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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The acceleration vector of a simple pendulum

In this picture the acceleration vector $\vec{a}$ points upward when the pendulum is halfway Click To see animated GIF But accodring to this picture, the force acts tangentially: Which means the ...
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Work done by gravity on a ball & the ball on earth

I have studied today that if a ball was to fall a certain height, then the work done by gravity on the ball would equal the work done by the ball's equal and opposite gravitational pull. By $W=Fd$, ...
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Two expressions for potential energy in the gravitational field of the earth

Let $M$ be the mass of the earth, considered as a point mass, then the potential energy of a point with distance $r$ away from the center (assume $r > \textrm{radius of earth})$ is $$ U(r) = ...
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Who does work while walking?

While walking the work done by friction is zero. But who does the work, actually? How someone is getting displaced? This situation also arises when someone climbs without slipping or is climbing a ...
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An oscillating skateboard

A half pipe of a skateboard park consists of a concrete trough with a semicircular section of radius 5m, I hold a frictionless skateboard on the side of the trough, pointing down toward the bottom and ...
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“Rocket in a box” thought experiment

Here's a thought experiment that I came up with a while ago. It might be hard to visualize, so I'll describe it as best I can. Take a rocket in a vacuum, in outer space. Attach a large "box" to the ...
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Infinite Atwood (pulley) system - what's wrong with this? [on hold]

Each block has mass $m$. We are finding acceleration of topmost block. Assume the tension $T$ acting on topmost block and acceleration $a$ in upward direction. Then tension on second block is ...
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Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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Which force is responsible for victory in tug of war?

I'm confused: In a tug of war game on rough ground who will win? The one who applies greater force on the rope or the one who applies greater force on ground?
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Why potential energy of external force on particle attached to spring is equal to full force multiplied by full displacement?

I am having quite difficult time to understand the meaning of total potential energy on spring. All references I read say that the total potential energy on particle attached to spring is: ...
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A ball rolling in a bowl [on hold]

There is a small ball with a radius of 2 mm inside of a bowl with a radius of 22 mm. If the bowl is tilted 1 degree in any direction, what does the slope of the bowl need to be in order to get the ...
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Length of the missing part [on hold]

I have got a very interesting question. A car is driving this way on the picture down. In the looping is a missing part. The radius of the looping is r = 40cm. The car starts at the height h = 3r. If ...
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A force opposing Gravity

Every Action Has An Equal and Opposite Reaction (Newton's Third Law.) If this is the case, does gravity have an equal-opposing force? From asking around I still haven't got a very clear answer; ...
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Foucault pendulum initial velocity

This is a basic question I can't solve and it seems it is not addressed on the web. Sorry for my lame painting skills. Assume we have a foucault pendulum suspended in the north pole. the pivot is ...
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Inertial frames

I'm just starting my study of relativity, and I have a rough understanding of the connection between inertial frames, newton's laws, and galilean transformations, but I'd probably benefit more if ...
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At the instant of release of an object from rest. Is the only force that can act its weight?

Q3 from a mechanics exam past paper: I can do parts i) and ii) but for iii) in finding the angular acceleration, i used $C=I\alpha$, where $C$ is the applied couple or torque, $I$ is the moment of ...
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What do you exactly mean when you say that momentum is conserved?

I am taking for granted that when we say that something is conserved it is understood 'in its full integrity'. Energy is represented by a number (of J, or other) and is usually conserved. But ...
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calculate gravitational force [on hold]

an object weighs 977N on the surface of the earth and 244.25N if the earth is remoulted. The radius of earth is 6.4×10$^4$m and its mass is 6×10$^{24}$kg. Calculate the radius of remoulted earth and ...
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Relationship of multiple particles under collision [on hold]

Consider 3 particles. All 3 particles travel along the x-axis. The 1st particle possesses some mass, m, and its initial position is somewhere on the negative x-axis. It has some (positive) velocity ...
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Amplitude of motion for a cart on an inclined plane attached to a spring

A very practical question. So, let's imagine that we have a small cart attached to a spring lying on an inclined plane. If I move my cart by 10 cm (measured as if there were a ruler lying along the ...
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How to find tension in the cantilever brakes?

In the left side example of cantilever brakes, how do I find the tension in strings DE and DC, in terms of T. According to me applying force balance equations, horizontal and vertical forces should ...
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Why do we fall down when the bicycle slows down? [duplicate]

My question is: It is easy to balance a bicycle when it is moving at a fairly high velocity, say 7 m/s or 25 km/hr. But when a bicycle slows down, it is hard to keep it upright, and the person riding ...
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Conservation of linear momentum, when is it conserved?

Will Linear momentum be conserved in a non-inertial frame of reference? In other words what is the fundamental condition for linear momentum to be conserved? Also which is more fundamental- Newton's ...
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Electrical Analog of a Chain of Springs

I'm trying to wrap my head around the Force $\rightarrow$ Voltage analogy between mechanical and electrical systems. I have a mechanical system where masses are connected by springs in series, and ...
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Force Diagram for K&K 2.13 [on hold]

I have been (independently) working on Problem 2.13 in Kleppner and Kolenkow's An Introduction to Mechanics and come to an answer which conflicts with the hint the authors provided in the book. The ...
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How can Excel be used to model the flight of a rocket? [closed]

Firstly, sorry for any silly mistakes or improper use of this website - this is my first time using it! I am trying to use Excel to model the flight of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket using the real ...
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Will this achieve linear movement of a closed container?

Can I create a device that moves in one direction with a design like Figure 1? I suspect that the forces cancel each other by the recirculation. It is a simple exercise of action and reaction, but I ...
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What is the “associated scalar equation” of equations of motion?

In an essay I am reading on celestial mechanics the equations of motion for a 2 body problem is given as: $$\mathbf{r}''=\nabla(\frac{\mu}{r})=-\frac{\mu \mathbf{r}}{r^3}$$ Fine. Then it says the ...
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What does an $n$-body system with constant $T$ and $U$ look like?

Can someone give an example of a system where the kinetic $T$ and potential $U$ energy are constant (but not zero)? Here's what I have in mind: Say you have $n-1$ satellites of negligible mass ...
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Forces as vectors in Newtonian mechanics

I seem to be confused about the nature of forces as vectors, in the basic Newtonian mechanics framework. I know what a vector is as a mathematical object, an element of $R^3$. I understand that if a ...
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Power to suspend a mass in air

How much power is needed to suspend a mass in the air? The four parts below deal with the same problem. I post them all here, should there be some subtle things I didn't see. The textbook problem A ...
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Centrifugal force affecting satellite

I'm trying to explain the behaviour of a geostationary satellite using different frames of reference. Inertial frame: The satellite has a circular motion with angular velocity $\omega$. The ...
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Find a central force given the orbit

I've been trying to solve the following problem for a long time. Let's consider a particle of mass $m$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with polar coordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$. The particle moves on the orbit ...
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Centre of mass, integral

I was answering a question on proving the parallel axis thereom for angular momentum and came across this: $$\int Yy'dm=Y\int y' dm=0$$ Where the position of the center of mass of an object is given ...
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Does the bolt really rise upward?

In this site,when the elevator rises up,the bolt falls downward under the force of gravity . But when distance is measured it is shown that it rises up,velocity becomes 0 & then it falls with ...
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What is the intuition behind $gt^2/2$ equalling the distance something falls after $t$ seconds?

Let's say $g=10\ \text{m/s}^2$ and it drops for $3$ seconds. For the first second it will drop $10\ \text{m}$, the second it will drop $20\ \text{m}$ ($10 + 10$) and the third second it will drop $30\ ...
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Finding the work Done by Normal force? [closed]

The problem is as follows: There is a Right Angled Wedge fixed in an box against left wall. The angle of incline of the wedge is 45 degrees from the horizontal. The height of the wedge is same as ...
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Confusion relating the application of Work-Energy theorem

Could someone kindly explain the solution to my confusion? When we walk at a constant speed up a steep hill, is work being done? Then why isn't our kinetic energy changing as work done is equal to ...
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Pushing a crate on a friction floor [closed]

A man is pushing a crate at a constant velocity. there is a friction between the floor and the crate of $$\mu =0.41.$$ The pushing force is directed downward at an angle $\theta $ below the ...
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Displacement of an object due to opposite and equal forces acting at different times?

This question is about mechanical waves in solids, the speed at which forces propagate through solids, and the displacement that might occur due to unequal starting times of equally sized forces. ...
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Action Reaction Pairs and Work

Say that a ball is sitting in front of a compressed spring launcher. The spring is then released. The spring applies a force on the ball for a certain distance. This force is accompanied by an equal ...
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Work done by Internal Forces

Why is it that internal forces do not change the potential energy of the system? Assume that a man stands on earth with a dumbell. If the dumbell is the system, when it is raised a height h, the work ...
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Integral ambiguity

I'm a bit confused with some notation I encounter in physics calculus. Consider this: Taken from here. Integration operates on functions, correct? What does it mean to integrate $\frac{d{\bf ...
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Massive ropes and tension

Consider the diagram bellow, a massive string hanging in equilibrium My question is this: Can we take any 2 random point on the rope, say A and B and then use $\sum F=0$ on the rope between them: ...
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What is the work done below proportional to? [closed]

A raindrop falls from a certain height to the ground, with a terminal velocity u. The viscous force is F = 6*3.14*n*r*v, where n is the coefficient of viscosity, r is the radius of the raindrop, and v ...
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Similarity in two events from Dynamics point of view [closed]

What is similar from dynamic point of view between book lying stationary on horizontal table and rain drop falling down with constant speed? I can find two similarities Force acting on them is ...
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Why are D'Alembert's Principle and the Principle of Least Action Related?

Why do we get the same differential equations from both principles? Surely there is a fundamental connection between them? When written out, the two seem to have nothing in common. $$\sum _i ( ...
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Is centrifugal force equal in magnitude to the centripetal force in the frame of a body undergoing circular motion?

I was working out the minimum tangential velocity required for a swing to complete a full revolution and assumed the centripetal force is equal to the centrifugal force, so that I could set the weight ...
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Finding coefficient of friction between block and plane [closed]

An inclined plane makes angle $\theta$ with horizontal. Upper half plane is perfectly smooth where as lower half is rough. The block of mass m starts sliding from top. If the block again comes to rest ...
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What is the angle of projection when at maximum height the speed of a projectile is half the speed at half the maximum height? [closed]

I have been struggling with this problem: The speed of a projectile when it reaches its maximum height is one half of its speed when it is at half its maximum height. What is the initial ...