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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Calculate Spring Constant

I am editing the question because it was misunderstood to be a homeowrk question. I am modeling a Stumps equipment for a game called Cricket.Typically the game consists of 3 wooden stumps ...
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Calculating the force applied by an electromagnet on a ferromagnetic object

I know how to calculate the force applied on a magnetic object by an electromagnet at $n$ metres distance using $$F = \frac{(N \cdot I)^2 \cdot k \cdot A} {2 \cdot g^2},$$ but how would one calculate ...
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Work and Free Body Diagrams

I am a bit confused with how to find work when there is a free body diagram. I am trying to work out this problem, and in it a box is being pulled at a constant speed by a rope at a constant angle ...
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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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Why does the superposition principle work in method of images?

Okay, let there be a conducting sphere having radius $a$ initially charged with $Q$ & insulated. Now, $q$ is brought in front of the conductor at $y$ from the center. Now, Jackson in his book ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Reaction force?

When I push a pure cube of iron (full of iron and has no space in it) where is the reaction force?. Like when I exert a force on a car to move it forward there will be a reaction force backward on ...
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Controlling the flow of powder from a container, based on grams selected [on hold]

was wondering how you would control the flow of powder from a container (with a small cylindrical dispenser at the bottom). The container is filled with powder. As the container drains, less ...
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If the force of friction is 20 N for a moving body does acceleration increase with the increase of the mass?

A body is moving and the only force acting on it is the force of friction. If we put another body on this moving body somehow the force of friction will increase; does its acceleration change?
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Force field for Calcium ions, potassium ions and water in molecular dynamics

I want to adapt my existing MD simulation so that it can handle these three species. For the interactions of the ions I thought that I would use the coulomb potential, but I don't know what sort of ...
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Pertaining to Newton's laws, how do so many objects acheive perfect equilibrium?

Suppose a light is hanging from a ceiling. Supposedly, the force of tension pulling it up is exactly the same as the force of gravity pulling it down. Why is it that the tension happens to be exactly ...
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Work done by a constant force

Is a constant force always conservative? What I tried (Assuming $F$ and $dr$ to be in same direction ) $W=\int Fdr$ Now since $F$ is constant hence it becomes $F \int dr=F \times ...
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Why does the ground always push up?

In the example of a bouncy ball being thrown at the ground, at some angle from the normal, $\theta$, we know that the ground will apply a force in the normal direction, causing the ball to rebound at ...
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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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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons move 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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Why is it effectively impossible to balance this rectangle block on a triangle block? (See photo)

I've always wondered why it's basically impossible to balance a rectangle block on top of a triangle one like this. This is my nine-year-old giving it a try. I have never in my life gotten it to ...
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Pulley-rope tension question

I'm learning mechanics and I don't understand the following (simple, I guess) concept. Here's a pulley-rope system: The force of tension, as I understand it, is defined as the force exerted on an ...
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How much do the rear and front, side-parts of this 2,400 lb. car weigh? [on hold]

The car is to be lifted from the body right above the tire, which is around 1 inch or so outward. Since the car is even it should weigh almost exactly (to the nanogram) the same on the back and ...
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Ball throwing problem [on hold]

A ball of mass 0.2 kg is thrown vertically upwards by applying a constant force by hand.if the hand moves 0.2 m while applying the force and the ball goes upto 2 m height further, find the magnitude ...
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No need Power to fly ? Paradox [duplicate]

I would like to know how much power I need for magnetic levitation. $$P = Fv.$$ $F = F_g \approx \text{mass} \times 10$, okay. But $v = 0$! I can't believe I need no power to keep an object in the ...
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How does friction act on a body, if only 2 regions on it are rough? [on hold]

While tackling an Olympiad question, it came to my mind that friction need not act in the same direction at all points on a body. I thought of using integration to evaluate the net frictional force, ...
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Can you punch a hole in an A4 sheet of paper with your hand?

The heading says it all, but let me explain it a little further. Suppose you hang a sheet of paper (A4 size) from one end leaving the other end free. Now practically it seems impossible to punch a ...
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Why is sometimes more difficult to lift a baby?

I have a small cousin and she enjoys when I pick her up, which I can do pretty easily. Sometimes though she decides she wants to make my life difficult, and when she decides so, she tells me she is ...
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Am I attracting Pluto?

My question is simple: as the title says, am I exerting a force over for example Pluto, although it is a very small force, it is there, right? Or maybe let's go further: Am I exerting a gravity force ...
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Why Do Objects move?

Let's imagine a block resting on horizontal table. When We apply a force which is greater than frictional force it moves. But why does this happen? Why can't friction withstand any force? As we know ...
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How this formula for work follows from the definition?

If a particle moves along a path $\gamma : I\subset \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^3$ then the work done by a force $\mathbf{F}$ is defined by $$W = \int_{\gamma} \mathbf{F} = ...
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Moments and forces, when part of the scenario involves a circle or arc rather than a straight line

Some questions below, involving strategies, regarding the following problem: A hoop of weight $20$ Newtons can rotate freely about a pin fixed in a wall. A string has one end attached to a pin, ...
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Extension spring and permanent damage

Is there a way to calculate how far an extension spring can be extended before it suffers permanent damage? There are some online calculators, but how are they done? This calculator is the most ...
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About angular movement of pendulum [closed]

I have designed a pendulum of weight $1.46\text{g}$. I need to know what angle the pendulum may take at a linear acceleration of $200~\text{ m/s^2}$. Below I attached the image of pendulum. Please let ...
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What is a self adjusting force?

What is a self adjusting force? I searched it everywhere on internet but not got my answer and I have no other source to get its answer except this site so please help me.
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Intuitively, how can the work done on an object be equal to zero?

To my understanding the work done on an object is defined mathematically as: $$W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{S}=|\vec{F}||\vec{S}|cos\theta$$ This, I understand. My problem is that I don't understand that if ...
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Is there difference in force when the height increases?

Consider a man with mass 50kg. When he jumps from a 2 meter height, the total force is $F=ma$ ie (mass * gravity), but nothing happens to him. When he jumps from a 50 meter height, the total force ...
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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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How to draw a formal free body diagram for a object at rest on a inclined plane?

Five choices I made up: a. b. c. d. e. One thing I know immediately is that the vectors have to cancel each other at last so there is no net force acting on it. a. certainly ...
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Could an internally tethered rocket cause external movement?

Imagine a scenario where a large box is floating freely in space. There is a vacuum both inside and outside of this box. Also imagine that a dormant rocket is inside this box, but it is loosely ...
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Vertical circular motion: minimum velocity

In vertical circular motion while finding the minimum velocity at the bottom-most point for looping the loop, why do we take the tension at the topmost point to be zero?
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Rate of Acceleration of an Object Pulled by Magnetic Force

Gravity on earth pulls objects toward it with an acceleration of 9.8 m/s/s on Earth until the object reaches it's max potential free fall speed. (I call this terminal velocity though I think that this ...
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Formulas for Calculation of Segway style scooter? [closed]

I know this may have been asked a lot, but by going from many sources of figuring out the specs of motor and battery, I was getting answers as varied from 7.5W to 150W! Thought I should I ask ...
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Forces acting in a system of a bar suspended by two rods [closed]

So, say I have a bar with a mass of $350 kg$ and it is being suspended by two beams (AC and BD). All joints; A, B, C & D are hinged. At a particular instance, a horizontal force of $1500 Newtons$ ...
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Does a body always rotate purely about its center of mass? [duplicate]

For example : A rod is held stationary in vertical position on a smooth horizontal ground and then released. Now the center of mass has velocity and acceleration and every point of the rod has some ...
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can I move electromagnetic items in a plane at any direction? [closed]

Lets say we have some balls or other shapes that can be electromagnets (with the relevant electrified coils etc). I want to place stationary electromagnets at the edges of their plane and generate a ...
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Movement of a super ball after it hits the wall! [closed]

First look at this image and then I will explain the question! We have a highly elastic ball like a super ball and we throw it into the space between to plates . After some encounter and under some ...
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How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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Rocket thrust over time [closed]

I have calculated the thrust of a rocket, and it's burn time for an orbital manoeuvre. I need to know how much force is applied on the rocket every half-second. How would I go about doing this? ...
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What objects' masses do we need to take into account when calculating force?

In the following problem: A steam engine of mass $3\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ pulls two wagons each of mass $2\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ with an acceleration of $0.2\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Neglecting ...
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Resolution of force vectors [closed]

For example in a simple pendulum problem.. the forces that act on the bob are tension and gravitational force. but while the resolving the vectors to find T(tension) at any given angle x with the ...
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Solenoid cannon (coil gun) possibility and recoil?

Similar to my other question If you are to pass a magnet through a solenoid a current is produced in the solenoid due to the magnetic flux. However, if you were to have a magnet sit inside a ...
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How far apart do two objects have to be for there to be negligible force between them?

Inspired from the commentary on this question. How far apart do two objects have to be for the gravitational force between them to be negligible? By negligible I mean, that it could never be ...
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Friction between two bodies placed one above another [on hold]

I'm recently facing a bit confusion regarding the friction between two bodies. Suppose there's two bodies, one placed on another. There is frictional force $ f $ between the base body and floor and ...
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Unification: what does it mean for the forces to become equal?

The Coulomb force constant $k_c$ has si-units of $Nm^2C^{-2}$. The gravitational force constant $G$ has si-units of $Nm^2kg^{-2}$. What does it mean that at very high energies these forces become ...