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Fluid mechanics paradox: The force needed to 'balance' a fluid using a piston

We know that the pressure in a fluid (like water) is dependent on the depth. Consider this example: For the first setup, solving the pressure at the bottom yields $P_1 = \rho gh = 1000kg/m^3 \bullet ...
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If something that is moving at constant velocity has no net force acting on it, how come it is able to move other objects?

Let's say 10 kg block is sliding on a frictionless surface at a constant velocity, thus its acceleration is 0. According to Newton's second law of motion, the force acting on the block is 0: $a = 0$...
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Question on the constraint force of a string

I would like to know if the following statement is true or false even if I expect that it is true. Notation: I will consider a string that has no mass and that can not be extended. Saying that a ...
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Is the Potential Energy just a bookkeeping device?

It is said that if the space is homogeneous then momentum is conserved. But I've been thinking in the following situation: Consider a parallel plates capacitor. In between the plates there is a ...
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Is work done = change in KE, or change in mechanical energy?

Starting from $F = ma$ we get: $$ F=m\frac{dv}{dt} = m\frac{ds}{dt}\frac{dv}{ds} = mv\frac{dv}{ds} $$ which leads to the work done: $$ W = \int Fds = \int mvdv = m\frac{v^2}{2} - m\frac{u^2}{2} \...
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What happens to forces when a charge travels at near c?

Suppose 3 electrons are travelling at $c - 1$mm at 1 cm distance The charges are at rest relative to one another in their frame, but what happens to fundamental forces Fe and Fg? What Fe does A get ...
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Which fundamental force is behind friction?

In day to day life we come across situations where friction is used. What is the fundamental force behind friction. For eg. which is the force behind interlocked objects like nut and bolt, which is ...
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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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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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Three connected balls

I'm stuck solving this problem with three small balls of masses $m$, $2 m$ and $3 m$ on a smooth table, connected by two equal, light inextensible strings as shown, and initially at the vertices of an ...
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Must multiple forces be expressed as a differential equation?

This may be a stupidly obvious question, but can multiple forces (such as acceleration due to gravity and air resistance acting on a falling object) be expressed algebraicly or must it be written in ...
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Why $F_\mu V^\mu=0$ in special relativity? [closed]

I'm trying to prove why $F_\mu V^\mu=0$. Where $F^\mu$ is the four force and $V^\mu$ is the four velocity. Can anyone help me?
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Explanation about friction force directions of two moving bodies in contact

can someone explain me why in this scenario (picture below) we have a friction force Ftr12 in the same direction as movement (left part of the picture, case 1 ) and how these directions of friction ...
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Conservative force for impulse analogous to conservative force for work done?

As force $F(x)$ can be conservative regarding work done between two points in space, can force $F(t)$ be conservative regarding impulse between two points in time?
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Is this thought regarding work and potential energy correct?

I am really confused about this. The potential energy acquired by an object is equal to $mgh$, if we are on any planet, where $g$ is the planet's gravitational acceleration, which directly comes from ...
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Work done relation to potential energy

I know work done is negative of change in potential energy, I.e., $W=-(∆U)$. It means that Work done against a force (or work done on a system) increases its potential energy. And Work done by a ...
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Is the net force conventionally shown in a free body diagram?

Is it standard convention to display the net force vector on a free body diagram? Internet searches seem to give mixed results.
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Rolling motion of a rigid object

I have the situation described in this picture I know the speed of the ball at the top of the loop ($v_{top} = 2.38 m/s$), and I have to demonstrate that the ball does not fall from the track at ...
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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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Scanning Electron Microscopy on a smaller scale

Is it possible to sufficiently focus a ~1nm beam of electrons into a sample chamber in less than 10cm of vertical space, therefore reducing the volume of the entire vacuum chamber, and subsequently ...
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Understanding Newton's Laws of Motion

I'm having difficulty understand Newton's laws of motion in practice, and how to model true dynamic systems. There are two examples below, where I cannot quite figure out what the true forces and ...
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Which one would has a greater magnitude, the viscous drag or the weight of the bubble?

An air bubble in a tank of water is rising with constant velocity. The forces acting on the bubble are X, Y and Z as shown. What describes the three forces? A) Z is the viscous drag ...
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Electric Field and Force from four particles

Four charged particles are arranged in a square as shown below, with A=3, B=4, and C=5 (a) Determine the electric field at the location of charge q. (Use the following as necessary: $q$, $a$, and $...
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Could time be considered a force

I think I understand the basic concept of spacetime, at least some of it. And when people talk about spacetime they don't call gravity a force, but rather the result of mass interacting with it. And ...
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Forces at angles being resolved into perpendicular components

Why is that when a force acts at 30° from the horizontal, for example, that its horizontal and vertical components can be treated as being separate?
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Can there be an acceleration when no net force acts on a massless object?

If no net force acts on a massless object can there be any acceleration of the object? My attempt: $$F=ma\\ \implies a=F/m\\ \implies a=0/0 $$ $\implies a$ can be anything.
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Forces on a ball thrown upwards

When a ball is thrown up in upward direction, it is said that force is in downward direction. Why we don't we consider the force given to the ball to throw up in the upward direction? Is there is no ...
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Is a normal force acting on an object that is hanging from the ceiling?

I've only taken two semesters of calculus-based physics as part of my general education credits at university. Please keep this in mind when reading this question and framing answers. Today I ...
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Block resting on an inclined plane [closed]

A block of wood of mass 3 kg is resting on the surface of a rough inclined surface as shown in the image. We have to calculate the value of all the three forces. The solution says that frictional ...
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Normal force for a Bike on an incline

So, in general I know how the find the normal force for an object on an incline, but this one is a bit harder, since the bike essentially has two normal forces like so: where L is the length of the ...
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Finding the acceleration of a mass/pulley system without knowing the direction of the displacement

I have the following question: I noticed that if I solve for the acceleration assuming that the acceleration is occuring to the left, I get the equation: $\displaystyle a = \frac{m_3g-\...
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How does a lever magnify force? [duplicate]

I understand that energy is conserved when a force is applied to the end of a lever and magnified closer to the pivot point. However, I would like to know how it is the force is transferred and ...
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Virtual Work- Is the presentation in Cornelius Lanczos wrong?

Book: The Variational Principles of Mechanics by Cornelius Lanczos Edition: 4th Chapter: 3, The Principle of Virtual Work I am on the second page of the 3rd chapter (pg 75; it has the Eqn. 31.1). ...
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Could we find the overall force and direction of something with a diagram only? (i.e. no calculation)

My friend, who is a geologist, and I were just debating some dynamics stuff. To make this easier, lets come up with an analogy......lets say there's a boat and it's being pulled by two smaller boats ...
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What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? [closed]

What are some phenomena that can not be described without the help of Newton's third law of motion? All the phenomena I can think of can be explained with the help of Newton's first law or second law. ...
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Newton's Third Law

Sorry if this question's been asked. I looked through some of the questions but didn't find a similar enough question. My question on Newton's Third Law: It's my understanding that if you were in ...
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Centrifugal force in the two body problem?

In the two body problem, the Effective radial potential energy in general relativity is given by $$ V(r)=-\frac{G M m}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2\mu r^{2}}-\frac{G(M+m)L^{2}}{c^{2}\mu r^{3}} $$ where the ...
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Bent capillary tube

What would happen if I bend a capillary tube and use it as shown in figure? 1.Will the water(or any other adhesive liquid) level remain same as before bending? 2.or it will come up till end? 3.Or ...
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How to model muscle contraction force acting on two bones connected by joint?

I'm trying to understand what is a correct way to model a muscle contraction in a physics engine like PhysX (Unity3D). Muscle that I'm modelling is connected to a bones in 2 points A and B. Having a ...
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The components of applied forces on the masses of a Trebuchet

Background information: I was following an online mechanics document in order to learn how to derive the equations of motion for a trebuchet (shown below) using Lagrangian mechanics. At some point ...
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I'm learning Work-energy theorem, this question popped into my mind about Force applied and displacement [closed]

I know a lot but I'm not sure, I'm guessing if 400 J of work done on a 800 Newton object, if I'm correct, 400 N to 800 N... that is 0.5 m displacement, so by $W = \Delta \ KE$ why do I get 200 J? I ...
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How do we know that electrons are affected by gravity?

There are some theories of gravity which explain it as emerging from other fundamental forces. To better understand the evidence for and against these theories, I would like to have a better ...
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Calculating output forces of bicycle wheels

Based on the force on the rear gear $F_t$ and the radii of the rear gear $R_g$ and rear wheel $R_w$ , how would you calculate the force the bicycle exerts on the ground when it is accelerating? I ...
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Conservation of mechanical energy when object strikes the ground

When I raise a pen, the external work I do gets stored in the form of potential energy hence the mechanical energy is increased. When I leave the pen the pen starts falling and as the potential energy ...
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Why does something on an inclined plane move forward at all?

We just started studying about the inclined plane and vectors in motion, but i don't understand one thing: Why on earth does the object on the inclined plane move forward (I.e in the direction where ...
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Why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation? [duplicate]

I'm learning about astrodynamics on my own and I was wondering why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: $$\vec{F}_g=\frac{Gm_1m_2}{|\vec{r}|^3}\vec{r}$...
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Force against mg when block is connected to rod and held horizontally

In the image attached, what would be the force that would balance out the gravitational force $mg$? The block is also not accelerating downwards so there should be some force acting on the block to ...
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Is there any way to justify or derive the form of the Lorentz force from relativity theory?

Lorentz force is in this form: $$\vec{F}=q[\vec{E}+\vec{u}\times\vec{B}]$$ As we know, it is Lorentz-invariant. Is there any way to justify or derive its form from relativity theory?
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What is the significance of Planck force?

I have been curious to find what could be the significance of Planck force? It is calculated by the formula $c^4/G = 1.21031359\times 10^{44} \, \mathrm{N}$, where $c$ is the speed of light and $G$ is ...
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What force is needed to put an object 200m into the air? [closed]

How much force (is that the word I am looking for?) is needed to put a 60kg weight 200m into the air using a lever? Essentially flinging the weight into the air, eg someone throwing a ball into the ...