of the ...
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How does this chair move?

I have a chair like this(shown in figure). I was kneeling on the part where we sit. I just gave a sudden push to the part where we rest the back, without moving my legs. I found that the chair is ...
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4th kinematic equations for constant acceleration

Ive been given the 4 kinematic equations for constant acceleration. The fourth being: $$s=ut+\frac{1}{2}at^2.$$ If rearranged it forms the quadratic equation $$at^2+2ut-2s=0.$$ But that means that ...
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Why do these two ways of understanding constant acceleration give different results?

I have a question pertaining to the concept of acceleration and it's formula - Both seem to give me different answers. I was asked: A train is moving at a velocity of $20\ \mathrm{m/s}$. It hits ...
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Why isn't average speed equal to displacement over time?

I'm in an introductory Physics course and I need help! During a one-hour trip, a small boat travels 80.0km north and then travels 60.0km east. What is the boat's average speed during the one-hour ...
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How to tell if the collision is elastic or inelastic?

I'm a programmer and a game developer, not a mathematician or a physicist. So please go easy on the math :) I know two things: How to find the new velocities of two objects after an elastic ...
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How is water able to bend around corners and violate the laws of inertia?

When I roll over wet pavement with my scooter it apparently flicks up onto my back. However, the angle between the wheel and the rear fender is -3 degrees. How is it possible for the water to be ...
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Does more rain strike a vehicle while moving or while stopped (or neither)? [duplicate]

Assume there is a rainstorm, and the rain falling over the entire subject area is perfectly, uniformly distributed. Now assume there are two identical cars in this area. One is standing still, and ...
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Extracting the 3D coordinates of a moving object from a video

Take a look at these two pictures, which are stills from a video which demonstrates magnus effect in football: I want to extract the coordinates of this ball in 3D space from this video. These are ...
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Is a heavier skier faster? [duplicate]

Is it true that a heavier skier goes faster? If it is, why is that? My intuition would be that the speed gained by a skier should be independent from its mass, since both its acceleration and the ...
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Difference b/w Kinetics & Kinematics w/concrete example

(I know whether I understand this or not doesn't matter much to my work & study but am just curious.) I still can't differentiate in my head kinetics and kinematics (similar thread is found but ...
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Intuitive explanation of the half in the $\frac{1}{2}at^2$ distance equation? [duplicate]

The full equation $$ Xf = X_o + V_o t + \frac{at^2}{2} $$ is integrated from the velocity function (which was integrated from constant acceleration function), right? The problem is, I can't seem to ...
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A question regarding 3-particle phase space for cross-section $2\to 3$

There is a book of Byckling and Kajantie, "Particle kinematics", discussing in particular (Chapter V) the kinematics of the $2\to 3$ cross-sections. It can be easily found in internet. I just want to ...
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Utilizing maximum acceleration $a$ for displacement $d$ with initial velocity $v_0$ and final velocity $v_1$

Problem My goal is to move an object from point a to b (displacement $d$) as fast as possible utilizing the maximum available acceleration $a_{max}$, taking into account the initial velocity $v_0$ ...
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How to calculate impulse force of body hitting water?

I'm calculating the force of a body hitting water from a high height. So far I've figured out the velocity at the time of collisions would be 40 m/s. The body is 78 kg. I seem to need the time it ...
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Acceleration vector for an object moving in a elliptic trajectory

I am interested in deriving what the radial and tangential components of the acceleration vector should be for an object following an elliptical trajectory centered on the origin, in which the ...
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Orbital velocity, orbital speed, tangential velocity

My mind is going around in circles over this. I know that orbital velocity is what a satellite requires to stay in orbit and I know what the equation is but I thought velocity was a vector not a ...
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Getting position from an accelerometer on an Android phone

I know that integrating acceleration twice will give me position (acceleration-->velocity-->position) but how can I do all this when I all I have are a set of data points (ex: 1 second = some # m/s^2);...
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Two objects connected by a rigid rod, one of which follows a determined path

Consider an object that follows a determined path, with it's position given by $f(t)$, parameterized by time. Then consider a second object that is connected to the first by a rigid rod of length $l$, ...
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In projectile motion, what does it mean for the motion along the $x$ and $y$ axis to be independent?

In projectile motion, what does it mean for the motion along the $x$ and $y$ axis to be independent? This question is referring to the concept of projectile motions.
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What is the best way to calculate impact time with collisions?

I've been teaching myself physics and I've been wondering about the impact time in collision calculations. The scenario I've been using to learn is an object with a mass of 4000 kilograms colliding ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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Angular velocity by velocities of 3 particles of the solid

Velocities of 3 particles of the solid, which don't lie on a single straight line, $V_1, V_2, V_3$ are given (as vector-functions). Radius-vectors $r_1, r_2$ from third particle to first and second ...
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Non-commutative property of rotation

Addition of angles are non-commutative in three dimensions. Hence some other angular vector quantities like angular velocity, momentum become non-commutative. What is the physical significance of this ...
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How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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Can a collision of 2 objects result in one object having a higher velocity than either object had before they collided?

Assume I had 2 perfectly elastic billiards balls of the same size and mass, that can roll on an endless billiards table losing no kinetic energy to friction. Is there a set of 2 velocities v1 and ...