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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Confused about Newton's 3rd law

I am confused about Newton's 3rd Law. If a person jumps off the ground a force is applied both to the person and to the ground. However, as $F=ma$ acceleration experienced by the Earth is much less ...
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Joules to do something

If my very limited understanding is correct then, not accounting for gravity: 1 Newton can move 1 kilogram 1m But, can 2 Newtons move 1 kilogram 2 meters? Is this because 1 Newton = acceleration of ...
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Joules To Move A Kilogram In Space [on hold]

If roughly ten joules lifts one kg on earth one meter, how many in space? Meter / joule/kilogram Kilogram/meter/joule
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Estimating the force needed to increase height of a mountain?

How would you estimate the force required by a tectonic plate to make the height of a mountain increase when it pushes against another? I've used a method to try and do it for Mt Everest and have ...
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Distinction between torque and force

Distinction between Torque and Force. Consider a case when a cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane. While analysing its motion, we consider the force applied by the friction and the ...
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Why Newton's law of universal gravitation is a valid law? What causes any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force?

Why Newton's law of universal gravitation is a valid law? What causes any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force? What causes a larger body in space to have a gravitational pull on ...
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Does magnitude of a charge influence magnitude of force that individual charge exerts on another charge [on hold]

two point charges, q1 and q2, are placed 0.3m apart on the x-axis, as shown in the figure above. Charge q1 has a value of -3 nano Coulomb and q2 has a value of +4.8 x10^-8 C. The net electric field ...
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What happens to the gas in the container in this picture when the container is tilted

So the test question asked what would happen to the gas if this container were tilted on its side. The piston shown here is 10 kg and moves frictionlessly. I said that the pressure inside the ...
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Newtons laws velocity and acceleration [on hold]

If a constant non-zero force is applied to an object, what can you say about the velocity and the acceleration of the object?
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How to convert translational energy to rotational energy

Suppose that I have a body moving at certain velocity in straight line. So it has translational energy. I want to convert this energy to rotational energy of another body, by making the velocity of ...
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Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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Find the angle and force constituent [on hold]

See picture for the problem description. I know of one way to solve this problem: Use the law of cosines to obtain: $$ 500^2=F^2+750^2-2 \cdot 750 \cdot F \cdot \cos(30°) $$ Rearranging and ...
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Accelerated wedge [on hold]

Consider the following figure, where a mass $m$ is placed on a wedge which is accelerated to the right ($\vec a$) which could be negative. The coefficient of friction between the mass and the wedge ...
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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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force applied on a body in space [on hold]

Suppose a rigid rod of finite length is in space, at rest. Considering the following two cases 1) A force "F" is applied along the center of mass. 2) A force "F" is applied at a distance "r" from ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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Is a chain REALLY only as strong as its weakest link

I heard this quote a lot (especially from my teachers) and I always wanted to know whether or not it was actually true. I think that its partially true; a chain with one weak link is weaker than a ...
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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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How does one interpret the 'per unit area' in numbers like tensile strength?

How does one interpret the numbers when reading data about tensile strength, yield strength, and the likes? Say for example reinforcing bars. Grade 40 Rebars are rated at 70,000 PSI for its ultimate ...
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Energy Required To Push Up a Slope [on hold]

I'm having a bit of trouble with this problem: A $5.0\:\text{kg}$ block is moved up a slope with constant velocity of $2.5\:\text{m/s}$. The amount of force required to push the block up the slope is ...
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Why do people with bigger hands/wrists have bigger torque advantages in arm wrestling?

I have arm wrestled people with less strength than me who win simply because they have thicker wrists, or larger hands. It has nary to do with having better technique either, because their wrist size ...
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Tension of two masses accelerating down an incline with friction? [on hold]

I have tried multiple times, and I can't seem to understand how to solve this question. The question goes as follows: Two masses, M and m accelerate down an incline. They are connected by a massless ...
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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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Where does the extra force generated by a lever come from?

Given an object being pulled down to earth by a force of 1000 lb: If a machine were to lift it off the ground for me, and I grabbed on to the rope before it was released, there is no way in the world ...
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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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Force due to combination of free space and dielectric

I will make a generalized form of my question. There are two point charges $q$, $x$ distance apart. And there is a dielectric slab of thickness $t$ and of dielectric constant $K$. Should the force ...
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Is the Normal force dependent on the density of the object the body is resting on?

If a body is resting on the ground, the Normal force equals its weight. If I keep putting another body on top of it, eventually the body will start moving into the ground until the new Normal equals ...
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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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HW Question: Force of a Car on a Truck [closed]

Here is another homework question that is confusing me... A 1000 kg car pushes a 2000 kg truck that has a dead battery. When the driver steps on the accelerator, the drive wheels of the car push ...
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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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How to calculate the supporting force exerted by a stationary object (cupboard) and support (brackets) for it?

I have a wall mounted Stuva Ikea cupboard, which measures 60x64x30cm. The base is 64x30cm. It is already supported by 2 holes at the back base, (64x60cm). But I need to add in L shape brackets ...
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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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Why does the expression for this object's velocity have -T in it? [closed]

The original question: At $t = 0$, an object of mass $m$ is at rest and at $x = 0$ on a horizontal, frictionless surface. A force in the $x$ direction: $$ F(t) = F(0) e ^{-t/T} $$ is ...
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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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Loads in decelerating a falling object

I'm new here and haven't looked at physics in any real depth since high school, 8 years. so apologies for any obvious mistakes. I remove trees in confined spaces setting up rigging systems, I am ...
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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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If friction disregard area, why the direction you drag a long object matters?

I am talking here about dry friction between solid objects, for example a ruler and a table, not anything lubricated or fluid. I noticed that with a ruler and a table for example, if you drag the ...
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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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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, the ...