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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Tension in a rope

In an ideal case, we assume strings and ropes to be massless and having same tension throughout. However, I was doing some questions which involved a rope with mass. The question was that if a ...
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How does a skater moves by pushing sideways?

Take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmMf91AVUXc or take a look at the following screenshot. As you can see, the skater pushes almost perpendicular to the direction of movement ...
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How does stress change through a bar that sharply increases in diameter?

I am looking to analyse the stress through the following bar: The bar is of circular cross section, homogeneous in material, that is of a certain diameter on one half, and a large diameter on the ...
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Condition for 2 bodies to move together

The condition for 2 (or more) bodies to move such that they are always in contact, is that their accelerations (and velocities) along their common normal should be same. Can someone explain why this ...
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Will the sea form a concave surface?

Without neglecting the fact that the earth is rotating, let us be in a ship (such that there is no relative motion between sea and ship) in a sea that surrounds the northern most or southern most ...
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Planet orbits: what's the difference between gravity and centripetal force?

My physics teacher says that centripetal force is caused by gravity. I'm not entirely sure how this works? How can force cause another in space (ie where there's nothing). My astronomy teacher says ...
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irreversibility Aristoteles law of motion

I am watching the second lecture from the theoretical minimum and do not understand the argumentation of Susskind. For those who do not want to watch the video. It is about the law of motion from ...
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How exactly do walking canes and crutches help?

I am reading introductory physics, and there is a chapter on equilibrium. In the chapter, the author mentions how devices can exploit distribution of forces to help those that are physically ill, via ...
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Friction as a Non-conservative force

Intuitively, one can find friction to be a non-conservative force. How can one prove that it is non-conservative?
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Calculate acceleration from power [closed]

I am currently programming a simple computer space ship simulation. This is just for fun to train my programming, 3D graphics and a little bit of physics skills. What I want is the user to pick a ...
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Gravitational “acceleration” and frequency change of a photon?

For massive particles, force translates into acceleration which again is a change of the velocity vector in direction and/or magnitude. For a photon, the velocity magnitude cannot change, only the ...
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Work done against gravity [closed]

The work done against gravity is $mgh$, well at least that's what my textbook says. I have a question: I can apply a force say 50N, so total work done = $mgh + mah$. Where $ma$ = Force. But the truth ...
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Force vs. Momentum [closed]

Obviously, if no external non-preservative force acts upon an object, if we apply a force to the object than the object will continue to hold that force within them. My question is, the object would ...
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Frictional forces apposing motion

Please could someone help with some physics about resistive forces that would slow a ball down which is rolling across a floor. I have found conflicting bits of information about the effect friction ...
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How do we know that $F = ma$, not $F = k \cdot ma$

It seems intuitive that $a\; \propto \frac{F}{m}$, as the greater the force that is applied on an object, the greater its acceleration will be. Inversely, the greater the mass of the object, the ...
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Does dimensionality determine the net effects of randomly oriented forces on an object?

My question relates to the orthogonality of random vectors in high dimensional space, and the relationship of random vectors as a function of dimensionality. My question can be formulated as a ...
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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 $c^4/G$, where $c$ is the speed of light; $G$ is the gravitational constant. Thus (the speed ...
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A misconception in an application of Newton's laws

When a body is kept in ground, and is at rest, the downward gravitational pull is balanced exactly by the Normal Reaction if we assume the earth to be an inertial frame. But this would mean that any ...
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Why is the net work done in a pulley-string system zero?

In any pulley system, where the pulleys and strings are massless and frictionless, why is the net work done by Tension zero?
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How do bicycle spokes work?

As you know, it is quite obvious that bicycle spokes attach the hub in the center to the rim. What else do they do? If you compare the wheels today with the ones from ancient times, there are more ...
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Upthrust vs Drag

24: A ball is falling at terminal speed in still air. The forces acting on it are upthrust, viscous drag and weight. What is the order of increasing magnitude of these 3 forces? ...
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Is gravitation really a conservative force?

A rotating gyroscope that is mounted in a gimbal maintains its rotational axis relative to space when it is moved – and not to the surface of the earth, as illustrated below (the figure shows only the ...
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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 ...
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Forces that fall under gravitational forces

I was explaining the air motion in the atmosphere, so I introduced Gravity, Pressure Gradient and Coriolis Forces. Then one of the Professors asked me this question, which I couldn't answer. He said ...
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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, the ...
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Why we get a force when a bus or car is going beside us? Is there any mathematical relation?

Suppose you are standing beside a road. A bus is running on the road, when it is crossing you, you feel a push of wind. Why its happen? Is there any mathematical relation?
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Do you feel gravity? [closed]

I have been reading a few articles about the question why we don't feel/notice gravity in everyday life, but I couldn't understand why exactly we don't feel/notice it, that is, why we don't feel a ...
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What does the force mean in $dp/dt$ form?

One was to write Newton's laws is: $$F=\frac{dp}{dt}.$$ I don't understand what is the force there. I believe that $F$ is the net external force on the system. So supposedly I have a mass which is ...
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With Newton's third law, why are things capable of moving?

I've got a rather humiliating question considering newton's third law "If an object A exterts a force on object B, then object B exerts an equal but opposite force on object A" -> $F_1=-F_2$ ...
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Can two electrons attract each other?

Due to electrostatic repulsion the two electrons will repel each other as they both possess similar charges, lets leave gravitational attractive force out of the picture my question is can there be ...
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Firing a blank vs live round from a gun [closed]

When firing a gun, is there any difference between a blank round and a live round, aside from the obvious presence of a bullet exiting the muzzle? For example, does it sound different? Is there any ...
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Work done by friction on a body?

I know that when a body slides over a surface, the work done by friction is not stored as potential energy in the body. It is dissipated in the form of heat. But why is it not stored as potential ...
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Question about force in transverse waves on a string

In deriving wave equation or power transmission of wave transmitted by a string, it is usually stated (with some assumptions) that the transverse force on a point of the string is proportional to the ...
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Help understanding work

I have this problem: An object with 800kg mass is lifted up 2.4m by a force $F$. How much work does the Force do on the object (gravity is the only other force acting on the object)? From what ...
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Can I convert Power to Force?

I just realized that I have some issues with physics: I cannot just convert Power to Force (different units), $P = F * v$. But am I not able to calculate the force on a car that accelerates with a ...
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Large deflection of cantilever beam

How can I find the amount of point force at the end of a cantilever plastic beam that produces e.g. 45° slope at the end of the beam? Is this the right equation: $$F=\frac{2EI\theta ^2}{L^2 ...
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Concept of a Magnetic Field

I was reading a physics book by some author and I got a little too confused with the explanation he stated about magnetic fields. A magnetic field is a field of force produced by current-carrying ...
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What is the meaning of this definition of potential energy?

The isolated system of particles is being observed. In the coursebook, $\vec F_\mu$ is by definition the vector sum of forces of all other particles acting on $\mu$-th particle. Usually, potential ...
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Advantages of a deadblow hammer?

A deadblow hammer is a type of mallet with a hollow head filled with shot or sand. When you hit with it, say on an anvil, the mallet does not rebound, but just falls flat and heavy. I don't ...
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Why dont we consider force exerted by atmospheric pressure in mechanics?

My school has started teaching fluid mechanics, and it really bugs me why we don't consider force exerted by atmospheric pressure in mechanics. I couldn't understand a word my teacher said. There is ...
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How Newton's third law is involved in a tug of war? [duplicate]

Using Newton's third law, we can say that each team applies the same force on the opposite team. Then how one wins? Is it due to ground friction?
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Interaction Energy vs Force

I'm having a hard time determining the relationship/differences between interaction energy and forces. Say we have a system of two charged particles. Each particle will exert a force on each other ...
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How does this chair move?

I have a chair like this(shown in figure). I was kneeling on the part where we sit. I just gave a sudden push to the part where we rest the back, without moving my legs. I found that the chair is ...
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Good way to compute the force of a hammer blow?

What is a good and easy way to compute and/or measure the force of a hammer blow, not using any fancy or specialized equipment? If the hammer is swung by hand through an arc, it is not obvious to me ...
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A question on Newton`s laws of motion [closed]

Question: Let there be a monkey $B$ which is holding on to tail of the monkey $A$ which itself is climbing up a rope. The masses of monkey $A$ and monkey $B$ are $M$ and $m$ respectively.If $A$ can ...
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Why is force a localized vector and not a free vector?

A vector which is drawn parallel to a given vector through a specified point unlike free vector in space is called a localised vector. The effect of a force acting on a body depends not only on the ...
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Question on units for integrating F vs x graph

I had a homework problem with this graph of F(Newtons) vs x(meters). The graph has a straight line (constant slope) from (0,0) to (8,10). And the slope ((10-0)/(8-0)) came out to be 1.25, making the ...
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What are the equations for the weak and strong forces?

What are the equations for the strong and weak force, like how for the Electrostatics the equation is $F_c= k*Q*q/(r*r)$. I understand to an extend what the strong and weak forces are. However, I ...
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Why is the relationship between velocity and radius curved, in circular motion?

We are supposed to graph velocity squared against period. My instructor specifically said: The gradient of this graph is acceleration and We should observe a trend of decreasing orbital velocities ...