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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With Newton's third law, why are things capable of moving?

I've got a rather humiliating question considering newton's third law "If an object A exterts a force on object B, then object B exerts an equal but opposite force on object A" -> $F_1=-F_2$ ...
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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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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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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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Is gravity a force and if so what is its opposite?

For every force there is an equal force in the opposite direction on another body, correct? So when the Suns gravity acts on Earth where is the opposite and equal force? I also have the same ...
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Is Newton's third law always correct?

Newton's third law states that every force has an equal and opposite reaction. But this doesn't seem like the case in the following scenario: For example, a person punches a wall and the wall breaks. ...
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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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Why doesn't a wall move when you push it if there's space behind it?

In the first screen you can see that if a person were to push a wall within a typical household the wall would not move while keeping themselves tractioned to the floor. If you push hard and do not ...
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Why can't a rope be pulled completely straight?

I have found several discussions on how to calculate the sag of rope that is tied off at two points (like a tightrope), and I understand it to a certain extent. What I can't wrap my head around is how ...
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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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If $F=ma$, how do can we experience both gravity and a normal force even though we are not accelerating

So as I sit in my chair, I experience a gravitational force pushing me into the chair and I'm also experiencing the normal force of the chair pushing back at me so I don't fall. According to Newton's ...
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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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Tension of rope. Different Answers?

The tension of a rope in a tug of war with unequal forces is equal to the least force on the rope. Am I right? (If group A pulls the wire with 20 newton leftwards and the group B pulls with 30 newton. ...
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Why am I wrong about this dynamics question?

I disagree with the answer to this homework question. Here it goes. The coefficient of static friction is 0.60 between the two blocks in figure. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the ...
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Why doesn't centrifugal force appear on an FBD for a car on a banked track?

Suppose you wish to find the max speed at which a car can travel on a banked curve of radius R and angle theta to the horizontal and coeff. of static friction mu. I don't understand the relevant ...
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Which force makes a wheel roll down the hill? What causes friction?

A wheel rolling down a hill has two axis of rotation. One is where the center or mass is and the other is the point of contact with the surface which acts as a fulcrum. I was trying to understand ...
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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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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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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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Potential Energy Concept

Imagine a book that we lift it with a force that is exactly equal to the force of gravity so the forces cancel out and the book moves with a constant velocity. Consider the situation after the book ...
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Two people pushing off each other

If there are two people on ice skates named $A$ and $B$, and $A$ pushes on $B$ with a force $F_A$, then both of them will experience a force of magnitude $F_A$ in opposite directions. I'm confused as ...
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Forces acting on two balls in a jar [closed]

Consider the following situation: Two balls are inside a jar with diameter $D$. The balls are uniform in mass and both have the same diameter $d$. Express the forces that acts at the colored dots ...
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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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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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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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Why are some forces not included in the sum of forces?

I was given the following notes in class: 4.32 A skier of mass $65.0\text{ kg}$ is pulled up a snow-covered slope at constant speed by a tow rope that is parallel to the ground. The ground ...
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Conical vs Simple Pendulum

I don't understand why the Tension $T$ on a conical pendulum and a simple pendulum are different. In a simple pendulum, one would say that the tension of the rope is $T=mg \cos(\theta)$. However, ...
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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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How muscle force work? [closed]

If muscle works with force on joint and joint works with exact force on muscle(newton III law) how can muscle drag much heavier weight than itself?
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Determine the acceleration in a double Atwood machine

Trying to solve the following double Atwood machine: Suppose there is a mass of 12kg hanging on an ideal rope that wraps around an ideal pulley, and that the other end of the rope is attached to ...
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Force on bolt holding up jet engine on plane

I am to solve the following: A jet engine of mass $m$ is fastened to the fuselage of a passenger jet by a bolt. During flight, the plane encounters turbulence, which suddenly imparts an upward ...
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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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Obtaining point of application of Ground Reaction Force with use of a hyperstatic load-cell array platform

I'm looking for the theory of an experiment that is giving me a hard time to perform. I have an instrument composed of a rigid horizontal square plate rigidly supported under each corner by a ...
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Turning on a straight, unbanked, frictionless road

I was learning about circular motion when this question struck me: In real life situations we are able to take a turn along a circular arc with our bike because friction provides us the necessary ...
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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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Why doesn't a parachutist, according to Newton, “fall” upwards (because drag is larger than gravity)?

Part of the second law states that an object will accelerate in the direction of the unbalanced force. However, I've been thinking about parachuting and skydiving a bit lately, and I know that when ...
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Relation between potential energy and forces

Can you also explain why can't we define potential energy corresponding to a non-conservative internal force? Non-conservative forces are those which don't depend on the initial and final states but ...
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Tension in an Atwoods machine conceptual?

Assuming $T_1$ is the force that acts on box $1$ and $T_2$ is the force that acts on box $2$. Exactly what causes the Tension? Why does $T_1 = T_2$? The problem is we are told to memorize that ...
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What are the forces acting on a Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper?

Upon researching tuned mass dampers, I came across this free body diagram of a pendulum tuned mass damper. However, I don't understand where many of the forces come from. What exactly are the forces ...
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Force balancing - Newtonian mechanics [duplicate]

If a horse pulls the carriage, the carriage should pull the horse with equal force (Newton's third law), then how does the whole system move? I drew the free body diagram but not yet figured what ...
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If something that is moving at constant velocity has no net force acting on it, how come it is able to move other objects?

Let's say 10 kg block is sliding on a frictionless surface at a constant velocity, thus its acceleration is 0. According to Newton's second law of motion, the force acting on the block is 0: $a = ...
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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Static Friction in Free Body Diagram (FBD) of Car parked on Incline

I'm working on a sample problem and it asks on how steep of an incline can a car park? From what I learned the friction is in the opposite direction if there was motion in said friction-less ...
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Vertical Load Reactions On A Ramp

Hello, I'm working on a small hardware project. I have two load sensors located at distance $S_1$ ($x=0$) and $S_2$. Assuming we ignore the weight of the ramp ... What is the load on $S_1$ and ...
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Why is static friction omitted here? And comparison with this problem on Newton's second Law. Solutions are all provided

The problem itself is short, but my concept question is...long. So be prepared. Note that problem 1 and problem 2 are related to my concept questions, so I am not taking advantage of asking two in ...
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Computationally solving bodies that push and pull

Is there a way to find a solution for the positions (as a function of time) of multiple free bodies that push and pull on each other? Say for instance I have a collection of cells which can ...
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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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Cart and Fan Problem [closed]

I have this problem : A 2.19-kg cart on a long, level, low-friction track is heading for a small electric fan at 0.21m/s . The fan, which was initially off, is turned on. As the fan speeds up, the ...
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Nature of tension in a massless rope [duplicate]

I'm faced with a conceptual problem, where I am supposed to describe the motions of the following system (two masses on each end of a totally inelastic rope hanged on a pulley): I understand that ...
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Rolling resistance and static friction

I am a bit confused about the relation between rolling resistance and static friction. I have often heard that it is the static friction that lets the wheel roll. Consider the following two cases: ...