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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What is “W external” and “W internal” in Energy conservation law?

When I solve the energy conservation problem, I am confused when I have to make the term positive or negative. For example, someone throws a ball right up to the ground with velocity, $v$. The ball ...
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Does Centripetal Force Change Direction?

I have been struggling with this question that I have, "Does centripetal force change direction?" From every point, it points to the center. But if we draw its vector, we draw the tails from ...
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How strong is the force of space expansion?

There are many questions about space expansion, its cause, or its effects. But I have the feeling we never get straight and simple answers. I do not expect answers to be simple in general, but I ...
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The effect of windspeed on a car

I've worked problems in the past in trig class concerning the effect of wind on the speed of a plane and it's flight path and was wondering if a similar thing occurs with a car. First off, I'm ...
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Modeling wall's behaviour

Sorry if the quesiton is inconvenient, but I judged the physics forum would be the best place to go. My house is divided in two parts by a wall, and there's some tree pushing it, so the wall is about ...
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The best way in which a man can pull a train

I have chosen this example as a paradoxical limit, but my question really regards the optimization, distribution and outcome of force when you try to pull a weight: how can you optimize your ...
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Trouble understanding the concept of true and apparent weight

I need help understanding the concept of true weight vs apparent weight. I understand this much: if someone is standing in an elevator on a scale, the further up they go the less the reading on the ...
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Block on a block problem, with friction

Consider two blocks, one on top of the other on a frictionless table, with masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ respectively. There is appreciable friction between the blocks, with coefficients $\mu_s$ and $\mu_k$ ...
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Is 'restoring force' a particular type of force?

I have a question about the restoring force in elastic band or rope which confusing me for a long time. As I was told in high school physics, for an elastic band (or spring), if Hooke's law holds, we ...
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Centripetal motion (Average force vs magnitude of velocity) [duplicate]

I had a homework question, regarding designing a centripetal motion lab, It asks me to determine the 2 constants if I'm performing a centripetal motion lab, trying to determine the effect that the ...
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Relationship between centripetal force and magnitude of velocity [closed]

In university physics we were assigned a Pre-lab on centripetal motion and asked to predict the effect that increasing the average force on the magnitude if velocity. Basically what I said is the ...
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What will happen in principle if one tries to push a neutron star?

When we push an object it moves due to the mutual repulsion between the electrons in our hand and the electrons in that object. Since a neutron star contains only neutrons, what will happen in ...
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Finding the acceleration given only an angle

This is one of my homework problems for a College Physics I course: Dana has a sports medal suspended by a long ribbon from her rearview mirror. As she accelerates onto the highway, she notices ...
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The forces acting on 2 boxes [closed]

Consider the following figure: The surface is not friction-less. When the force $F$ is applied on mass A: Is the force the mass A applies on mass B larger, smaller or equal then the Force that B ...
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If a truck collides with a car, can the truck experience a larger force?

I am confused, here is a question: A large truck and a mini bus both have same velocity V and they collide and stop. The collision lasts for 1 second. A) Which one of the two will experience ...
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Electromagnet force equation clarification

So, from a previous previous question, I know what plane the force from an electromagnet will affect a ferromagnetic material in. I thought that would be enough, but working through some problems ...
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Why is area considered and not volume to find the force of a solenoid?

I am doing a project involving solenoids. I found multiple websites that say the force (in N) a solenoid exerts on a soft iron bar as it enters the coils can be given by the equation ...
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Slinky base does not immediately fall due to gravity

Why does the base of this slinky not fall immediately to gravity? My guess is tension in the springs is a force > mass*gravity but even then it is dumbfounding.
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What is a conservative force?

Currently I have three different pictures to describe/understand conservative forces. For the moment I just want to get an electron from point A to point B. In the near surrounding is another electron ...
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How fast until you feel wind in space? [duplicate]

I couldn't find this question asked anywhere else, so I thought I would ask it here: does anyone know how fast you would have to be traveling in space to feel 'wind' from the particles in front of ...
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Advanced kinematics problem regarding $F = ma$ [closed]

I really need help with this problem. Thank you for your time. Question: Look at the figure below. Derive the formula for the magnitude of the force F⃗ exerted on the large block (mC) in the ...
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“Magic” Speed to Drive Over a Speed Bump: Myth or Reality?

A somewhat controversial aspect of speed bumps (sleeping policemen for those in the UK) is that they arguably cause more loss of life than they prevent by acting as a hindrance to emergency response ...
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Punching - Force or Momentum?

If I want to punch a person inflicting maximum damage, what do I need to care about? My force of punching, i.e, do I need more acceleration? Or do I need momentum, i.e my velocity for punching?
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Can a bullet shot through a glass make a clean hole?

One can often see (hopefully only in the movies) that a bullet shot through a pane of window glass leaves a hole in it, but overall the glass is left largely intact. However, a low-speed projectile, ...
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Possiblity of predicting behavior of system when properties described as functions over space?

Suppose I am given a system that consists of a distribution of charged particles(which are all over space and are point-charges). They are described by a set of functions instead of variables. These ...
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Vectors and Forces problem [closed]

I have a question that I think I have an idea of how to answer but I am unsure can someone please verify for me? Here goes: Here is a box and a force (vector say, F1) of 10 N in the positive ...
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Kinetic Damping Behavior [closed]

For a problem I am given a block attached to a spring attached to a wall with mass m and coefficient of friction u. The magnitude when it is sliding is friction=$mgu$ opposite motion. It won't move ...
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Gravitiation force of a sphere

Was wondering about Shell Theorem, specifically about the immediate results. Force (on a point mass) inside a shell is 0. Force (on a point mass) outside a shell is GmM/r^2 From what i know the ...
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Tension Problem: Solve for T for two sliding blocks connected by a string [closed]

The problem: Two blocks made of different materials connected together by a thin cord, slide down a plane ramp inclined at an angle θ to the horizontal as shown in the figure (block B is above ...
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Thrust measured in grams and discerning horizontal acceleration?

So, I have a small ducted fan which has a listed "thrust" of 75 g at a set voltage. I'm going to assume the "g" is short for "grams". Why would this be measured in grams instead of newtons and how ...
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Static and kinetic friction [closed]

Say you have block1 on top of block 2 and the whole system is accelerating toward the right at a certain acceleration. Due to inertia block 1 wants to move backward to the left so there has to be a ...
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General potential of rotating system

I'm new here at the physics site, and not really that deep into the area of which i'm going to ask a question about now. Therefore please feel free to ask clarifying questions. I'm trying to deal ...
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Forces while squeezing a toothpaste tube

When I squeeze a tube of toothpaste, I am working with 2 squeeze forces toward tube. What causes the toothpaste to go out of the tube? (instead of remaining stationary)
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Maximum length stretch of vertical spring with a mass? [closed]

Having a vertical spring, if we hang a mass to it, what is the maximum stretch length of spring? and how big should be mass to break the spring?
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Diagram of forces exerted on objects

Assuming that there is an interaction between 1 and 3 (they attract each other), what are the forces between 1 and 2? I know it is as if the force acts on a different body (1+2), but I want to know ...
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Definition of force in a scalar field theory

How do we define the force for a general scalar field theory? In particular what is the scalar force of the below equation of motion: where $\tilde{T}$ is the energy stress tensor of matter and $A$ ...
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Why are some forces not included in the sum of forces?

I was given the following notes in class: 4.32 A skier of mass $65.0\text{ kg}$ is pulled up a snow-covered slope at constant speed by a tow rope that is parallel to the ground. The ground ...
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Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
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Why is Buoyant Force $V\rho g$?

For a submerged object, buoyant force ($F_b$) is defined as: $$F_b = V_{\text{submerged}} \times \rho \text{ (density)} \times g \text{ (gravitational constant)}$$ Conceptually, the buoyant force ...
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Action and Reaction on two bodies [duplicate]

If the action and reaction are both equal and opposite then why a body would move? The force exerted by me on the body must be counterbalanced by the force exerted by the body on me.
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What is the linear and rotational motions generated by a force not on the CG?

Given a force that is applied to a free body, not directly towards, or away from the centre of gravity, how would you calculate the amount of linear and rotational velocities generated, as the farther ...
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Determining the force of an explosion, is it external or internal?

A time bomb put inside a box is left into the vacuum: it explodes...the box coverings starts moving I want to ask: is the force behind sudden acceleration internal or external I am confused about ...
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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons in a closed circuit. But as our teacher had not taught us about electric fields yet, she gave us a simplified model of motion of ...
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Confusion regarding a method of writing constraint equations

I came across a method for writing the constraint equations known as "The Virtual Work Method".I am quoting the exact language of the text(well,not exactly the exact)- Consider the atwood machine ...
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Question about torque and center of mass [duplicate]

If a yo-yo's string is not attached to anything and the yo-yo is dropped, it is obvious it will fall at $g$. In this scenario, Tension of string = 0. If a yo-yo's string is attached to a cieling and ...
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Why do we exclude the $(i,i)$ case when summing over internal forces?

In the majority of the literature and lectures I see when a system of particles is involved, I usually see the following expression (or similar) for the total force on particle $i$: $$\vec{F}_i = ...
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How do I find the tension in additional strings in this problem? [closed]

A mass of 5.00 kg hangs attached to three strings as shown in the figure (see image below). Find the tension in each string. Hint: Consider the equilibrium of the point where the strings join. ...
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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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Does the magnitude of an electrical field change with frequency?

I am trying to model the frequency response of a force (dielectrophoresis) that is based on gradient of an electric field. One of the components is the CM factor which has a frequency component, but ...
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Has NASA confirmed that Roger Shawyer's EmDrive thruster works? [duplicate]

This article states: But somehow, despite all of the reasons it shouldn’t work, it does. Scientists at NASA just confirmed it. Now in this question - it is strongly suggested that this ...