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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Impulse & Momentum

please could someone check this MIT video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkuo6nZ6nZM) at 26mins 31secs. He says that if you threw a tomato on a bathroom scale then you would get a certain force ...
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Propulsion force [closed]

My physics instructor gave us a general problem A box is sitting motionless on a rough, horizontal patch of ground. You give it a good kick, so that it slides to the right with an initial speed of ...
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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Pendulum in a Turning Airplane

My friend and I are having an argument over what happens with a pendulum hanging inside an airplane during a turn. Assuming that the airplane is making a standard 1 G coordinated turn, how does the ...
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Final position of an object after aplying several horizontal forces [closed]

I'm given an object with a starting position. Several horizontal forces are applied to this object one after the other for different amounts of time. How can I determine the final position $x$?
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In Which of the following situations would force be exerted on on object and no work be done on the object?

Consider the following question: In which of the following situations would a force be exerted on an object and no work be done on the object? I. a centripetal force is exerted on a moving ...
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Help understanding a potential energy problem [closed]

Apologies if the following problem does not seem to involve potential energy, it is a homework problem that is labeled under the potential energy chapter. Question While a roofer is working on a ...
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Conceptual question on superposition of forces holding a specific mass in equilibrium

Consider a point mass $x$ (like for example the earth in space) and let $A$ and $B$ be two sets of point masses which each hold the point mass $x$ in equilibrium, meaning the acceleration induced by ...
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The superposition of force (or acceleration) configurations

My question is quite specific as it refers to this article but I hope that someone here could help me. I cite the relevant part of the article: ... The second example consists of gravitational ...
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Is force the unique possible relation between particles? [closed]

Is force the unique possible relation between particles? It was requested to further specify my question. The followings paragraphs contain some of my thoughts and confusions. Historical ...
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Why do speed skaters use their right hand to accelerate?

I was watching the speed skating event, and was wondering, why do the athletes use their right hand while accelerating? If they want to increase the moment of inertia, then they should move the hand ...
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Two tensions in massless string

There should only be one tension in a massless string. But imagine this situation. Let a massless rope hang from a ceiling and two monkeys of different weights are holding on to the rope at two ...
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Melting ice in a tray in space shuttle

We have an ice cube in a tray in a space shuttle. As the ice cube melts, the centre of mass shifts downward, so the tray should move downward to maintain the position of the centre of mass. Now, some ...
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Does the tension of a rope/cable change if acceleration/velocity changes?

For example, imagine an object of a certain mass which is attached to a rope and is dangling in the air. The rope needs to have a certain tension to be able to hold the object up, that is, negate the ...
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Why meet at the center of mass?

If two objects of different masses are held at a distance $d$ and then I let them go, they will meet at the center of mass of the particle system due to mutual gravitational attraction My question ...
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Impulse and Change In Momentum — Are they really different?

My entire time learning physics, I have simply assumed that Impulse and Change in momentum are the same thing. It makes sense -- Force changes momentum, and impulse finds the total of force. ...
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On a horizontal plane, why does $F_N=W$?

I keep seeing this definition everywhere, but I don't understand. The forces of the weight and the normal force are going in opposite directions, so shouldn't $F_N=-W$?
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Understanding Normal Force Change

I know this has been asked around, my question is a bit more specialized towards my personal problem. If I have an object the magnitude of the weight is usually equal to the normal force, right? I ...
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Caculating thermal stresses in a composite rod

The Question Between two rigid walls separated by a distance $l_1+l_2$, two rods of equal cross-section area $A$, and length, coefficient of linear expansion and Young's modulus $l_1, ...
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Does an athlete's proficiency at luge depend on his mass?

I was watching the men's luge ride with my dad. My dad said, the mass of the athlete must be at an optimum level so that he wins. I said, his volume should be minimum, but it has nothing to do with ...
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Electrical Potential Energy and Electric Force [closed]

Under certain circumstances, potassium ions $(K+)$ move across the $8.0 nm$ thick cell membrane from the inside to the outside. The potential inside the cell is $−70 mV$ and the potential outside is ...
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Which body position causes the least amount of negative acceleration? [closed]

Let's say you are in the air 500 meters above flat land and you have no parachute. Which pose - forming a sphere or spreading all extremities to make yourself as wide as possible or other - is the ...
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If $F=ma$, how do can we experience both gravity and a normal force even though we are not accelerating

So as I sit in my chair, I experience a gravitational force pushing me into the chair and I'm also experiencing the normal force of the chair pushing back at me so I don't fall. According to Newton's ...
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A moving charge in an uniform magnetic field

An electron is in a region where there is an uniform magnetic field created by a large disc-shaped magnet. As is well known, if the electron is moving with velocity $\vec v$ parallel to the flat ...
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Force when acceleration is zero

i tried to find it in books but i was unable to do so and i am not able to understand this and I couldn't think of a better example. i repeat. its just an example. if i punch someone's face with my ...
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Calculate work done in an inclined plane [closed]

How can you calculate the work done by a force (of unknown quantity) exerted on a 10kg block on an inclined plane. The force is pointing upwards and parallel to the incline (which is inclined 30 ...
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How come weight doesn't affect the rebound height on a net?

According to my text book two unequal masses, (80kg and 50kg) fall on a net and the work done by that net is calculated by $\frac{1}{2}kx^2$. This work is then transformed into kinetic energy for both ...
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Some subtleties in direction of drag force

Consider a body released from a height $h$ and assume a drag force is linearly proportional to the velocity. Then by Newton's Second Law, $$m\mathbf{\dot{v}} = \mathbf{F_g} + \mathbf{F_{drag}} = ...
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2 bodies separated by a rope [closed]

Say you have two bodies connected by a "weightless" rope, one hanging from a ledge on a pulley (classic pulley problem). If the body that is on the surface and being pulled by the object hanging ...
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Is the triangle stronger?

I have a friend who cedes that a framework that is a triangle would be stronger than a square framework. But he maintains that a square solid would not be stronger than a triangle solid. Ie a set of ...
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Can we feel our own weight (can we feel normal reaction)?

If we place something on our head, we can feel it's weight pushing us down. But we ourselves apply normal reaction which balances the weight of the object and stops it from actually pushing us down. ...
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Pseudo Force Other Than Centrifugal Force In A Rotating Frame

I read in HC Verma that if we are observing the motion of a body from a rotating frame and the body under the observation is NOT in motion with respect to our frame than centrifugal force is the ...
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Forces: why are the theta's equal?

I found this figure in my physics book, the task says that the incline got a angle of theta. How do figure out that the gravity and the y-axis got the same angle as the incline? There is no ...
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Pulley problem with two masses [closed]

Assume a pulley and a massless rope. On one end there is a 10.0kg mass. On the other there is a 34.5kg mass. What is the acceleration of the 34.5kg mass? I created a free-body diagram with $m_1g_1$ ...
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Is it true that a Space Shuttle launch is powerful like an “average” nuclear explosion?

Kind of an odd question here. First let's define what an "average" nuclear explosion is, because that's quite a controversial term - "average". Considering that the peak of nuclear tests was at the ...
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Is it possible to find the coefficient of friction without frictional force? [closed]

I am working on the following problem: The braking acceleration for a car based on data in a driver’s handbook is –12.2 m/s2. If the car has a mass of 925 kg, find the frictional force and state the ...
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What is the frictional force of this car? [closed]

The breaking acceleration for a car is $-12.2\frac{m}{s^2}$. The car has a mass of 925kg. I want to find the frictional force. Here is what I have so far: $$\Sigma\vec{F} = m\vec{a}$$ $$\Sigma\vec{F} ...
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Toppling of a cylinder on a block

A uniform cylinder rests on a cart.The height and diameter is given.coefficient of static friction is given.How can i find the minimum acceleration of block such that the block topples? Morever what ...
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Force needed to rotate a load horizontally? [closed]

I need to rotate a 500lbs(226.8kg and balanced at center of load) telescope horizontally, at up to 90 degrees per sec. Ideally I would like to reach the max speed in a tenth of a sec. I need to buy a ...
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Does a current-carrying wire running through the centre of a solenoid experience force?

Imagine looking at a solenoid from above. Current passing is through it in a clockwise direction. The direction of the field lines therefore is towards the bottom of the solenoid. Now pass a straight ...
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Calculating axle load in cargo container (pics are included)

I'm current developing cargo loader software, but i have a little challenge with calculating load for each axle when a cargo is placed on container. I know that all axles will be affected (the nearest ...
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Two body particle problem with reduced mass

When we have two bodies and a central force acting towards the center of each other, we could treat the whole problem as a one body problem by introducing the relative coordinate. My question is, when ...
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Torque for rotation

The force for revolution of earth is provided by the gravitational force of attraction between earth and the sun. What provides the force(torque) for the rotation of earth?
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Does a charge experience no force due to electric field produced by it?

My book "Concepts of Physics (Satish K. Gupta)" says: The electric field of a charge is the space property by virtue of which the charge modifies the space around itself. As a result, if any ...
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Does “Crack The Whip” actually speed you up?

"Crack The Whip" is a game played on ice skating rinks where several individuals line up all facing the opposite end of the rink, and skate forward. When the group reaches the opposite end of the ...
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If a material is built to handle tension, would removing the tension damage it?

If an object is designed to cope with large forces such as tension, would removing these forces risk damaging the object? For example: The neck of a guitar is built to handle the tension of steel ...
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How do bicycle spokes work?

As you know, it is quite obvious that Bicycle spokes attach the hub in the centre to the rim. What else do they do? If you compare the wheels today with the ones from ancient times, there are more ...
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Work is force multiplied by distance What is this distance? [closed]

What is the distance which the force is multiplied by it to get the work done? a) The distance of the body motion while the force was touching it? b) The total distance of the body motion?
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What is responsible for cutting an apple: pressure or force?

To cut an apple, do I need more pressure or more force? When we want to destroy the intermolecular bonds, don't we need more force ?
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Is force a “real thing”, or a tool for explaining changes in measurable phenomena?

My physics text says that force is "an interaction between two bodies or a body and its environment." When an object undergoes acceleration we explain it with a force. But we don't measure force, ...