# Tagged Questions

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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### The force causing galaxies to accelerate away from each other?

The galaxies in the universe appear to be accelerating away from each other according to the Doppler shift that is present in the light we receive from other galaxies. According to Newtonian ...
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### Vector addition forces with law of cosine

Given two vectors $\mathbf{F_1}, \mathbf{F_2}$ and an angle $\alpha$ between two vectors we can derive the resulting force $F_R:=\Vert \mathbf{F_R}\Vert$. ...
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### Problem with transforming co-ordinates to rotating frame of reference

In the following question: A puck is placed on a friction less disk that is rotating with angular velocity $\vec \omega$. What is the equation of motion with respect to the rotating frame of the ...
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### What is the sign of the energy exerted by a man sitting in the back of a boat pulling a canoe?

A man sits on the back of a boat pulling a canoe while the boat travels at a constant velocity a certain distance in the positive X direction. The man feels a constant tension in the rope during this ...
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### Applicability of coulombs law for objects in different dielectric media

Is the Coulombs law applicable for inter-medium interaction? Consider the example image shown below How can one deduce the angles the bobs might make if they are in different dielectric ...
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### What are internal forces and how do you calculate them?

There are many questions similar to the below, where you need to find the internal forces. I find such problems very poorly worded and designed. First, what do they mean by internal forces? Is it the ...
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### Why are symmetrical structures highly stable?

What makes symmetrical structures(geometry) highly stable? It is perfect to say that the forces acting on a symmetrical structure is balanced and hence stable. But why is it so? To be more specific, ...
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### Charged gravity: what magnitudes, if any, would be consistent with observations so far? [duplicate]

(Disclaimer: the following might fit better on Worldbuilding - on the one hand, I'm not looking to write a story, but on the other, I don't know enough physics to know whether this is a trivial "no, ...
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### What is meant by conservation of momentum? [closed]

I need proof of this. Some examples are also required.
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### What is the resistance force of a ramp?

I know that the effort force is what you exert on the object, the effort distance is the length you walk on the ramp, and the resistance distance is the height that I traveled (or height of the ramp), ...
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### Force distribution on corner supported plane [closed]

This question has been annoying me for a while. If you have a completely ridged rectangular plate of width and height x and y that is supported on each corner (A,B,C,D) and has force (F) directly in ...
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### Apart from friction what can be considered a non-conservative force?

I know that friction is a non-conservative force. My question is if we have any non-conservative forces or other fields in electrodynamics? second part question for a force that conservative we have ...
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### Effect of friction on a moving body under a variable force

Given the system in the figure: The block slides on a horizontal surface and is acted upon by a force $P$ which varies in magnitude as shown. Knowing that the coefficients of friction between the ...
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### How does paddling in the water help a boat move forward?

The way I've seen it explained is like this: it all has to do with Newton's third law. However, the "equal and opposite" reaction predicted by the third law acts on the paddle - which is not ...
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### Compressing a perfect sheet of metal. How will it fold?

Suppose a sheet of metal is compressed with equal force on both sides. In the presence of no other external force acting on the sheet how will it fold? Will It fold upwards or downwards or in a sine ...
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### Breaking the bottom board… when there's two

Watching a board-breaking ceremony at my martial arts school, I have seen something very weird no one can seem to explain: when a person attempts to break two boards stacked on top of each other ...
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### Torque and Force of Pulley fixed on side

If you had only 1 pulley that is connected to a rotating shaft, and which has a rope circled around it once, with a mass M on one side and with the rope fixed on the other end, how would you then ...
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### Dependence of tension (considering a pulley system) on the mass of loads

Consider the diagram below All circles are pulleys, which are fixed at the ceiling. M represents an engine (with a certain power) that is pulling the cable. C and D are weights. The acceleration of ...
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### A cruise ship bumping against a lock gate [closed]

For my project, I need to create a lock gate which will be used for the Panama Canal. One of the many thing my teacher said, was that for the design of the lock gate, the gate should not fail when it ...
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### Do you use static or kinetic friction when calculating this problem?

You are given mass and initial velocity of a vehicle and told that you need to stop. You are given kinetic and static friction and asked to find the minimum distance. Would you use kinetic friction or ...
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### How much the notion of force is discarded in modern physics? [closed]

Suppose that we are not allowed to use the notion of force to describe nature. My understanding of general relativity says that won't be a problem because the Einstein field equation doesn't involve ...
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### Simple harmonic motion..direction of acceleration

To solve questions about simple harmonic motion, my book says $\ddot{x}$ (i.e. acceleration) is in the direction of increasing $x$, i.e. away from equilibrium. I don't understand why is this so, since ...
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### Rate at which a pendulum bob slows due to air resistance?

I know that "perfect" pendulums would be able to swing forever, unperturbed by air resistance. However, since there is air resistance around us, pendulums (swinging bobs) slow down and move closer and ...
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### Is there an underlying physical reason why the Coriolis force is similar to the magnetic component of the Lorentz force?

I couldn't help but notice that the expression for the magnetic component of the Lorentz force, $$\mathbf F = q\,\mathbf v \times \mathbf B\,,$$ is very similar in its mathematical form to the ...
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### Sliding blocks problem

My first post here, so I apologize if this is duplicated elsewhere. It IS a "homework" problem, but it's public domain, a posted exam with answers... ...
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### Forces on wheels in an accelerating vehicle

Assume that a motorcycle of mass $m$ has two wheels that are equidistant from its centre i.e the force on each wheel is $mg/2$. If the motorcycle accelerates forward, will the two forces on each ...
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### Motion in space

Does a space shuttle travelling in space experience any resistance to its motion? If a body in space is applied constant force, does it attain speed of light after sufficient time?
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### Regarding Basic laws of motion

When a constant force is applied on body which is free to slide on a surface, does it move with a constant velocity after some time or does the velocity keep on increasing? Please explain it for both ...
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### Why is force a vector? (The Feynman Lectures)

A vector is a quantity that transforms just the way the coordinates transform under rotation (while a scalar remains invariant under rotation). In FLP, he says suppose $F$ is a vector and probably ...
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### How can the work done by friction be positive? [closed]

I have this energy related problem that i cannot understand in this problem, I am required to find the velocity of the 4.8kg mass when it hits the ground. I easily solved this problem using newton's ...
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### Newton's third law & punching walls [closed]

N-law 3: if you punched a wall as hard and as you could, would it possible to retract your hand before the reaction from the wall could affect your hand less than if you wouldn't retract at all? ...
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### Calculate final velocity for vertical projectile with air resistance

I am struggling to figure out how to calculate the final velocity of a projectile that is shot vertically upwards and then let fall down again to the starting point. I can easily calculate this in ...
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