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### Could a bladeless “Tesla Turbine” type air compressor be used as a high vacuum pump?

I have a wacky idea for a new vacuum pump, I'm trying to figure out why it shouldn't work. I'm interested in learning about Tesla Turbines, specifically when used in reverse as compressors or vacuum ...
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### slippery slope facts of spherical and plane object [on hold]

Imagine a slippery slope and from the top of the slope I threw two object one is spherical stone and the other is plane box. Why the stone would reach the bottom by rolling randomly where the box ...
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### Centripetal and centrifugal force

If a stone is rotated with the help of a rope, then both centripetal force and centrifugal force will be liberated. The magnitude of that forces are same, but direction of them are opposite to each ...
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### The physics behind tilting trains

So I'm trying to get an intuition behind the physics behind banked curves (and tilting trains). I know how to do the calculations, but I'm still struggling with the "why". If I'm sitting in a train, ...
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### Is the centrifugal force a real force?

Everyone calls the centrifugal force a pseudo force and claims that it is not really present, even though there are so many machines listed as taking advantage of it (e.g. centrifuge, washing machine, ...
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### How to explain centrifugal force from frame of reference of Earth?

Suppose we have a circular table. We have made a straight line groove in the table extending from the center to the circumference. Now we place a block at some distance from the center in the groove ...
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### Gravitational Null Point between Earth and Moon

I need help finding the gravitational null point point between the Earth and the Moon, the point beyond which you start falling towards Moon. I am having difficulty in taking into account the orbiting ...
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### Calculation of the G-force

I have a formula which is $\text{G-force} = \frac{v\omega}{9.8}$, where $v$ is speed and $\omega$ is the angular velocity. I've seen on the internet that G-force is actually $\text{acceleration}/9.8$. ...
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### Why does weight on Earth have a tangential component?

I read in Pulsar's answer of this question that weight has a tangential component due to the rotation of the (assumed spherical) Earth but I don't understand this. Can someone expand on it please?
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### As The World Turns 2

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth was the Earth rotating faster creating less gravity to allow for their size? How much would 100 kg weigh then?
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### How the apparent weight varies due to the rotational motion of Earth?

I learned that as the earth rotates about its axis, the bodies on the earth also follow a circular path. In most books I read, they give the example of a person standing on a weight balance at the ...
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### Why is the water still in the glass while rolling?

Pilot drinks glass of water while rolling the plane. The water stays in the glass, even if the plane is upside down. How is this possible? Why doesn't the water leave the glass, as it does when I ...
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### Is there a physical formula or equation to describe change in size of rotating tire?

I've heard that tires will actually grow larger when you are moving, and shrink back down when you stop. I was wondering if there is a way to calculate the size of a given tire, and what the variables ...
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### Lagrangian of an effective potential

If there is a system, described by an Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}$ of the form $$\mathcal{L} = T-V = \frac{m}{2}\left(\dot{r}^2+r^2\dot{\phi}^2\right) + \frac{k}{r},\tag{1}$$ where $T$ is the kinetic ...
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### Why does a velocity that gives gravity's centripetal acceleration make you stay in orbit?

Explanations of basic orbital mechanics that I can find all go, $$\frac{v_{satellite}^2}{r} = a_c = \frac{F_{gravity}}{M_{planet}} = \frac{(\frac{G M_a M_s}{r^2})}{M_{planet}}$$ , and so you get a ...
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### Centrifugal force in the two body problem?

In the two body problem, the Effective radial potential energy in general relativity is given by $$V(r)=-\frac{G M m}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2\mu r^{2}}-\frac{G(M+m)L^{2}}{c^{2}\mu r^{3}}$$ where the ...
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### Why does the centrifugal term involve a vector originating from the center of Earth? [closed]

Why in every mechanics/dynamics book I look the centrifugal force due to Earth's rotation is measured from "the center of Earth"? For example in Marion's dynamics, the fixed inertial axes are placed ...
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### Why would a spinning space station create a centrifugal force on an astronaut rather than simply spinning around him/her?

We often see films with spinning space station that create artificial gravity by having the astronauts pulled outwards by centrifugal force. I'd like to know if this would really happen, and if so, ...
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### Centrifugal force in Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama

I'm currently reading Arthur Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama. Rama is a 50 km long, 16 km diameter cylindrical alien artifact that is rotating fast enough to provide a 0.6G artificial gravity on its ...
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### Does Earth's Rotation Affect Its Shape?

The question I am working on is, "Consider the following. (a) Find the angular speed of Earth's rotation about its axis. rad/s (b) How does this rotation affect the shape of Earth?" I am ...
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### How is the centrifugal force responsible for Earth's oblateness? [duplicate]

I'm having serious problems understanding the centrifugal force caused by Earth's rotation. How does it affect the Earth's shape? Should I draw the gravitational acceleration (the one in Newton's ...
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### Centripetal and Centrifugal force

If water stays in a pail of water that is whirled around a circular path, the water stays in the pail. But is it because of centripetal force or inertia? I'm getting confused by all the different ...
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### Does rotation cause gravity? [closed]

I want to ask that what causes gravity. My opinion is that it is the rotation that causes gravity, when we see a whirlpool in water it takes anything that comes near to it in to the center of it. I ...
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### Why is Earth's gravity stronger at the poles?

Many sources state that the Earth's gravity is stronger at the poles than the equator for two reasons: The centrifugal "force" cancels out the gravity minimally, more so at the equator than at the ...
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### Is it possible to fight tree height limit with centrifugal force?

I heard tree has some height limit because water cannot be pumped over some height (130m if I remember it right) which cap the limit of tallest tree possible on earth But there are centrifugal force ...
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### Strength of the centrifugal force

Let's say you're on a roundabout. When you're radially further away from the roundabout would you feel more centrifugal force or less? I feel like intuitively you'd feel less, but from the actual ...
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### Spinning a string with a mass on the end. What makes the mass rotate parallel to the ground? [closed]

Say you use your hand to rotate a string with a mass attached to the end. The string will first become taunt and then the mass and string will move upwards until they are spinning parallel to the ...
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### Orbiting in space (free fall) and centripetal force?

So basically astronauts are weightless b/c they are free falling. But to get to that state they need to be moving real fast. So why doesn't that speed along with the centripetal force affect them? I ...
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### Centrifugal Force and Polar Coordinates

In Classical Mechanics, both Goldstein and Taylor (authors of different books with the same title) talk about the centrifugal force term when solving the Euler-Lagrange equation for the two body ...
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### Meaning of centrifugal term in the mechanical energy of a orbiting planet [duplicate]

For a planet under the effect of gravitational force the mechanical energy can be written as $$E=\frac{1}{2}\mu {\dot{r}}^2+\frac{L^2}{2\mu r^2}-\gamma \frac{m M}{r^2} \tag{1}$$ Where $\mu$ is the ...
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### Why does the water in a bucket stay even when swung around in circular motion? [duplicate]

What are the force that act on the water and which force is responsible to keep the water from falling out?
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### Derivation of the centrifugal and coriolis force

I was wondering how easily these two pseudo-forces can be derived mathematically in order to exhibit a clear physical meaning. How would you proceed?
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### What is an intuitive explanation using forces for the equatorial bulge?

The earth is not a sphere, because it bulges at the equator. I tried fiddling with centripetal force equations and gravity, but I couldn't derive why this bulge occurs. Is there (a) a ...
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### Does the centrifugal force affect stationary objects as seen from the inertial reference frame?

If an object is moving at the same speed as a rotating/accelerating frame of reference it's in contact with but in the opposite direction (making its displacement zero), would such an object be ...
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### A question about the famous bucket experiment

Suppose that we have a bucket containing two liquids with different densities.Suppose also that i connect the bucket with an electric motor and i rotate the bucket. Why when the bucket rotates, the ...
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### Planets potential [duplicate]

I'm a physic student of Italy. I'm moving my first steps in this beautiful world, and as every new entry, my simple and stupid questions are sometimes not so simply resolved. I'm trying to know the ...
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### Gravity changes at the equator due to Earth's spin [duplicate]

If an object weights 100 kilos at the equator how much would it weight if the earth spun twice as fast?
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### Do centripetal and reactive centrifugal forces cancel each other out?

In order for a body to move with uniform velocity in a circular path, there must exist some force towards the centre of curvature of the circular path. This is centripetal force. By Newton's Third Law,...
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### When we spin and feel our arms fly, is it the effect of gravity?

If accelerating reference frames can be treated as normal inertial reference frames but with gravity, then for a rotating reference frame, is the centrifugal force = gravity? More specifically, I was ...
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### Centrifugal Force

When a body is in circular motion, realistically, it experiences only the centripetal force, created by gravitational pull, tension etc. , which gives it acceleration towards the centre. Now, assuming ...
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### Gravity and elliptical orbits

All orbits are elliptical and special orbits are circular (like when both bodies have the same mass or when the second body's mass is negligibly small). In a circular orbit centrifugal force (which I ...
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### Solidifying understanding of centrifugal force at the equator vs poles

I'm just trying to get my head around the physics here and understand exactly what's going on, because there's a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Viewed from an inertial reference ...
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### How do we feel fictitious forces?

Fictitious forces arise because of the acceleration of the frame of reference itself. No real forces act on the object, still the object accelerates. So why it is said that if the earth were to ...
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### Weightlessness in Satellites

The following is written in my textbook as the reason for weightlessness felt in satellites: The gravitational pull is counterbalanced by the centripetal force. This introduces two problems: ...
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### Conservation of energy in vertical circular motion

Books usually use conservation of energy to solve problems in vertical circular motion. But, principle of conservation of energy for one particle is, If all the $n$ forces $\vec F_i (i=1,2,3,..,n)$...
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### Generation of artificial gravity by rotation

I have been trying hard to understand how Artificial Gravity is produced by Rotating a satellite around its own axis. Thus far, I have understood (probably wrong) that as a satellite is spun, walls ...
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### Centrifugal Force vs Motion (inertia)

Could centrifugal force be appropriately described as motion (inertia)--rather than an (imaginary) force? Could such a change of perspective eliminate much of the common confusion?
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### Rotating a stone with a string

Suppose we are given a stick and a stone tied to the stick by a string. Now if we rotate the stone around the stick the stone rises in height (see picture below). My question is which force accounts ...