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How do I find the relation between the accelerations of the ring and the disc (see image)? [closed]

What is the relation between the accelerations of the ring and the disc (see image)? Both the ring and the disc have mass $M$. The ring has a radius $R$ and disc has radius $2R$. They are connected ...
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Physical explanation of Pascal’s Law

I have a problem with physical explanation of Pascal’s Law. For example, when I was teaching my sister (a high school student) about force transmitting by a rope, I said her: “In a very simplified ...
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Does deformation due to a force affect the acceleration produced by it? [closed]

You have two same masses, one non-deformable and the other plastically deformable. You exert the same force for same time. Will they move with the same speed? Obviously the one will deform and move, ...
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Force between two solenoids

How does one calculate the magnetic force between two coaxial solenoids, placed in a way their currents are in the same sense? There is a simple way to treat both as dipoles and then calculate the ...
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Exactly how much lift is needed to overcome the weight of an average person?

I am designing a "glider" of sorts, and I have some basic questions about the physics involved to get me started. How much lift is required to overcome the weight of an average person, say 150 pounds? ...
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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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Action is equal to reaction. Then how is a horse able to pull a cart? [duplicate]

Please answer the question in detail. I have tried other websites for answers but was not able to understand properly.
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How do I use a free body diagram in this case? [closed]

In the above cases I want to find the acceleration $a$ for $m_1$. I can do it by considering $m_1$ and $m_2$ to be a system, which would give me $a = F/(m_1+m_2)$. How can I use a free-body diagram ...
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Understanding electric potential in the context of gravitational potential?

I'm trying to understand the concept of electric potential and the significance of an electric field being related to the gradient/derivative of an electric potential. I found this question that ...
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Loads in decelerating a falling object

I remove trees in confined spaces setting up rigging systems, I am keen to look at the science behind it in more depth so far the formulas that I have found don't take into effect the ongoing effect ...
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Why is the first part of equation i.e $v_0(t_f-t_0)$ not considered while plugging real life problem to it? [closed]

Why is the speed*time stuff is not present while we look for the distance? I got it from this (physics for dummies)
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Why is the acceleration of the center of mass is equal to 0 in this problem?

I don't understand why the center of mass' acceleration is equal to 0 when the center of mass should be moving as an external force is exerted on the cue ? Billiard Balls. Now we can go back and ...
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Why is the centripetal force vector on a banked turn horizontal rather than parallel to the incline?

Why isn't the centripetal force parallel to the inclined surface? It seems like if you were to draw a circle with one point being at the center of the curve and one point at the car the circle would ...
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Trajectory of rolling billiard ball after collision with another billiard ball with same mass

So, according to this article http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-billiards.html , the trajectory of white (cue) ball is always perpendicular to the line connecting center of ball ...
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Can something without mass exert a force?

I am something of a dilettante in physics, so please forgive me if the answer to this question is painfully obvious. The question is simple, can something that theoretically has no mass exert a force. ...
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How can gravity have a horizontal component?

$mg$ obviously has no horizontal component, but on resolving it into components it seems to have a horizontal component $mgcos\theta sin\theta$. I know I'm doing something wrong here. How is this ...
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Dynamics of swinging

My husband built a 20'-high tree swing, using 3/16"-welded-link chains to suspend it approximately 2' off of the ground. To our disappointment, pumping barely gets the swing going, with little height ...
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How to calculate torque required? [closed]

Here's my problem diagram: I am working on a hobby project in which a motor is required to rotate a pulley that is connected to a pendulum as shown in the image. The maximum torque, Horsepower and ...
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If a person is hit by an object, are their bones under predominantly compressive or shear stress?

Say a person is standing still and they get hit by a tennis ball, are their bones under compressive or shear stress due to this impact? In actuality, I know they're under both, but the specifics of ...
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If gravity on a non-rotating body suddenly stopped, would an object on the surface fly away? [closed]

This is a very trivial question, and I tried to word the title as concisely as possible, but I can't seem to figure it out. This is not referring to any hypothetical discussions regarding Earth. ...
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Thermofluid mechanics, calculating load on a steel water tank

An open cylindrical water tank 2.4m diameter rests on three legs evenly positioned around the periphery of its circular base. The base and sides of the tank are made from steel with relative density ...
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Deriving an equation for a projectile launched on a ramp using two springs

I had a physics lab where I had to build a sling shot sort of devices on a ramp. Basically, I have a ramp, with two springs attached on the end and the two strings are attached to a piece of wood. I ...
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Motion of an electric charge within an electric field with two electric charges

Assume that air resistance and gravity are negligible and the only significant force acting in the scenario is the electric force. There are two electric charges, both with an equal and positive ...
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Black hole gravity vs parent star gravity

In the cases of black holes that form from supernova and collapse of a massive star, I understand that in most of these cases, the star loses significant amounts of mass from the explosion. ...
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The motion-independent definition of force

I think we must be able to accomodate a definition of a force on some particle which is independent of the motion of the particle, for all kinds of forces, to surely verify the statement like 'force ...
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When is tension constant in a rope?

Suppose we have a massless rope with pulling forces applied at each end. In which scenarios is the tension in the rope constant throughout? For example if there is a knot in the rope the tension is ...
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Solenoidal forces

As far as I know a solenoidal vector field is such one that $$\vec\nabla\cdot \vec F=0.$$ However I saw a book on mechanics defining a solenoidal force as one for which the infinitesimal work ...
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How can one calculate the force and time of impact?

How does one calculate the force and time of impact of a body colliding into a stationery body please? Can one use Newton's 2nd law of motion?
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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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Is it wrong to equate the net force to the force by the spring to find its maximum expansion?

In the picture displayed here , I have two blocks of masses m1 and m2. They are connected by a spring and a leftward force is applied on the block of mass m1.This will , ofcourse , result in ...
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Inertial force of fluids [duplicate]

Reynold's number is the ratio of inertial force to viscous force.I also know the definition of inertial force.but where does a fluid get this force from?what are the factors responsible for this ...
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What are the accelerations of blocks? [closed]

I've talked with 2 teachers about this situation: one teacher said he was completely sure that B have twice the acceleration of A, the other said he was completely sure they have same acceleration. ...
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High Level Understanding Q: What *is* a magnetic/electric field?

Note: I have seen this question -> (What is a magnetic field) and would still like some clarification. I have also seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFAOXdXZ5TM and ...
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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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Difference between sudden force and impulsive force? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a sudden force which continues to act on the body, and an impulsive force? What would be respective speeds of the body just after time= 0?
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Centripetal effect or curved space time

I think I understand both the centrepedal effect and Einsteins curved space time. However I am confused about which best describes the motion of a planet ( or other orbiting body ). Simply put, does ...
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Resultant forces

In my text book they said that: If no resultant force acts on an object, it will not accelerate; it will remain at rest or it will continue to move at constant speed If an object is at rest ...
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What are the proposed theoretical explanations for the EmDrive?

The EmDrive is a proposed propulsion mechanism for spacecraft in which some form of microwave device provides the propulsion. The consensus from the physics community, including many voices on this ...
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GR and my journey to the centre of the Earth

[General Relativity] basically says that the reason you are sticking to the floor right now is that the shortest distance between today and tomorrow is through the center of the Earth. ...
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Is force exerted by Earth different for different mass?

We know Earth pulls every object by the same acceleration $g$ (say). force exerted by earth $F=m\cdot g$ (with $m$ the mass of the body), so, if $g$ is constant then $F$ is directly proportional to ...
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Question about Thrust; am I correct?

Basically, here's what I understand about Thrust: Thrust is a force. You get it by doing $v\times\frac{dM}{dT}$. Pretty basic, because that's the formula you're given. However, because I'm trying to ...
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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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Normal force and weight

If two books are placed on top of each other on a table, why would it be incorrect to say that the weight on the upper book acts on the lower book? I thought that the weight of the upper book would ...
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Trouble understanding non-conservative force and work

I am having some trouble defining whether a force is conservative or not. In the example that we are working on a mass on a pulley system is used to cause a slender bar to rotate from rest to a ...
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When we write that $F = -\nabla V$ , what would happen if we ommit the (-) minus sign

I have had this question for a long time. In classical mechanics, if we choose $\mathbf F = -\mathbf \nabla \, V,$ with the minus sign, we can proof the work - kinetic energy theorem. What are the ...
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How to calculate pull force of a solenoid with permanent magnet plunger (NdFeB)?

The solenoid is air core. If we use permanent magnet like NdFeB as a plunger, how to calculate the pull/push force of the solenoid with plunger?
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How can you tell if the work done by a force is negative?

This is kind of confusing to me. I'm guessing that it's specific to the problem. Is the work done by friction always negative? Is the work done by gravity always negative? Spring as well? It seems ...
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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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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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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?