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Deriving Newton's Third Law from homogeneity of Space

I am following the first volume of the course of theoretical physics by Landau. So, whatever I say below mainly talks regarding the first 2 chapters of Landau and the approach of deriving Newton's ...
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Wheel Sinkage Depth

I am trying to make a realistic car physics simulation for my game and the current thing that I am fighting to solve is rolling resistance. Although it's effect is minimal, this is important concept, ...
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Stuck on a static equilibrium problem [closed]

This is the problem: "The figure below shows a 25-foot sailboat. The mast is a uniform 119-kg pole that is supported on the deck and held fore and aft by wires as shown. The tension in the forestay ...
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Work energy theorem: variation of kinetic energy as sum of terms given by the work of single forces

Work-energy theorem states that $$W_{\sum F_i}=\Delta K,$$ where I expressed with $W_{\sum F_i}$ the work done by the resultant of forces ${\sum F_i}$ and with $K$ the kinetic energy. In general it ...
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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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Some questions about forces

If I am sitting inside a closed sphere (I can't see the outside), can't I feel when the sphere is at constant speed ? Can I feel when it is accelerating ? Why ? The defination of force given ...
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Determine what type of force that correspond to a springs-masses system

I am working a question from my Applied Math class, there is a question asked me to determine what kind of force correspond to a springs-masses system. I have two forces, $f_1=1$ and $f_2=-1$, spring ...
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Would a bullet damage a piece of metal the same as a pointy stick?

If you used a materials that would offer zero bending or dulling (the bullet/ pointy stick), would a 10 g bullet traveling at 1000 m/s with a surface area of 1 mm squared damage a piece of metal the ...
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What is the Benefit of Plotting a Log of Net Force vs. Log of Acceleration Graph?

In preparation for a quiz, I've been going over a set of sample questions. One question in particular asks that if I am to graph the logarithm of the horizontal net force of a system vs the ...
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Pressure or confusion

We all know that pressure is force per unit area. for example we have a pressure of $5N/m^2$, so is the load of $5 N$ acts on the entire area or it acts just at a point i.e. is the load a point load ...
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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can different force fields interfere (create interference patterns)

Edit: I have rewritten the question for clarity. I know waves of photons can interfere eachother. What about if you mixed waves of photos with w and z bosons? What about gravitons (if they exist) ...
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Force problem related to adhesive and bonding

I have two PCBs (printed circuit board), and they are glued by adhesives, as show in the pictures. And the location of the adhesives are indicated on the picture (please notice that NO adhesive is ...
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Does a force do work on an object with constant velocity?

I know that a force does no work on an object if the object's displacement is zero, but if an object is moving at a constant velocity $\bar{v}$, and a force $\bar f$ (let's say that $\bar f$ and $\bar ...
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Angular equilibrium on a see-saw

I have a tonne of questions related to see-saw equilibrium because most places I've been to online only deal with horizontal equilibrium - but static equilibrium can occur on an angle too. My ...
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Why does force cause acceleration?

Consider a ball placed on a smooth plane. If you take a plank made out of wood and whack it (apply a force on it), does it accelerate because First, the force compresses the part of the ball in ...
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Vertical component of moving weight at a 45 degree angle

Here's an easier one. I use the leg press machine at the gym so I don't have to worrying about hurting myself while lifting heavier weight. The weight glides on a track that looks to be 45 degrees. ...
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Is torque necessary in rigid body mechanics? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a weightless, rigid rod fixed at one end, but free to swing at the other, where there is a mass $m$ attached. If we want to determine the tangential acceleration of the mass using ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Deriving Konopinski's Operational Definitions of Scalar and Vector Potential

In "What the electromagnetic vector potential describes", E. J. Konopinski asserts: Operational definitions of Φ, A should now be expected to stem from the equation of motion (2) when it is ...
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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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Work-energy theorem for a system

While studying energy conservation on Morin I found this explanation about the work-energy theorem for a system. The work–energy theorem stated before is relevant to one particle. What if we are ...
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Why do wheels spin?

I'm pretty sure this is probably a stupid question but it is annoying me a lot. In my physics textbook it says, cars move because the wheels exert a backward force on the ground and the ground exerts ...
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Work done by a force

What is the difference between work done by a force and work done against that force? Is it true that work by a force = -(work against that force)?
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Why do a conservative force try to reduce potential energy?

Mathematically I understood the reason why, for a conservative force, $\vec{F}=-\vec{\nabla}U$. Physically this means that a conservative force is always oriented in the direction of greatest ...
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Why is the longitudinal term removed to form the Lorentz force equation?

Beginning with the expression for interaction energy, and deriving the potentials form for the force on a test charge moving at velocity $\vec v$ yields: $$\vec F = q(-\nabla\phi - {D\vec A \over ...
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The definition of the unit of Force

Below, I quote what my physics textbook says. $$F=kma$$ The units of force are so chosen that this constant of proportionality, $k=1$.Therefore $F=ma$. For this, one unit of force is defined ...
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Resultant force on the side of a tank of water

A closed tank rectangular in plan with vertical sides is 1.8m deep and contains water to a depth of 1.2m. Air is pumped into the space above the water until the air pressure is 35kN/m2. If the ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Is Newton second law covariant or invariant?

Is Newton second law covariant or invariant between two inertial frames, moving with uniform traslational motion with respect to each other? If it is invariant then, indipendently from the frame, ...
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What component of the payload appears on the cross member? [closed]

I have a set of DIY steps; I've modelled it as the steps themselves "s", a short vertical support "a", a long vertical support "b" and a cross-member "c". Here's a picture: Just to be sure I ...
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Kinetic energy vs Kinetic Energy scenario in a collision, mechanical energy used for work?

Most collisions have Kinetic energy conserved or in the case of inelastic collisions energy is lost into other forms. Though the equation of "TMEi + Wnc =TMEf" is true however, what if two unequal ...
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Linear thermal expansion from statistical mechanics?

I came across a question recently regarding work done by an expanding metal and the origin of the energy used for the work, and most of the responses pointed the person to look more at the enthalpy ...
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Find the maximum force P that can be applied for which the blocks do not slide and their respective acceleration

Two blocks are on an inclined ramp of 35 degrees. Block A is on top of block B. Block A weighs 36 lbs and block B weighs 18 lbs. The coefficient of static friction between the two blocks is 0.45 but ...
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Moments and forces, when part of the scenario involves a circle or arc rather than a straight line

Some questions below, involving strategies, regarding the following problem: A hoop of weight $20$ Newtons can rotate freely about a pin fixed in a wall. A string has one end attached to a pin, ...
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Working Out Shaft Torque in a Stirred Tank with a Cylindrical Cavern Formation (using a non Newtonian fluid)

Here is some background to the problem (in a stirred tank): "With yield stress non-Newtonian (viscoplastic) fluids, it is possible to generate an agitated volume around the impeller, defined as a ...
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Why is the definition of inertial mass circular?

On Wikipedia, the definition of inertial mass is: Inertial mass is the mass of an object measured by its resistance to acceleration. And, can be evaluated using $F = ma$, Newton's second ...
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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 ...
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If neutrons aren't affected by electromagnetic force, what causes it to bounce off matter?

Say a neutron is heading for a mountain, what would cause it to bounce off said amalgamation of matter? Electromagnetism is ruled out, gravity is too weak, (if I'm not mistaken) nuclear strong force ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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Draw the Free Body Diagram

Question: Draw the Reaction Force at point P. My Attempt and Reasoning: Since the Reaction or the Normal Force is normal to the surface the solution according to me should be- However, the ...
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Basic tension and equilibrium confusion

The following is what I did: $$Fsin\theta = 60 => F = 93 N$$ $$Fcos\theta = 40 => F = 52 N$$ Why do I get different results? Does this mean the object isn't in equilibrium? How can I ...
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Force by torque or force by speed with make the body jump?

I have a small object made of plastic weighing 3kg and I want to make it jump with the help of a dc motor and a plastic rod attached to it (4 such motor with rod are attached on the object at 4 ...
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Related to pressure and force [closed]

If we made a thing like the one shown in the figure where the cross sectional areas of two piston heads are different and exposed to the same atmospheric pressure and the air between the piston heads ...
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Why is the restoring force directly proportional to extension?

When deforming any spring the deforming force is always greater than the restoring force until equilibrium is reached. So, if a constant deforming force caused an extension in any spring the restoring ...
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Levitation using Electromagnets - Forces

Here is a hypothetical (but potential real) situation: I am holding electromagnet that weights 1kg. This electromagnet is being used to hold up a 10kg weight. Would I feel like I am holding 11kg, or ...
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Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass?

Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass, i.e the larger the object the more gravitational force it has?
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Interaction pairs- how they can cause movement

Back to basics with this question but I really want to make sure I understand this concept. Newton's third law states that 'every action has an opposite and equal reaction', which we can see through ...
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Why isn't the entire force we apply on two objects transmitted to the second object?

When we exert a force of X N on a box in contact with another identical box on a frictionless surface, the resultant force on both boxes is 0.5X N. My question is, why doesn't the first box push the ...