Variational Principle

The variational Principle(or Hamilton’s Principle), as proposed by Hamilton is also known as the Law of Least Action. It is a fundamental principle of Mechanics and is more basic than Newton’s laws of motion. We have discussed D’Alembert’s Principle before

Generalized Coordinates

Generalized coordinates in classical mechanics are a way to describe the phase space configuration(relative to a reference) of a system. In simple words, these can be used to simplify description of a system by using a small set of (not

Kinematics : translational motion

Kinematics is the domain of Mechanics that deals with simple translational motion. In this domain, we simply discuss the relationships among displacement, velocity and acceleration; without considering the cause of the motion. We know that velocity is the rate of

Law of Universal Gravitation

Equation #9: Newton’s law of Universal Gravitation Probably the most familiar law in science which everyone seems to understand intuitively, the law of universal gravitation is one of the most powerful and useful equation for practical purposes. Before Newton, people

Law of Inertia: First law of motion

Aristotle believed that the natural tendency of objects is to rest, unless there is some external push on them to keep them moving. e.g. if you give a push to a swing, it continues for some time and gradually slows