Newtonian mechanics covers the discussion of the movement of classical bodies under the influence of forces by making use of Newton’s three laws. For more general discussion of energy, momentum conservation etc., use classical-mechanics, for Newton’s description of gravity, use newtonian-gravity.

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How to form a density matrix?

forming a density matrix when two independent states are there
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magnet repulsion in a cylinder

Firstly, Am doing a research project on the use of repulsion of magnets to form a car shock absorbers. Can the forces of repulsion manage to absorb the shock of a 2.0 ton car?
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Does the frame of reference change the behavior of a particle

"Behavior" word in the title is not very correct. I'm in a train at a railway station and on the platform there is a glass case (the mass of case is 5 kg and if it gets hit with a velocity of 10 N ...
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Calculating output forces of bicycle wheels

Based on the force on the rear gear $F_t$ and the radii of the rear gear $R_g$ and rear wheel $R_w$ , how would you calculate the force the bicycle exerts on the ground when it is about to accelerate? ...
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To what depth can a whirlpool descend?

My question is based around comparing the physics of a tornado against, what I imagine/assume to be the marine equivalent of a tornado, that is a whirlpool located either at sea, in a tidal region or ...
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Why don't lakes have tides?

There's a tidal effect that we can clearly observe in oceans, which is the effect of gravity from the Sun and the Moon. If gravity affects everything equally, why don't lakes have tides?
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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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Why is centre of mass taken as integral of x.dm and not m.dx?

Forgive me if I'm being naive, but, I don't understand why the X-coordinate of the Centre of mass is taken as an integral of x.dm and not m.dx. I understand the summation part, but how do we convert ...
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Frictional pulley [on hold]

Whenever we do any pulley problems, generally, it is mentioned, that the pulley is $massless$ and $frictionless$. But, what will happen if it is given that the pulley is frictional. I had gone a ...
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Without using rotational mechanics, why does a gyroscope precess the direction it does?

When a top is spun, it will precess in some direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise. It's possible to find out which way using $\boldsymbol{\tau} = d\mathbf{L}/dt$ and $\boldsymbol{\tau} = ...
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Pertaining to Newton's laws, how do so many objects acheive perfect equilibrium?

Suppose a light is hanging from a ceiling. Supposedly, the force of tension pulling it up is exactly the same as the force of gravity pulling it down. Why is it that the tension happens to be exactly ...
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Very basic question about vector

The vectors $a = (2,-1,-2)$ and $b = (0,-3,4)$ are given. Determine $a$:s parallel and normal vector to $b$. Obviously the parallel vector should be the dot product $a \cdot b$ times the unit vector ...
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Why does the ground always push up?

In the example of a bouncy ball being thrown at the ground, at some angle from the normal, $\theta$, we know that the ground will apply a force in the normal direction, causing the ball to rebound at ...
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Does the mass change for a body with eccentric orbit?

I am a student with a programming and electronics background attempting to recap on orbital mechanics. I would appreciate anyone with a physics specialisation helping me understand where my ignorance ...
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Does acceleration follow the same addition like velocity?

Two frames have relative velocity $u$, but an object in one is initially at rest and in the other has velocity $v$. If it then starts to accelerate, the acceleration measured in both frames is equal. ...
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Probablity Wave and Wavefunction [on hold]

Are wave function and probability wave same? Well I am a bit confused about wavefunctions and probability waves. I read in Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene that they are same. Please help me and ...
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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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Calculating stable orbital resonance and other factors into orbits

Firstly here is a brief summary of what I trying to accomplish. From a predetermined total solar system mass , star count in that system, per-star classification and mass I am building a system of ...
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The underlying chemical interactions behind torque

I did some searching around, and didn't find any previous topics that address torque in this specific way -- here goes: Say I just have a plain ol' piece of wood -- relatively long in one axis, so it ...
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Direction of frictional force

How will I find the direction of frictional force for any kind of motion of a moving object?
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A homework problem involving collision [closed]

A bullet of mass 25g is fired horizontally into a ballistic pendulum of mass 5.0 kg ang gets embedded in it If the centre of the pendulum rises by 10cm.Find the speed of bullet My approach: let ...
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Work done by friction in accelerated frames of reference [closed]

The problem is: An observer and a vehicle start from rest at the same time, with accelerations $5 ~\rm m/s^2$ and $2 ~\rm m/s^2$ respectively. There's a $2 ~\rm kg$ block on the floor of the ...
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How does friction act on a body, if only 2 regions on it are rough? [on hold]

While tackling an Olympiad question, it came to my mind that friction need not act in the same direction at all points on a body. I thought of using integration to evaluate the net frictional force, ...
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What is the tension at a particular point in this case? [closed]

A mass M is connected to a rope of length l and mass m on which an external force 'F', what is the tension force at A? I am not able to make out too much from that diagram but here's what I got:- ...
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What is the ratio of the acceleration in the two cases (a) and (b)

What is the ratio of the acceleration in the two cases (a) and (b)? I thought that the ratio would be 1:1 but it my textbook says its 1:3, so can someone explain to me how that's possible.
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Why friction force peak just before the object moving?

This diagram shows the amplitude of friction force of a typical contact-surface object. The friction force increases as we apply an internal force until it reach a maximum value just right before ...
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Terminal velocity of a raindrop

I have solved the question and got the answer , but I do not understand why will the raindrop attain a terminal velocity.Without any resistive forces why does it attain a terminal velocity?
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Inverse square law in one dimension [closed]

A point of mass $m$ is at rest at position $b$ and subjected to a force $f(x) = -k x^2$. We are to show that the time required for the particle to reach the origin is $$ \pi \left( \frac{m b^3}{8 ...
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Conditions for vertical circular motion

If a bob attached to a string is swinging in vertical circular motion, we say that the bob leaves the circular path when the tension in the string becomes zero, but even when tension becomes zero, ...
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An elaborate pulley consists of four identical balls at the ends [closed]

I'm doing the problem $7$ from this book, but I can't understand the resolution, so I'm doing my own: Since the block will fall with speed $v$ for a distance $d$, the difference in potential energy ...
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How can Kinetic energy formula and the Work formula be derived without assuming the other to be true?

After searching how to derive the formula for Kinetic energy, I found that most derivations required the use of the "work" formula. After searching how to derive the work formula for a bit, I found ...
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Moments and forces, when part of the scenario involves a circle or arc rather than a straight line

Some questions below, involving strategies, regarding the following problem: A hoop of weight $20$ Newtons can rotate freely about a pin fixed in a wall. A string has one end attached to a pin, ...
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Why don't both equivalent forms of this delta function give the correct answer?

I am a bit confused on a basic problem involving a Dirac delta function being integrated over in a multiple integral. The original problem is to find the probability distribution in position-momentum ...
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Is there difference in force when the height increases?

Consider a man with mass 50kg. When he jumps from a 2 meter height, the total force is $F=ma$ ie (mass * gravity), but nothing happens to him. When he jumps from a 50 meter height, the total force ...
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Calculating the amount of g's on a car tire

I am trying to calculate how many g's are applied on a car tire during transit. What I recall from my previous physics knowledge is that the formula to calculate the centripetal force is : $$F = ...
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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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With friction, does the path followed from A to B affect energy transfer?

Consider I have a roller coaster that can travel across one of three paths, all of which are half circles of the same size. The half circle is an arch that starts vertically up, and ends vertically ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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Calculate torque to rotate and 84lb panel vertically from 0 - 90 degrees

I have a rectangular panel that weighs 84lb. Width (rotational axis) is about 60-inches. Height is about 32 inches. It will be lying flat and hinged (or connected to tubular motor) on the long edge. ...
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Does a body always rotate purely about its center of mass? [duplicate]

For example : A rod is held stationary in vertical position on a smooth horizontal ground and then released. Now the center of mass has velocity and acceleration and every point of the rod has some ...
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When do we use LQR controller and LQG controller?

I have to conceive a controller to my mechanical system to delete the problem of vibrations, but I don't know when we use LQR controller and LQG controller.
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How can angular velocity be constant even when there is a torque by friction?

A cylinder at rest lying on a rough ground is given an impulse which imparts a translational velocity (no angular velocity) to it. The question goes ahead with finding time after which rolling starts ...
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Guidelines for $n$-body problem inital conditions

I'm trying to solve a 5-body problem (for the sake of the argument it can be any given $n$) numerically, yet every initial condition I choose seems to eventually drive the bodies apart to infinity or ...
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What is the time period of an oscillator with varying spring constant?

It is well known that the time period of a harmonic oscillator when mass $m$ and spring constant $k$ are constant is $T=2\pi\sqrt{m/k}$. However, I would be interested to know what the time period ...
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No need Power to fly ? Paradox [duplicate]

I would like to know how much power I need for magnetic levitation. $$P = Fv.$$ $F = F_g \approx \text{mass} \times 10$, okay. But $v = 0$! I can't believe I need no power to keep an object in the ...
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What is minimum total energy?

I thought that the energy for a system is constant. But in a question in my physics book we have been asked to determine the minimum total energy from a graph of potential energy vs position? What ...
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Projectile motion problem [closed]

A perfectly elastic ball is thrown against a house and bounces back over the head of the thrower. When it leaves the thrower's hand, the ball is $2\text{m}$ above the ground and $4\text{m}$ from the ...
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The ratio of equators radiuse to polar radius

I want to calculate (Re/Rp) where (Re) is the rediuse of earth in the equator and (Rp) is the rediuse of earth in poles. I want to use newtons laws, the eqution of gravity and centripetal force ...
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What objects' masses do we need to take into account when calculating force?

In the following problem: A steam engine of mass $3\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ pulls two wagons each of mass $2\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ with an acceleration of $0.2\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Neglecting ...
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Which ellipse does the Earth's semi-major axis refer to?

In Wikipedia the semimajor axis of the earth is reported to nine digits of accuracy (nearest kilometer), and the eccentricity to eight. But to which ellipse exactly does that apply? Sun-at-the-focus? ...