Questions relating to Newton's Laws of Motion

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Angular momentum cylindrical coördinates

From "Classical Mechanics" - Taylor, problem 3.30 Consider a rigid body rotating with angular velocity $\omega$ about a fixed axix. (You could think of a door rotating about the axis defined by ...
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Axioms of Newtonian Mechanics

Axiomatically speaking, could Newton's laws be derived (as theorems) from the conservation of momentum and energy -- along with a few suitable definitions of things like an inertia frame and force? ...
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The Nambu bracket

Does anybody know how to show the Jacobi identity for the Nambu bracket in $\mathbb{R}^3$? The Nambu bracket with respect to $c \in \mathcal{F}(\mathbb{R}^3)$ is defined as $$\{F,G\}_c = \langle\nabla ...
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Door mechanism differential equation

I have been wondering about a door mechanism I have seen. It has a wire attached to the upper corner of the door and from there to the corresponding corner in the door frame, where a weight hangs from ...
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Holonomic constraints and degrees of freedom

Back in my undergrad I learned that in a dynamical system, if I add a holonomic constraint, I subtract one degree of freedom from the space of configurations. But one can think of situations in which ...
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Publication date for Michael Spivak - Physics for Mathematicians II?

I bought the book "Physics for Mathematicians I" by Michael Spivak (http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Mathematicians-Mechanics-Michael-Spivak/dp/0914098322), have worked through quite some chapters and ...
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Hyperbolic Motion in a Central Field

I have to give a 30 mins lecture this coming Thursday in my classical mechanics class (graduate level in math department, with Arnold as the primary text) and I am really struggling to find any good ...
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system of implicit nonlinear differential equations

Here I have a system of nonlinear differential equations: $ (M+2m)\ddot{x} + m(l_1 \ddot{\theta}_1\cos\theta_1 - l_1\dot{\theta}_1^2\sin\theta_1) + ...
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what is the domain of the Lagrangian of a surface embedding?

If we view our Lagrangian particle mechanics geometrically, then we describe a particle trajectory as a map from R to a manifold, and the Lagrangian $L(x,\dot{x})$ as a function on the tangent bundle ...
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Angular momentum in Cylindrical Coordinates

How to calculate the angular momentum of a particle in a cylindrical coordinates system $$x_1 = r \cos{\theta}$$ $$x_2 = r \sin{\theta}$$ $$x_3 = z$$ Thanks.
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Classical perturbation theory + KAM theory

In classical canonical perturbation theory of many degrees of freedom we encounter the problem of small divisors when attempting to find a solution for the generating function of the canonical ...
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“Straightforward” application of trigonometry to the slingshot effect/gravity assist

I have been trying to understand the formula $$v_f^{2}=v_i^{2}+2V(V(1-cosβ)+v_i(cos(α-β)-cosα))$$ as it relates to Fig. 2 on page 5 of this exposition: ...
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A Proof of Bruns' Theorem

I am looking for a proof of Bruns' Theorem. Theorem: The 10 classical integrals of the three-body problem are the only algebraically independent integrals of this 18-degree-of-freedom system.
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Hard Differential Equation. Please help.

first of all I'm not a mathematician, so I apologize if any of my understanding and terminology isn't up to par. Also, I've never used this website (or any of these kind of question/answer) websites ...
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What is $\int \frac{\delta F}{\delta u} \frac{\delta G}{\delta v} \, dx \; $?

Given $F[u]$ and $G[v]$ are functionals of a real-valued function, what is $$ \int \frac{\delta F}{\delta u} \frac{\delta G}{\delta v} \, dx \quad ? $$ I have encountered such expressions for ...
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Sign problem with Poisson brackets

I am wondering if anyone could explain to me either why my method is not valid or point out where I have made an algebraic slip. I have been looking at this for a long time, to no avail. Let $\{\cdot ...
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A lower positive bound on the number of closed orbits with given energy for a mechanical system

Let be given a mechanical system with configuration manifold $M,$ potential energy $V$ and kinetic energy $K$ corresponding to a riemannian metric on $M.$ Its dynamics is determined by the ...
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Moser's Twist Theorem for maps with reflection

Suppose I have a simple two dimensional integrable twist map, such as $x_{1}=x_{0}+y_{0}, \quad y_{1}=y_{0}$. Suppose that I perturb it in such a way that Moser's Twist Theorem is satisfied. What ...
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logic verification angular momentum

So I have the following question: Your given a uniform right circular cone with a half angle at the apex of $\alpha$, a height of b and radius of $p_0$. Choose a coordinate system $O_{xyz}$ such that ...
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Show the relation $W$ is constant

If the space $W$ is constant (doesn't move with the flow), show that $$\frac{d}{dt}\int_{W}\left (\frac{1}{2}\rho |\overrightarrow{u}|^2+\rho \epsilon\right )dV=-\int_{\partial{W}}\rho \left ...
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Visco-elastic fluid reference

What is a good book on visco-elastic fluids for self-teaching after one has studied Gurtin's Intro to Continuum mechanics? Thanks!
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Proving that a certain function is an integral of motion for a Hamiltonian

Let $H=q_1p_1-q_2p_2-aq_1^2+bq_2^2$ (with $a,b$ constant) be a Hamiltionian. Show that $G=\dfrac{p_1-aq_1}{q_2}$ is a first integral (integral of motion) of this system. According to the ...
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Forms and conservative forces

According to Tongs notes on Classical Mechanics; a force is called conservative when $F=-\nabla V$ And iff $\nabla \times F = 0$. This is in $R^3$. Also the potential $V=\int_{x_o}^{x^1} F(x)$ $dx$ ...
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Oscillation of a disc about a rod perpendicular to the disc but not through the centre.

A thin uniform circular disc of radius a and centre A, with density p, has a circular hole cut in it of radius b and centre B, where $AB = c < a−b$. The disc is free to oscillate in a vertical ...
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Mechanics - Kinematics in two dimensions, how to find the time given a quadratic?

I have this information: $$u = 2i + 3j$$ $$r0(\text{initial position}) = 40i + 20j$$ $$r = 52i + 128j$$ $$a = -0.06i -0.04j$$ I need to find the $t(\text{time})$ at this point. I can use the equation ...
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Integration over a second order tensor

I would like to compute the mean value of a second order tensor $\mathbf{T}$ expressed in planar cylindrical coordinates. The mean value for any second order tensor is (reference [1] page 101) ...
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Find the value of P when the sliding begins

I was able to do the first part. For the second part, I wrote down $$F_b=\frac{5}{6}N_b$$Then taking moments about $C$ I got $$Pcos\theta +N_bsin\theta=F_bcos\theta$$ Then resolving horizontally and ...
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Relation between Poisson bracket and commutator.

In quantum case, we have commutators. In classical case, we have Poisson bracket. Let $T$ be a Poisson group, $a, b \in \mathbb{C}_q[T].$ It seems that we have $$ [a, b]=(q-1)\{a,b\}+o((q-1)^2). $$ ...
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Invariants under Hamiltonian mechanics?

I am interested in certain properties of measures evolving according to Hamiltonian mechanics. Say we have a point $z$ in phase space: $z = (p,q)$ where $p$ is a generalized momentum vector and $q$ is ...
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Bullet hit, calculate pressure

I wanna calculate the stress that is there when a bullet hits a metall plate. i know the formula pressure = force / area But how can I calculate the force?
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Matrix linearization of the Lagrangian points.

I have to solve a long problem, and I´m in trouble in a step. The step is to linearize the next differential equation, by writtin its correspondient Jacobian, and then, calculate the eigenvalues of ...
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Speed of a horizontal rotating lamina after a transfer of momentum from a body attached by a string

Four uniform rods, each of mass $m$ and length $2l$, are joined rigidly together to form a square frame $ABCD$ of side $2l$. The frame is placed with all four sides at rest on a smooth horizontal ...
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A problem related to Vectors.

A few days ago I posted an answer to a question on Phys.SE. The question is: Three particles $A,B$ and $C$ are at the vertices of an equilateral trinagle $ABC$. Each of the particle moves with ...
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Given a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, is there an expression for the pullback of the covariant derivative of a vector field?

Let $A$ and $B$ be two surfaces (smooth enough) in an affine space $M$ with metric $g$. Let $g^A$, $g^B$ be the metric tensors on the two surfaces induced by $g$, and $\nabla^A$, $\nabla^B$ the ...
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Tensorial product, a simple question

I need to find the components of $D$: $$D=a\otimes a$$ where $a$ is a tensor of order 2. Thanks!
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Linearization of Implicit ODE (Equations of Motion)

let's say we have a system with vector $q_{(t)}$ representing the degrees of freedom (DoF), and state vector $ x_{(t)} = \left \{ \begin{array}{c c} q_{(t)} \\ \dot{q_{(t)}} \end{array} \right \}$ ...
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Derivation of Euler lagrange for Yang Mills

I need someone to sketch the conventional steps(from variation to vanishing of arbitrary function chosen , etc, etc) of Classical Yang-Mills. If using exterior product product could you emphasize any ...
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Horizontal drift of snowflake

I wonder if the random-walk dynamics of falling snowflakes is understood well enough to estimate the likely sideways drift of a single snowflake falling in a windless environment, from its cloud ...
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Particle in a Polya Vector field

For a given analytic function $H$ from $\mathbb{C}$ to $\mathbb{C}$, we define the Polya Vector Field to be $\bar{H}$. This then corresponds to a irrotational, conservative vector field on ...
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The equvalence of the virtual work and the Hamiltonian equations

I am reading Whittaker's Analytical Dynamics. This is chapter 10 *Hamiltonian Systems&. Paragraph 109 is Hamiltonian Systems & Their integral invariants. Whittaker starts with the Lagrangian ...
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Verify that $r=a(1-e\cdot \cos(\theta))^{-1}$ is a solution of the central force equations

A particle of mass $m$ moves under the influence of an attractive central force of magnitude $mk/r^2$ where $r$ is the distance from the origin. I have the equations $$ r^2\cdot \frac{d\theta}{dt} ...
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period of motion on the phase curve

I am interested in the following question. (It is a rephrased problem in Arnold's book "Mathematics methods of classical mechanics" (2nd ed. page 20)). Given are potential function $U(x)$ such that ...
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Regularization theory

In order to remove the collision singularity in the equations of motion of the three dimensional two body problem, one defines the coordinate transformation $x_1=u_1^2-u_2^2-u_3^2+u_4^2$ $x_2=2(u_1 ...
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Mechanics with elastic strings

Two elastic strings, A and B, stretch by 30mm and 60mm respectively when a weight of 4N is attached to each in turn. the strings are hung vertically from the same point, close together, so that when ...
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Collision of eigenvalues of a linear ODE (Krein collisions)

I am trying to understand the so called Krein collisions in Hamiltonian mechanics but I shall formulate the question in a rather general way. Suppose we have the following linear ODE: $ \dot{v}= ...
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Closed Geodesics as minimisers of action functional

Suppose I have a Riemannian surface $(M,g)$. It's clear that closed geodesics are critical points of the length functional $l(\gamma)=\int\left|\gamma(t)^{\prime}\right|_{g(\gamma(t))}dt$ over the ...
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Transformation of the dynamics of mechanical system under coordinate change

It is well known that the dynamics equation for a mechanical system (e.g. a robotics manipulator) is given be the Euler-Lagrange equation which takes the particular form (in the simplified version), ...
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How do I find the angular momentum and the energy of a central force?

I've been studying classical mechanics with Symon's book and I'm having trouble when I have to find the energy and angular momentum for a given potencial if the particle moving in a circular orbit, ...
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How much water could be stored?

We have two water storage tanks--- Tank A and Tank B --- on the roof of the upper storey of our two-storey house. The tanks are cylindrical in shape. Each of the two tanks have a circular opening ...
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Periodic phase curves

I'm currently reading Arnolds "Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics" and I'm having a hard time solving some of the problems in Chapter 2. I think that the following problem is fairly simple ...