1. ### Calculate speed from elastic and inelastic collisions? (momentum)

So to cut to the chase, I missed my class' lesson on momentum - have tried to catch up, quite successfully but am baffled about this question. I know the conservation of momentum etc. but after trying for ages it's just not happening this question so any help would be much appreciated, Oscar.
2. ### Which way is correct and why?

I get two different answers even the area of the graph. I think there is something wrong with the equation I constructed for average speed part. I know the method 1 is correct. But I'd like to know why the average speed cannot be used. And why I get two different areas for the graph Thank you
3. ### Engineering Scaling of units for equations of motions

In the picture, there is a problem where the t is in units of square root(l/g), and V in square root(gl) I am wondering 1. What it means when time is in units other than time? Does it mean that when solving I have to take time/squareroot(l/g) 2. How did they get square root(l/g). Thank you...
4. ### Water Pressure and 2 dimensional motion

$$H = \frac { V^2 - V_0^2 sin \Theta} {-2g}$$ $$H = \frac {V_0^2 sin \Theta} {2g}$$ So, I need to calculate ## V_0 ## I'm thinking about pressure. $$P = \rho g \Delta h$$ $$\Delta h = h - L sin \Theta$$ $$F_A = P S_A$$ $$F_A = P S_B$$ Dead End here...
5. ### Inelastic collision problem: Bullet striking a wood block

Hey everyone I'm struggling on the last part of this assignment. I need to find the total work done by the block and the bullet, when the collision happens. The informations is: mblock=0.3 kg mbullet=0.01 kg vg=700 m/s Height=0.72m The final speed after the collision is vf=22.6 m/s and the...
6. ### Relationship between speed and flow

Hi! I'm currently doing a project to simulate a water slope, and want to find the maximum speed of a person going downhill in function of the water flow. At first I thought using a combination of the Manning equation and the Newton Law for viscosity, through the sheet of water, but I'm in a dead...
7. ### Integral for the linear speed of the Earth

I need to make an integral to fine the speed of the earth. Say the radius is 6378137 meters. How would I account for things closer to the axis that have a radius of 0.0001 meters? I don't think I can just take the speed at the radius. So I found that the earth rotates at 6.963448857E-4 revs/min...
8. ### Calculate the speed of a point based on a graph

Homework Statement A point moves rectilinearly in one direction. The figure shows the distance s traveled by the point as a function of time. Using the graph, find: The average speed of the point during the movement time. Maximum speed The moment t0 in which the instantaneous speed is equal to...
9. ### Speed at the top of an elliptical roller coaster loop

Homework Statement This isn't really a homework but a project I'm doing that's due soon. In our multivariable calculus class, we're creating a 3D roller coaster, and I need to explain the physics behind the roller coasters. For a roller coaster loop, if it were perfectly circular, we would...
10. ### Rank the four objects from fastest to slowest

Homework Statement Rank the four objects (1kg solid sphere, 1kg hollow sphere, 2kg solid sphere and 1kg hoop) from fastest down the ramp to slowest. (Please see the attached screenshot for more details.) Homework Equations KE_rot = 1/2Iw^2 (where omega = w) The Attempt at a Solution Since we...
11. ### Bernoulli lift

Homework Statement We have a plane which lift area is A=500 m2 and weight of plane is m= 540 000 kg. That the plane can stay in air the pressure difference between top and bottom of the lifts have to be: B>G --> Δp= (m*g)/A = 10 594.8 Pa. Homework Equations Bernoulli equation The Attempt at...
12. ### How can I calculate the maximum speed of a go kart?

Hello, I'm going to build a solar-powered go-kart. To determine the sprocket that I want to use I need a formula to calculate the top speed which also considers vehicle weight and other resistance forces. All the formulas I found just used sprocket tooth and rpm to calculate top speed but of...
13. ### Setting equations equal to each other

Homework Statement Two cars are facing each other on a long straight airport runway. They are initially separated by a distance of 1 km. Car A begins to accelerate towards the other car at a uniform 0.5 ms^-2. Ten seconds later car B begins to move towards the other car with a uniform...
14. ### In how many seconds will the n-th wagon pass next to me?

Homework Statement Train starts to travel in a straight line at increasing speeds. The first wagon passes next to me in 4 seconds. In how many seconds will the n-th wagon pass next to me? Homework Equations s= vo.t + 1/2at^2 v= vo + at The Attempt at a Solution First of all we didn't learn...
15. ### I Does a photon carry a velocity component of it's source too?

Earth is moving through space. If I throw a ball straight up, it falls down to me and is not left behind. This is obviously because it already carries the momentum of earth's movement. But if I fire a photon straight up, does it also carry a velocity component in direction of earth's movement...
16. ### B Speed of light if observer is VERY Big

How fast would the light travel for a SuperBig observer... immagine his head is the size of the Sun, and he is sitting in a room, then he decides to turn on the light in the room... if he is so big, would he have to wait some seconds until the light reaches his eyes? Would it mean that for this...
17. ### I Where is the prediction of the speed of gravity in the EFE?

Newton's law of gravitation cannot be compatible with relativity because the gravity from a massive object applies a force to all other masses infinitely fast. General relativity is supposed to correct this flaw by setting a speed limit on how fast the effect of gravity can reach a distant...
18. ### Speed/acceleration calculations for an Electric motorcycle

Good day all, This is my first post here, hope you all are able to help me out here. I am thinking about converting an old Suzuki GS500E from an internal combustion engine to an electric motor. At the moment I am having some difficulties with the physics side of things, I would like to...
19. ### Speed of airflow to lift a man

mass of air X velocity = mass of man x gravity (10000)x(v)=60x10 velocity=600/10000 how come velocity is so less? I am still in school so forgive me if my calculations look stupid.
20. ### I What is the fastest speed around a curve?

I understand that the centripetal force on an object of mass 'm' is (mv2)/r However, isn't this for an object going around in a circle? Suppose I have a curve (0.0033x2+−1.0038x+98.2331). What would be the fastest speed around this curve on the bounds x -> Please note that we would...
21. ### B Opening a car door at a high speed

What would happen if a car is driving down a highway at 80Mph and one of the doors is fully opened. Will it make a big change and make it slow down or start turning?
22. ### Sources of Error in a Speed of Sound Experiment

Homework Statement Determine sources of error which could have affected the results. Some background information: The lab consisted of playing a tone generated by a tone generator above a standing open-closed tube which had water in it. The first harmonic was measured through a computer system...
23. ### B Table cloth trick

I have my students doing a lab where they have to do and explain the tablecloth trick using Newton’s Laws. The problem I am having is that the one question asks why the quick removal of the tablecloth matters. I know friction is not affected by speed and yet this is the only force acting on the...
24. ### I What does power have to do with the speed calculations of a Train?

Hi there again, I have been wondering why train simulators(and trains themself) have a kW specification, AND a maximum force indication. If I would calculate the speed of a train using some formula, then where is the power value used for? Does it have something to do? Or is only the maximum...
25. ### B Where do I find coefficient values for these 2 formulas? (drag coefficients)

Hi there, So I asked a question here how I would calculate the air drag and the wheel drag of a train and I got an answer that made me very happy. Unfortunately i don't know where i could find the coefficient values required for the formulas. So i am wondering if someone knows where i can find...
26. ### B How can I calculate speed based on previous speed?

Hi, I am developing a Train Simulator kind of program where I calculate speed each frame. I currently do that by: Speed = (f/m)*elapsed frames*time between frames This works, but goes wrong when there are framerate drops or if the force changes, thats why i want to calculate the speed with the...
27. ### I How to calculate Train speed with friction? (developing a little experiment game)

Hi there, I am new here so please don't be too hard on me yet and move this post if i placed it in the wrong forum. I am developing a little experiment game and i want the train to drive using real physics, but I am really bad at physics. So my question is is how do I calculate the friction of...
28. ### Need some advice on an appropriate computer language to use

Hello All, OK, I have been programming since the early 1980's. Programmed in many different languages along the way such as Pascal, C++, C, Visual Basic, and some C# (among others). I pretty much program so that I can model physics. I find it GREAT way to actually understand the physics...
29. ### Find speed given mass, starting speed and time

A cart which weighs 500g is moving on a horizontal table with the starting speed of 7 m/s. At the end of the cart there's a non-elastic wire attached, which is thrown over a pulley, and on the other end of the wire there's a 200g load. I need to find the speed of the cart and the distance it...
30. ### Determining speed of electron in a parallel plate capacitor

Homework Statement A proton is released from rest at the positive plate of a parallel plate capacitor. It crosses the capacitor and reaches the negative plate with a speed of 50,000 m/s. What will be the final speed of an electron released from rest at the negative plate? Homework Equations...