This tag is for the classical concept of forces, i.e. the quantities causing an acceleration of a body. It expands to the strong/electroweak force only insofar as they act comparable to ‘classical’ forces. Use [tag:particle-physics] for decay channels due to forces and [tag:newtonian-mechanics] or ...

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The speed of air rising through a heated tube

I would like to get an explanations of an observed physical phenomena. When a metal tube is placed vertically and heated and the air inside rises, the speed of the air moving through the tube ...
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Can you ever exert more downwards force than your weight?

So, because I'm a hardcore person, I risked all this afternoon by going out in the wind, the rain and the cold to construct a willow den. Yes, it seems a menial task, but it was actually quite ...
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Distribution forces

I've got two trees and between them is a rope. When someone about 100kg sits at the center of the rope, what are the forces on both parts of rope (to the left-hand side from the person and right-hand ...
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Where should five charges be placed inside a hollow sphere so as the system has the lowest potential energy? [duplicate]

I want to know the configuration where the system would be most stable.I only know basic Physics & Maths and cannot start solving the problem.I can understand it for 4 charges and 6 charges as a ...
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On a scale, why does the heavier object go down?

When you balance a pencil on your finger, I have always wondered, "Why does the heavier part go down, and the lighter, up?"
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If one were to have boots made of Vibranium, could one jump from any height? [on hold]

Vibranium is a fictional metal from the Marvel universe, with interesting properties, it "possesses the ability to absorb all vibrations in the vicinity as well as kinetic energy directed at it." It ...
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Could time be considered a force

I think I understand the basic concept of spacetime, at least some of it. And when people talk about spacetime they don't call gravity a force, but rather the result of mass interacting with it. And ...
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Particle moving under force $F=-cx^3$ [on hold]

A particle with mass $m$ moves under influence of a force $F=-cx^3$, with $c$ a constant. What is the potential energy function $V(x)$? And if it starts to move from rest from position $x=-a$, what ...
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Does gravity (and all other fundamental forces, for that matter) have infinite energy as they seemingly last forever? [duplicate]

If I put a brick onto an steel platform, that platform can hold the brick A LONG TIME, if not FOREVER. Does the platform exert force? If so, then shouldn't it have infinite energy to resist the pull ...
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How can light experience a force [duplicate]

According to the second law of Newton f=ma only objects with mass can experience a force. But light can be bent by gravity and is not supposed to have a mass. How ...
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What is the long-term effect of a continuous off-set force, acting in a frictionless environment?

An example would be if a satellite had a rocket on one edge, which were to fire continuously. I can see that there will be both lateral and rotational acceleration, but what I am less clear on is ...
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Speed, weight and force [on hold]

If a road roller of weight $W$ is rolling on the road at the speed of $X\,\mathrm{kmph}$, how much force does it apply on the surface of the road (considering a sampled surface of the same size as ...
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Frictional force [closed]

a box of banana weighing 40N rests on a horizontal surface. the coefficient of static friction between the box and the surface is 0.4 and coefficient of kinetic friction is 0.2. a. if no horizontal ...
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What is the maximum net force of surface tension per gram of water?

I've always wondered how much force water exerted through surface tension. By maximum I mean the theoretical pulling/attracting power. Also, what would happen if you raised or lowered the power? ...
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Superposition of accelerations in multibody problem

I am currently trying to design a game that implements Newtonian gravity, and am trying to code something that draws the trajectory of a small mass being acted upon by the gravity of much larger ...
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Why is gravity so weak? [duplicate]

How does physics explain the enormous disparity between the gravitational scale and the typical mass scale of the elementary particles? In other words, why is gravity so much weaker than the other ...
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Why does the period/frequency of a fan slow down significantly when I taped a piece of rubber band to it?

All of this was done with a standing fan set horizontally on a table. During an experiment, I had to tape a piece of rubber band to one of the standing fan's blade and measured the period of the fan. ...
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Compression in a sphere due to a sectoral load?

I wish to know the net compression in a solid and hollow sphere when a radially perpendicular load is applied on a sector of its circumphery. Ex: on 2(pi)r/8 of the circumference. thanks
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Calculating Time to reach a given velocity knowing force of thrust [closed]

so I am working on a physics problem for a class I am taking. The problem is as follows: -A rocket, weighing $4.36\times10^4 N$ has an engine that provides an upward force of $8.90*10^5 N$. It reaches ...
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Ice when melted at zero gravity [closed]

I wish to know the behavior of ice at zero gravity, how ice will behave when melted at g=0? Thanks
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Infinite force between two point charges as $r$ approaches 0 [duplicate]

According to coulombs law the Force experienced by two point charges increases with the inverse square of their separation. This would imply that at distances approaching 0, the Force approaches ...
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Single fundamental force at Planck epoch?

It is hypothese that after big bang when universe is a Planck time old, the 4 known fundamental forces used to be equal in strength or perhaps there existed single fundamental force before splitting ...
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What kind of forces would follow only the second part of shell theorem?

General expression of a force which would cancel out inside a uniform hollow shell. What about any closed surface?
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How does $p=fv$ hold when $v=0$ and an engine is working?

Standard high school equations: Work = Force x Distance Power = Work / Time = Force x Distance / Time = Force x Velocity When a space rocket takes ...
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Contact forces and the structure of matter

Textbooks on introductory physics depict friction force as a result of interatomic forces. Matter is made of atoms and those atoms have eletric bounds. In turn, those eletric bounds are responsible ...
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Calculating wind force and drag force on a falling object

I'm trying to numerically integrate the motion of an object (say, a falling vertical cylinder). Here, there's a drag force: the wind "acting" on the body (presumably adding horizontal velocity) and ...
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How does force transmit through a solid block?

If you take a solid block, say, a cube of side length $l$ with density $\rho$, you place it upon a solid floor, and you apply an external pressure of $p(x,y)$ on the upper face ($x$ and $y$ define a ...
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if you have an object on an inclined slope, by applying a horizontal force would you be able to lift the object from the slope?

I am programming a free body force diagram and as part of it a am allowing the user to adjust the angle of the plane and apply a force to an object on such plane at any angle to the horizontal. My ...
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Which one acts first: friction or tension?

I have a block kept on a rough surface with a string attaching it to the wall. I pull the block opposite to the string with a certain force $F \leq \mu mg$ where $\mu$ is the coefficient of friction ...
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Force when distance between charge is zero

According to coulomb law $$ F = \frac{q_1q_2}{r^2} $$ I want to know what happens to force when $r=0$. If $F \to \infty$ then the charges can't be separated! But if an unlike charge of higher ...
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Lead bullet vs a Rubber bullet?

Our teacher says that rubber bullet is more effective than a lead bullet for knocking down a bear/human/whatever. He says that change in momentum for rubber bullet is greater than that for lead ...
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Why doesn't a nuclear reactor's filament deform?

Why doesn't a nuclear reactor's filament deform? The filament in the core of a nuclear reactor is usually made of uranium rods. So in the nuclear reactions the neutrons constantly move from filament ...
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Does it take more energy to open a door when applying force close to the hinge?

Assuming an ordinary hinged door (without any springs), would it take more energy to open it when applying force in the middle of the door (point b), rather than at the end of the door (point a), ...
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Why taking components of a component of a vector is invalid?

Suppose there's a force $F$ of magnitude 10 newtons in the direction of positive y-axis acting on a particle A. I know that the particle would not experience any force in the positive x-direction ...
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Are circles stronger than triangles?

I've often herd in engineering that "there is no shape stronger than a triangle". I also recall that arches are very strong shapes as well, which can be crudely described as a ...
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Tensions in a rope [duplicate]

If two tensions are acting on a rope such that they are equal (each is 10 N) and opposite (180 degrees) then what will be the total tension in the rope? I cant seem to figure out if these two will ...
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What is a “Reversed Effective Force”?

I have some confusion about the "Reversed effective force" as it appears in the derivation of D'Alembert's principle. First I have sources that seem to be contradictory. ...
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Good way to compute the force of a hammer blow?

What is a good and easy way to compute and/or measure the force of a hammer blow, not using any fancy or specialized equipment? If the hammer is swung by hand through an arc, it is not obvious to me ...
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First-principles derivation of cutting force

I know that the amount of force required to separate a material from itself is linked to the surface energy of that material. However, looking at just the surface energy laughably underestimates the ...
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Maximum Extension of a Spring [closed]

In the given figure: m= 5kg, F = 30N, K = 700N/m In the figure shown above. the surfaces are friction-less. The blocks are initially at rest and the spring is initially in its natural length. What ...
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How did Feynman prove that energy cannot be extracted from electric field?

In the Feynman Lectures, vol. II, chapter 4, Feynman discusses electric potential and says: If we carry a charge from point $a \to b$, $$W = -\int_{a}^{b} \mathbf{F} \cdot ds.$$ Now, in general, ...
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If the cord has a breaking strength of 25.0 N, explain why the cord broke when supporting a load so much lesser than its breaking strength [closed]

A picture of weight 5.0 N is suspended from a hook on the wall by a cord. The tension of the cord is 7.07 N. It was found that the picture is hung too low on the wall and was adjusted by shortening ...
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Help calculating work done by stretching a wire [closed]

A wire of length 0.89 m and cross-sectional area 1.7 cm2 is stretched elastically by an amount 1.2 cm. By Hooke’s law, the restoring force is $−k\Delta L$. Calculate the work done in ...
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How to interpret that forces do not depend on acceleration?

I was told forces can depend on time, location and velocity, but never on acceleration. At first I thought this must be wrong, thinking of $F=m\cdot a$. But I think/hope I now got what was meant, what ...
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Does dark energy work like gravity, but the opposite way?

If a body has more mass gravity will exert a greater force on it. Does that apply also to dark energy? In other words, if a body has more mass, will it be affected more by dark energy? (that is, will ...
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Gravitinos the key to theory of everything?

Theory of everything The theory of everything aims to unite all the four forces of nature into one single elegant equation. Super-symmetry Super-symmetry is important as it explains the nature of ...
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How can static friction do work?

By definition, the work done by a force is $W = F\cdot d$, so how can static friction do work? Can this force move the body a distance of $75~\text{m}$?
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Confusion about average force applied over a time interval

If I understand correctly, the word average implies the average of forces acting during a certain time. $$F_{avg}=\frac{\int_{t_i}^{t_f}{F(t)\,dt}}{t_f-t_i}$$ The teacher gave us tasks with answers ...
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What guarantees that in a circular motion in a vertical loop, the resultant of the forces will always point to the center?

Here's what I know: If a body moves in a circular trajectory, then the resultant of all the forces must point to the center of the circle it describes in its movement. If a body moves in a vertical ...