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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Deriving the Coulomb force equation from the idea of photon exchange?

Since Newton's law of gravitation can be gotten out of Einstein's field equatons as an approximation, I was wondering whether the same applies for the electromagnetic force being the exchange of ...
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Choosing the right point when calculating moments

A body is composed of two straight pins that are joined at a right angle. They have lengths $a$ and $b$ and the mass per unit length is $\rho$. When the body is balanced on a flat surface, as shown, ...
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Figuring out the time period of an Atwood system

SO I was working on Atwoods, when I came up with the following problem, It is more complicated but i should understand this simpler scenario first. As shown in the diagram above, (Atwood machine), ...
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Effect of movements of astronauts on International Space Station

I know that astronauts move in and around in ISS. When they move they also touch the modules of ISS and sometimes they apply force on the module to move. When this happens, as far as I know it affects ...
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Coulombs Law step by step help

How do you calculate the the magnitude of the total force of three charges and also the angle it makes with the x-axis? Knowing the magnitude and also the 2d co ordinates of the charges. I have ...
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Kinetic energy vs. momentum?

As simple as this question might seem, I failed to intuitively answer it. Let's assume there is a $10,000$ $kg$ truck moving at $1$ $m/s$, so its momentum and KE are: $p=10,000$ $kg.m/s$ and ...
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Why is it mandatory to lose energy to an opposing force?

A body must do work against an opposing force to continue motion. This is a statement that I have found many times. But what is the reason behind it? Suppose $F_1$ is acting on a body to ...
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Why is kinetic energy stored as potential energy in a body during its motion against gravity?

Everyone knows kinetic energy is converted to potential energy in the body when it moves up against the earth's opposing gravitational force. But I am facing some problem with this. What I learnt ...
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Direction of friction force between two boxes

There are two boxes on top of each other. The bottom box is dragged right by a constant force. What is the direction of friction of the top box against the bottom box?
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Dynamics question (need to find acceleration and tension) [on hold]

I can't solve this kind of questions. Can someone explain the solution in an understandable way? direct link to image: http://oi57.tinypic.com/2epspw4.jpg UPDATE: I say that I don't know how to ...
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A force is exerted on a body, kinetic energy increases but no work is done by the force. Why?

After reading the article, I was totally perplexed . I was reading the External forces and internal energy transfers in Principles of Physics by Resnick,Halliday,Walker. It goes like that An ...
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Forces Create Angular Acceleration And “Straight” Acceleration - But How Much Of Each?

Let me set up the following problem for a rectangle floating in space: We know its dimensions. We know its mass. There's a force pushing it for a known amount of time - we know the angle & ...
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Reflection - reaction force direction

Let's say object hits a wall. When the object is reflected does the direction of the reaction force caused on the wall looks like the red arrow ? Does that direction depends on how "strong" object is ...
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With what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out? [on hold]

I am trying to figure out the following question: with what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out (if a turn is a circumference of a semicircle)? e.g. $r= 5 m$ $a_r= ...
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Collision force calculation with no future knowledge

For a personal project, I am attempting to write a fairly realistic collision simulator (for relatively large objects, not quantum stuff). As I was consulting my physics textbook and various online ...
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Acceleration of the rope holding two objects(one heavier than other) with both objects on different inclines [on hold]

How do you find the acceleration of the rope and what would this process look like condensed into one big formula?
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Does an Increase of Force affect the Speed of an object if the acceleration stays constant?

If I had a mass of $100\:\rm{kg}$ accelerating due to gravity, using $F=ma$: $F = 100\:\rm{kg} \times 9.8\:\rm{m/s^2}$ $F = 980 \:\rm N$... If I increased the mass to 200kg, the force would be 1960 ...
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Would you die before reaching the ground?

If you were to jump off a tall building, let's say Burj Khalifa, is it true that the pressure difference would be so strong as to kill you before reaching the ground?
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How to compute speed without knowing mass or charge values?

A gold nucleus is $460$ fm ($1$ $fm = 10^{(-15)} m$) from a proton, which initially is at rest. When the proton is released, it speeds away because of the repulsion that it experiences due to the ...
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Potential Energy Concept

Imagine a book that we lift it with a force that is exactly equal to the force of gravity so the forces cancel out and the book moves with a constant velocity. Consider the situation after the book ...
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Rotating metal sphere

My knowledge of physics is not that great, but I am always willing to learn. I have the following question: If we have a sphere made out of metal with a radius of 1 meter, and it rotates in an ...
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How did Newton establish his famous third law of motion?

For every action,there is equal and opposite reaction . This is the famous Newton's third law of motion. But how did he come to this conclusion? We can prove 2nd law using calculus. But how did Newton ...
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Final velocity of a spring [closed]

I need to calculate the velocity of an object when it is thrown by a spring; we have to calculate the velocity from $U=\frac 12 kx^2$. Now I know that $U=L=F\cdot S$ and $S=\frac{v_f^2-v_0^2}{2a}$. ...
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Force, Mass and Acceleration [closed]

I was looking at the following question and was just wondering if it was as simple as it sounded. A man is in a car and starts to accelerate at $5ms^{-2}$. (a) If the gentleman weighs 75kg, ...
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Pendulum in a Turning Airplane

My friend and I are having an argument over what happens with a pendulum hanging inside an airplane during a turn. Assuming that the airplane is making a standard 1 G coordinated turn, how does the ...
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Physics Homework help [closed]

If a curve with a radius of 80m is properly banked for a car traveling 62km/h , what must be the coefficient of static friction for a car not to skid when traveling at 92km/h ?
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Optics, finding the acceleration of images [closed]

the acceleration of both the blocks of mass m will be g, hence the acceleration of the images will be 2g. acceleration of the two images w.r.t. each other will be 2g + 2g = 4g but the answer is ...
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How are contact forces electromagnetic forces? [closed]

How are contact forces electromagnetic? What are they: Coulombic forces between polarized molecules in contact? Or they are the magnetic forces due to the motion of subatomic particles? I also ...
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Moving Object Mass Loss Momentum [closed]

A theoretical question, I know, but if an object were moving at a given speed and had, for example 10kgm/s, and half of its mass met with another object, composed of antimatter that was equal to half ...
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Force between the atoms at the equilibrium point in Lennard jones potential [closed]

I have some atoms in equilibrium point(by some numerical methods like steepest descent). I wrote this Fortran code to evaluate the force between particle, but the force is bigger than I expect (about ...
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Is there an equilibrium for water and air in a tank?

I'll try my best to explain my question with examples because I don't have much knowledge on the theory. So say that I had a block of water in air, a cube of water, that is dropping. If the cube ...
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Just for confirmation: About conservative forces [closed]

Once I posted in the following thread and wondered, how I could picture/understand conservative forces best. I think, that I understood my problem now and everything became clearer. So just for ...
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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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Ramp and Cart physics lab help [closed]

So we have a physics lab where we took a cart and rolled it down an inclined plane (100 cm) and off of varying heights (3 - 12 cm). We were supposed to record those variables and also time how long it ...
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Physics behind the “Switch Pitch”?

I've come across this toy called a "Switch Pitch" designed by Chuck Hoberman. It's a ball that when tossed into the air (with some amount of rotation), inverts and changes colour. Made of plastic, ...
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Electric force between charges in two different media

As far as I know, Coulomb's law of electrostatic force is applicable on two different charges situated in same medium. But if two individual charges are in different media (say one charge on a iron ...
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Foucault currents with a simple pendulum

I have this diagram : It's a kind of pendulum; when it swings, it passes through a small aera where there is a magnetic field. Therefore, the electrons moves towards the bottom because of a Lorentz ...
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Calculation of the g-force acting on people in a fake fun ride

I saw this video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=622261007879030&set=vb.100002854081079&type=2&theater If you go to minute 1 and 2 seconds you see a fun ride in action. Obviously ...
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Moment of inertia from torque and angular acceleration measurements

I tried to calculate the moment of inertia of a quadcopter along its roll axis using two different methods and the results do not match. Method 1: measuring the period of a bifilar pendulum, I obtain ...
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How is Mechanical advantage of Wedge = length of slope/width

Mechanical advantage is defined as Force Output/Force Input For a symmetrical wedge with the length of the slopes being equal and the width being the distance between the end points, articles quote ...
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Wheel dynamics: reaction forces with ground

I am confused by part of a dynamic model in this paper: http://waset.org/publications/4405/real-time-control-of-a-two-wheeled-inverted-pendulum-mobile-robot see page 3, figure 5. All forces labeled ...
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How is Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor $Blb$

I was reading an answer about torque acting on a rectangular current carrying loop kept in a uniform magnitude field B. Force acting on each sides is $F_1$, $F_2$, $F_3$, $F_4$. It's written here : ...
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If a 2,400 lb. car is moving at 1 mile per hour, how much force is required to stop its motion? [closed]

Given that I stand behind or in front of a car and someone will move the car from within at approximately 1 M.P.H., how much force is needed to stop the force driven by the engine to put the car at ...
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What is the net force acting on a climbing man by the rope?

I am confused with determining the net force on the climbing man below by the rope. My analysis is as follows. Let the tension be $T$. As both hands hold the rope then there are $T+T=2T$ upward acting ...
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Force problem related to adhesive and bonding

I have two PCBs (printed circuit board), and they are glued by adhesives, as show in the pictures. And the location of the adhesives are indicated on the picture (please notice that NO adhesive is ...
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Hydrogen bond and van der Waals bond

Just now I am studying about hydrogen bond and van der waals bond. I understand and able to differentiate between them but thinking of the similarities, do they have any?
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How to determine direction of forces in a static problem?

I am consistently getting this wrong. To me, in the picture below, it would make sense that the structure would be pulling downward, and the cable BD would be pulling upward - thus the system is in ...
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Weight versus gravitational force [duplicate]

What is the difference between weight and gravitational force? I am a beginner who want to study physics properly.
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How does placing objects in liquids affect the mass?

I was dazing off in my physics class when I came up with this question and I was wondering about it all day. I could not provide myself with an adequate solution, so here I am asking the forum about ...
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Why do we fall down when the bicycle slows down? [duplicate]

My question is: It is easy to balance a bicycle when it is moving at a fairly high velocity, say 7 m/s or 25 km/hr. But when a bicycle slows down, it is hard to keep it upright, and the person riding ...