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Is there a normal downward force here?

Now through my understanding, there is a weight force that points downward on block A, also another weight force that points downward on block B. Between block A and block B, there is two normal ...
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Stick stands in the corner then starts to fall, when will it detach from the wall? [duplicate]

A thin homogeneous stick stands on the smooth(no friction) floor, leaning against a smooth wall,stands absolutely vertically. (Imagine a corner).Then it starts to fall(with zero initial velocity).What ...
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Gravitation is not force?

Einstein said that gravity can be looked at as curvature in space- time and not as a force that is acting between bodies. (Actually what Einstein said was that gravity was curvature in space-time and ...
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Pulley system on a double inclined plane [closed]

(Lets say, say static friction is $\mu_s$, and kinetic friction is $\mu_k$ for both of them) What is the detailed definition of static friction according to this picture? When the system starts to ...
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Is there any case in classical mechanics where Newton's (strong) third law doesn't hold?

Is there any case in classical (non relativistic) mechanics where the strong form of Newton's third law does not hold (that is, reaction forces are not collinear)? For example, if we consider a system ...
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Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end?

Why does a teeter-totter (see-saw) tend to incline towards the heavier end? Since objects of different mass tend to fall at the same speed (assuming a vacuum), why do then heavier objects push harder ...
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Understanding rocket equations [closed]

I'm doing a science project where I have to explain the physics behind a trip to an exoplanet and I also have to explain about rocket equations while doing so. I know that a trip to an exoplanet is ...
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How to use an accelerometer to correctly quantify the magnitude of vibrations

Consider the following setup: An accelerometer is placed inside a helicopter, measuring $g$ values along three axes $(x,y,z)$ every $10~\text{ms}$ (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. ...
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Experiment to show $a \propto F$

I learnt about an experiment to show that acceleration is proportional to force. It was done by placing a trolley (like a toy car) on a smooth track. At the end of the smooth horizontal track was a ...
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Inclined plane problem [closed]

This is the problem question from my textbook. My questions are concerning some formulas related to this problem. The force of friction is obviously down the plane. My initial question is: ...
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Why do we talk of the “weakness of gravity” rather than “the surprising charge to mass ratio of particles”?

The relative strength of gravity and electromagnetic forces is obvious — stand on a sheet of paper, and even with the whole of Earth pulling, your motion is stopped by the electric fields inside that ...
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F=ma is true in an accelerating coordinate system [closed]

There are plenty of similar topics about the physical or intuitive meaning of the equivalence principle or statement such as ''laws of physics are true in every frame of reference''. Usually answers ...
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Newton's 3rd law applied to friction

I'm confused about how Newton's 3rd law applies to friction. If you slid an object across a table then the particles you are sliding against would exert the same force back, but wouldn`t this mean ...
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Why doesn't gravity have charges?

All other forces have some kind of charge system, electromagnetism has positive and negative, weak force has hypercharges, and strong force has colors. Why doesn't gravity have anything like these?
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Equilibrium equations

You have one horizontal beam. Its left point is attached to a free pivot at the vertical wall. Its right point is suspended by a rope from the ceiling. Nothing is moved. So $\sum F=0$ and $\sum M=0$. ...
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If an object has a constant force being applied to it perpendicular to gravity, will the object fall slower?

If this was on a hypothetical flat plane (so not curved like the earth) and a rocket is flying horizontally, would the horizontal propulsion slow down the rocket's descent or even stop it from falling ...
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Accelerated flow [closed]

Consider the following two cases: 1. Flow past a body, which is in constant acceleration and 2. Constantly accelerated flow over the body when it is fixed. Will the forces experienced by body in both ...
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If gravity isn't a force, then why do we learn in school that it is?

I have studied some of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, and I understand that it states that gravity isn't a force but rather the effects of objects curving space-time. If this is true, then ...
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Will loss of contact with the ground remove friction forces?

If we suppose that one object is losing contact from the floor, let's say the trajectory of this object is a semisphere, then in this instantaneous time just before the contact is loss will make the ...
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in Newtons 3rd law, where does the second body get its energy to react?

A very basic question, and apologies if I have overlooked something obvious. In newtons 3rd law, presumably energy is transfered to the second body from the first body (which itself was subject to an ...
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Falling Raindrop with Asymptotic Acceleration [closed]

I am given a falling raindrop that is gaining mass proportional to the product of its surface area and its velocity. I am assuming down is the positive direction. So, $m'=4\pi\alpha r^2v$. From ...
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Finding the force between parallel currents using the formula of magnetic pressure

Let there be two parallel current-carrying infinitely-long wires separated by $d$ carrying currents $i_1$ & $i_2$ respectively in the same direction. In order to find the force on an ...
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Equation of motion for ice block in water

I need to derive the equation of motion for an building block of ice that swims in water. The building block has an initial height that is looking out of the water called $h_A$ and is pushed into the ...
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Spring Constant of a Slingshot

So we have a elastic slingshot which slides a block across the floor until coming to a stop but we've been facing a couple difficulties in determining our spring constant. We have a table of forces ...
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Confusion about two-force members

This is my first question here so I hope I get warmly welcomed by answers that would resolve this perplexion :-) This is a statics problem from Hibbeler's Mechanics for Engineers: Statics (13th ...
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Resultant force on the side of a tank of water

A closed tank rectangular in plan with vertical sides is 1.8m deep and contains water to a depth of 1.2m. Air is pumped into the space above the water until the air pressure is 35kN/m2. If the ...
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Force required to send ball in set trajectory

If I have a desired 2D trajectory where I know the desired speed of my ball and desired path, and a ball that starts at (x=0,y=0), how can I calculate the required force / point at which the force ...
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Elongation in bar with unequal applied forces

How is elongation in a uniform rod with unequal forces acting on opposite sides calculated? If applied forces are equal and opposite, the elongation is defined by the formula ($\delta = ...
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How much force can bolt cutters exert? [closed]

What's the mechanical advantage of an ordinary, let's say, 3 feet long bolt cutters? How many pounds can they exert? I'm asking because I have a lock which is apparently immune to over 9 tons of ...
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Rate of applied force versus material failure?

Question: Does the rate at which a force is applied to an object determine the maximum force reached that mechanically fails the object? If so, what are the concepts that need to be understood to ...
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Why is $F=-\nabla V$?

I came across this equation $$F=-\nabla V$$ where $V$ is potential energy. I do understand that $$F(r)=-\frac{dV}{dr}.$$ Hence does this mean the nabla operator in this case means derivative? Because ...
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Is there any friction between wheel and road?

Human beings invented the wheel to get rid of the friction between the wheel and the road. But were we able to reduce it to zero? Is there any residual friction? This question is about only the ...
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Better explanation of why an object floats: density? or buoyancy in equilibrium with object's weight?

Across StackExchange, you see two explanations for why an object floats: The buoyant force, equal to weight of displaced water, is in equilibrium with the object's weight. The density of the object ...
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Is it feasible to lift a human off the ground with a suit of fans? [closed]

So, we live in a world that is technologically developed enough where it is reasonably within reach to attach small rockets to someone/something to lift it off the ground. One serious problem we ...
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Tension at topmost point of a vertical circle

I read that for a body to move in a vertical circle, the minimum tension needed is 0 at the topmost point. Can someone explain to me what it means to have positive or negative tension on top. I'm not ...
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Levitation using Electromagnets - Forces

Here is a hypothetical (but potential real) situation: I am holding electromagnet that weights 1kg. This electromagnet is being used to hold up a 10kg weight. Would I feel like I am holding 11kg, or ...
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Why does ice fall from the top of the ice tray first?

I haven't found an answer for this anywhere, so hopefully this community can help. It's not important at all that I know this but I'm curious. If you take a plastic tray of ice from the freezer and ...
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Is there a way to study mechanics without having to rely on free body diagrams?

For example, consider a very simple situation often used as example in teaching: a horse pulling a stone through a rope attaching them. The analysis goes something like this: There is a force ...
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Estimating Squeezing Force of Toothpaste Tube

How could I estimate the force I apply when I squeeze a new toothpaste tube? I want to either be able to calculate it without having to perform an experiment, or refer to some scientific journal with ...
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How does a pop pop boat work?

I have been reading about the pop pop boat on wikipedea. What I don't understand is after the hot water is ejected the vacuume gets created, so when the same amount of water will be sucked in the boat ...
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How strong must a tornado be to pick up a shark?

Yes, you know where this is going. There is a good article on this topic by National Geographic: 'Sharknado' Got One Thing Right: Aquatic Animals Sometimes Do Fall From the Sky One of the first ...
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Is there surface tension between a solid and a liquid?

The molecules of a solid are so tightly bound together that they are fixed in position unlike in a liquid or gas where they may move freely. In that case it seems like the surface tension between the ...
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Integral of Forces is the Velocity

I am self learning classical mechanics. I have the following problem: At time $t$ we have a force $f(t)$ acting on a particle with mass $m$ that is at distance $x(t)$ from $0$. We also assume ...
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Gravity: Why Do things fall to Earth? [duplicate]

If gravity is in reality spacetime geometry why when I drop an object on the surface of the Earth does it fall to the ground? Does spacetime push it?
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What would all the forces on a space elevator be as it moves up and down?

At the bottom, the acceleration due to gravity would be g. At the top, it would be something like .8g... But would the total acceleration effectively be 0 like on the ISS? How would the acceleration ...
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An object on a conveyor belt

Let's say a bag (30kg) is sitting on a moving conveyor belt and at the end of the conveyor belt, there is a wall. Since the belt is moving at a constant speed (say 2.0 m/s), when the bag hits the ...
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Are there any universal forces which are cartesian in nature? [closed]

I was recently talking with someone about how I think the whole Cartesian xyz understanding of the universe evolved from animals thinking earth was flat. They could get along fine without having to ...
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Finding impact force of a railroad car?

I'm in the process of writing a software that can best be described as a modified train simulator (if you're into model railroading you might like it, see here) and I need to simulate coupler slack ...
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Force Exerted on a Rocket

I am reading Spivak's "Physics for Mathematicians". He has the following setup up: We let $m(t)$ be the mass of a rocket and its fuel at time $t$. And, we let $q(t)$ be the velocity at which the ...
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In terms of forces and kinematics, why does a projectile, thrown forwards, bounce forwards?

I'm curious to know why a tennis ball bounces forwards after it has made contact with the ground considering I throw it forwards and downwards at the ground. I understand that is bounces up because ...