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The time rate of change of the position of an object

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Is instantaneous velocity a scalar or a vector?

So this is a simple question that I have been confused about. Last night I was in a discussion with a friend, and we somehow ended up on this topic. He believes that instantaneous velocity is a ...
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How to calculate speed and distance from gyro, orientation and acceleration data?

In iOS 8 SDK, there's an API that gives you a distance covered by user over a period of time. I wonder how is Apple calculating distance, as it seems to work without GPS help. And since I have the ...
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Why are position and velocity enough for prediction and acceleration is unnecessary?

In classical mechanics, if you take a snapshot and get the momentary positions and velocities of all particles in a system, you can derive all past and future paths of the particles. It doesn't seem ...
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Can a projectile moving at supersonic velocities leave a silhouette in whatever it hits?

I was recently reading this, and Floris's answer confirmed my knowledge that the information of an collision travels at the speed of sound. While I was thinking about that, my mind wandered and I ...
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Can velocity be an undefined quantity?

We have the image below displaying the uniform velocity by time-distance graph. At every point velocity is constant but what if distance and time both become zero as at origin in the graph is? The ...
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Why don't we take force proportional to velocity? [duplicate]

When a Force is applied on a body at rest, it produces Acceleration which is equal to change in Velocity. But due to the Force, we see that the Velocity is increasing consequently. So why don't we ...
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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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Factors on which Coefficient of restitution depend

What are the factors on which coefficient of restitution depend? What is the reason for more coefficient of restitution of two glass balls (0.95) than for two lead balls (0.20)?
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Does juggling faster less work then juggling slower?

I got this idea when juggling. Let's say three balls with the standard technique. When I throw the balls higher it is harder (more work), but since it takes more time for them to fall back I work less ...
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Does there exist a hyperbolic relationship between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$?

As the title states, is it possible to derive a hyperbolic relationship in the form of $\frac{x^2}{a^2} - \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$ between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$ I have tried to start this ...
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Playing catch in space?

I was thinking about this on the bus (exam this week :P). What would happen if two people played catch in outer space? Lets say person A and B are in space at rest, A throws a mass m at B, what ...
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Are velocity and acceleration smooth quantities?

My thinking: acceleration corresponds to a force which is instantaneous, so the acceleration of a rigid body can be rather spiky (non-smooth) velocity (angular velocity) describes the ratio of ...
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Is velocity always tangential to trajectory?

So I was doing an exercise and they find find the angle between the tangential of trajectory and the vertical I was stuck but then I read in a site that the velocity is ALWAYS tangential to the ...
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When passed, why does my car 'rock' on the highway when I'm stopped, but not when I'm moving?

I am the blue car in this scenario. If I am stopped on the highway and am passed by a car going fast (about 65 mph), I feel my car rock in the left/right direction. I think I understand why this ...
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Air Presure and Air Velocity from speaker

How do I determine/calculate the air pressure emitted from a speaker ? And how to determine the velocity of air from the sound air pressure ?
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Visualisation of electron

first things first, I'm not by any means a physicist nor a student of physics. I study graphic design. Theme of my bachelor thesis is visualisation of physical and mathematical phenomenons, long story ...
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2 questions on 4-velocity

Firstly 4-velocity is defined by $u^\mu=\frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau}$ let us consider the component $x_i$ of $x^\mu$ then this derivative can be written as: $$\frac{dx_i}{d\tau}=\frac{dx_i}{dt}\frac{dt}{d\tau}...
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How to understand non-associative composition of velocities in STR?

In STR the composition of non parallel movements is in general non-associative. The formula is $\displaystyle\bar{u}\oplus\bar{v}= \frac{\bar{u}+\bar{v}_{\|}+\bar{v}_\bot/\gamma}{1+\bar u\cdot\bar v/...
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Calculating estimated HP from velocity, auto weight, and constant acceleration

I am working on a simulation program that runs theoretical performances of different cars and was wondering if there is a way to estimate the HP at any running RPM? the problem is (and this may be me ...
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What matters more in the strength tester game at a carnival, momentum or force?

A buddy and I were arguing over which matters more in the strength tester game (assuming the same accuracy of the hit): 1) momentum or 2) force. He was arguing that if you swing the hammer directly ...
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Velocity of car down an Inclined Plane

I was learning to make a car game and came across this situation where my car is on an inclined plane. It's initial velocity is 0. Now, the problem is that my memory serves me this formula to ...
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Finding acceleration and distance when velocity given

I am trying to do the following question for practice (it is an interview question), and I don't know if my methods and answer are correct. Given a velocity $v=2+3t^2$, find acceleration after 3 ...
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Would a wormhole be able to move?

First, I consider the following as given: All the galaxies, solar systems and planets in the universe travel on a different route at a different velocity through space, mostly moving away from each ...
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How to find “Time” from “Force vs. Velocity” graph? [closed]

If I have Velocity on the $y$ axis and force on the $x$ axis how can I calculate the total time it takes to reach 4000 newtons? Is this just a case of integrating the gradient of the line?
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Why does objects with zero acceleraton move?

My question is, if we apply a force on an object to move it with a constant velocity, of course it will move. But what I don't understand is, why will it move? From Newton's law F=ma and in this case ...
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Change in velocity of a circular orbit?

For a body in a circular orbit will any (i.e. however small) decrease in velocity mean it falls to earth or will it go into an elliptical orbit? I originally thought that it was the first (i.e. falls ...
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Calculating velocity from a pressure distribution

Using computational fluid dynamics I have calculated the pressure distribution over a streamlined body. I have access to the static, dynamic and total pressure seperately and assume that I can use ...
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High speed does not kill. Does acceleration do it ? or jerk?

In a recent question the OP asked why high speed will not kill us. The accepted answer, highly upvoted, stated very first that Speed doesn't kill us, but acceleration does. The second answer (...
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Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period?

Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period? While studying about Fourier transform that shows frequency representation. A doubt that came to me was a set of signal with same wavelength but ...
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Relative velocity of two objects travelling at $c$ (or near $c$) [duplicate]

If two bodies are travelling at speed $0.9 \, c$ in opposite directions, what will be the speed of one, as observed by another? Newtonian mechanics won't apply at such speeds. As such, how will we ...
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Lagrangian of Non-Relativistic Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field

I'm trying to derive the Lagrangian for a non-relativistic charged particle under the influence of a magnetic potential. I'm assuming that $F=-\textrm{grad}(V)$ and so by the Lorentz force we have $-\...
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Rotational Speeds

I was driving the other day and couldn't help but look at all the wind mills in the wind farms. I know I am not doing the math correctly, but I want to know what is "really" happening when a windmill ...
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Is the moment of zero velocity identical for objects of differing mass?

Assume we have two perfect spheres of identical size but different mass (e.g., one made of steel and one made of enamel) and an environment where the only forces in play are gravity and velocity (i.e.,...
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When a body accelerates, it gains (relativistic) mass; after stopping, is the (relativistic) mass different from before it started accelerating?

When a body accelerates, it gains (relativistic) mass $m$ according to the relation $$m=\frac{m_0}{\sqrt{1-(v/c)^2}},$$ where $m_0$ is the (rest) mass. But after it stops is the gained (relativistic) ...
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Explain the terminal velocity equation [closed]

As explained by Method 1 on WikiHow, the equation for Terminal Velocity is: $$ V_T = \sqrt{2 \times m \times g \over ρ \times A \times C} $$ Some parts of this equation are self explanatory, and ...
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How can Terminal Velocity be greater than gravity? [closed]

It's been over a decade since my last high school physics class, so I apologize in advance if this is a dumb/ignorant question, but how can a skydiver fall faster than the speed of gravity? If gravity ...
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How to calculate the centerline velocity inside a pipe?

Well, I was reading about fluid-solid/structure interaction models for make a simulation in COMSOL, and in few papers about it [1] I find an expression about the centerline velocity. I understand the ...
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Orientation of a rocket going in a circle?

This problem is from my physics homework: A rocket is moving at constant speed in a perfect circle in deep space, far away from any planets or stars. The diagram below shows the circle the ship ...
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Instantaneous velocity is slope of displacement-time curve?

I have a toss-up question that I'm not sure how to answer. Here it is (true or false): The instantaneous velocity at a particular time is the slope of the displacement-time curve at that position. ...
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Quick question on free fall of 2 objects [closed]

I am trying to work through a problem, that is basically telling me that two objects were dropped from a building, one was thrown 2 seconds after the previous object, and I have to find out how long ...
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Converting velocity-time line to acceleration-time?

How would one find where the straight line on a VT graph is on an AT graph? For example in the above image, if I were to convert that into an acceleration-time graph, where on the y-axis would the ...
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Drift velocity of electrons with changing area

What would happen with the drift velocity of a cylindrical resistor's diameter increases, with a given voltage between its terminals? According to the expression: \begin{align} R&=\rho\frac{L}{A}\...
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Why do rockets jettison fuel tanks? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why rockets have multistages releasing their fuel tanks. Say a rocket $R$ has two fuel tanks $A$ and $B$, which respectively have masses $m_a$ and $m_b$, and the mass of the ...
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Physical Meaning of Divergence of Convective Velocity Term

When taking the divergence of the convective velocity term, I get the following: \begin{align} \nabla\cdot\left[\mathbf u\cdot\nabla\mathbf u\right]&=\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}\left[u_j\frac{\...
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Projectile velocity and component $x$ and $y$ velocities

So the equations for the X and Y velocity given $\theta$ and $V_0$ are $V_x = V_0\cos\theta$, and $V_y = V_0\sin\theta$. When I test this with something like 1 m/s and and angle of $45^{\circ}$, I ...
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What is the physical explanation for the phase relationship between acoustic pressure and particle velocity in plane and spherical waves?

I've been looking around for a decent physical explanation of the differences in the phase relationships between acoustic pressure and particle velocity in different types of waves. Mathematical ...
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Does tunneling transmission probability depend on the density of states or velocity?

In some quantum text books [1], the tunneling transmission formula depends only on the density of states of 2 regions (DOS) involved in tunneling. ($T(E) = C \times DOS_1(E) \times DOS_2(E)$, where C ...
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Four-momentum, four-velocity, energy

If given the four-momentum of any particle monitored by an observer as: p = $p^\hat{α}e_\hat{α}$ using unit vectors in observer’s reference frame and u = $e_\hat{0}$ then I get I'm just wondering ...
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Importance of Powers of Velocity in Classical Mechanics

Is there any general significance to calculated quantities that depend purely on general powers of the velocity of a particle/system/etc? The first power being momentum and the second being kinetic ...
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Elastic collisions and conservation of momentum

If you have an elastic collision between objects 1 and 2 and where 'kinetic energy is conserved', does this mean object 1 will always have the same velocity it had before the collision? Or will ...