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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Launching a projectile from a spring launcher with non-negligible mass?

I want to launch an object from a spring-based projectile launcher at a certain angle $\theta$ in order to hit a target which is $R$ meters away (I am assuming I can actually hit it): I also have ...
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Thrown object with air resistance [on hold]

An object is thrown horizontally from height $h$ with initial velocity of $V_0$. Air resistance is given as $f = -\beta v$ I need to find the velocity and location at any given moment. I understand ...
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Understanding variable mass equation for mass ablation/ejection

The "Variable-mass system" entry in Wikipedia, under the "Mass ablation/ejection" title, shows: $$p_2 = (m+dm)(v+dv) + u(-dm)$$ The parameter $p_2$ is for the momentum at $t+dt$, meaning $p_2 = ...
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Conservation of generalized energies in Newtonian and Relativistic Systems

I was considering the following problem: In a closed system, it is assumed that mass, momentum and energy is conserved. If we label the total mass of the System $M(i)$ at a time i, the total Momentum ...
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Running Euler's disk in a superfluid

I was considering the toy Euler's Disk, a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVl2CBG_h2s I was interested in understanding the behavior of the disk particularly in vacuum and in ...
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Making water spin a wheel [on hold]

Let's say that I have a wheel with 8 symmetric arranged rectangular plates of area $A$ and the water, with density $\rho$, in the river it moves with $v\: \mathrm{m/s}$. How do I calculate the ...
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Do two engines with the same specific impulse always perform the same amount of work?

As the title say, do engines with different thrusts with the same $I_{sp}$ and the same amount of fuel perform the same amount of work?
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The work-energy theorem

Well here's the question. From some previous excercises we know that from \begin{align} A&=\int F\;ds,\\ &=\int ma\;ds, &&(F=ma)\\ &=\int m \frac{dv}{dt}\;ds, ...
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Rotational KE in double pendulum

Why the Rotational Kinetic Energy term for the point mass of Kinetic Energy for double pendulum is not included in Lagrangian equation? \begin{align} ...
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Action and Reaction - Time lag

Is there a time lag between action and reaction ? If there isn't such a time lag, the reaction force must cancel the applying force although they act on different bodies. My second question is that, ...
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How to find the center of mass of several objects in a 2d plane?

We have the following scenario in a 2d plane: a big rectangle with a lot of smaller similar uniform rectangles in it, all of them weight differently. Where is the center of mass of this object ...
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Do components of force have direction when doing work?

When we get angle > 0, the x-component of force is along the direction of displacement and so their product is called Work. So the x-component of force is said to have direction of the respective ...
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When we catch a falling object, where does its kinetic energy go?

Some of it is transformed into heat and noise, but where does the rest go? Further details: The object does not bounce off (e.g. a sack of rice marble ball). The hand remains completely static ...
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Ball flying towards me - Newton's third law is violated?

I was trying to answer the question of the flying ball here on the basis of Newtons third law and Momentum conservation. Here is what I have tried. Lets take $m_1$ (the ball) hits $m_2$ (the man). ...
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Does lunar module need the same amount of fuel for landing and take off?

Let's assume there is no atmosphere and let's assume there is no change in weight due to fuel consumption, will reactive rocket need the same amount of fuel for landing on a planet as for take off? ...
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How to actually account for air resistance?

What's interested me in my studies thus far is that in a lot of beginner undergrad mathematics and physics courses we're often told to calculate trajectories, velocities, etc. by "ignoring air ...
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Momentum in the frame of reference of the center of mass [on hold]

I'm a high school student who just learned this topic in class today. I don't understand why the sum of momentum is zero in the frame of center of mass. Also, how can I solve this problem: Three ...
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Calculations to Determine Force Required for Gyroscopic Stabalization

I am currently undertaking a project involving gyroscopes, the aim of which is to stabilize a large object. I have read that gyroscopes work because of conservation of angular momentum, and if you ...
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Force of a Train

Imagine that there are two trains and the first train is twice as long as the second train. They have the same mass per unit length and they are traveling at exactly the same speed. If the first ...
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Questioning Einstein's view on gravity [duplicate]

Oke, so my mind is blown by Einsteins view on gravity, at least as far as I understand the basics and principles he based his views on. One of the first things that struck me was that most of his ...
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How do you find the tension in the real world? (Given a rope in a pulley system)

I'm well aware of the formula to calculate tension, however, given a real world situation where you have a closed pulley system. How do you measure the force (i.e., tension) required to pull on the ...
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Why do physics students find vectors so difficult to deal with? [on hold]

When I teach introductory physics to undergraduates, I find that although the classes are frequently split into "algebra-based" and "calculus-based" sections, the most difficult concept for any of ...
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Net force of the following? [on hold]

The following objects are attached to one another and have difference force directions: Where is the direction of force? And What is the net force? I'm trying to calculate it using their angles, ...
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Can the speed of a vehicle be determined based upon the extent of injuries to a pedestrian?

While driving at night in a Prius, at varying speeds of 5-20 MPH in heavy, stop-and-go traffic on a 4 lane city street, two pedestrians in dark clothing were struck (not in a crosswalk). One died of ...
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Another condition of calculating work

Let's imagine that there is a box placed at the corner of a table, and I push it so that my applied force makes an angle of 30° from the table's surface. The box would move and, due to the effect ...
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developing a stationary soft crash target [on hold]

I would like to measure the available time delay between the GPS and the mounted accelerometer in a vehicle. I performed some braking tests with the maximum 0.5 [g]. However, I would like to perform ...
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Center of mass finding question [on hold]

Find the center of mass the rod in the figure if λ (the mass per unit lenght) varies with $x$ according to $\lambda=dm/dx=\beta x^2$, where $\beta$ is a constant. Sorry for quality of picture. I am ...
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How fast would a 60 km diameter moon ring rotate to simulate 1 G? [on hold]

After seeing this answer regarding increasing mass for greater weight on the moon, my eyes caught the first comment about centrifuges in science fiction. Naturally, the thought of putting Elysium on ...
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maximum dislacement on dumping sistem with FDM [on hold]

A precision grinding machine is supported on an isolator that has a stiffness of 1 MN/m and a viscous damping constant of 1 kNs/m. The floor on which the machine is mounted is subjected to a harmonic ...
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Position of Centre of Mass [closed]

Prove that: $$\vec{R}_{CM} =\frac{\sum_{i=0}^n M_i\times \vec{R}_i}{\sum_{i=0}^n M_i }$$ Where, $\vec{R}_i$ and $M_i$ are the position vector and the mass of $i^{th}$ particle in the system ...
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Torque and Moment [closed]

pole vaulter holding a vaulting pole parallel to the ground. the pole is 5 metres long. vaulter grips pole with right hand 10 cm from the top end of the pole and with his left hand 1 metre from the ...
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Why doesn't an object that collides with one that is at rest just do a 180?

Newton's third law says "for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction." So why is it, say, that when a pool/billiards ball hits the wall of the table, the ball doesn't just turn around?
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Two boys pull a rope in the two edges with the force 50 N each. Will the rope rip if it can handle only a pull of 80 N? [closed]

I think we should make the sum the two forces 50+50=100 N and say it can't handle? Can you explain me using the 3rd Newton Law?
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Is it possible to use a magnet to move a steel carriage, which is tied to the magnet? [closed]

I think yes, but the mass of the carriage is pretty high. Can you answer using the third law of newton?
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Jumping off a boat vs ship [closed]

Why it is harder to jump towards the coast in a boat than in a ship (more massive than the boat) that is equally near as the boat? I think we should use Newton Law's and this happens because the mass ...
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What happens when a force is not applied on the centre of the mass? [duplicate]

The answer to this question force applied not on the center of mass states that for a force applied not directly on the center of mass will have the same linear acceleration as one applied on the ...
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Conservation of momentum when rain pours into a wagon

Suppose a wagon is moving at constant velocity on a friction-less surface, and rain begins to fill the wagon. The net force on the wagon is zero, so momentum is conserved; as the mass of the wagon ...
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What is the motion of a balloon with a person climbing on a ladder?

Suppose you had a balloon of mass $M$ in the atmosphere at rest relative to the ground, with a ladder attached reaching towards the ground. A person (of mass less than $M$) begins climbing up the ...
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Tension of 2 massless springs joined together

A cable is formed by joining two massless springs with different spring constants. Spring A has constant k1. Spring B has constant k2. If mass M1 hangs from the cable, is the tension greater on ...
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Understanding tension principles in a 2 pulley system [closed]

Trying to understand tensions in a 2 pulley rope system, where M1>M2. Is it true that T1>T2>T3?
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Why don't we take force proportional to velocity? [duplicate]

When a Force is applied on a body at rest, it produces Acceleration which is equal to change in Velocity. But due to the Force, we see that the Velocity is increasing consequently. So why don't we ...
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What forces cause the centripetal acceleration in circular motion on a merry-go-round?

Suppose you stand on a merry-go-round spinning at $f$ revolutions per second and you are $R$ meters from the center. What forces act on you? If you were tied to a rope like in Fig 2 you would follow ...
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Newtons third law and unbreakability [closed]

We all know Newton's third law. But then why this law doesn't work when we place a 1000KG heavy container on a small weak table. The table will break. Pressure is exerted on table by container, and ...
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Why is the potential energy for a body raised up by a height negative?

I tried deriving the potential energy of a body when raised at a height $h$ above the earths surface, using the formula: $$PE = -W_\text{conservative}$$ where $W_\text{conservative}$ is the work ...
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Determine a gradient field [closed]

Given the following field of force, $$ \vec F(\vec r) =\begin{pmatrix} 2x+2y+az \\ 2x-3ay \\ 4x+c+2z+yd \\ \end{pmatrix} $$ My exercise is to determine $a,b,c$ ...
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Period of a pendulum in a lift going up [duplicate]

So I know that the period of a pendulum in a free falling elevator isn't going to change because there is no force acting on it since $$T = 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{\ell}{g}}.$$ So what happens to a pendulums ...
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How is a ballistic pendulum affected by two objects with different mass?

Imagine that bullet A (made of lead) has twice the mass of bullet B It is shot at the same muzzle velocity as bullet B onto a ballistic pendulum; all other initial variables are the same: size and ...
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Period of oscillations for hanging and standing spheres [closed]

Consider the following case The darker brown half is of a higher density than the lighter brown, and both represent spheres. In figure a, the sphere is somehow suspended in the air (in hindsight ...
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Torque and Pulleys [closed]

I have the solution to the problem below, however I approached the question differently than my professor and I do not understand why my answer is different. Can someone help explain where I'm ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...