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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Calculating atomic forces from total force and torque on molecule in molecular dynamics (MD)

I guess this problem applies to any body that is composed of a small number of particles, but for the sake of simplicity and concreteness, let's consider a classical model of a molecule consisting of ...
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Magnetic force paradox

Suppose a current carrying wire Is placed in vertical direction. A charged rod is placed is placed nearly horizontally.It is clear that magnetic field due to current carrying wire is inside the ...
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How do suction cups work?

My roommate and I are having trouble agreeing on how suction cups work. Presumably, the ambient air pressure is the only thing which keeps the suction cup attached to the object. When lifting an ...
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Why is it easier to push someone over by exerting force on their front side than by exerting force on their left or right side?

If I put two clones of normal weight on a beach in the ocean, with one standing perpendicular to the waves, and the other standing parallel to them, the one standing perpendicular to the waves will be ...
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Acceleration of a ramp

If we have a ramp and a block on it, and if all the surfaces are frictionless so both the the ramp and block can move. Is the normal force different from the time that ramp is not moving? If yes can ...
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Tension in the string produced due to pulling vs pushing

I know that tension is produced when we pull the rope, but what if we push it? What would that be called? Is that tension too? Negative tension?
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Which moment of intertia do I need to calculate torque

I'm trying to calculate the torque needed to rotate an array of solar panels. I've found some formulas for calculating torque, but they require moment of inertia. I designed this array in Autodesk ...
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Accelerate neutral particles

I know it is not possible to accelerate particles via the Lorentz force $F=q(E+v\times B)$, because $q=0$. However, the magnetic moment $\vec\mu$ for such a particle usually is $\neq 0$. Is there a ...
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Explanation about friction force directions of two moving bodies in contact

can someone explain me why in this scenario (picture below) we have a friction force Ftr12 in the same direction as movement (left part of the picture, case 1 ) and how these directions of friction ...
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Solenoid cannon (coil gun) possibility and recoil?

Similar to my other question If you are to pass a magnet through a solenoid a current is produced in the solenoid due to the magnetic flux. However, if you were to have a magnet sit inside a ...
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A contradiction statement to $F=ma$ [closed]

If I thrown an object of mass 1 kg up in the air it will always fall with an acceleration of 9.8m/s. If I throw it very high up in the sky, it falls with a greater force as compared to if i throw it ...
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Reduced-gravity flight (A300 0-G): what is actually reduced?

I doubt I can hide from the effects of gravity when I'm close to Earth. We usually don't question this biker is fully experimenting gravity: Source. But with the well-known "reduced gravity" ...
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Drag force - dimensional analysis

I have tried the following example from the link: MIT OCW 8.012 PS1 It is about dimensional analysis. Derive an expression for the drag force on a ball of radius $R$ and mass $M$ moving with ...
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Figure out the force constant of a spring [closed]

You are asked to design spring bumpers for the walls of a parking garage. A freely rolling 1200-kg var moving at 0.65m/s is to compress the spring no more than 0.090m before stopping. What should be ...
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Why are tensions in the pulley different when the pulley has a mass or moment of inertia?

When two blocks are connected by a string passing over a pulley whose moment of inertia is given (means pulley is not massless) then why does the string not have same tensions?
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Can we reduce a hurricane's power using wind turbines?

Below is the abstract of an article in Nature: Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines, describing computer simulations that indicate that wind turbines could disrupt a hurricane ...
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How can we account for a friction force changing sign in a conservation of energy equation?

I want to solve a simple mechanical problem whereby three forces act upon an object. $F_1 = (10 - x)$ N $F_2 = -3 N$ (friction force) $F_3 = -10x$ N So at $x$ = 0 we see that $F_1$ + $F_2$ + $F_3$ ...
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When we ride a bicycle, why do we tend to move left when we turn it right? [duplicate]

When we ride a bicycle, we tend to move our body left if we are taking a right turn and vice versa. Why is it like that?
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What happens to an object between to massive objects?

I want to understand how forces act on an object. I don't know anything beyond the high school physics so let me ask about gravity. Suppose an object $A$ is placed at the middle of two objects $B$ ...
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Can pair production be used to explain the EM Drive? [closed]

My understanding of the EM Drive: LOTS of energy and a little light is input into the system. A tiny amount of force is then exerted out of the system. Can this system be explained simply through ...
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Velocity and acceleration with variable friction

If you have a body on a table,with a velocity $u_0$, going from a non friction area to a friction area, how do I find the function for velocity and acceleration due to the variable friction force(T). ...
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Intitutive meaning the unit of Force $N$

I infer 1 Newton of force = 1 kg.m/ sec squared means a force if acting continuosly on a body at rest would make it gain an acceleration of 1 m/sec squared each second.So the change in velocity is 1-0 ...
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induction of van der Waals forces

Is there a way to maximize van der Waals forces between two materials, by electrifying one material, thus creating dipoles/instantaneous dipoles and thus creating stronger van der Waals forces? has ...
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Why are force, momentum, and kinetic energy derivatives of each other [closed]

Force $ma$ is the rate of change of momentum, or the derivative of momentum with respect to time $$\frac{d}{dt} mv = ma = F$$. Kinetic energy is the integral of momentum with respect to velocity: ...
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When is work done on or by something?

An example, here what my textbook says: When charges are released In electric fields charges experience the force causing them to accelerate along electric field vectors. Positive charges ...
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Why can I put my hand through sand but not a table? [duplicate]

I've read in books that one can't put one's hand through a table because the table offers a "Normal Reaction" to the hand. And it is also stated that this force is electromagnetic in nature. But what ...
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Distribute force over a rod

Well, the idea is that I have a rod of length $L$ and force $F_0$. Now I have to distribute those $F_0$ Newtons on the rod. But the problem is, that I want to do it continuously. So what I want in the ...
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Which one of the two objects does the gravitation force vector point to?

My book tells me that the arrowhead should point to whichever is responsible for the field. Am correct in a assuming that it's whichever has the larger mass or bigger electric charge?
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Magnetism and Photons

Knowing that magnetic field is made from photons. Where does a magnet gets it's photons from to create a magnetic field. Are the photons created within the magnet, or does the magnet capture photons ...
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How to calculate the “angular braking distance” when you know the following values?

I have to calculate the arc length in radians that a circle spinning at speed will travel when it decelerates to $0$. I have the initial angular velocity in rad/s, the radius in meters, the mass in ...
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How long will pressure exist in this case?

I'm currently fabricating my project, which currently exists only on paper, and there's one question to which I have stumbled today. Suppose, that I have a pressure vessel capable of holding upto ...
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Spring balance: what will be the reading? [duplicate]

There are two cases: When the two forces say L (for left) and R (for right) are equal. F=L=R What will be the reading? I know the reading would be F but why? When the two forces are unequal that ...
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Finding minimum time to raise a bucket

First of all, I wonder: in $F=ma$ does the acceleration have to be constant? I believe so but, just as confirmation. Problem: A 4.80 kg bucket of water is accelerated upward by a cord of ...
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Why is friction force negative in ice skater problem?

A 68.5 kg skater moving initially at 2.40m/s on rough horizontal ice comes to rest uniformly in 3.52s due to friction from the ice. What force does friction exert on the skater? I am not really ...
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Force division of moving pulleys?

I am a second grade at a middle school and I was reading a physics workbook to prepare for a test. And I was solving pulley problems and one problem made my brain stop. The problem asked me what ...
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How to solve this pendulum problem using kinematics, not the principles of conservation of energy?

I have this question, because typically problems that can be solve using conservation of energy or just energy-related principles, can usually be solved sing kinematic equations. (At least is what I ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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What exactly is work?

What exactly is work? My book confuses me: a force can lift an object to a height h, or it can accelerate an object through gravity. In all these cases, a force displaces an object and change the ...
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Trajectory of rolling billiard ball after collision with another billiard ball with same mass

So, according to this article http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-billiards.html , the trajectory of white (cue) ball is always perpendicular to the line connecting center of ball ...
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Is there a general rule for determining the direction of tension force?

Tension, for me, is a tricky thing. After finishing a related chapter of my book and watching a video, I still can't get a hang of it. Here is a situation: My knowledge is that tension, just like ...
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Can a train with magnets attached move with less fuel?

For a train, if we attach magnets ( big ones ) such that, for each compartment north faces front and south faces back, can that train move. So if this is right, we can move a train by just moving the ...
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How do you calculate the optical contact bonding force of 2 1 meter by 1 meter perfectly flat surfaces?

Optical contact bonding is a phenomenon in which two perfectly flat surfaces will stick together, held purely by intermolecular forces. The trouble is, is there a way to calculate the pressure between ...
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Why in some cases normal force does not equal apply force that is in line with the normal force? [closed]

My understanding is that normal force is always equal to the applied force vector that is in line with it. Like weight going down, normal force going up along the same line, equal in magnitude. Here ...
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If you place a filled water bottle at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, how does the bottle stand the enormous pressure?

The pressures are akin to an entire train pressing down on you. How does the water bottle stand this pressure? And yes, the water bottle will stand: How else do the creatures at the very bottom of ...
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What is the *cause* of the Lorentz Force

Is it possible to explain what actually causes the force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field. I have read that this is due to the magnetic fields 'interacting' in some way. This ...
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Force to deflect ball colliding with wall

Suppose I have a ball with a certain coefficient of restitution. The wall can be considered indeformable and with infinite mass. Everything's in 3 dimensions, and the ball can hit the wall at any ...
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How do I calculate the weight that PSI can lift?

Imagine that there's a force that is given to you in $psi$, say $1450\ psi$. And there's some body of weight say, $100\ kg$. What I want to know is that, how much $psi$ will I need to lift the "body" ...
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Pulley-rope tension question

I'm learning mechanics and I don't understand the following (simple, I guess) concept. Here's a pulley-rope system: The force of tension, as I understand it, is defined as the force exerted on an ...
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If gravity were to suddenly change, would the lift generated by a airfoil also change [closed]

If gravity were to suddenly change, would the lift generated by a airfoil also change? I realise that if gravity were to increase, then weight would also increase, leading to a change in the ...
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Would a solenoid move if a magnet went through it?

If you were to have a solenoid (0 current) floating still in space, and shot a magnet through it, would the solenoid move, or would it only create a DC current (what if it has a closed/open circuit)? ...