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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What axial forces does the vertical load induce? [on hold]

What axial forces does the vertical load P induce in the members of the system down in the figure? Neglect there weights of the members themselves and assume an ideal hinge at A and a perfectly ...
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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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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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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 ...
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A confusion regarding friction

Suppose there is a block which is being pulled by two forces A,B in opposite direction(as shown in figure). If we have no information regarding the forces $A$ and $B$, can we tell whether there is any ...
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How does a skater moves by pushing sideways?

Take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmMf91AVUXc or take a look at the following screenshot. As you can see, the skater pushes almost perpendicular to the direction of movement ...
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Tension in a rope

In an ideal case, we assume strings and ropes to be massless and having same tension throughout. However, I was doing some questions which involved a rope with mass. The question was that if a ...
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Why is the net work done in a pulley-string system zero?

In any pulley system, where the pulleys and strings are massless and frictionless, why is the net work done by Tension zero?
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Can a mouse rotating a wheel violate conservation of angular momentum?

I have been thinking on the following problem. Part I. Imagine we have a mouse enclosed in a rigid box. We placed the box on a frictionless surface (ice might be a good example). Can the box start ...
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Help understanding work

I have this problem: An object with 800kg mass is lifted up 2.4m by a force $F$. How much work does the Force do on the object (gravity is the only other force acting on the object)? From what ...
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Does atmospheric pressure have a net contribution to this FBD (free body diagram)?

Pressure acting on the left and right sides of the block counteract
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How Newton's third law is involved in a tug of war? [duplicate]

Using Newton's third law, we can say that each team applies the same force on the opposite team. Then how one wins? Is it due to ground friction?
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Balancing torques in a free body diagram: What point should they be in equilibrium about

I have an object that is mounted securely so that it cannot move, which is then loaded by an external force. I would like to determine the forces acting on the mount points. Since the object is not ...
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Massless Pulley and direction of it's clamp

(clamp is perpendicular to the wall in the top right pulley system ) I have seen some diagrams similar to these . What are the forces on the massless and frictionless pulley in these situations ? ...
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Direction of acceleration at highest point

When a ball is thrown vertically upwards, what will be the direction of acceleration at the highest point(where velocity is zero)? Upwards, downwards or arbitrary?
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How to find the period of a simple pendulum in an elevator going up with an acceleration?

How to find the period of a simple pendulum in an elevator going up with an acceleration of $a$. Don't just say, $T=2 \pi$ $\sqrt{ \frac l {g+a}}$ I want to know how the above equation is formed.
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Paradox in the two block problem [closed]

UPDATE (regarding duplicate) : This question is not a duplicate of another question. Sure, the situation in both the questions is same and, yes, both questions ultimately provide a methodology to ...
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Is there any tension in a massless spring that connects two free falling bodies in different horizontal planes?

Two bodies A and B of same mass $m$ are attached with a massless spring and are hanging from a ceiling with a massless rope. They are in same vertical plane but not in same horizontal plane. Now the ...
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in Newtons 3rd law, where does the second body get its energy to react?

A very basic question, and apologies if I have overlooked something obvious. In newtons 3rd law, presumably energy is transfered to the second body from the first body (which itself was subject to an ...
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Do we all actually just weigh half of what our bathroom scales tell us?

Here's the reasoning: Newton's third law tells us that every force has an equal but opposite reaction force. So besides my weight pushing down on the scale from above, there's also an equal force ...
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Weight distributions [duplicate]

If a man is standing on two weighing machines (scales), with one foot on each, Will both machines show equal weight or his weight will be distributed in two machines?
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Force Body Diagrams of object sliding down ramp

So I think I am confusing myself about forces. I know that when something is sliding down a ramp that it will have the force of gravity, normal force and force of friction acting on it. But for an ...
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Why does the mass of an object on a frictionless surface matter?

I'm given a physics problem about a climber hanging over a cliff and attached by rope to a rock on level, frictionless ice. The goal is to find the acceleration of the pair. After working out the net ...
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How is a strength of a pull spread across two springs?

I started thinking about it when I came up with a puzzle which is probably way too elementary for this site, but it is hard for me to understand clearly. I just bought this small scale thing and I ...
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Tensions in a rope [duplicate]

If two tensions are acting on a rope such that they are equal (each is 10 N) and opposite (180 degrees) then what will be the total tension in the rope? I cant seem to figure out if these two will ...
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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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Question about a car on a banked turn with no friction

A popular physics page explaining how a car can make a banked turn even with no friction : gives the following free body diagram and then says In the vertical direction there is no ...
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What is total force in this context?

One site said the total forces is the sum of the vectors. My homework question is "A skydiver of mass 90 kg is falling with a terminal speed of 60 ms-1. What does that mean? What is the total force ...
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The athlete feels a centrifugal force when whirling the hammer - is there always a centrifugal force associated with a centripetal force? [closed]

(this is a homework question) To this, I would say that the centrifugal force is just the reactionary force of the centripetal force, which is causing the hammer to 'want' to move away. Therefore, ...
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Solve hanging rope question by using Lagrangian density [closed]

for this one, I can only do the first(a) $$V_{total}=\frac{mg}{l} \int_{x_0}^{d-x_0}{y(x)\sqrt{1+(\frac{dy(x)}{dx})^2}}dx$$ and have no idea about others.
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Force Keeping Water Skier Afloat

A motionless water skier sinks because the upward buoyancy force on the skier is less than the downward force of gravity on the skier. A skier pulled by a boat does not sink into the water. Why?
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Force needed to hold a book between your hands - not sure about the influence of friction

I'm looking at this problem: A student presses a book between his hands, as the drawing indicates. The forces that he exerts on the front and back covers of the book are perpendicular to the ...
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Free body diagram of this system and equation

I'm studying physics but in this question I can't figure out the free body diagram. link: http://prntscr.com/6j0t2u For $m_3$: $$T-m_3 g = m_3a $$ For $m_2$ along the y-axis: $$N - (m_2 + ...
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Maximum acceleration uphill of a truck - not sure what the equations mean

I'm trying to solve a problem that reads: The coefficient of static friction between a truck's tires and the road is 0.850. What is the maximum acceleration uphill that the truck can have if the ...
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If an object rests on a table, not accelerating, how much work do both the object and the table do?

Obviously, the net work done is zero, because there's no motion, but is the proper way to look at it that both the object's gravity and the table's normal force do zero work, or that one does positive ...
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Question about circular motion of car turning

When we move round a roundabout there is a frictional force between the tires and the road that acts towards the centre of the roundabout in order to produce the circular motion. Why then do we ...
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Forces acting on an SHM

I would like to know the forces acting on an SHM, and how they effect the motion. For example, take the motion of a simple pendulum as in the given image. Which are the forces acting on this motion? ...
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Can $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?

Can Newton's second law of motion $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?
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What force acts on a coin that has been tossed when it is half way to the top? and what force acts on it when it is at the top?

This is a homework question and it appears to be a misleading question. I think that the answer is gravity for both of them. The only alternative answer I have is kinetic energy half way up and ...
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Forces on a ball thrown upwards

When a ball is thrown up in upward direction, it is said that force is in downward direction. Why we don't we consider the force given to the ball to throw up in the upward direction? Is there is no ...
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Is my answer possible? (Newtonian Third Law Pairs and Forces, Multiple Choice Word Problem)

So I recently took a test and the teacher graded my answer correct, yet my friends saw that the other answer was correct and they protest that it should be the right answer: The question goes: ...