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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Question about a spring-mass-damper

The following diagram shows the problem I have. The equation I derived using Newton's second law is also shown in the figure. M is the mass of the object the system is attached to and needs to be ...
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What is the relationship between force and momentum

I know that $ \Sigma F = \Delta mv/\Delta t $. But if we had a marble that moves in a straight line at a constant velocity and colloids with another marble. Because of the law of conservation of ...
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Surviving collapsing buildings: Which floor maximizes your chances of survival? [on hold]

Although this is not a purely physical question, I think this is the best StackExchange place to ask it. When a building collapses, which floor should you go in order to maximize your chance of ...
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Why do we believe in a “force” driven universe? [on hold]

Why do we not believe in the potential for a "unified force field" universe, to the exclusion of the belief in the potential for a mechanical, gear driven universe, if the correct shape for the gear ...
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Which inertial observer should I choose when using $\Delta U = -\Delta K$?

I just read and undertood that For any conservative force $F$ (which is not necessarily constant), we can define a potential energy change $\Delta U$ of an object on which the force exerts as ...
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An inclined pulley system [on hold]

M1 and M2 both are 400g. There is no friction and the pulleys are massless. I am trying to work out the acceleration on M2. I am unsure whether the acceleration should be: $a\space =Mg\space -\space ...
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Which moves faster in a time $t$: $A$ or $B$? [on hold]

Suppose we have two objects, $A$ and $B$, both made of the same substance. They also have the same shape (e.g. two spheres), but $A$ is larger and therefore more massive than $B$. Both $A$ and $B$ ...
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Collision of a pendulum with other pendulums hanging at different heights

This is a question from a competitive test. I am not sure how to reason this out. By the length of the string, S should have the maximum amplitude. But this would be the case only when the pendulum ...
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Relation between the conservation of Energy and the conservation of Momentum?

I just learn about the momentum and it conservative attribute in a closed and isolate system and there is something I don't understand when I relate it to the conservation of the energy Considering ...
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Moment of inertia help [on hold]

Okay so lets say I have a lever with 2 objects on it, object one and object 2. Object 1 has a mass of $m_1$ and is $r_1$ away from the fulcrum; object 2 has a mass of $m_2$ and is $r_2$ away from the ...
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Underdetermined forces in a statics problem

I was trying to cook up a good exam problem on Newtonian mechanics, and I came up with one that I didn't fully understand myself. Always fun when you can outsmart yourself. In the figure a cylinder ...
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Reconciling Units in Classical System Analogies: Why Does Torque Have Units of Energy?

In classical physics we often cast an analogy between translational and rotational systems Force < > Torque Energy < > Rotational Energy Momentum < > Angular Momentum and considering SI ...
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Accelerating disk [on hold]

A disk of radius $R$ is accelerating to the right over a plane. At $t=0$ the speed and the acceleration of the axle are $v_1$ and $a_1$ what is the velocity and the acceleration of each point (1-4 ...
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How to calcuate uniform circular motion? [on hold]

Given: Ideally, I maintain a speed of 265km/hr and 285 km/hr. Roughly, 73.6 m/s and 79m/s. I make a turn and experience around 4.5g's to 5.5g's, roughly 45 and 55 m/s^2, for about 7 seconds. I ...
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Catapult projectile with different mass [on hold]

We have a physics law. We made catapult and we have to launch a water balloon. However before that we have to know where the water balloon will fall. We don't have radars or stuff like that to ...
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How to describe the motion of a box initially at rest on a table rotating with an increasing angular speed? [on hold]

Consider the following diagram. A box is on a table that can move circularly and the box is connected by a string attached to the fixed bearing. At $t=0$, the box is at rest, the string of length ...
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Can a box on a frictionless rotating table rotate?

I am trying to digest the following problem. Suppose a block of mass $m$ lying on a horizontal, frictionless turntable is connected to a string attached to the center of the turntable, as ...
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Teeter Todder force of uplift [on hold]

What is the force of a 200lb man jumping from a three foot high elevation onto a four foot long teeter-todder with a four inch pivot point with a one hundred and thirty pound ma on the opposite ...
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While finding escape velocity, does human mass counts as the mass of Earth?

Escape velocity depends upon the mass of earth. my doubt is whether human mass adds into it or not? If it add then Earth's escape velocity would be increasing!
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Motion in a straight Line [on hold]

A stone is projected from a height of 300m and at same time another stone is projected vertically upwards with a velocity of 100m/s Find when and where the two stones meet
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A bullet is fired horizontally from the top of a building, and at the same instant a second bullet [on hold]

A bullet is fired horizontally from the top of a building, and at the same instant a second bullet is dropped from the same height. Ignore air resistance. Which bullet hits the ground first?
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Newton's 3rd Law and Equilibrium [duplicate]

What is the difference between Newton Third Law and equilibrium?
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Newtons Third Law [duplicate]

In Newtons Third Law, it states that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. So that means tat for every action, there will be a reaction to cancel it out. So if that is the case ...
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Why does a conservative force return the work done against it by a body to that body?

Let a body move and a conservative force oppose its motion. Therefore, by Newton's third law of motion, the body will also exert reactive force on the conservative force which eventually will cause ...
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Collision paradox

Suppose an insect travelling south at some velocity, collides with a train travelling north at some other (opposite) velocity. The insect hits the front of the train, where it splats to an ...
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Kinetic energy vs. momentum?

As simple as this question might seem, I failed to intuitively answer it. Let's assume there is a $10,000$ $kg$ truck moving at $1$ $m/s$, so its momentum and KE are: $p=10,000$ $kg.m/s$ and ...
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Landau Mechanics equation 16.9

I am having trouble deriving the equation 16.9 from Landau's Classical Mechanics book. This equation is the maximum kinetic energy of a particle if a massive particle with mass $M$ disintegrates into ...
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Angular velocity and linear velocity [on hold]

Define and EXPLAIN average angular velocity and acceleration. Define and EXPLAIN instantaneous angular velocity. Experiment was about throwing a cricket ball. the shoulder is the point of reference. ...
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What causes damage, kinetic energy or momentum?

Let's assume we have 2 bullets. The first bullet has $450$ $J$ of KE and $3$ $kg.m/s$ of momentum, while the second bullet has $250$ $J$ of KE and $5$ $kg.m/s$. Now if they are both shot at ballistic ...
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Line integral calculates work, even though the force from the vector field doesn't cause the movement?

I'm afraid the title here was unclear, so I'll attempt to make things a bit more clear. I am conceptually confused about the physical meaning of line integrals over a vector field, so I'll pick an ...
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A force is exerted on a body, kinetic energy increases but no work is done by the force. Why?

After reading the article, I was totally perplexed . I was reading the External forces and internal energy transfers in Principles of Physics by Resnick,Halliday,Walker. It goes like that An ...
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Find force of friction on an object under influence of tension by another object

I conducted an experiment using video analyses software, and found the accleration of a box on a table being pulled by a string attached to a pulley on the edge of the table attached to the weight ...
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With what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the following question: with what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out (if a turn is a circumference of a semicircle)? e.g. $r= 5 m$ $a_r= ...
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How would the solar system change if the Earth were removed

I was reading a closed question with the same title and wondered if it would be on-topic with the following change: Could a large-mass object from interstellar space pass through the inner ...
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Newton's Third Law Opposite Angles

I am asking a related question here : Newton's Third Law Angular Bouncing Why, given newton's third law would a ball bounce at an opposite angle to it's original, if an equal and opposite force ...
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Newton's Third Law Angular Bouncing [duplicate]

I am asking a related question here: Newton's Third Law Opposite Angles If a ball is accelerating at a surface at a non-straight angle, it will bounce off with the opposite trajectory, like if ...
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Falling with air resistance speed as a function of distance [closed]

Starting at 0 velocity and falling with air resistance $-mkv$, find the relation between speed and the vertical distance that an object falls. I went through the problem to find the equation of motion ...
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Acceleration of the rope holding two objects(one heavier than other) with both objects on different inclines [closed]

How do you find the acceleration of the rope and what would this process look like condensed into one big formula?
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Projectile motion with air resistance limit question [closed]

I have the equation for the max height $h$ of a projectile launched directly upwards with speed $v_0$ and air resistance force $-mkv$. I am trying to calculate the limit as $h$ goes to ...
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What is the significance of clamping the center of the spring?

7. A block is hung on a spring, and the frequency $f$ of the oscillation of the system is measured. The block, a second identical block, and the spring are carried in the Space Shuttle to space. ...
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Why is kinetic energy stored as potential energy in a body during its motion against gravity?

Everyone knows kinetic energy is converted to potential energy in the body when it moves up against the earth's opposing gravitational force. But I am facing some problem with this. What I learnt ...
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Best book for studying Newton's laws, conservation of momentum, etc [duplicate]

Best book for studying Newton's laws, conservation of momentum, etc, so that I can apply these laws anywhere. (I want to analyze fluids on my own.) I have studied bernoulli and Euler etc those ...
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Case of the mysterious bullets (taken from Mad About Physics)

"Two ideal bullets, identical in shape, size and mass, strike the same target with the same speed just before the collision. Force meters at the target register two times the force value for bullet A ...
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Effect of movements of astronauts on International Space Station

I know that astronauts move in and around in ISS. When they move they also touch the modules of ISS and sometimes they apply force on the module to move. When this happens, as far as I know it affects ...
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Accelerating Tetrahedron [closed]

Four identical spheres are in contact with each other and form a tetrahedron. If acceleration of the top sphere is $a$, find the acceleration of the spheres on ground.
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Center of mass after explosion [closed]

How he treated the center of mass as if it is still in the same place , is not it supposed to change after explosion ? and is not explosion destroying the closed system? i mean it represents and ...
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Space Elevator: how would you keep the end of a Space Elevator's cable rigid?

I had a discussion with my wife about physics behind a Space Elevator. Imagine a cable rising 60k into the firmament for its elevator to climb. The cable would have to rotate in unison with the earth, ...
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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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How did Newton establish his famous third law of motion?

For every action,there is equal and opposite reaction . This is the famous Newton's third law of motion. But how did he come to this conclusion? We can prove 2nd law using calculus. But how did Newton ...