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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Accelerations of Cylinders

I got a box hanging from a rope that passes through an ideal pulley that attaches to the superior part of a Cilynder and makes it rotate. An exercise asks me two things: a) determine the magnitude of ...
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Cavendish Experiment [on hold]

Would the earth’s gravity overpower the gravity of the much smaller and less dense lead spheres?
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How one fly using allomancy? [closed]

Actually this question is related to the allomancy of Mistborn series. Suppose if there is body that can steel push. Then initial weight is balanced by normal reaction. froce due to steel push is ...
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In the figure shown, what is the magnitude of the acceleration of the vertically suspended block as it falls? [closed]

I started by drawing out the free body diagrams of both M and 2M and got: for block M i got the equation (looking at the diagram): $F_{down}=ma_{down}$ $T-Mgsinθ=Ma$ (D'Alambert's principle) ...
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Non-uniform Normal force, friction

I got problems understanding the Non-uniform normal force. Why is it non-uniform? Because the object would have different densities in different parts, so weight would be greater in some parts? So ...
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Astronauts on a tether

Recently, I went to a competition with a science test. One of the questions was as follows: Two astronauts (A and B) are tethered together in space. Simultaneously, Astronaut A pulls on the tether ...
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Equations of Motion of a Physical Pendulum [closed]

I would like to formulate the equations of motion of a particular type of physical pendulum, shown in the attached figure. The physical pendulum consists of a wheel rolling on a narrow board. A ...
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How do we define what is “External” force or “Internal” force in the context of momentum conservation?

I know that without presence of any "External" force momentum is always conserved. But how do we distinguish between "External" force and "Internal" force where all are "Force"?
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Simple question about inclined planes

Assuming all surfaces to be frictionless. If the mass of the inclined plane is large enough, could $N$ ever be equal to $mgcos\theta$. Reasons? So far I've come up with: $mgcos\theta - N = ma$ ...
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Newton's third law confusion [duplicate]

If A exerts a force of 200N on B, then by newton's third law, 200N would be exerted on it. Similarly, if B exerts 100N on A, by newton's third law, 100N would be exerted on it. Therefore the net ...
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Centripetal force and friction

Here is the question I need help on: A hemispherical pile of snow with a height of 20 m is piled up. An extreme skier starts at the top of this snowball, and she skies down finding that ...
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BASED ON NEWTON'S 3RD LAW [duplicate]

my question is based on newton's 3rd law . An elephant pushes a rabbit with $250 N$ force , then the rabbit should also apply $250 N$ force but the rabbit is only capable to apply $25 N$ force . Why ...
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Is static friction the only force causing a car to move (without sliding)?

A car is moving without sliding means that the friction between wheels and the ground is static friction. This is the force causing an object to move forward, therefore, its direction is the same as ...
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How do I use a free body diagram in this case? [closed]

In the above cases I want to find the acceleration $a$ for $m_1$. I can do it by considering $m_1$ and $m_2$ to be a system, which would give me $a = F/(m_1+m_2)$. How can I use a free-body diagram ...
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Why is the centripetal force vector on a banked turn horizontal rather than parallel to the incline?

Why isn't the centripetal force parallel to the inclined surface? It seems like if you were to draw a circle with one point being at the center of the curve and one point at the car the circle would ...
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How can gravity have a horizontal component?

$mg$ obviously has no horizontal component, but on resolving it into components it seems to have a horizontal component $mgcos\theta sin\theta$. I know I'm doing something wrong here. How is this ...
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Action is equal to reaction. Then how is a horse able to pull a cart? [duplicate]

Please answer the question in detail. I have tried other websites for answers but was not able to understand properly.
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I need help with determining angles after shifting of axis in Free Body Diagrams

I can't figure out by which property of the triangle the angles in shifted axis are also 30 degrees. Vertical angle theorom doesn't work. I drew it again and again. If someone could draw me a ...
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Force conversion in a barrel cam-follower mechanism

A barrel cam-follower mechanism consists of a (cylindrical) barrel with a cam track, a cam-follower (roller) inside of the track, a fork connected to the cam-follower and a guide along which the fork ...
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Problems with work on an inclined plane

A constant force $F_a$ of magnitude $82.0N$ is applied to a $3.00 kg$ shoe box at angle $53.0^{\circ}$, causing the box to move up a frictionless ramp at constant speed. How much work is done on ...
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Question about aircraft/rockets

Lets say that you're sitting an inverted airplane. How do you determine how fast the plane must accelerate in order for you to not fall out?
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Why does the water in a bucket stay even when swung around in circular motion? [duplicate]

What are the force that act on the water and which force is responsible to keep the water from falling out?
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Stuck on a static equilibrium problem [closed]

This is the problem: "The figure below shows a 25-foot sailboat. The mast is a uniform 119-kg pole that is supported on the deck and held fore and aft by wires as shown. The tension in the forestay ...
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What component of the payload appears on the cross member? [closed]

I have a set of DIY steps; I've modelled it as the steps themselves "s", a short vertical support "a", a long vertical support "b" and a cross-member "c". Here's a picture: Just to be sure I ...
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Draw the Free Body Diagram

Question: Draw the Reaction Force at point P. My Attempt and Reasoning: Since the Reaction or the Normal Force is normal to the surface the solution according to me should be- However, the ...
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Normal force on vertical circular motion

I have a couple of questions concerning vertical circular motion. The object shown in the diagram moves with constant speed on the inside of a circle. In point A the normal force points to the ...
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How to explain the force applied on this object? [closed]

Sorry for posting such a simple problem but I'm having trouble understanding this concept. In the picture below, we have a force, $ \vec F_{app}$ acting on two objects, A and B. Mass of block A: $ ...
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What Keeps a Pendulum Moving In a Circular Path?

From the figure, we know that $F_{net} = mg\sin\theta$. Now, this force $\vec{F_{net}}$ is in the direction of the velocity $\vec{v}$ of the bob, both are tangent to the path. Therefore, the net ...
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What is the Role of gravity?

I am new to physics and I understand gravity is a pulling force. Let's assume a ball has been placed on the ground. Does gravity has any role after I placed an object (e.g. ball) on ground? ...
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$P = h \rho g$ derivation

Here is a snapshot from my textbook : Here only three forces are calculated: The gravitational force The force due to the pressure $p$ on the bottom surface The force due to the pressure ...
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How does paddling in the water help a boat move forward?

The way I've seen it explained is like this: it all has to do with Newton's third law. However, the "equal and opposite" reaction predicted by the third law acts on the paddle - which is not ...
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Dependence of tension (considering a pulley system) on the mass of loads

Consider the diagram below All circles are pulleys, which are fixed at the ceiling. M represents an engine (with a certain power) that is pulling the cable. C and D are weights. The acceleration of ...
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Sliding blocks problem

My first post here, so I apologize if this is duplicated elsewhere. It IS a "homework" problem, but it's public domain, a posted exam with answers... ...
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Condition for looping the loop

Consider a ball tied to a string and it is imparted a velocity we have studied that condition for looping the loop is that tension at the uppermost point must be zero, but why is this condition ...
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Is the work done by friction on an accelerating car zero?

Consider a car is accelerating and its tires are not slipping ,just rolling.what is the force on the car that changes its kinetic energy? Some people say in the definition of work dw=F.dx that dx is ...
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Free body diagram of pulley

Is there any difference between the free body diagram of fixed pulley and movable pulley? I've read that both of the rope of fixed pulley and movable pulley have the same direction (both upwards or ...
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Free body diagram in sliding blocks situations?

I'm confused about the motion on two blocks sliding one over the other when more that one force is acting on them. Consider two blocks $1$ and $2$, with different masses, with $2$ placed over $1$. ...
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Dynamical friction force

Let we have a ladder leaning on the wall. Initially we hold the ladder and as soon as we release it the ladder starts to slide. My question: during the slide, are the friction forces at both ends ...
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Laws and Intuition for physical problems

So I've been reading the book 'Feynman: Tips on Physics' recently and in chapter 2 (the book is available for free online) he works out the answer for this problem using his intuition rather than ...
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How to determine the direction of friction force on FBD?

I am working on the following problem: Note that 0.5*N is the force due to friction pictured in the FBD. When I try to solve this, my intuition is to draw the friction force upwards rather than ...
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Electricity problem [closed]

• Two small metallic spheres, each of mass 5 g, are suspended as pendulums by light strings from a common point as shown in Figure. The spheres are given the same electric charge, and it is found ...
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Free body diagram when forces are not directly in contact with the object

I was trying to use Newton's second law to describe the motion of the following pendulum: However, I was confused as to how to include the spring in Newton's second law. I was able to set up a ...
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Free Body Diagram Convention

A classmate and I recently got into a debate that I was hoping could be settled. Is it standard convention to display the net force vector on a free body diagram? Internet searches seem to give mixed ...
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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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How does Newton's 3rd Law work in this scenario? Why is my reasoning wrong?

I came across this example question in my mechanics book: It's a light scale pan with negligible mass, with two blocks A and B, with masses 0.4kg and 0.6kg respectively. The pan is attached to a ...
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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 ...