Tagged Questions

General questions about the way objects move and interact. This tag should be used when the tags for certain kinds of mechanics (newtonian-mechanics, classical-mechanics, quantum-mechanics, etc.) are too specific.

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Conceptually, what is negative work?

I'm having some trouble understanding the concept of negative work. For example, my book says that if I lower a box to the ground, the box does positive work on my hands and my hands do negative work ...
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Finding the force of an object? [closed]

Sorry if my initial question was seen as a "homework question" but I don't really know how to go about asking this type of question. I have a feeling I have to use Newtons law but there is no ...
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Example in the book: A simple accelerometer

A simple accelerometer You tape one end of a piece of string to the ceiling light of your car and hang a key with mass m to the other end (Figure 5.7). A protractor taped to the light allows you ...
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How fast could a football drop? [closed]

Suppose we have a perfect spherical football with d=22.5cm and m=420g. The football has a initial vertical speed of v(around 20m/s, not sure if it will cause a turbulence) and zero angular speed. If ...
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if a simple pendulum is dropped in a elevator with a acceleration greater than acceleration due to gravity then what will be its frequency

if a simple pendulum is dropped in a elevator with a acceleration greater than acceleration due to gravity then what will be its frequency ? We know time period depends on frequency.
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Extended Rigid Bodies in Special Relativity

I was reading Landau & Lifhsitz's Classical Field Theory and I noticed that they mention that an extended rigid body isn't "relativistically correct". For example, if you consider a rigid rod ...
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Difference between torque and moment

What is the difference between torque and moment? I would like to see mathematical definitions for both quantities. I also do not prefer definitions like "It is the tendancy..../It is a measure of ...
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How large of a solar sail would be needed to travel to mars in under a year?

I'm attempting to approach this using the identity $$F/A = I/c$$ I can solve for Area easily enough $$A = F(c/I)$$ and I know the distance $d$ is $$d=1/2(at^2)$$ But I'm having difficulty trying to ...
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Calculating how a polygon bounces off a plane

I'd like to calculate how polygons bounce off a plane. In this picture, the square doesn't bounce straight up, but instead it bounces somewhat to the right and starts spinning. But I have no idea ...
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Ignoring rotational inertia of a ballistic pendulum

When calculating the initial velocity of a steel ball by using a ballistic pendulum, but by ignoring the rotational inertia of the pendulum rod, a systematic error is introduced. My question is will ...
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Finite Element, NASTRAN, how to print the differential stiffness matrix in .f06 output file [migrated]

We are working on an optimization problem in which we can approximate the eigenvalue calculation by assuming a constant eigenvector, using the formula:  ...
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Row of pivoted magnets and energy scale

This question is about a system involving a horizontal row of length L of equally spaced pivotable magnets, each with a pole at either end. These magnets will often be referred to as units. So each ...
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Mechanics question

The following is a question from a past exam paper that I'm working on, as I have an exam coming soon. I would appreciate any help. A fairground ride takes the form of a hollow, cylinder of radius ...
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Yield Strength versus Ultimate Strength

What is the qualitative difference between these two: As seen on the table Typical yield and ultimate strengths. I am trying to resolve the meaning of the phrase "contact yield stress" from C. ...
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Measuring vibration and converting to force (N)

The test is: To have a rotating machine, bolted into a factory floor. To measure the vibration on 3 axis (output of accelerometers can be acceleration or velocity in $\mathrm{m/s}$ or ...
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Shear Flow corresponding to Eccentric Shear Force of a Closed-section Beam (Structural Analysis - Mechanics)

Been stumped with this question for way too long... its a beam with a thin-walled rectangular cross-section, and a shear force is acting at a distance from the shear center. I know my decomposition of ...
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What lifting mechanism is likely to have the best energy recovery ratio?

Suppose I was designing an apparatus which needed to lift 250kg 5cm high, hold it there for a few seconds, and then lower the object back to the original height. Such a process would need to be ...
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What is the difference between Newtonian and Lagrangian mechanics in a nutshell?

What is Lagrangian mechanics, and what's the difference compared to Newtonian mechanics? I'm a mathematician/computer scientist, not a physicist, so I'm kind of looking for something like the ...
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Drag on a spinning ball in fluid

I am a physics newbie (high school level) and I am wondering what happens when a spherical object is spinning on the spot in a bunch of gas (no gravity here, just an imaginary physics sandbox). Am I ...
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What fraction of peak horsepower do typical 4 door passenger vehicles use?

I was surprised when I looked at the power rating of the engine used on a Humvee. It's only ~190 horsepower, which is exceeded by many sedan engines. So an obvious question is why doesn't my Camry SE ...
A bug of mass $m$ crawls out along a radial scratch of a phonographic disc rotating at $\omega$ angular velocity. It travels with constant velocity $v$ with respect to the disc. What are the forces ...