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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How do we define what is “External” force or “Internal” force in the context of momentum conservation?

I know that without presence of any "External" force momentum is always conserved. But how do we distinguish between "External" force and "Internal" force where all are "Force"?
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How does the Electric Field create a force? [closed]

If we have 2 charged particles which are a certain distance away from each other, they either attract of repel due to the electric field created by both of them. But I don't understand the mechanism ...
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Why an impact exerts so much force? [closed]

If an object of velocity $v$ and mass $m$ moves towards a resting object of mass $M$, then if the object which is hit might break. Why? What is the reason that a collision has more power than a ...
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Tension and friction. Cool question

I had an exercise like the image, where block A is pulled by a force F, there is that rope(tension) attached to the block B and the wall, and there is friction between A and B, and A and the ground, ...
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Tensile strength of a chain of electromagnets

I was having a discussion about the tensile strengths of various materials. Could something like a chain of electromagnets be made to have a tensile strength proportional to the power applied to it?
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How is a mass, suspended vertically by two springs in parallel, kept stable? [closed]

Consider a mass suspended vertically from above by two springs in parallel with different spring constants. Wouldn't the tension be different in each spring? How is this system kept in equilibrium?
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What force prevents particles from penetrating other particles?

I understand that what prevents objects from penetrating each other is the electromagnetic force between the electrons in the respective objects. But if we don't have electrons, for example a proton. ...
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Which side of liquid gas interface is at high pressure?

With respect to what(whether liquid or gas) should I consider that the convex side has higher pressure and concave at lower prsseure? As seen in the example of image it is given that air bubble inside ...
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Newton's law of gravitational attraction [closed]

My teacher would like us to use Newton's law of gravitational attraction to solve a question similar to this one: "Two objects exert a force of gravity of 20N. One object's mass is increased by a ...
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Rising glass in xkcd what if

In http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/, Around this time, the glass on the left starts to visibly lift into the air. The air pressure is trying to squeeze the glass and water together. This is the ...
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In rotating frames, particles do not travel at constant velocity?

If we measure a particle's trajectory in a rotating frame of reference as $\vec x=\vec x(t)$, then $\frac{d^2\vec x}{dt^2}=0$ could be zero? I'm trying to explain why the Newton's first law of ...
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Condition for a force to be conservative

I get that a force dependent on path is non-conservative or a force which does non-zero work in completing a cycle. But how do you prove that mathematically. Let's assume I have a force F= 2yi + ...
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Forces on wheels in an accelerating vehicle

Assume that a motorcycle of mass $m$ has two wheels that are equidistant from its centre i.e the force on each wheel is $mg/2$. If the motorcycle accelerates forward, will the two forces on each ...
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Gravity and force

I have a question and am not able to answer it. Suppose you drop two objects from different heights. They are exactly the same shape, size and weight. Now we know that the gravitational acceleration ...
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Does a capacitor experience a Newtonian reaction when being charged?

Say I have a capacitor that is being charged with a battery. There are two wires, one on the positive and one on negative terminal of the battery which go to a capacitor. During the charging, a ...
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Relationship between applied and normal force?

After watching and reading many explanations on friction, normal force and newton's laws, I am more confused than I was before... I have a simple question: Why is the normal force of an object that ...
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Pascal's law and pressure gradient

Pascal's law states that pressure applied on an ideal liquid is equally distributed. Then why is there a pressure gradient in a liquid body? Please let me know what is wrong in what I stated. What ...
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Are pull ups as performed by Oliver Queen in the TV series The Arrow possible?

Referring to the pull ups performed by Oliver Queen in the TV series The Arrow. My hunch is that such pull ups are impossible because it violates the law of physics: as Oliver tries to pull himself ...
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Experiment to show $a \propto F$

I learnt about an experiment to show that acceleration is proportional to force. It was done by placing a trolley (like a toy car) on a smooth track. At the end of the smooth horizontal track was a ...
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If an object has a constant force being applied to it perpendicular to gravity, will the object fall slower?

If this was on a hypothetical flat plane (so not curved like the earth) and a rocket is flying horizontally, would the horizontal propulsion slow down the rocket's descent or even stop it from falling ...
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Is it feasible to lift a human off the ground with a suit of fans? [closed]

So, we live in a world that is technologically developed enough where it is reasonably within reach to attach small rockets to someone/something to lift it off the ground. One serious problem we ...
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What is meant by the word “length” in definition of surface tension?

Surface tension is defined as the force applied per unit length. What is that "length" belonging to? I can imagine force being applied per area but not length. "It would take a force of 72 dynes to ...
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In terms of forces and kinematics, why does a projectile, thrown forwards, bounce forwards?

I'm curious to know why a tennis ball bounces forwards after it has made contact with the ground considering I throw it forwards and downwards at the ground. I understand that is bounces up because ...
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When does normal force equal to $mg$?

Can someone once and for all explain when does normal force equal to mg? I know for sure that when there is no friction, normal force will be equal to mg. But, i encountered some questions when there ...
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Why can center of mass be used in calculating gravity?

Why can gravitational forces be based on the center of mass. Due to the fact that gravity is related to the square of the distance should not the gravitational sum of every particle exceed the force ...
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What depth should water be filled to in a cylinder flask to make it the most stable

As said in title, a cylinder flask with a mass of 100g and radius of 3 has a center of balence 10cm above the base. Assuming negligible wall thickness, to what depth should water be added to this ...
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Acceleration - Constant force vs force for an instant

I am reading about Newton's second law, and I am slightly confused. So I think I get that $F=ma$ can be used to find acceleration. I am struggling between two scenarios: constant force acting over a ...
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Does air resistance give a falling skydiver weight?

An observer in free fall is weightless as he is accelerating at 9.8 m/s^2. However, when a skydiver jumps from a high plane, his acceleration gradually slows until becoming 0 m/s^2 at terminal ...
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How to calculate force / torque on non-flat lever, i.e. dolly

See attached image. The mass is being rotated on a lever where the pivot point (P) is a certain distance ($L_2$) from the right angle at the bottom. How do I calculate the force necessary to apply ...
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Why is force called the rate of change of momentum? [closed]

Why is force called the rate of change of momentum? If I push a wall I do exert a force but there is no movement; so is there force acting on the wall?
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Repulsive Force between two Electromagnets

This question might seem a bit too basic(or advanced!), but it is the one to which I'm really desperate to find a simple enough explanation and solution. Ok, So here's the problem, I have two ...
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How is the fall time for a parachute affected by the mass of the load?

Why do parachutes with a heavier load fall faster than a parachute with a lighter load?
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Why is sometimes more difficult to lift a baby?

I have a small cousin and she enjoys when I pick her up, which I can do pretty easily. Sometimes though she decides she wants to make my life difficult, and when she decides so, she tells me she is "...
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Extension spring and permanent damage

Is there a way to calculate how far an extension spring can be extended before it suffers permanent damage? There are some online calculators, but how are they done? This calculator is the most ...
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Why does the axle need to be rotated in a turbine generator?

Inside a turbine a wire rotates between the poles of a magnet, i.e. rotating inside the magnetic field, so that the field forces the electrons in the wire to move and generate current. But why does ...
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Why things wobble when submitted to wind?

If I place a little piece of paper in front of a fan, it is going to wobble/oscillate. Is it because the wind flow isn't constant ? Or because the air movement makes the piece of paper move away, so ...
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Tension in a rope

In an ideal case, we assume strings and ropes to be massless and having same tension throughout. However, I was doing some questions which involved a rope with mass. The question was that if a ...
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Calculate acceleration from power [closed]

I am currently programming a simple computer space ship simulation. This is just for fun to train my programming, 3D graphics and a little bit of physics skills. What I want is the user to pick a ...
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Work done by friction on a body?

I know that when a body slides over a surface, the work done by friction is not stored as potential energy in the body. It is dissipated in the form of heat. But why is it not stored as potential ...
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Would the Lorentz force of the two wires be different?

From the following diagram: Lorentz force can be calculated from the following formula: $F$ = $IL\times B$ What about this wire in the following diagram? Assuming that all the variables are the ...
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frictional force is nonconservative force [duplicate]

In nature there are mainly four kind of fundamental forces,electromagnetic force is one of them which is conservative force.If friction force is belongs to electromagnetic force then why it is not ...
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How can static friction do work?

By definition, the work done by a force is $W = F\cdot d$, so how can static friction do work? Can this force move the body a distance of $75~\text{m}$?
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How this formula for work follows from the definition?

If a particle moves along a path $\gamma : I\subset \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^3$ then the work done by a force $\mathbf{F}$ is defined by $$W = \int_{\gamma} \mathbf{F} = \int_{I}\mathbf{F}(\gamma(t))\...
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Is my answer possible? (Newtonian Third Law Pairs and Forces, Multiple Choice Word Problem)

So I recently took a test and the teacher graded my answer correct, yet my friends saw that the other answer was correct and they protest that it should be the right answer: The question goes: ...
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A problem related to Work done by falling bodies : Expert's attention much needed! [closed]

I'm having a lot of trouble with this question, that I've found in my textbook. I've solved it in my own way and it's very simple! But the solution in the book is totally different. It doesn't make ...
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Can gravitational force act as an impulsive force in any case? [closed]

Can gravitational force be termed as impulsive in any case? I' m thinking about it but couldn't get any answer. When two heavenly objects collide then the force exerted on each of them during the time ...
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Can magnetic force do work? [duplicate]

I have been told numerous times that magnetic force do no work at all but I have some trouble digesting this fact. Now suppose we have two straight wire with some current, they certainly can feel ...
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Force of a Train

Imagine that there are two trains and the first train is twice as long as the second train. They have the same mass per unit length and they are traveling at exactly the same speed. If the first ...
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How do you find the tension in the real world? (Given a rope in a pulley system)

I'm well aware of the formula to calculate tension, however, given a real world situation where you have a closed pulley system. How do you measure the force (i.e., tension) required to pull on the ...
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Why is the gravitational force $10^{38}$ times smaller than the strong nuclear force?

Also, why is the weak interaction force $10^7$ times smaller than the strong nuclear force?