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### Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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### Which force is responsible for victory in tug of war?

I'm confused: In a tug of war game on rough ground who will win? The one who applies greater force on the rope or the one who applies greater force on ground?
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### Foucault pendulum initial velocity

This is a basic question I can't solve and it seems it is not addressed on the web. Sorry for my lame painting skills. Assume we have a foucault pendulum suspended in the north pole. the pivot is ...
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### Why do we fall down when the bicycle slows down? [duplicate]

My question is: It is easy to balance a bicycle when it is moving at a fairly high velocity, say 7 m/s or 25 km/hr. But when a bicycle slows down, it is hard to keep it upright, and the person riding ...
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### Force Diagram for K&K 2.13 [on hold]

I have been (independently) working on Problem 2.13 in Kleppner and Kolenkow's An Introduction to Mechanics and come to an answer which conflicts with the hint the authors provided in the book. The ...
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### Forces as vectors in Newtonian mechanics

I seem to be confused about the nature of forces as vectors, in the basic Newtonian mechanics framework. I know what a vector is as a mathematical object, an element of $R^3$. I understand that if a ...
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### Power to suspend a mass in air

How much power is needed to suspend a mass in the air? The four parts below deal with the same problem. I post them all here, should there be some subtle things I didn't see. The textbook problem A ...
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### Finding the work Done by Normal force? [closed]

The problem is as follows: There is a Right Angled Wedge fixed in an box against left wall. The angle of incline of the wedge is 45 degrees from the horizontal. The height of the wedge is same as ...
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### Confusion relating the application of Work-Energy theorem

Could someone kindly explain the solution to my confusion? When we walk at a constant speed up a steep hill, is work being done? Then why isn't our kinetic energy changing as work done is equal to ...
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### Pushing a crate on a friction floor [closed]

A man is pushing a crate at a constant velocity. there is a friction between the floor and the crate of $$\mu =0.41.$$ The pushing force is directed downward at an angle $\theta$ below the ...
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### Work done by Internal Forces

Why is it that internal forces do not change the potential energy of the system? Assume that a man stands on earth with a dumbell. If the dumbell is the system, when it is raised a height h, the work ...
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### Finding coefficient of friction between block and plane [closed]

An inclined plane makes angle $\theta$ with horizontal. Upper half plane is perfectly smooth where as lower half is rough. The block of mass m starts sliding from top. If the block again comes to rest ...
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### How can I actually push heavier objects?

I've been thinking about Newton's third law lately because I couldn't understand a few things and I think I actually answered my own question. Could someone confirm if my reasoning is right or show me ...
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### Does pulling or pushing take more effort? [duplicate]

In which case is more effort needed: when you push or when you pull? We have a common experience that man tends to first push anything. How it is justified and what are the reasons behind this?
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### What happens when the speed of a body is less than optimum speed?

Yesterday I learned about optimum speed. My teacher told that optimum speed is the speed with which one can take turns on banked road without wear and tear. $v_0=\sqrt{rg\tan\theta}$, $v_0$= ...
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### How would we find what sort of a force this one is? [closed]

The potential energy for a force field is given by $U = -Kxy$, where $K$ is a constant. The body moves in an $x$-$y$ plane. Find the force vector. $i$ is the unit vector along the $x$ axis, $j$ is ...
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### How muscle force work? [closed]

If muscle works with force on joint and joint works with exact force on muscle(newton III law) how can muscle drag much heavier weight than itself?
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### Static Friction on a Circular Road [duplicate]

I was recently brushing up on my dynamics, when I saw the interpretation of how a car moves in a circular road. Apparently, the car can stay in a circle due to static friction acting inwards. But I ...
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### How do crocodiles jump?

In a video (Here), I saw crocodiles jump vertically about three meters without using any solid surface. The wonderful thing is that when they start to jump, their vertical velocity is approximately ...
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### Confusion about Impact Force

Let a person of mass ( m ) = 10kg. then his weight will be 98N. Now, when he jumps from 1m height on the ground, the impact force becomes 9800N ( considering deflection of ground after impact is 1cm ...
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### Forces other than the fundamental interactions, e.g. friction

Forgive me for the silly question, but I just don't get it. I just completed an elementary course in mechanics, and I am curious to know what I am about to ask. We have, all year, dealt with many ...
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### Determinate the right force intensity given a certain amount of energy to spend

I am using Chipmunk's physics engine to simulate 2D classical mechanics of solid polygons (excellent by the way!). The only way you can alter the spontaneous behaviour of the the simulated objects is ...
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### Is work done by how much velocity is changed or how much displacement is done?

A sailboat is moving at a constant velocity. Is work being done by a net external force acting on the boat? The answer key is "No" according to the work energy theorem about work is done when ...
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### How does friction and mass of the string influence the tension force?

According to my book, "tension is the reaction of a rope when it is stressed". Then it also said when the string is massless, tension is same everywhere. However in a,let, pulley-rope system,when ...
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### Impulse on adjacent objects

Let's say two objects are sitting adjacent (in contact) to each other. If we start pushing one of them, we know that both the objects move, remaining in contact to each other. But let's now consider ...
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### What force counteracts friction when a block is pulled?

Firstly, I understand and apologize that this is more of a physics question than a math question. I noticed that when I pulled a book out from under a pack of gum, the gum stayed largely in place (it ...
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### The physical definition of work seems paradoxical

So this is possibly a misunderstanding of the meaning of work, but all the Physics texts, sites, and wiki that I've read don't clear this up for me: In the simplest case with the simplest statement, ...
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### Inclined conveyor belt mystery

The situation An inclined conveyor belt with topmost point $h$ height above the ground receives sand at a constant rate $X$ from a container at a negligible height above the lowermost point of the ...
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### How to calculate energy to start movement?

So let me try to explain a little bit. Lets say I have a robot on wheels. I want this robot to push a block. Lets say the force to produce in order to move that block is 100N. How much energy will I ...
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### Why does Newton's Third Law not preclude any motion at all? [duplicate]

When walking, if I apply a force of 2N on the earth, the earth applies a force of 2N back on my feet due to Newtons 3rd Law of Motion. These 2 forces are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction, ...
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### Electrical force between two objects

I tried to solve the following problem: There are 2 objects . The object m1 with charge q and the object m2 with charge q.(same charge).The object m2 is connected with a rope to the ceiling. at the ...
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### Acceleration in $F=ma$

I tried to ask this question in Electrical Engineering Stackexchange but was told I was better asking here. Newton's Second Law of Motion states that the vector sum of the forces $\mathbf{F}$ on an ...
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### How to discover the $F = m\cdot a$ equation from scratch? [duplicate]

Is there a paper or a book that conceptually 'discover' the Newton's famous formula? I've been thinking about this equation, and I really don't know it for sure. Did Newton empirically noticed that ...
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### Work done in pulling a rope from a boat

A boy sitting on a boat pulls on a rope with a constant force $F$ over a duration of time $t$. The other end of the rope is either tied to a bridge or to another freely floating boat of equal mass. ...
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### Basic buoyancy question

If I have a cup of water filled with air at the bottom of a pool, then when the cup is "upside down" the air doesn't leave because the water pressure is pushing it up against the top of the container. ...
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### Figuring out the time period of an Atwood system

SO I was working on Atwoods, when I came up with the following problem, It is more complicated but i should understand this simpler scenario first. As shown in the diagram above, (Atwood machine), ...
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### Forces and acceleration due to an angle that varies over time [closed]

I'm having difficulty figuring out how to set a problem up. The problem is as follows: A $5\ kg$ block is being pulled along a frictionless floor by a cord that applies a force of constant magnitude ...
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### Why can't the work done by a non-conservative force be zero?

Why can't the work done by a non-conservative force be zero? The displacement along a closed path is always zero. So, whatever be the type of force, variable or constant, the work has to be zero. Why ...
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### Can $M_3$ move upwards and $M_2$ move to the right?

Can M3 move upwards and M2 move to the right? in the solutions they assume this, but I find it impossible, it doesn't make sense physically. I get the answer wrong if I assume M3 moving down and M2 ...
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### What is the relationship between Force and Kinetic Energy?

I am an Middle-School (Grade 8) student, who is self-learning classical mechanics. I saw this equation from Classical Mechanics: $\vec F=m \vec a$, the following equation is pretty straight forward ...
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### Does a Force on the block $M_1$ in this diagram have an effect on the block $M_2$?

Suppose we have two blocks: There is no friction. Does $F$ has the same effect on $M_2$?
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### Falling off a chair, how best to save yourself

If I consider a man sitting on an office chair that reclines backwards iff you lean backwards. What could be done to prevent hin from falling? a) raising his legs till they are parallel to ground. ...
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### Doubt in collision

If a ball under the influence of gravity falls straight down from a height $h$, collides elastically with the floor, at the instant of collision, what forces does it experience? Shouldn't the ...
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### Is there work being done if no displacement occurs?

So the definition of work is $W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{s}$. Say I have a point mass which is being pushed on both sides by equal forces and therefore does not move. Does this mean that no work is being ...
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### Confused about Newton's 3rd law

I am confused about Newton's 3rd Law. If a person jumps off the ground a force is applied both to the person and to the ground. However, as $F=ma$ acceleration experienced by the Earth is much less ...
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### Metric expansion of space and Newton's second law

I wanted to ask the following question: If the expansion of the universe is really accelerating, does that mean a certain force applied on the universe? (According to Newton's second law) What kind ...
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### Why doesn't a wall move when you push it if there's space behind it?

In the first screen you can see that if a person were to push a wall within a typical household the wall would not move while keeping themselves tractioned to the floor. If you push hard and do not ...
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### What does Feynman mean when he says that $F=ma$ is not exact?

Chapter 12-2 in Feynman Lectures Vol. 1 states: In fact the law, $F=ma$ is not exactly true; if it were a definition we should have to say that it is always true; but it is not ... First, ...
I have a two mass and a pulley system as shown here: I have the following two questions: First, why does $\dfrac{d^2}{dt^2} y_p$ is not zero, i I mean I don't understand why does $y_p$ is going to ...