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How does placing objects in liquids affect the mass?

I was dazing off in my physics class when I came up with this question and I was wondering about it all day. I could not provide myself with an adequate solution, so here I am asking the forum about ...
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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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A moving inclined plane with block problem

I'm trying to solve for a challenging problem : a moving inclined plane with a block I want to solve for the acceleration components for the block and the plane and the normal force acting on the ...
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Odd experiment results (electromagnetics)

Okay, a bit of background. So I'm working on a linear accelerator (you might know it as a Gauss rifle), and I had worked through the equations I thought I needed (Magnetic force, displacement, etc.) ...
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Drag force on a flat plate

The solution for this apparently is $\frac{1}{2}C \rho A V^{2}$ where $C$ is the drag coefficient, $A$ is the area and $\rho$ and $V$ are the wind density and velocity. Let's do it without the drag ...
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Why did I get this dynamics question wrong? [closed]

I'm wondering as to why I got this physics question wrong, despite it being quite simple in nature. I believe that I missed something while working on the problem. Basically, the question involves ...
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Nature of tension in a massless rope [duplicate]

I'm faced with a conceptual problem, where I am supposed to describe the motions of the following system (two masses on each end of a totally inelastic rope hanged on a pulley): I understand that ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Can you punch a hole in an A4 sheet of paper with your hand?

The Heading says it all. But let me explain it a little further. Suppose you hang a sheet of paper (A4 size), from one end leaving the other end free. Now practically it seems impossible to punch a ...
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Is the normal force a conservative force?

Most of the time the normal force doesn't do any work because it's perpendicular to the direction of motion but if it does do work, would it be conservative or non-conservative? For example, consider ...
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Confusion with Newton's Second Law : Position & Time Dependence of Force

For a conservative force $\vec{F}(x,y)$ we have $$\vec{F}(x,y) = - \vec{\nabla}\phi(x,y)$$ where $\phi(x,y)$ is a potential function for $\vec{F}(x,y)$. Again, Newton's second law states that $$ ...
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How does the weight of the pendulum's bob cause a torque?

I know that a force will cause a torque if the force has a perpendicular component to the distance from the pivot point. However, in the figure above, I can't seem to visualize how the weight of ...
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What does it mean to say “Gravity is the weakest of the forces”?

I can understand that on small scales (within an atom/molecule), the other forces are much stronger, but on larger scales, it seems that gravity is a far stronger force; e.g. planets are held to the ...
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Large deflection of cantilever beam

How can I find the amount of point force at the end of a cantilever plastic beam that produces e.g. 45deg slop at the end of the beam? Is this the right equation: $$F=\frac{2EI\theta ^2}{L^2 ...
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Tension in a chain fountain

I was reading the following paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.4056 There were a few things I couldn't follow: 1) Equation (0.1) $T_C/r=\lambda v^2/r$ I understand this takes the form of ...
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Centripetal force in loop motion

I saw it from the book which talk about centripetal force in circular motion The main idea here is the balance in the term of relation between velocity and centripetal acceleration - centripetal ...
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How to calculate the force acting on a magnet due to a solenoid

Can I assume both magnet and solenoid as magnetic dipole and use Coulombs law to find the force acting the magnet?
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Estimating the force needed to increase height of a mountain?

How would you estimate the force required by a tectonic plate to make the height of a mountain increase when it pushes against another? I've used a method to try and do it for Mt Everest and have ...
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Fictitious forces and $\omega$

I have been studying fictitious forces, such as the centrifugal force and Coriolis force. The equation for the centrifugal force is given by: $$F_{centrifugal}=-m\omega\times(\omega\times r)$$ My ...
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Newton's Third Law Exceptions?

Lately I've been brushing up on some of my old Physics texts from college. Most recently, I've been rereading parts of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems (5th ed.)" by Thornton and Marion. ...
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Various springs acting on a point mass

The force exerted on one spring is $\vec{F}=-k\vec{r}$. Now suppose we have N slinkys with stiffness $k_1,k_2,k_3,...,k_N$ where they have one end tied to fixed points in space with coordinates ...
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Joules to do something

If my very limited understanding is correct, then, not accounting for gravity: 1 Newton can move 1 kilogram 1m But, can 2 Newtons move 1 kilogram 2 meters? Is this because 1 Newton = acceleration ...
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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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Joules To Move A Kilogram In Space [closed]

If roughly ten joules lifts one kg on earth one meter, how many in space? Meter / joule/kilogram Kilogram/meter/joule
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Distinction between torque and force

Distinction between Torque and Force. Consider a case when a cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane. While analysing its motion, we consider the force applied by the friction and the ...
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Why Newton's law of universal gravitation is a valid law? What causes any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force?

Why Newton's law of universal gravitation is a valid law? What causes any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force? What causes a larger body in space to have a gravitational pull on ...
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Does magnitude of a charge influence magnitude of force that individual charge exerts on another charge [closed]

two point charges, q1 and q2, are placed 0.3m apart on the x-axis, as shown in the figure above. Charge q1 has a value of -3 nano Coulomb and q2 has a value of +4.8 x10^-8 C. The net electric field ...
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What happens to the gas in the container in this picture when the container is tilted

So the test question asked what would happen to the gas if this container were tilted on its side. The piston shown here is 10 kg and moves frictionlessly. I said that the pressure inside the ...
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Newtons laws velocity and acceleration [closed]

If a constant non-zero force is applied to an object, what can you say about the velocity and the acceleration of the object?
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How to convert translational energy to rotational energy [closed]

Suppose that I have a body moving at certain velocity in straight line. So it has translational energy. I want to convert this energy to rotational energy of another body, by making the velocity of ...
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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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Accelerated wedge [closed]

Consider the following figure, where a mass $m$ is placed on a wedge which is accelerated to the right ($\vec a$) which could be negative. The coefficient of friction between the mass and the wedge ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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Is a chain REALLY only as strong as its weakest link

I heard this quote a lot (especially from my teachers) and I always wanted to know whether or not it was actually true. I think that its partially true; a chain with one weak link is weaker than a ...
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What is “W external” and “W internal” in Energy conservation law?

When I solve the energy conservation problem, I am confused when I have to make the term positive or negative. For example, someone throws a ball right up to the ground with velocity, $v$. The ball ...
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How does one interpret the 'per unit area' in numbers like tensile strength?

How does one interpret the numbers when reading data about tensile strength, yield strength, and the likes? Say for example reinforcing bars. Grade 40 Rebars are rated at 70,000 PSI for its ultimate ...
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Why do people with bigger hands/wrists have bigger torque advantages in arm wrestling?

I have arm wrestled people with less strength than me who win simply because they have thicker wrists, or larger hands. It has nary to do with having better technique either, because their wrist size ...
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Does Centripetal Force Change Direction?

I have been struggling with this question that I have, "Does centripetal force change direction?" From every point, it points to the center. But if we draw its vector, we draw the tails from ...
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How strong is the force of space expansion?

There are many questions about space expansion, its cause, or its effects. But I have the feeling we never get straight and simple answers. I do not expect answers to be simple in general, but I ...
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The effect of windspeed on a car

I've worked problems in the past in trig class concerning the effect of wind on the speed of a plane and it's flight path and was wondering if a similar thing occurs with a car. First off, I'm ...
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Where does the extra force generated by a lever come from?

Given an object being pulled down to earth by a force of 1000 lb: If a machine were to lift it off the ground for me, and I grabbed on to the rope before it was released, there is no way in the world ...
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Modeling wall's behaviour

Sorry if the quesiton is inconvenient, but I judged the physics forum would be the best place to go. My house is divided in two parts by a wall, and there's some tree pushing it, so the wall is about ...
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The best way in which a man can pull a train

I have chosen this example as a paradoxical limit, but my question really regards the optimization, distribution and outcome of force when you try to pull a weight: how can you optimize your ...
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Trouble understanding the concept of true and apparent weight

I need help understanding the concept of true weight vs apparent weight. I understand this much: if someone is standing in an elevator on a scale, the further up they go the less the reading on the ...
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Force due to combination of free space and dielectric

I will make a generalized form of my question. There are two point charges $q$, $x$ distance apart. And there is a dielectric slab of thickness $t$ and of dielectric constant $K$. Should the force ...
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Is the Normal force dependent on the density of the object the body is resting on?

If a body is resting on the ground, the Normal force equals its weight. If I keep putting another body on top of it, eventually the body will start moving into the ground until the new Normal equals ...
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Force field for Calcium ions, potassium ions and water in molecular dynamics

I want to adapt my existing MD simulation so that it can handle these three species. For the interactions of the ions I thought that I would use the coulomb potential, but I don't know what sort of ...
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How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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How to calculate the supporting force exerted by a stationary object (cupboard) and support (brackets) for it?

I have a wall mounted Stuva Ikea cupboard, which measures 60x64x30cm. The base is 64x30cm. It is already supported by 2 holes at the back base, (64x60cm). But I need to add in L shape brackets ...
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Block on a block problem, with friction

Consider two blocks, one on top of the other on a frictionless table, with masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ respectively. There is appreciable friction between the blocks, with coefficients $\mu_s$ and $\mu_k$ ...