The rate of change of velocity of a body per unit of time.

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Acceleration is zero, for non-zero net force

I understand a problem like this has already been asked, but I have not found an answer that makes it clear. A force is applied to a box on a table(lets ignore friction), and the box moves with some ...
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Finding the force of friction of a moving object and its change when it accelerates to a constant speed

I have been searching for a straight forward answer to this question for ages now and it is driving me crazy. Here is what I know: If an object is moving at a constant speed the force of friction ...
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What is wrong with considering the Atwood machine as a system?

I am confused about a method used in the following problem. There is an arrangement as shown below. The surface is smooth, and the pulleys are light. We have to find the acceleration $a_0$ of $m_1$. ...
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Acceleration ratio

Can anyone please explain why: $$a_1=a_2\tan\alpha $$ We have 2 same cubes placed on a platform, between them there is a wedge which is pushing the cubes in opposite directions. The hard part of the ...
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What is the constant $g_0$ used for calculating the specific impulse in seconds?

Wikipedia defines specific impulse as: $$ I_\mathrm{sp} = \frac{F_\mathrm{thrust}}{\dot{m} \cdot g_0} $$ The $g_0$ is said to be the acceleration at the Earth's surface. So is it actually the ...
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Sum of acceleration vectors

If a point mass has some accelerations $\mathbf{a_1} $ and $\mathbf{a_2} $, why is mathematically true that the "total" acceleration is $\mathbf{a}= \mathbf {a_1}+\mathbf {a_2}$?
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How a accelerated object sees another accelerated body in Special relativity?

Assume two objects are moving with a constant acceleration $a_1$ and $a_2$, which are the measured accelerations by respective object (or constant force being applied to each of the objects) . My ...
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Gravity and acceleration

I've imagined this little scenario to help me conceptualize things. Let's say we have a doughnut-shaped object with a hole whose diameter is greater than that of a sphere. Let's say that the sphere ...
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How to calculate Acceleration

Assume you are moving 10 meters in 10 seconds northward. What is the acceleration?. Using this equation: $a = (v_f - v_o)/\Delta(t)$ and filling it in with this data: $v_f=1$ which comes from $10$ ...
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Calculating Accelerating voltage [closed]

Struggling with this: 2 elementary particles are accelerated in an electric field. They are opposite particles to each other (same mass & wavelength) but opposite charges. They leave the field ...
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Newton's Second Law

Newton's Second Law tells us that $\sum F = ma$. The vector sum of the forces $F$ on an object is equal to the mass $m$ of that object multiplied by the acceleration vector $a$ of the object. So ...
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Speed cannot be greater than speed of light. How about acceleration? Does it have limit?

We know that $c$ is the largest speed in the universe. How about the acceleration, does it has limit?
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Why do objects fall at the same acceleration?

I read these two posts and now I am more confused. Do heavier objects fall faster? Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity? I was going to ask: if mass ...
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Why do two bodies of different masses fall at the same rate (in the absence of air resistance)?

I'm far from being a physics expert and figured this would be a good place to ask a beginner question that has been confusing me for some time. According to Galileo, two bodies of different masses, ...
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Is there a limit to acceleration?

As we all know the speed of light is the limit at which energy/matter can travel through our universe. My question being: is there a similar limit for acceleration? Is there a limit to how quickly ...
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Physics behind Wheel Slipping

Lets say that I'm in a car and I apply full acceleration suddenly. Now, the wheels would slip and hence the car doesn't displace much. But If I start with some constant acceleration, slipping doesn't ...
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Reduction in gravity from photon exchange

Let's say you have two bodies at are held at rest relative to each other exchanging (real, not virtual) photons back and forth. Then we let them go (maybe push them apart slightly), so they will ...
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Free fall question: Bill shoots his gun [closed]

Bill borrows his dad's gun and when he gets outside he fires it straight up into the air. If the bullet left the gun at 400 m/s: How long does it take the bullet to reach its highest point. I know ...
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Two vehicles moving in a line with different accelerations

Let two similar vehicles starting at rest in a straight line (with a distance of $D$ between them) have time-varying accelerations in the same direction. If both of them have similar time varying ...
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Deriving $F = ma$ - Newton's Second Law of Motion

Context: In my textbook it is given: 'momentum' short for 'linear momentum': Mass = $m$, momentum is $p=mv$. In time $\Delta t$, momentum changes by $\Delta p$, the rate of change of momentum is: ...
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Are there 'special' cases for when special relativity can be applied for accelerating bodies?

I have the following theoretical situation: A space station modeled as a ring in free space is rotating about its centre point at a high speed. I am trying to work out where time flows slower. From ...
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Acceleration Power [closed]

Suppose we have a trolley currently at rest at point A, but the motor switches on, so that it accelerates and reaches point B, at point B, the velocity is 5m/s, Distance of A-B is 10m, mass of the ...
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Kinematics with non constant acceleration II [closed]

I'm getting crazy with this problem and I think that it's pretty simple. An helicopter's helix is spinning at initial speed $w_0=200\ rpm$, all of a sudden the motor stops and it decreases its ...
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Acceleration of chairlift [closed]

So I'm struggling with this question, and am wondering if anyone can give me the right direction to go. For the sake of not cheating, I've changed the figures etc. I just need help on the approach. I ...
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Mario Livio's book on symmetry and the relationship between gravity and acceleration

In his book: The Equation That Couldn't be Solved Mario Livio explains the equivalence principle in laymen's terms. I took the statement on page 209: The force of gravity and the force resulting from ...
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What is a realistic launch speed of a grappling hook gun? [closed]

In The Dark Knight, at the end of the movie Batman throws the Joker off of a building and then shoots his grapple hook gun to catch him. Is 68m/s a reasonable speed for a grapple gun to shoot?
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Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity?

The common understanding is that, setting air resistance aside, all objects dropped to Earth fall at the same rate. This is often demonstrated through the thought experiment of cutting a large object ...
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Calculating impact velocity and time with non-uniform acceleration [duplicate]

Here goes: imagine a spacecraft with engines shut off in a free fall towards some celestial body x. let's say the distance to surface is $100 000$ $\text{meters}$. initial vertical velocity is ...
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Animating an Acceleration Vector - Acceleration of object on a crested path in gravitational field

So I was reading in Chapter 3 of my textbook, Sears & Zemanksky's University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th Edition, and the discussion took us to a definition of the ...
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Calculating pitch and roll with accelerations greater than +/- 1g

I'm looking to compute the pitch and roll of a device fitted with a three axis accelerometer when it is not at rest or moving at a constant velocity. Most applications I've seen so far are for ...
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Why is force dependent on acceleration, not velocity?

According to $F = ma$, force is a result of acceleration and mass, right? However, I don't understand why velocity is not used instead of acceleration. A train moving at 100 miles/hour will still ...
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How do we know that $F = ma$, not $F = k \cdot ma$

It seems intuitive that $a\; \propto \frac{F}{m}$, but when rewriting this as an equality $a = \frac{F}{m}$, how do we know that the proportionality constant is 1, not some other value?
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Does an aircraft hover at a constant acceleration or varied acceleration?

I have a question that's bugging me. Googling it only made me more confused so I really hope someone can help me clear this. If a plane is flying up and down; or hovering (Like the x-wing scene from ...
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Explain what happens to object in lift [closed]

In the following image,three cases have been mentioned. $N$ is the normal force acting on the object inside the lift and $mg$ is the force of attraction due to gravity. In case 1, $N = mg$. In case ...
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Rolling resistance

Today, my physics teacher asked the following question (and gave it as homework): How can a moving body deaccelerate both in means of center of mass and rotationally? I quickly answered that ...
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Inhomogeneties in gravitational acceleration at the surface of the Earth.

I am looking for data sets which clock the time and precise location of free falling bodies in a vacuum. I have been told that the acceleration of gravity is not absolutely 100% uniform, and I would ...
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How do I get the total acceleration from 3 axes?

For a project I'm working on I'm using an accelerometer which measures acceleration in 3 directions, x, y and z. My question is: How can I calculate the total acceleration in a certain direction from ...
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Can a human body supercavitate to survive water impact?

Inspired by this analysis of a human (OK, Captain America) hitting water feet first at terminal velocity, I'm wondering if supercavitation would be possible and whether it would improve your chances ...
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Cart on Ramp with Varying Acceleration

For a lab that I have to do, the teacher has given me a data table of the displacement of a cart on a ramp after successive intervals of time. I have used this data to derive the velocities and ...
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when an object moves downward, is its height negative?

the question is: A ball is thrown directly downward with an initial speed of 8.00m/s from a height of 30.0m. After what time interval does it strike the ground. so i went through the problem and ...
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Derivation of relativistic uniformly accelerated motion

I'm trying to understand solution of the following problem from Landau, Lifshitz, Classical Theory Of Fields: (ending skipped). What I see when I "write out the expression for $w^iw_i$", using ...
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What is the acceleration of a two weights connected with wire?

Given 2 weights: m1 = 2 kg m2 = 1 kg They are connected with wire hung over stick and considering there are no wire friction. Find the acceleration of weight m1 going down. Find the (force) tension ...
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How much time would take to lift a person to 0.1m above floor of elevator? [closed]

How much time would take to lift a person to height $h$ above floor of elevator if the elevator goes down with acceleration $a$, where: $$h=0.1 \; \text{m}$$ $$ a=13 \; \text{m}/\text{s}^2 $$ How to ...
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Why is it that angular acceleration is constant in different instantaneous reference frames?

Take the following example: A rod (of length L and mass m) is held horizontally at both ends by supports. One is instantaneously removed. The specific problem is to prove that the force on the other ...
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Acceleration during collision with ground

For my physics class, I have to calculate an objects acceleration while it came to a stop. It was traveling at $6.26\: \mathrm{\frac{m}{s}}$ at impact, and travels a distance of $0.025\: \mathrm{m}$ ...
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If an object moved 5 meters in a second, how can its velocity be 10 m/s?

I am reading the tutorial on physics classroom.com, and am at Meaning of Slope for a v-t graph. It gives data for an object experiencing an acceleration: This is the corresponding chart for the ...
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Center of rotation and trajectory of a rigid body in a plane with applied *fixed* forces

This is my first question so please excuse me if my format is a bit off. Given a 2D rigid body with forces applied to it in such a way that the angle the force vector makes with the surface of the ...
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How is the direction of the instantaneous acceleration determined?

I know from the text book that the direction of velocity at any point on the 2D path of an object is tangential to the path at that point and is in the direction of motion. But how would one determine ...
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Do photons have acceleration?

Photons travels with the largest speed in our universe, the speed of light. Do photons have acceleration?
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What does the magnitude of the acceleration mean?

I am a little confused as to what the magnitude of acceleration is and what it means.