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How far would an arrow go in a space station and still be deadly?

So I was answering a question on the WorldBuilding SE site and one aspect of my answer made me wonder. Imagine you are on a massive space station of unlimited size. If you were to fire an arrow from ...
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Friction to just move the blocks [closed]

Two blocks each of mass $m$ are placed on a rough horizontal surface and connected by mass-less in-extensible string as shown.The coefficient of friction between each block and ground is $\mu$ What ...
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How to determine the overturning moment on a stand alone, uncovered bean pole tipi

I will preface this by saying I am a highschool student who has not yet had a physics class. I engineered and built a hexagonal shaped, open bottomed, planter to hold soil that would contain pole ...
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Newton's Third Law As Discussed in Den Hartog's Mechanics

A question, but some preliminaries in order to avoid answers involving concepts not yet introduced in the text I'm reading--Den Hartog's Mechanics. Near the very beginning of his book, Den Hartog ...
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Why are hockey pucks so indestructible?

After watching a hockey puck be exposed to extreme heat as well as extreme cold, the puck seems to end up in pretty good shape. I can sort of understand the puck vs. hot ball of nickel since the area ...
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The speed of air rising through a heated tube

I would like to get an explanations of an observed physical phenomena. When a metal tube is placed vertically and heated and the air inside rises, the speed of the air moving through the tube ...
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Why does weight on Earth have a tangential component?

I read in Pulsar's answer of this question that weight has a tangential component due to the rotation of the (assumed spherical) Earth but I don't understand this. Can someone expand on it please?
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Understanding the math behind a falling object attached to a parachute

I'm trying to understand the mathematics behind calculating the total speed and force of a $40 kg_f$ object hooked up to a parachute, falling to Earth. From what I understand, the formula for this is ...
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Weight Detection Under Concrete/Asphalt [closed]

Consider that a weight sensor was embedded in a road. Would cars that drive over it trigger the sensor? I was thinking it'd look something like this (if we ignored the downward force that the ...
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Why is the Moon considered the major cause of tides, even though it is weaker than the Sun?

You have likely read in books that tides are mainly caused by the Moon. When the Moon is high in the sky, it pulls the water on the Earth upward and a high-tide happens. There is some similar effect ...
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Newton's 1st law [closed]

If all of a sudden the gravitational force and gravity disappears then the planets would still continue to rotate and revolve ? Give reason
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What would happen to a motor without a split-ring commutator?

I realise that a similar question has already been asked (Why does the coil in this apparatus reverse its direction of oscillation?), however after reading the answers, I am still unclear on certain ...
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Has a body angular momentum and torque only in a circular path?

In different contexts, my book(Principles of Physics by Resnick, Halliday ,Walker) , they wrote For torque, the path need no longer be a circle and we must write the torque as a vector $\vec{\tau}...
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If I double the amount of oxygen molecules, do I double the paramagnetic force?

Oxygen is well known to be paramagnetic. If I take one molecule, $O_2$, and measure its paramagnetic force due to externally applied magnetic field, and then add another molecule near the first ...
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Does the work done by a person equal the work done on the object in this situation?

If you applied a constant force over a floor that has friction on an object, would the work done by the person equal to the work done on the object? Assume that the floor is flat and that the object ...
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In the equation $F = kma$ , what's $k$? [duplicate]

Actually I want to know that what is $k$ & why it's SI unit is set to 1. Also if it's can be expressed in SI units , that means it can be converted into CGS etc. units .. So what's the value of $k$...
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Can two bodies of different mass attached at ends of string passed over a frictionless pulley produce equal tension on both sides?

In my textbook there is given a case that to calculate acceleration and tension produced in string when string is attached at it's ends with two bodies of masses such that $m1>m2$ and the tension ...
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Free Body diagram force question

Here is a semicircular track and the ring of mass $m$ sliding on it. The ring is attached to spring of force constant $k$ and the elongation $x$ at that point.I just wanted to know that just as I ...
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Acceleration mass graph of constant force

If the same horizontal force is applied to objects of different mass. Which graph explains the experimental results. My logic was that since $$ f = ma $$ Is a linear equation it will be a straight ...
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How would you go about solving this graphical mass problem? [closed]

I've tried finding the x and y components of the vectors created by each mass to find the resulting vector's magnitude. However, my answer of 0.354 N keeps getting marked wrong. Any ideas on how to ...
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Confusion in reaction force of Ampere's Force Law [closed]

I am reading Maxwell's "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism" and I have some confusion in the following pages: The element ds is resolved into its components $\alpha$ and $\beta$;and the ...
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Pendulum force components at maximum displacement

If $\theta$ is the maximum angle for the pendulum's swing, then should $T\cos\theta=mg$ or should $T=mg\cos\theta$. I think that the components must be done in the perpendicular directions $T\cos\...
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If the applied force is constant, what is the graph of the velocity?

This is a sample interview question from Oxford: A ball, initially at rest, is pushed upwards by a constant force for a certain amount of time. Sketch the velocity of the ball as a function of ...
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If photons mediate EM force? How can they tell to be attracting? [duplicate]

Like a photon is neutral, when a proton say feels a push from another proton, how does the proton know it was a proton pushing it and not an electron pulling it? Im not asking how the details work of ...
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Why is the magnetic force not (never) in the opposite direction

In this question I'm talking about the left-handed orientation for the direction of the $x$, $y$ and $z$-axis. This is the coordinate system at the left of the picture below. I learnt that when you ...
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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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Point charge inside a electrically neutral cavity in conductor placed eccentrically, and effect of external electric field if switched on

bear with me, but i would like a definite answer, now, starting off the external charge density on the outer surface of sphere WILL be uniform by unique solution of Laplace equation and letting 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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Cable wakeboard raley

Illustration of the problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWRixptJaRo The non physics solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRwHcJjfCR4 My first approach to learn this was to follow youtube ...
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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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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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Infinite grid of planets with Newtonian gravity

Assuming only Newtonian gravity, suppose that the universe consists of an infinite number of uniform planets, uniformly distributed in a two-dimensional grid infinite in both directions and not moving ...
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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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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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Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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Work energy theorem explanation

So there is this problem in my head, it may seem very simple, but I need an answer. The problem is, we have some object, and we apply a force by our hands with a constant speed from a position (1) to ...
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Why there is an extra componet of force in this Equilibrium state?

I have a question about the forces on a body at equilibrium. Look to this image: here i draw a man standing with a pen on earth. And I think that I draw all possible forces on it. They are as ...
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Can we make a force which can oppose earth gravity? [duplicate]

If we are standing on earth, then some force (gravity of earth) is pulling us down. Can't we make a force which can oppose gravity? Can't we make an object of zero mass?
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Balancing forces on a liquid [closed]

My reasoning is as follows Atmospheric pressure = $P_{0}$; Spring stretch = $x$; Pressure under top piston = $P$ Balancing forces on top piston $kx + P S_1 = P_0 S_1$ Balancing forces on bottom piston ...
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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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Why does the beam in a weighing balance get tilted proportional to the weights added to each pan?

I'm talking about a beam balance(a simple weighing balance with a beam and two pans hung on either side) As answered in a previous question, the beam comes back to the original position when one ...
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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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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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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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Newton's third law and punching a glass or a feather

According to Newton's third law, action force equals reaction force in terms of magnitude. When I punch a glass, the glass punches me back. If I exert a greater force on the glass, it will break. ...
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Ball flying towards me or me flying towards ball

Suppose a ball is flying towards me at a speed of 10m/s and that, on impact, I feel "x" amount of pain. If, instead, it was me flying towards the ball at the same speed, with all other conditions ...
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Tension in the string [closed]

In the following diagram, what's the force that's acting on $m$, the Tension in the string? There is no friction between $M$ and the ground but there is between $m$ and $M$ and I need to find the ...
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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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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, the ...