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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what is the 2D gravity potential?

In 3D, I can calculate the total force due to gravity acting on a point on the surface of the unit sphere of constant density, where I choose units so that all physical constants (as well as the ...
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Assuming collision , are there fundamental forces associated with absorbtion?

I just learned that strong and weak nuclear forces relate to decay/emission. I know absorbtion depends on Energy levels(QM) and heat(thermodynamics , kinetic energy , entropy) and E = gamma mc^2 ( ...
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How fictitious are fictitious forces?

How fictitious are fictitious forces? More specifically, in a rotating reference frame i.e. on the surface of the earth does an object that is 'stationary' and in contract with the ground feel ...
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Is gecko-like friction Coulombic? What is the highest known Coulombic $\mu_s$ for any combination of surfaces?

Materials with large coefficients of static friction would be cool and useful. Rubber on rough surfaces typically has $\mu_s\sim1-2$. When people talk about examples with very high friction, often ...
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Centripetial Force in Rotating Platform and relation between Period and radius

The experiment setup looks (roughly) like: First, a weight (W2), is hung to simulate centripetal force when the platform is not rotating. Then its removed (W2 is now hanging to one side as shown ...
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How to measure force of impact inside container?

I am in 7th grade and for my science fair project, I need a way to measure the force on a dropped object when it hits the ground. What I am trying to determine is which packing materials provide the ...
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Where does the “g” force that pilots experience come from?

I understand that it has to do with acceleration. Say a pilot does a quick maneuver and experiences a force of 5g. What exactly is happening here? And what is this force relative to? If someone ...
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Simple derivation of the tension of a cord on a suspended mass

Just wanted to disclaim this problem -- it is homework. However, I am not asking for the solution, I am wondering if anyone can tell me what I may be doing wrong in solving this specific tension ...
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Helpful tutorials on force [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: List of good classical physics books I'm having a hard time understanding force in my highschool AP physics class, i looked through youtube but without luck. Could ...
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Understanding moments as forces?

I was watching this lecture on analysis of stress for mechanics of materials. At time 7:20, the lecturer says that in equilibrium, the sum of forces and "moments" in each direction (x,y,z) must be ...
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How can thrust be generated in space which is a vacuum?

Since thrusters have no matter to push off of, how can a spacecraft generate thrust in the vacuum of space?
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Calculating car's acceleration from change in angle of hanging object?

The question essentially is based on a situation like this- A car has a small object hung from the cieling on a string (apparently at an angle of 0 degrees to the ceiling). The car is accelerating ...
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How do we end up with a gravity-dominant macroscopic universe from a quantum world having weakest gravity?

At quantum scale, gravity is the weakest force. Its even negligible in front of weak force, electromagnetic force, strong force. At macroscopic scale, we see gravity everywhere. Its actually ruling ...
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Calculating torque in a structure

I posted this on math stack exchange but realize it is more a physics question. I have a structure which is set up as shown in the image. A weight hangs from point A with mass $m$. Joint B is free ...
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Are all central forces conservative? Wikipedia must be wrong

It might be just a simple definition problem but I learned in class that a central force does not necessarily need to be conservative and the German Wikipedia says so too. However, the English ...
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does force affect light's path?

Say If I'm running to north at a very high speed. And as I'm running, I'm shooting a beam of light toward west, will the light go completely west, or it will have some degree toward north too?
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is gravity always the weakest force [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does it mean to say “Gravity is the weakest of the forces”? Strongest force in nature It is usually taught that the gravitational force is the weakest ...
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Are the field lines the same as the trajectories of a particle with initial velocity zero

Is it true that the field lines of an electric field are identical to the trajectories of a charged particle with initial velocity zero? If so, how can one prove it? The claim is from a german ...
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Why doesn't a fly fall off the wall?

Pretty simple question, but not an obvious answer at least not to me. I mean you can't just place a dead fly on the wall and expect it to stay there, he will fall off due to gravity. At first I ...
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What kind of force is it when you push a door shut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stand on the ground? EM or/and Pauli? It probably seems like a silly question to a physicist, but I'm from a pure maths background and don't know an awful lot ...
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Could this fountain, under the right conditions, technically be able to lift me up?

There is a big fountain in a lake in my city. I was talking with a friend and we were wondering whether it would be able to lift me up. I sent a few emails and obtained information about the ...
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Power, Force Velocity

In any case, if the force and power is constant , does velocity also need to be constant? If no, can you tell me a case. Further can this be extended for non-rigid bodies.
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detect movement - how does it relate to G force

I would like to detect if a user is moving by using an android smartphone - walking or jumping doesn't matter - want to know if the user wearing the smartphone is moving. I have found this code ...
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Rubber Band Forces

I have a question regarding the force a band places on an object. Say I have a rubber band wrapped around 2 pegs at a certain distance, and at that distance I know the pounds of force per inch it is ...
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Is it easier to move or rotate an object? [closed]

This is a problem I'm facing on designing a moving bookcase for my home, I just don't have enough physics background to tackle the problem. Which of the following requires more force/effort? A ...
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Can a mechanical systems on hold be switched off, in another way than just letting it do it's thing?

Can the value of the potential energy, which is responsible for driving the system, diminish in time, while the system itself is stationary during that time? Can there be dissipation in a system, ...
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The two-body problem: What is force between them?

Two bodies with similar/different mass orbiting around a common barycenter. What is force between them, where $F_{12}$ is the force on mass 1 due to its interactions with mass 2 and $F_{21}$ is the ...
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In $\textbf{f} = -\boldsymbol{\nabla} u$, what is $u$?

I know that force is the negative gradient of the potential: $$\textbf{f} = -\boldsymbol{\nabla} u$$ where force $\textbf{f}$ is a vector and $u$ is a scalar. This is a relatively soft question, ...
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Calculating the direction of the force acting on a source of magnetic field

I do not know how to calculate the direction, or unit vector of the force that appear between two magnetic field sources. For example, let's assume I mean a current-carrying-wire by 'source of ...
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Calculate the weight a simple plank can support [closed]

I'd like to build a simple desk; just a single plank of wood (or a few side-by-side) with solid supports on each end of the desk. What I'm trying to figure out is how thick a plank I want to use for ...
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What identifies an action-reaction pair of forces?

This is a question on a worksheet that I'm giving to a student: A man of weight $W$ steps into the lift. The lift then moves downwards with a constant speed. If $R$ represents the force acting on ...
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How should I draw this free-body diagram?

The horizontal force P acts on the rim of the homogeneous cylinder of radius R and weight W. Determine the smallest coefficient of static friction that enables the cylinder to start rolling up the ...
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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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Did the researchers at Fermilab find a fifth force?

Please consider the publication Invariant Mass Distribution of Jet Pairs Produced in Association with a W boson in $p\bar{p}$ Collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 1.96$ TeV by the CDF-Collaboration, ...
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The force exerted by a ~10 Tesla magnet on a C13 isotope?

How much force would a ~10 Tesla magnet exert on a weakly magnetic C13 isotope? If I made a molecule of diamond with $N$ C13 atoms, how large would $N$ need to be for me to pull on it with something ...
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Would the Moon drift away from the Earth due to extraction of tidal energy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the moon drift away from earth? It seems to me that, due to conservation of energy, the moon would drift away from the Earth if humans began extracting large ...
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Hanging a Hammock

I have a hammock that I want to hang using a tree on one end and a wooden post set in a bucket of cement on the other end. How would I determine how heavy the cement needs to be so that it would ...
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Questions from elevator ride

I like to play inside the lift (elevator). For instance, there are bars attached at the side of the lift, and I like to hold my body up using my two hands on the bar. I realised that I actually feel ...
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Do you feel more impact force when falling straight down or tipping over?

Suppose you fall from the top of a ladder straight down. You will hit the ground with an amount of force. Now suppose that you fall over while holding onto the ladder, tipping over in an arc ...
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What does $\textbf{f} = -\boldsymbol{\nabla} u$ mean in practice and how is it computed?

In classical computer simulations such as molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, one integrates Newton's equations of motion to determine particle trajectories. If we think of Newton's Second Law as ...
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How do I find work done by friction over a curve represented by a polynomial?

I am facing a problem in Physics. Problem: What will be the work done by the frictional force over a polynomial curve if a body is sliding on this polynomial($a+bx+cx^2+dx^3+\ldots$) curve from rest ...
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What is the mechanical explanation for obstruction of motion by an object?

A large box (1) is on a flat surface and is towed by a constant force in the horizontal direction, left to right, but it is not moving due to the presence of a little box (2) in front of the larger ...
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Why are there two ways to solve for energy of a spring?

I can find the energy of a spring using $F = -kx$, or by using the formula $e = 1/2mv^2 + 1/2I\omega^2 + mgh + 1/2kx^2$. The first way, I get $mg/k = x$, but the second way, I get $2mg/k = x$. Which ...
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Demonstrate magnets adhere to conservation of energy pursuant to the laws of thermodynamics

I am looking for a way to demonstrate that magnets adhere to the laws of thermodynamics, in particular the requirement that energy in a closed system be conserved. To adhere to the requirement that ...
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How does the shape (form; not cross-section) of a spring impact performance?

Cylindrical compression springs are everywhere and then some applications choose other forms like rectangular or unique polygonal form. What impact does the form of a compression spring have and how ...
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Can a fly pierce itself onto a cactus needle?

Somebody on reddit posted a ridiculous picture today of a fly pierced onto a needle of a cactus: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/xarue/what_are_the_odds_of_this_accident/ Whilst the OP claims ...
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What's worse, a full frontal impact or an impact at an offset?

Modern car designs have a crumple zone that absorbs most of the impact in a collision, and a strong "safety cell" in the passenger compartment that protects the passengers. These designs are put to ...
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How can we make an order-of-magnitude estimate of the strength of Earth's magnetic field?

The source of Earth's magnetic field is a dynamo driven by convection current in the molten core. Using some basic physics principles (Maxwell's equations, fluid mechanics equations), properties of ...
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Fan blade physics

Why does a table fan eventually stop circulating air? I noticed this with every fan I ever used. The fan will work great for about 2 hours blowing air at full speed, then I notice that, even though ...