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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At what angle do billiard balls scatter if they collide off center?

The angle defined by joining a line from the centers of the balls must be important. But do they follow this angle when viewed in the rest frame of one of the balls or in the CM frame? The spheres ...
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Why is the mechanical advantage of a wedge = length of slope/ width?

Mechanical advantage is defined as Force Output/Force Input For a symmetrical wedge with the length of the slopes being equal and the width being the distance between the end points, the articles ...
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Neutrinos travels through our bodies: do they contribute for gravitational atractive force?

Are neutrinos traveling through our bodies what really make us attracted to the Earth?
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Action and reaction - not the same effect

If I press on something, it presses me back with the same force. if I press a pillow with my fist, l do not feel pain but if I press a rock with my fist with the same force, I do feel the pain. ...
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Pendulum Hits a Mass and Spring

I think this problem’s solution is on the web but after a few days of searching, I can not find it. Can anyone give me a reference? Thanks in advance. A mass and spring are resting on a frictionless ...
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What is going on in the system? How are the formulas `mg sin(x)` and `mg cos(x)` derived?

When a load is resting on an inclined plane, there is force $mg \sin(x)$ that's vertical to the inclined plane and force $mg \cos(x)$ horizontal to the plane acting on it like this: My textbook ...
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Vacuum to hold an object

How can i check and calculate if a certain vacuum pump can hold an object that weights X kg? By "hold" I mean not let that object fall to the floor due to gravity
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Average Resistive force exerted by a wooden block on a bullet [closed]

A bullet of mass 0.04 kg moving with a speed of 90 m/s enters a wooden block and is stopped after a distance of 60cm. What is the average resistive force exerted by the block on the bullet? Ok, so ...
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Modeling Syringes e.g. with the ideal gas law

Gentlemen I have a similar yet very practical problem that might provide further insight. I'm trying to model a moving plunger in a syringe (something like a piston in a cylinder). At time zero the ...
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what is in the electrostatic field that makes the word done independent of path taken?

I am trying to understand how is it possible for electric force to behave like this (path independence)? I am repeatedly failing to get an intuitive meaning behind its (electric field) nature of ...
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How to determine which one would not be the resultant?

i had a physics exam yesterday, which was all in all pretty good except for this one question which i just don't get.: ...
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How can I calculate the pressure against the sides of a container? [closed]

While answering this question on DIY.SE, I wanted to calculate the amount of pressure (in psi) that would be exerted on the walls of the container. However, I don't know much about how to calculate ...
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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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Why isn't the product rule used in the definition of mechanical work?

Mechanical power is normally defined as $P = \mathrm{d}W/\mathrm{d}t$, and work is normally defined as $W = \vec F \cdot \vec x$. Today an undergrad pointed out a confusion he had from Griffiths' ...
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Stable equilibrium given force

If a particle moves under the influence of a resistive force proportianal to velocity and a potential $U$, $$F(x,\dot x)=-b\dot x-\frac {\partial U}{\partial x}$$ Where b>0 and ...
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Relationship between angles [closed]

Question: Find the relationship between angles $\theta$ and $\phi$ using the equations of equilibrium and solve for $\theta$. Express your equation for $\theta$ in terms of $\phi$. ...
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Is there a definition of force? [duplicate]

Well, Newton's three laws talks about forces, but no definition is given. In truth, Newton's second law gives an idea of what total force is: the time change rate of momentum. But, if we have a force ...
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Power delivered by centripetal force

Does centripetal acceleration deliver power to the revolving object? What I think: Power is given by F.v Since for a body in circular motion velocity and acceleration are at 90 degrees the power ...
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Simple rope tension problem

I have this really simple rope tension problem that can be solved for seconds using simple logic. I know what the answer is, I know why it is, but I cannot write it down and explain it mathematically. ...
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Impact of friction on a fallen body [closed]

If a body travelling at speed falls to the ground through an arc from a certain height (someone walking who trips, for example), how does friction of the ground surface affect the forces impacting ...
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Pulley problem - unable to understand the concept

Given: The pulley is moving towards the right. All blocks have different masses. (The pulley and the strings are massless.) What I don't understand: Is the tension the same for both A and B? ...
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Two boxes that are connected pushed by force - what happens between two boxes?

So when two boxes are connected together, and force is applied, two boxes move with the same acceleration. (assuming force is constant.) My question is, how are forces between two boxes get cancelled ...
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Is it possible to float, starting at an elevated point, with a board and enough strength?

Premise: I have a structure like this. O _____ | | | | I'm the O, and I'm sitting on a flat surface or board ...
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How is the view of charge and forces in quantum mechanics different from classical physics?

I am taking an introductory course on quantum mechanics and would like to understand this. Do forces act in quantum mechanics? In orbitals, is the charge of an electron dispersed, with a higher ...
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Pulley and Two Masses: Why is the acceleration the same?

Say you have a massless string going over a pulley pulley attached to a cart on a frictionless surface one end, and a hanging mass on the other end. What guarantees that the cart and the hanging mass ...
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Can be the ionosphere described as an elecro-magnetic field?

I read that the ionosphere can be defined as plasma. it has its plasma frequency it has its Debye length it is overall neutral As it is overall neutral it does not produce any electric field. ...
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Force in Special Relativity

I have a question regarding how force on a body works in the framework of special relativity. As far as I am aware, the equation for force in special relativity is: $$F=m\alpha$$ Where $\alpha$ is the ...
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Lever Counterweight of uneven weight distances

So, I have a camera crane that has a pivot leaving 2 distances, 0.5mts and 1.5mts respectively. Plus a small L-shaped piece of metal and the end of d2 (1.5) which holds a camera, which I suppose I ...
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When a ball is tossed straight up, does it experience momentary equilibrium at top of its path?

This question has been asked many times all over the Internet and answers can be found on places such as yahoo and ask.com, but I'm not satisfied with those answers and I don't trust the validity of ...
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Doubt in law of mutual interaction

Book: Classical mechanics (textbook) by Douglas Gregory (cambridge publications) Law of mutual interaction states that when two particle (let it be P1 and P2) interacts, the particle (P1) induces an ...
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Tension on pulleys Physics Question [closed]

Collar A is connected to a 50lb load on a frictionless horizontal rod. Determine magnitude of P to maintain equilibrium when x=4.5. Im confused on the concept of Tension I originally got the ...
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A question from a Physics 2 exam: About electron cloud an a constant external field:

I am trying to prepare for my exam in Physics $2$, the following is a question from an old exam (the question also have a detailed answer to it, but I don't really understand it). An acceptable ...
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what is “work”? (of a force)

I would like to know why two forces (of different magnitudes but same direction) that we'd use sequentially on an object to move it by the same amount twice, will produce two different values for the ...
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Combine forces (gravity)

I have a point at which there are (at least) two different forces (gravity to be precise) working. How do I combine those so that the force acting on the point are as realistic as possible? To put ...
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Force and Area are proportional to each other, but [closed]

I have read on book the next following sentence: The force is proportional to the area, for if we increase the area but keep the number of molecules per cubic centimeter the same, we increase the ...
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Force From Distance

I'm working on a physics engine for a game and I need something clarified. Let's say I have a stationary sphere, sitting atop a platform. The sphere's mass is 10kg, and gravity is $10m/s^2$, for the ...
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Net torque on a frictionless pulley

If we consider a system comprising a massless string over a frictionless pulley,then we write the torque equation as $(T_2-T_1)R=I a$ ,where $T_2$ and $T_1$ are tensions on either side of the pulley. ...
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Thought experiment-shell theorem

Consider a uniformly dense perfectly spherical planet. At any point inside the planet, the gravitational attraction is only due to the mass below the point. (red circle) according to shell theorem. ...
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Can you justify force calculations using more than one of Newton's laws?

If an object is at rest on a flat surface I remember my school teacher would say, "By Newton's 1st law the normal reaction, R, is mg (mass x g)". Ok, sure this is fine because the object is at ...
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Variable Tension in the string [closed]

A body of mass $m$ is hanging with a string having linear mass density $\lambda$. What is the tension at point $A$ as shown in the figure. I am aware of the scenarios in which string is ...
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Consistency of equation with special relativity?

The following is the equation which, I want to know, if it is valid in relativistic domain. Consider two equal charges moving in same direction with velocity $v$ and charge $q$ at a separation of ...
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Free body diagram of rod in sphere

I was finding the free body diagram part of dynamics quite easy until I found this question , Here's how it goes : A rod AB is placed inside a spherical shell, whose inside surface is rough. Draw ...
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A few questions about the concept of work

From Wikipedia: The work done by a constant force of magnitude F on a point that moves a displacement d in the direction of the force is the product: $$W = Fd.$$ If I lift some object from a ground, ...
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Newton's Third Law and Constant Velocity

How can an object that's not accelerating cause another stationary object to move in a collision? This website: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/momentum/U4l2a.cfm, says that a "rightward moving" ...
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Given Newton's Third Law, how can an inanimate object create a force?

Newton's Third Law states that Whenever any force is exerted by a body#1 on any other body#2, another force which is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on body#1 by body#2. ...
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If atoms never “physically” touch each others, then how does matter-antimatter annihilation happen?

It is known that matter and antimatter annihilate each others when they "touch" each others. And as far as I know, the concept of "touching" as our brain gets it is not true on the atomic level since ...
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What is wrong with this downforce calculcation?

I tried calculating the downforce of a spoiler I need for a robot. I used this formula. $$F = \frac{1}{2}Ac_a\rho v^2$$ Where $\rho$ is air density, $v$ is the speed of my robot, $c_a$ is the lift ...
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Is it possible to reach the edge of a room if there isn't any gravitational acceleration?

Consider that a large room(an indoor badminton court) is orbiting the earth with a person floating exactly at its center without any relative initial velocity. Consider that the person has no ...
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Finding the drag force (Air resistance force) for accelerated ball?

As you know if I want to find the force for an accelerated object I will use the law $F_o=ma$ so I can get the affecting force of it. But there is another force affecting against the object. It's the ...
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What are physical effects that could be employed to emulate this system?

This is a simple system consisting of a tree of numbers such as ((1 2 (3 4)) (2 6) 1 6) and a rule of application, that states that a tree A applied to B is a copy ...