# Tagged Questions

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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### Why is the damping force acting on an oscillating system opposite in direction to velocity and not acceleration?

So far I know that the damping force is a frictional force that opposes motion and so it acts in the opposite direction to velocity . Bit why can't the same be said for acceleration doesn't the ...
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### How well-defined is the infinite-sheet-of-mass computation?

When computing the gravitational force from an infinite plane (or the electrical field from an infinite sheet of charge), it is standard to begin by making a symmetry argument to say that the ...
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### Force of water hitting a wall [closed]

If you had a 8" pipe with 500psi stream of water exiting it and hitting a wall at 90 degrees 8 feet away, what would the force of the water on the wall be? Thank you all. Non-mathematician.
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### Tension in a string with pulley and two objects at opposite ends

Tension is confusing me. According to my understanding of tension the tension in a string is uniform but while going through the solution of a problem I read that tge tension on the left part of the ...
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### Gravitational force when standing on an infinite disc

If a person were to stand on a flat disc of thickness 1 meter but infinite diameter, would they experience finite or infinite downward force? There is an infinite amount of mass, all of which ...
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### Expressing virtual force in terms of muscle contraction force

Two bodies connected with a hinge joint with axis in J. They also connected with a muscle at points M and M`. I’m trying to express virtual force Fv in terms of muscle force Fm acting at the point M ...
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### How does Torque from tidal forces scale with distance

I read in a paper a while back that the torque on a body caused by differential rotation and tidal forces scaled with distance to the power of 6. That struck me as odd since the tidal force scales ...
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### Calculation of buoyancy in a stratified water tank

I'm trying to calculate the buoyancy force in a stratified water tank. The model of my tank looks like this: Now I'm expecting cell 5 with Temperature $T_5 = 50^\circ C$ to have an upward buoyancy ...
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### What is the degree of freedom of pure rolling motion?

A cylindrical body is pure rolling, what will be the degree of freedom for it? I am confused between 2 and 1 if slipping occurs than it has 2 but in pure rolling there's no slipping so what will it ...
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### Confusion with Newton's third law

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” I have a query about the word every in that sentence. Suppose we have two objects A and B. A pushes B with a force of 5N and B will push A with a ...
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### Effect on Force as Mass Doubles

A fireman is holding a hosepipe so that water leaves the pipe horizontally. The hose-pipe has a constant cross-sectional area. The magnitude of the force that the fireman exerts to hold the hosepipe ...
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### Energy Stored in Spring [closed]

Area Z represents the energy stored in the spring when it is stretched to a length L I am trying to understand why this is so: $$E = \frac{1}{2}kx^2$$ Here, $x$ is the vertical side of triangle $Y$...
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### How does the nature of bonding between individual atoms in a molecule affect the van der Waal interactions between molecules?

I am currently studying certain materials. Some of these materials have ionic bonds, while some others have covalent bonds. Moreover, each unit of these materials interacts with the adjacent unit via ...
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### Parallelogram Law of Force Addition

In most of the mechanics textbooks , the Parallelogram Law of Force Addition is stated without any justification or an experiment to confirm this law. Also after introducing this law forces are also ...
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### Friction-Newtonian Mechanics

Here we are having two blocks of mass $2~\rm kg$ and $4~\rm kg$ on an inclined angle with angle of inclination being $30~\circ.$ The block of mass 2 kg has a coefficient of friction $\mu_1=0.2$ and ...
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### Forces at angles being resolved into perpendicular components

Why is that when a force acts at 30° from the horizontal, for example, that its horizontal and vertical components can be treated as being separate?
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### Can there be an acceleration when no net force acts on a massless object?

If no net force acts on a massless object can there be any acceleration of the object? My attempt: $$F=ma\\ \implies a=F/m\\ \implies a=0/0$$ $\implies a$ can be anything.
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### Block resting on an inclined plane [closed]

A block of wood of mass 3 kg is resting on the surface of a rough inclined surface as shown in the image. We have to calculate the value of all the three forces. The solution says that frictional ...
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### Is a normal force acting on an object that is hanging from the ceiling?

I've only taken two semesters of calculus-based physics as part of my general education credits at university. Please keep this in mind when reading this question and framing answers. Today I ...
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### Normal force for a Bike on an incline

So, in general I know how the find the normal force for an object on an incline, but this one is a bit harder, since the bike essentially has two normal forces like so: where L is the length of the ...
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### Virtual Work- Is the presentation in Cornelius Lanczos wrong?

Book: The Variational Principles of Mechanics by Cornelius Lanczos Edition: 4th Chapter: 3, The Principle of Virtual Work I am on the second page of the 3rd chapter (pg 75; it has the Eqn. 31.1). ...
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### How does a lever magnify force? [duplicate]

I understand that energy is conserved when a force is applied to the end of a lever and magnified closer to the pivot point. However, I would like to know how it is the force is transferred and ...
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### Could we find the overall force and direction of something with a diagram only? (i.e. no calculation)

My friend, who is a geologist, and I were just debating some dynamics stuff. To make this easier, lets come up with an analogy......lets say there's a boat and it's being pulled by two smaller boats ...
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### What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? [closed]

What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? All the phenomena I can think of can be explained with the help of Newton's first law or second law. ...
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### Centrifugal force in the two body problem?

In the two body problem, the Effective radial potential energy in general relativity is given by $$V(r)=-\frac{G M m}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2\mu r^{2}}-\frac{G(M+m)L^{2}}{c^{2}\mu r^{3}}$$ where the ...
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### Newton's Third Law

Sorry if this question's been asked. I looked through some of the questions but didn't find a similar enough question. My question on Newton's Third Law: It's my understanding that if you were in ...
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### How to model muscle contraction force acting on two bones connected by joint?

I'm trying to understand what is a correct way to model a muscle contraction in a physics engine like PhysX (Unity3D). Muscle that I'm modelling is connected to a bones in 2 points A and B. Having a ...
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### The components of applied forces on the masses of a Trebuchet

Background information: I was following an online mechanics document in order to learn how to derive the equations of motion for a trebuchet (shown below) using Lagrangian mechanics. At some point ...
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### How do we know that electrons are affected by gravity?

There are some theories of gravity which explain it as emerging from other fundamental forces. To better understand the evidence for and against these theories, I would like to have a better ...
### Why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation? [duplicate]
I'm learning about astrodynamics on my own and I was wondering why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: \vec{F}_g=\frac{Gm_1m_2}{|\vec{r}|^3}\vec{r}\$...