A pictorial device which analyzes forces present on any body with the use of vectors. Allows easier grasping of problems involving either objects at equilibrium or in motion. Can be used to predict presence of forces.

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Converting loads on horizontal surfaces to inclined surfaces

A textbook on design of wood structures makes the following argument: We have a flat roof snow load $$S_1 = 61.6 \frac{lb}{ft^2}$$. The idea is to convert it to an equivalent sloped roof snow load ...
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Free body diagram for two masses on inclined plane with frictions

I'm a bit confused about free body diagrams on inclined planes with frictions. Consider the situation in the picture, where $A$ and $B$ slide togheter on a inclined plane and I want to find a force ...
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Free body diagram with forces of friction

I'm reallizing that I'm very confused on how to make a free body diagram of forces in some situations where there is friction between two objects. I'll make an example where I cannot figure out what's ...
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Conditions for the tension to vary in the rope

What are the conditions for the tension to vary in the rope. I have read below conditions 1. rope has to have some mass 2. rope is accelerating I get the 1st ...
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Why do the masses in an Atwood's machine move?

The masses you see on the following picture are $m_1=8$kg and $m_2=12$kg. Also the coefficient of friction between $m_2$ and the floor is $0.25$. What i'm concerned with is that although $m_2 ...
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Forces acting on a jet pilot [closed]

I found the forces at A and C with no problem, when it came to the forces at B I found the normal force of the seat on the pilot but the forces in the tangential direction got me. The solutions ...
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Seesaw Physics - Shipping Container House Problem

I'm currently building a house using shipping containers. One of the containers is in a cantilever position, sticking out from the base concrete structure like this: ...
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Why don't barbells tip over when a 45 is placed on one side?

A standard barbell is 45 pounds, as is the heaviest weight available in most gyms. When a weight is placed on the side of a barbell, some of the barbell is to the "outside" of the weight, like so, so ...
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Why can we assume, when dealing with tension, that the mass of a rope is $0$ but still assume that there are forces on it?

I started studying tension and I can't understand the following concept: If I have two objects $A,B$ collegated by a rope, where $A$ applies a certain force $\vec{F}$ on it, I would have that the ...
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How forces divide in pulley series? [closed]

I'm trying to solve a question , It's about a lat pull fitness equipment. Here you can see what's the equipment : When someone start pulling down, How do forces divide between two pulleys ? I mean ...
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What force causes the ball to move up?

Let's consider this super-simple example. The ball (mass $m$) is moving from position 1 to position 2 at constant horizontal velocity $v$ until the ball reaches the red arrow (in position 1, it has ...
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Confusion regarding resolution of forces

I'm looking at a basic free body diagram of a car travelling on a banked(inclined) road with inclination theta. It's mass is 'm'. Here the diagram shows weight (mg), Normal reaction(N), and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Forces and moments on Massless link

I am the TA for a dynamics class, and I've come across an odd problem where I can't explain/don't remember how to look up the answer to the problem. I have the following problem from an old solution ...
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Will the block #3 move? [closed]

Hey, On my test I've been assigned to calculate acceleration of the box with mass = m3(I'll call it block #3). The problem is, I can't even imagine the block moving, as I cannot find any force ...
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Why do riders feel forced down into their seats at the bottom of the first drop on a rollercoaster?

I am trying to figure out what forces an $80.0kg$ rider travelling at $110.0km/h$ ($30.56m/s$) would experience when at the bottom of the first drop on a rollercoaster where the radius of the ...
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Moment of Inertia of 'U' shaped rod hanging from celling [closed]

The ends of three identical uniform thin rods are joined at right angles to form a U-shaped body. A freely rotating axle $A$ is attached to one end of this body. The axle is then fixed to the ceiling ...
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Determining direction of static friction when tension and gravity are present

I'm a private Physics tutor, and I'm a bit stumped by one of my student's problems. It's #3 on this worksheet (http://www.hopewell.k12.pa.us/Downloads/Inclined%20Plane%20Worksheet.pdf -- not his ...
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Why do objects move when you apply a force that's equal in magnitude to the friction? [duplicate]

If the friction on an object is 200 N and you apply 200 N, it seems, the forces should immediately cancel each other out since the friction and your applied force go in opposite directions, leaving ...
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Problem in constraint equations

In this, if I want the acceleration constraint between $M$ and $2M$, I write $AM+2AB$=LENGTH OF STRING, which on differentiating twice gives $a_{m}=2a_{2m}$(which turns out to be correct). However, ...
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Does air resistance give a falling skydiver weight?

An observer in free fall is weightless as he is accelerating at 9.8 m/s^2. However, when a skydiver jumps from a high plane, his acceleration gradually slows until becoming 0 m/s^2 at terminal ...
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Why can't I push myself in a chair? [duplicate]

If I am sitting in a chair with wheels and someone pushes on the back of my chair with sufficient force it will role along the ground. However, if I push on the back of the chair with the same force ...
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Why are inclined push-ups harder?

I came up with a random question which looked simple, but I can't work out the answer. The question is, why are inclined push-ups harder? And by inclined push-ups I mean push-ups with your legs on a ...
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A question on Newton's laws of motion [closed]

A force of $50N$ is required to push a car on a level road with constant velocity of $10m/s$. The mass of the car is $500kg$. What force should be applied to make the car accelerate at $1m/s^2$? I ...
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How does Newton's third law apply to an object interacting with air?

We all know that if I punch the wall with $100\,\mathrm{N}$ force, the wall pushes me back with with $100\,\mathrm{N}$ and I get hurt. But if I punch air with $100\,\mathrm{N}$, does air punches me ...
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Spinning an object in vertical circle

The situation : A block of mass $M$ is tied to a string and is spun around in a vertical circle. The question asks me to calculate the tension in the string 'at the lowest point' after giving ...
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Will the normal force will be different if there is different area of contact?

Let us say 2 soild frustum of height h and having different radius $r_1$ and $r_2$ respectively where $r_1\>> r_2$ having mass same. There is one one frustum which is kept on ground vertically ...
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Motion on inclined plane

What has to be the conditions for an object of mass $m$ to move down an inclined plane with uniform velocity in terms of the forces acting in different directions on the object?
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What does the free body diagram for mass 1 look like?

In this situation: Enough tension is applied towards the right on $m_2$ so that $m_1$ starts sliding backwards. I am confused about what the free body diagram for $m_1$ looks like. Here is my ...
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How to write the moment equation about a rotating as well as translating point?

I want to write the moment equation in Ground frame as well as the frame of reference of the point (which I think should be a rotating frame of reference) for the following situation. $C$ is the ...
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Help interpreting diagram of compressive forces in bone

I am trying to understand where I should draw my arrows for a free body of the following picture But I've never tried to draw free body diagram to explain these kinds of curvy lines. I think if I ...
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Centripetal force on a Ferris wheel

(This is a high school–level problem, so no air resistance, etc.) A person is sitting on a Ferris wheel of radius $r$ moving at a constant speed. What is the force from the seat acting on the ...
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Horizontal and vertical acceleration of a ball on a slope?

I understand that you resolve the components of the balls weight parallel and perpendicular to the slope in order to calculate the force due to gravity that actually acts down the slope. The ...
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Is it wrong to equate the net force to the force by the spring to find its maximum expansion?

When I want to find the maximum expansion in a spring, let's say connected to 2 blocks of different masses, and some force is applied on one of them, I find their separate accelerations and then ...
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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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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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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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Question about solving Newton's laws' problems [closed]

A questions from my textbook asks me what the force by the pulley on the roof is. In order to answer the question, need I consider those objects hanging from both sides of the rope, or need I only ...
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Pulley system: how can tensions be equal throughout a entire rope if the weights on opposite ends are different? [duplicate]

More weight means more pulling force, and thus more tension force. Like this answer says, however much force you pulling with is equal in magnitude to the tension force. If that is case, how then ...
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Acceleration of a ramp

If we have a ramp and a block on it, and if all the surfaces are frictionless so both the the ramp and block can move. Is the normal force different from the time that ramp is not moving? If yes can ...
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Reduced-gravity flight (A300 0-G): what is actually reduced?

I doubt I can hide from the effects of gravity when I'm close to Earth. We usually don't question this biker is fully experimenting gravity: Source. But with the well-known "reduced gravity" ...
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Why are tensions in the pulley different when the pulley has a mass or moment of inertia?

When two blocks are connected by a string passing over a pulley whose moment of inertia is given (means pulley is not massless) then why does the string not have same tensions?
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Conical train wheels

I've been reading about how the conical shape of train wheels helps trains round turns without a differential. For those who are unfamiliar with the idea, the conical shape allows the wheels to shift ...
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Spring balance: what will be the reading? [duplicate]

There are two cases: When the two forces say L (for left) and R (for right) are equal. F=L=R What will be the reading? I know the reading would be F but why? When the two forces are unequal that ...
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Is there a general rule for determining the direction of tension force?

Tension, for me, is a tricky thing. After finishing a related chapter of my book and watching a video, I still can't get a hang of it. Here is a situation: My knowledge is that tension, just like ...
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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 ...