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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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Why we can use partial derivatives to tell if a force is conservative? [duplicate]

Let us, initially, analysis only a two dimension situation. Assume that $F(x,y)$ is a force dependent on the particle position (give by $x,y$) is proposed that if \frac{\partial \...
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Are all forces given by a field conservative forces?

When teaching us electromagnetism, our professor first introduced us to the concept of "field". Several lessons later, he proved that electric field force is a conservative force. But I think the ...
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Assuming all surfaces to be frictionless. If the mass of the inclined plane is large enough, could $N$ ever be equal to $mgcos\theta$. Reasons? So far I've come up with: $mgcos\theta - N = ma$ ...
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Balancing forces on a liquid [closed]

My reasoning is as follows Atmospheric pressure = $P_{0}$; Spring stretch = $x$; Pressure under top piston = $P$ Balancing forces on top piston $kx + P S_1 = P_0 S_1$ Balancing forces on bottom piston ...
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Why are upthrust and normal reaction force not the same?

I am currently studying IGCSE Physics, and have the following question: Why aren't upthrust and normal reaction force not the same. I understand that upthrust only occurs in fluids, and normal ...
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Why is force negative if PE increases?

I'm looking at the PE vs force graphs for gravity, and it doesn't make sense to me. As potential energy increases (and the object goes higher above the ground), F=-mg. But if I'm raising an object up, ...
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Calculating impact force of steel tip darts for soundproofing

I'm trying to soundproof a dartboard by mounting it with silicone gel vibration mounts. I'm having trouble selecting anything though because I need to know what kind of forces I'm trying to mitigate. ...
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Newton's third law confusion [duplicate]

If A exerts a force of 200N on B, then by newton's third law, 200N would be exerted on it. Similarly, if B exerts 100N on A, by newton's third law, 100N would be exerted on it. Therefore the net ...
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What does $P = Fv$ mean? [closed]

The engine of a car is developing a power of 90kW when it is moving on a horizontal road at a constant speed of 100 km h−1. Estimate the total horizontal force opposing the motion of the car. I ...
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Centripetal force and friction

Here is the question I need help on: A hemispherical pile of snow with a height of 20 m is piled up. An extreme skier starts at the top of this snowball, and she skies down finding that ...
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How to calculate maximum magnetic flux density of magnet?

I have some magnets of which I need to calculate the maximum magnetic flux density B. I don't have any dedicated setup to measure the value. Is there any way in which I can measure it by relating it ...
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Condition for a particle to move on a sphere

Is it possible for a particle of mass $m$ to complete a circular path on a sphere if it starts from the topmost point and no external force acts on it except gravity and frictional force between ...
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What is the amount of Power required to maintain a flywheel at an angular velocity $\omega$ rad\sec of mass $M$ kg and Radius $R$ m? [closed]

What is the amount of Power required to maintain a flywheel at an angular velocity W rad\sec of mass M kg and Radius R m ?
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Will the force acting be doubled? [duplicate]

If me and a man are holding a string, and I apply a force of 100N, the tension in the string would be 100N, and it would exert a 100N force on the man and an equal and opposite force of 100N on me. ...
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Can drag force and lift force be in the same direction in the following case?

In the attached picture, can I say that there is a lift force in the Y-direction, and a drag force too in the same Y-direction? $F_L$ proportional to $V_fx^2$ ? $F_D$ proportional to $V_py^2$ ? Is ...
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BASED ON NEWTON'S 3RD LAW [duplicate]

my question is based on newton's 3rd law . An elephant pushes a rabbit with $250 N$ force , then the rabbit should also apply $250 N$ force but the rabbit is only capable to apply $25 N$ force . Why ...
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Force of Electrostatic Attraction between 2 rings

Before someone puts it on 'hold' , this is not a homework question, I doubt you'll find it somewhere as I thought of it. I wish to find force of electrostatic attraction between 2 uniform rings of ...
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Is drag force in the direction of particle motion or opposite to motion?

Suppose water is flowing in horizontal direction (positive $x$-direction) and a particle immersed in that water is also moving in the same direction. In this case, is the drag force $F_D$ in the ...
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Is static friction the only force causing a car to move (without sliding)?

A car is moving without sliding means that the friction between wheels and the ground is static friction. This is the force causing an object to move forward, therefore, its direction is the same as ...
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Thermofluid mechanics inclined plane

As shown in the attacked image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of 450 to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The distance ...
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Components of gravity in an inclined plane

The reason the block accelerates down the inclined plane is that the resultant of $N$ and $mg$ acts down the incline. However, why is the force causing the block to accelerate down the incline often ...
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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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Net force of a falling down people by Resolution of Force. [closed]

From the picture, I want to calculate the Force (F) when people fall down. I searched the internet, but I have no findings. Given that Mass (M) = 75 kg, Gravitational force (G) = 9.81 N. How can I ...
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How to calculate impulse required to move an object vertically upward by given distance [closed]

Suppose I have a stationary object of mass $m$ and I want to apply a momentary force in the vertical direction so that it just reaches the height $h$. So how do I calculate the impulse required in ...
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Net acceleration of an object if too many forces are acting on it? [closed]

Consider an object thrown upward with a force which is much greater than its weight. Obviously the object will stop after a certain interval of time due to air resistance. But what if there is no air ...
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Why an object with double length have the same friction? [closed]

I didn't really got the highlighted part.
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Net force equal to mass multiplied by acceleration of centre of mass [closed]

$F=ma$ if $a=0$ then definitely the net force applied will be also zero (0). then, in this case $m=F/a$. If both net force and acceleration(of centre of mass) is equal to zero (0). then, isn't mass ...
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Work done on an object by the internal forces

How is the work done by the internal forces acting in a rigid body zero? Actually I read in a book an example for the same. Let me present that example here. Consider a rigid body having two ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Force on a Massless String

Suppose we are just pulling a block with the help of a string which is massless. Now since the mass of the string is 0 the force exerted by us is transmitted without being diminished. So the equation ...
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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. Presumably,...
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Doubt on series springs [closed]

Here is a description of the motion of two springs in series. The premise is that the force on the two springs is the same. This is derived from the following reasoning: when I pull the mass with a ...
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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 7....
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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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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 force?...