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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Force Needed To Maintain Velocity, Increasing Mass

Hoping somebody could give me a hand with this. Unfortunately I haven't taken physics yet, my background is in math/computer science. I'm studying computational science and the problem is essentially ...
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Does a car use friction to move?

When a car's engine injects fuel into the cylinder chambers, the reaction creates a force that generates rotational momentum to the shaft and over the transmission, it translates that power to the ...
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Countersteering a motorcycle

Everyone knows the story about countersteering. For those who don't I will explain it below and after the explanation i will ask my question. You can watch this short video as a beginning: ...
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Can you punch a hole in an A4 sheet of paper with your hand?

The heading says it all, but let me explain it a little further. Suppose you hang a sheet of paper (A4 size) from one end leaving the other end free. Now practically it seems impossible to punch a ...
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The contact pressure on a solid surface by a rod connected to a solid piston?

Below I have two pictures, one of which is single piston (blue) made of a solid material inside of a chamber (black) and the rod (magenta) is in contact with a rigid surface (teal). The second picture ...
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Formula for balance with three arms?

I'm searching for a way to express the angle of the arm of a balance instrument expressed in the weight that is present in one arm. For a two legged balance one could use the moment formula: moment = ...
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Does a heavy body move with the slightest force on a frictionless surface?

If I apply horizontal force on a body resting on the ground, my force will be opposed by the frictional force and the body will accelerate at the point where my force exceeds the force of friction = ...
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Force Body Diagrams of object sliding down ramp

So I think I am confusing myself about forces. I know that when something is sliding down a ramp that it will have the force of gravity, normal force and force of friction acting on it. But for an ...
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Buoyant force on a certain object

Sometimes a certain body is completely immersed in water, but it does not sink deeply, it is stuck in the middle... In this case, is the buoyant force equal to the weight of the body? Why?
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Can we rigorously define force?

I'm looking to get rigorous definitions on which to base the important quantities in classical mechanics. To me a "rigorous" physical definition is an operational definition -- that is one in which ...
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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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Definition of Force Using Momentum

When we use F = change in momentum / change in time, is that the average force applied? There could be different magnitudes of force applied over time to change the momentum (it could be instantaneous ...
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Pressure and force of ideal gas in a leaking container?

Let's imagine you have a container that has a pressure of 10 Pascals inside and a vacuum outside. The container has a volume of a cubic meter and I'm not sure if the temperature matters but lets say ...
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Is the acceleration of a soap bubble the standard value of gravitational acceleration?

Is the acceleration of a basic soap bubble the same as the standard value of gravitational acceleration 9.81 m/s^2 when it is dropping in a windless space? I have used the Newton's 2nd law to prove ...
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Forces acting when we squeeze a ball?

I have few doubts to clear. I would like to know the forces acting when we squeeze a foam ball. Mode of squeeze will be by placing the ball between the palm of the hand and the four fingers. What ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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A Question on Friction [closed]

And yes, this is not a homework thing.Here's my working.
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What is a “Reversed Effective Force”?

I have some confusion about the "Reversed effective force" as it appears in the derivation of D'Alembert's principle. In Goldstein d'Alembert's principle is given as: $(F-\dot{p}) \cdot \delta r = ...
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Why two colliding bodies exert varying forces on each other during the course of their collison?

Suppose a bat hits a ball .What is the explanation of why the force is not constant during the course of the collison. At certain instants both ball and bat exert varying degrees of force on each ...
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Movement and Rotation of a Inverted-Pendulum-like Object with External Forces

I'm struggling to model the movement of a complex object based on an external force. Let's start with a simple example of what I'm looking for. We have a block $b$ of mass $M_b$, moving ...
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Could the 4 Forces Split Off or “Decay” into Other Forces in the Distant Future? [duplicate]

From my basic understanding of popular-level physics articles and books and such, the 4 forces (Electromagnetism, Gravity, Strong and Weak Force) used to be 1 force in the early universe, then split ...
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Determining average number of fragments created upon explosion

Suppose you're analyzing some 3 dimensional object of any sort of shape, and this object explodes from some internal force (e.g, like a grenade). How would you go about determining the average number ...
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Why does a reaction force still allow the thing exerting the force to move?

A $5$ kg and a $10$ kg box are touching each other. A $45N$ horizontal force is applied to the $5$kg box in order to accelerate both boxes across the floor. Ignore friction forces and ...
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To which side will it move? [closed]

Children pull the carousel with diverse forces (as in the picture below). In which direction will the carousel move? Calculate the torque. I have done the following: The torque of the force that ...
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Question about magnetic force

I have some confusion regarding the magnetic force. I know that the magnetic field created by a moving charge or current EXERTS a force on any moving charge or current that is present in the field. ...
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You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. Can you escape by inhaling in one direction, then exhaling in the opposite direction?

You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. If you trued to escape by blowing, you would have to inhale eventually, which would counteract the force you gained by blowing. However, if you were to ...
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When pressure is exerted on parallel hydraulic pistons, do they start extending at the same time?

If there are two hydraulic cylinders connected in parallel, each with a different load (shown in the picture below), will they start extending at the same time? I'm having a disagreement with my ...
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Rigid body: internal work null?

I am following an elementary physics course book, namely W.E. Gettys, F.J. Keller and M.J. Skove's Physics (in an Italian translation). In exercises where no non-conservative force acts on a rigid ...
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What is the maximum net force of surface tension per gram of water?

I've always wondered how much force water exerted through surface tension. By maximum I mean the theoretical pulling/attracting power. Also, what would happen if you raised or lowered the power? ...
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Why can't I harness normal force?

Lets say I have my palm flat with a book resting on top of it, and I have my feet on the ground. I extend my arm so that now it's kind of difficult to keep the book up. Why doesn't my hand just ...
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Analysis of a card pyramid

Here's an interesting question I thought of. Firstly, picture one of those card pyramids. Hopefully you know what I'm taking about when I say card pyramid, but basically you balance two cards up ...
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Describing forces mathematically

Let's say you wanted to write a differential equation for the forces acting on an orange sitting on the table (or any other object) using Newton's second law. Somehow you would have to add up all the ...
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What force acts on a coin that has been tossed when it is half way to the top? and what force acts on it when it is at the top?

This is a homework question and it appears to be a misleading question. I think that the answer is gravity for both of them. The only alternative answer I have is kinetic energy half way up and ...
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Determining straining force and reaction forces on a beam [closed]

A homogenous beam $OA$ with the length $4a$ and the mass $m$ can rotate in the vertical plane along a horizontal axis through $O$ and is kept in equilibrium by a wire running from the points A and C ...
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Can you ever exert more downwards force than your weight?

So, because I'm a hardcore person, I risked all this afternoon by going out in the wind, the rain and the cold to construct a willow den. Yes, it seems a menial task, but it was actually quite ...
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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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On a scale, why does the heavier object go down?

When you balance a pencil on your finger, I have always wondered, "Why does the heavier part go down, and the lighter, up?"
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Where should five charges be placed inside a hollow sphere so as the system has the lowest potential energy? [duplicate]

I want to know the configuration where the system would be most stable.I only know basic Physics & Maths and cannot start solving the problem.I can understand it for 4 charges and 6 charges as a ...
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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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Particle moving under force $F=-cx^3$ [closed]

A particle with mass $m$ moves under influence of a force $F=-cx^3$, with $c$ a constant. What is the potential energy function $V(x)$? And if it starts to move from rest from position $x=-a$, what ...
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Is there work being done if no displacement occurs?

So the definition of work is $W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{s}$. Say I have a point mass which is being pushed on both sides by equal forces and therefore does not move. Does this mean that no work is being ...
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Does gravity (and all other fundamental forces, for that matter) have infinite energy as they seemingly last forever? [duplicate]

If I put a brick onto an steel platform, that platform can hold the brick A LONG TIME, if not FOREVER. Does the platform exert force? If so, then shouldn't it have infinite energy to resist the pull ...
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Contact forces and the structure of matter

Textbooks on introductory physics depict friction force as a result of interatomic forces. Matter is made of atoms and those atoms have eletric bounds. In turn, those eletric bounds are responsible ...
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How can light experience a force [duplicate]

According to the second law of Newton f=ma only objects with mass can experience a force. But light can be bent by gravity and is not supposed to have a mass. How ...
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What is the long-term effect of a continuous off-set force, acting in a frictionless environment?

An example would be if a satellite had a rocket on one edge, which were to fire continuously. I can see that there will be both lateral and rotational acceleration, but what I am less clear on is ...
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Speed, weight and force [closed]

If a road roller of weight $W$ is rolling on the road at the speed of $X\,\mathrm{kmph}$, how much force does it apply on the surface of the road (considering a sampled surface of the same size as ...
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Compression in a sphere due to a sectoral load?

I wish to know the net compression in a solid and hollow sphere when a radially perpendicular load is applied on a sector of its circumphery. Ex: on 2(pi)r/8 of the circumference. thanks
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What is the relationship between Force and Kinetic Energy?

I am an Middle-School (Grade 8) student, who is self-learning classical mechanics. I saw this equation from Classical Mechanics: $\vec F=m \vec a$, the following equation is pretty straight forward ...
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Normal force, work and conservativity

I have searched very much on line, both in this site and elsewhere, but found no proof of whether the normal force is conservative or is not, in general. Clearly, if the force is orthogonal to the ...
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Why is gravity so weak? [duplicate]

How does physics explain the enormous disparity between the gravitational scale and the typical mass scale of the elementary particles? In other words, why is gravity so much weaker than the other ...