# Classical Physics

- Principles developed before the rise of relativity and quantum mechanics. Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics, Optics...
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Feb13-14 10:09 PM MuIotaTau 2 295 To preface my question, I know it is related to the Gibbs paradox, but I've read the wikipedia page on it and am still... Feb16-14 01:08 AM jartsa 1 220 The 2nd law of thermodynamics state that entropy increases with time and entropy is just a measure of how hard it is... Feb17-14 05:36 PM japplepie 8 396 The standard equation for the damped angular frequency of a normal damped mass-spring system is ω_{d} =... Feb16-14 04:03 AM kindlin 5 425 Searching through Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Resonance.PNG), I found this graph about resonance. I... Feb14-14 03:05 AM maajdl 1 170 I read that for a rotating body the kinetic energy ##E_k = \sum \frac{1}{2}mv^2 = \frac{1}{2}{\omega}^2∑mr^2 =... Feb14-14 07:47 AM A.T. 3 210 One question. In the text http://locomat.loria.fr/napier/napier1619construction.pdf author calculate ... Feb14-14 11:23 AM LagrangeEuler 2 322 Would a particle kept in the path of an electromagnetic wave experience a force? 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Feb17-14 05:57 AM Philip Wood 7 335 This is about a famous thought experiment, cited by Einstein at the beginning of his first 1905 paper on SR, and... Feb18-14 05:30 AM vanhees71 11 441 Say, i have two concentric shells,each carrying a different charge.If i connect an ideal, resistance less wire between... Feb17-14 04:27 PM Nugatory 10 454 My professor (for some weird reasons) makes us write "system " whenever we are asked to solve a physics problem for... Feb18-14 11:12 AM Simon Bridge 1 328