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 ...

630 views

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 ...
4k views

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 ...
82 views

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?
2k views

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 ...
4k views

If the earth would stop spinning, what would happen?

What would happen if the earth would stop spinning? How much heavier would we be? I mean absolutely stop spinning. How much does the centrifugal force affect us? If you give technical answers (please ...
2k views

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 ...
1k views

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 ...
2k views

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 ...
2k views

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 ...
408 views

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 ...
465 views

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.
8k views

Understanding tension

I'm trying to understand tension. So here it goes: I'll start from the beginning. Let's assume I'm in space and can move around and apply forces. Let's say a rope is attached to a body(which is in ...
6k views

Does juggling balls reduce the total weight of the juggler and balls?

A friend offered me a brain teaser to which the solution involves a $195$ pound man juggling two $3$-pound balls to traverse a bridge having a maximum capacity of only $200$ pounds. He explained that ...
273 views

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 ...
10k views

Preventing a block from sliding on a frictionless inclined plane

I want to demonstrate what force $F$ you would have to exert on an inclined plane of angle $t$, mass $M$ to prevent a block on top of it with mass $m$ from sliding up or down the ramp. I worked out ...
273 views

Fictitious Forces $\overset{?}{⇔}$ Constraint Forces (re: D'Alembert's Principle)

Are fictitious forces and constraint forces the same thing?
270 views

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 ...
5k views

When does not Newton's 3rd law apply?

Is Newton's 3rd law valid in non-inertial frames? If so, then are there other cases for which Newton's 3rd law is not applicable?
232 views

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, ...
368 views

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 ...
101 views

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, ...
7k views

The most efficient Fan Blade Design [closed]

What could be the most efficient fan blade design? There are three main factors for a good fan: one is speed at which air is circulated; second,the volume of air it can circulate; and the third is ...
117 views

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 ...
364 views

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 ...
2k views

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 ...
315 views

Is it normal for physical functions to lack a 2nd derivative?

My question is about the appearance of a non-analytic function in the formula for the resistive force in air or other medium. Considering the 1-dimensional case as covered by Walter Lewin in his 8.01 ...
108 views

Do the four fundalmental forces of physics have a constant acceleration as gravity [closed]

Do the four fundalmental forces of physics have a constant acceleration as gravity?
658 views

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 ...
1k views

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 ...
2k views

Gravitation is not force?

Einstein said that gravity can be looked at as curvature in space- time and not as a force that is acting between bodies. (Actually what Einstein said was that gravity was curvature in space-time and ...
21k views

Calculating impact force for a falling object?

Good evening, I'm trying to calculate what kind of impact force a falling object would have once it hit something. This is my attempt so far: Because $x= \frac{1}{2} at^2$, $t=\sqrt{2x/a}$ $v=at$, ...
1k views

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 ...
283 views

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 ...
2k views

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 ...
137 views

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 ...
571 views

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 ...
4k views

Is it possible to lift yourself off from the ground?

Say for instance a person who was strong enough to lift double his body weight. If he placed his hands under his bottom and tried to lift$^1$ himself$^2$ off the ground, could he? -- $^1$In a ...
524 views

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 ...
974 views

Combining Proportions to get Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

I've read a little on the history of Newton's Law of Gravitation and noticed that the formula can be separated into 3 distinct parts that lead to the end result of $F_g = G \frac{m_1 m_2}{r^2}$; the ...
10k views

Angles on swing sets

I'm building a swing set for my children. All of the designs I've seen involve building two A-frames and connecting them at the top with a crossbar/beam from which hang the swings. The A-frames are ...
958 views

Inverse square law in 2+1 dimensional universe from a Yukawa coupling?

There is a nice result that in 3+1 space time, a Yukawa coupling leads to an inverse square law force as the mass of the scalar field goes to zero. I was wondering what the corresponding force in a ...
718 views

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 ...
1k views

From where does the force/energy of action-reaction comes from? (Newton's Third Law of Motion)

I was wondering, from where does the opposite force and thus energy comes from when we apply force. For example, lets say there are two persons (P1 and P2) on the universe, and no force is applied to ...
226 views

What is the origin of nonconservative force?

My understanding about conservative force is a force that its work is independent of path such that we can construct another form of the work called potential to make our life easier. For friction, ...
5k views

Relation between Newtons and Kilograms

Work is expressed as W=F*d, where the F is in Newton, d is in meters and result ...
72 views

Can you launch an item farther by slamming into it or accelerating it along a length

I am trying to desgin a little penny balista toy (built with a 3d printer). The short description is that there is a track with a mass ("hammer") that slides along it. There is a stack of pennies in ...
404 views

How to imagine the following power and torque?

I can roughly feel a force of 10 newton only by considering the weight of 1 kilogram object. How to imagine the following measurements? Maximum horsepower 16 hp @ 9,500 RPM Maximum torque ...
2k views

What causes a force field to be “nonconservative?”

A conservative force field is one in which all that matters is that a particle goes from point A to point B. The time (or otherwise) path involved makes no difference. Most force fields in physics ...
A person jumps. The person weighs $25$kg (irrelevant?). Just after jumping, their velocity is 5m/s (positive is taken as up). Gravity is taken as $-9.80665\text{ m/sec}^2$. ...