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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Magnetic Attraction in Space [closed]

If I were to attach a 1 inch diameter magnet to lets say a half pipe, that it fits perfectly in, and attach a 1 in diameter piece of iron close enough for the magnet to assert its attractive pull, ...
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How do we know that $F = ma$, not $F = k \cdot ma$

It seems intuitive that $a\; \propto \frac{F}{m}$, but when rewriting this as an equality $a = \frac{F}{m}$, how do we know that the proportionality constant is 1, not some other value?
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Can you lift yourself standing on a wooden block using pulley mounted on block? [duplicate]

I am new to this site. Please help me figure out this problem. Is it possible to lift oneself like shown in schematic? Waiting for good suggestions. Chirag
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Can an extremely small force lift a mountain in a hydraulic system? If not, then why not?

As you see in the picture, a car can be lifted with a small force F1. Here it is shown that 'F1 . A1 = F2 . A2'. What will happen if A1 is of the size of a pin's cross-sectional area. Can a child ...
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If I bury a cylinder (top end sealed) in sand, how much force do I need to pull it out?

Let's say the cylinder has a diameter equal to its height of $25\;\mathrm{cm}$ the cylinder is sealed at the top and filled with sand the cylinder is also buried in the sand at sea at a depth of ...
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How do birds generate thrust?

I have been watching this video carefully and I want to know how the wings of birds generate thrust. This is because the wings are more or less flapping up and down --- generating the lift. But I do ...
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Action and reaction pair problem

If I sit on a chair, the first action and reaction pair force is my weight and the force acting on the earth by me. And the 2nd pair is the force acting on the chair by me and the opposite force. ...
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Force acting on center of mass

Pictured above is a biker (traveling in a curve) whose center of mass has two forces acting on it. These two forces - a horizontal centrifugal force F(centripetal)* and a vertical gravitational ...
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What happens to gravity in the middle of the earth? [duplicate]

So I was curious about, what if we make a tunnel from one side of the earth, to the other side of the earth? Gravity is ofcourse always negative, which makes you "fall" and not "float". If we take ...
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The sign of the normal force.

The notes state that $N=mg$. However, if I have a $4\text{kg}$ box on a table, taking upward as positive $$N=-mg=-4*-9.81$$ Is this correct? If it is correct, why do the notes state that $N=mg$. ...
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How can we move an object with zero velocity?

Consider there is a box of mass $m$ at rest on the floor. Most books give an example that we need to do a work of $mgh$ to lift the box $h$ upward. If we analyze this work done, the external force ...
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Work Power & Energy Question [closed]

If a person starts from rest with an acceleration of 10 m/s^2 and applies force of 1000N then What will be its work done at the end of 20s . If the object moves in the horizontal surface? Can ...
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Mathematically impossible for a vortex line to have loose ends?

Could someone show the math behind it? Source : "A vortex is a bunch of air circulating around itself. The axis around which the air is rotating is called a vortex line. It is mathematically ...
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Why does air circulate on an airfoil — The Kutta Condition

Why does the air circulate on a flowing airfoil, thus giving rise to increased velocity (circulation + relative airspeed) above the wing and hence decreased pressure.
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Why friction force is force of constraint?

My understanding about constraint force is that it is a force which limits the geometry of particle's motion. For example, situations such as the particle trapped in a track or limited in domain can ...
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Do we stand on the earth because of Newton's third law?

This is the question I encountered and I'm not sure I understand. The Newton's third law say that, when a body 1 exerts a force on the body 2, then the body 2 will exert the same force on body 1, ...
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Airfoil theory — Why does air travel faster above? [duplicate]

I do not understand, why the air above the airfoil travels faster than the air below it? The air above has to travel faster than the air below so that both streams meet simultaneously at the ...
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What is the third law action pair of buoyancy?

Consider a block floating in a fluid. The force due to gravity balances the buoyant force exerted on the block. But there must be a third-law action pair to the buoyant force. If the block exerts a ...
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How do magnetic objects exhibit attraction/repulsion across empty space?

Magnets will attract or repel over a distance before physically touching each other. What makes this effect possible? My best guess is that the forces generated by the angular momentum of the ...
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Why don't black holes form from forces other than gravity?

Gravity is the weakest of the fundamental forces, so what is so special about gravity that it can form an inescapably strong field while a force like the EM force cannot? It seems to me that if there ...
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Why does shaking your head with short hair hurt? [closed]

When my hair gets long I start doing a little flick of my head occasionally to get my hair out of my eyes. This grows into a habit though, and for the first few days after cutting my hair I end up ...
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Are there forces which do not involve a change in momentum?

I am familiar with the equation $$\vec{F}=m \vec{a}$$ I am wondering as to whether it is possible for something to exert a force on another object without changing the momentum of said object. My ...
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Tension on a string between two objects on a friction less surface [closed]

I just need my work checked here. Please let me know if I am correct. I had this problem in one of my test in which I did not get full credits. I am re-doing this(hopefully correctly this time) just ...
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Questions on electron orbits

I have three questions to ask: Why do electrons (in an atom) specifically move in orbits and not some other type of motion? Where does the energy comes from, for the electron to move at much higher ...
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When to use Cosine or Sine? [closed]

Three blocks of masses $M_A=15.0 \; \text{kg}$, $M_B=12.0 \; \text{kg}$, and $M_C=8.0 \; \text{kg}$ sit next to each other on a frictionless surface. A force $F=54.0 \; \text{N}$ acts on Block $A$ ...
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Why is it easier to turn a heavy hanging object?

Assume if we had a 2 tonne weight placed on ground attached with a rope that we can use to turn the object around. It will immensely hard to turn that object around by pulling the rope. However, if ...
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How to measure power used to sustain something in a (gravitational) field? [duplicate]

I've read this question and answers, but neither of the posts does seem to address my concerns. The problem is as follows: Assuming a device that keeps something in a gravitational field on a ...
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Solving actual weight lifted

I was wondering if anyone knew the formula to calculate how much force is required to lift a tire or any object by the edge. For example if a tire weighs 500 lbs (or has a mass of 226.8 kg). I would ...
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The nature of the gravity force: Is it attractive or repulsive between positive and negative mass? [duplicate]

If negative mass is rotating around fixed positive mass, then what will be the nature of force and how?
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Equal and opposite reaction - forces coming in pairs - or just common sense?

I've never understood why the conservation of momentum law is taught in schools as "every force has an equal opposite reaction". To me a gun's recoil is self explanatory; the explosion sits ...
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Where do these formulas for an object being pushed up an incline come from? [closed]

An object on an incline with an angle $\theta$ is being pushed at constant speed. Constant speed implies $a = 0$. Because $F=ma$ and the object must have mass greater than 0. If I want to find the ...
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Pouring water in an aircraft while upside down?

What is the physics behind the following photo? Someone had told me that this is because the aircraft might be moving towards a lower altitude, but I am still not sure.
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Force applied to two blocks [closed]

Due to application of force tow blocks of mass 1Kg and 0.5Kg move together. Each block exerts a force of 6N on each other. What is the acceleration by which both the blocks move?
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Taking pivot about an accelerating point

Given this question: A small ball of mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without slipping on the inside surface of a fixed hemispherical bowl of radius $R>r$. What is the frequency of small ...
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What happens to bodies that lift each other up? [closed]

Person A and Person B are same person (theortically). They both weigh 800N. They both can vertically lift 1000N. They want to ...
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Chain with mass gradient problem

This is the problem, basically. Now my question is about the approach. Mine, and my teacher's. I would like some help as to which one is correct... Mine: As the whole chain is in equilibrium, the ...
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Breaking force and translational force [closed]

Let’s say I have a horizontal rod whose total length = ΔXtotal = 5 inches. However, the rod is made up of two pieces (ΔXshaft = 4 inches and ΔXbase = 1 inch) that are welded together, where ΔXtotal = ...
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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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Force exerted by a capacitor on a polar object

I was reading about capacitors and wondered what the force an electrostatic field created by a capacitor would be on an object with a certain charge and mass. If it can exert a force on a polar object ...
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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 ...