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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What is the cause of rolling friction? & why is it less than sliding friction?

Rolling friction is the resistance to motion experienced by a body when it rolls upon another. It is much less than sliding friction for same pair of bodies. When one body rolls upon another, there ...
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Particle moving in response to central force

So I have this question: There is a particle moving in response to a central force per unit mass of $$F(r) = {\alpha\over r^2} + {\beta\over r^3}$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are constants. ...
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How to determine speed/energy of something dropped from a given height?

Say I dropped a ball from some height, which is measurable, is it possible to determine the speed of the ball when it hits the ground and thus the force exerted on the ball my the ground (or vice ...
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Why does accounting for direction give the wrong result for a bouncing ball?

This a conservation of momentum problem, gathered from an old textbook. I thought it would be simple, but I seem to be goofing up somewhere in my basic conceptual understanding. PROBLEM: A 1.0 kg ...
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Finding the potential energy of a geosynchronous satellite above earth [on hold]

I am trying to find the gravitational potential energy of a 1kg geostationary satellite above the earth. So far: $E=mgh$, and $g=GM/r^2$ so substitution of $g$ into the energy equation gives: ...
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Different force vectors applied on a pulley [on hold]

All the pulleys are ideal. String is massless. Rate of work done by gravity at the given instant is (-x * 10^2) W, then calculate 'x' (refer to the diagram). By 10^2, I mean 10-squared.
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Where do Newton's Laws not work? [on hold]

I'm working on high school level project about Newton's Laws and I picked topic that describes situations, where they dont work. Can you name any practical cases where they do not work? Why do they ...
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Why is energy of emitted particles negative?

recently I had one problem here, and in comments I got interesting thing written by user Sofia. Unfortunetly, the topic is in hold now and I can't ask her more. Here is the comment: Radio-activity ...
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How can we show that pressure is exerted sideways too?

We can show that pressure upward and downward in a fluid is caused by weight of fluid column or volume. A simple derivation of this: ...
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Will the usage of Exo-Skeleton Gear actually weaken the human body over time? [on hold]

As we all know, Exo Skeletons as they exist now are just a series of Force multiplying apparatuses working together, also the human body changes to accommodate environment specific factors in order to ...
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Can Hooke's law go along with Newton's 3rd law & how is momentum conserved in case of spring?

Let there be a spring in its relaxed state- that is neither compressed nor extended. One end is fixed on the left and other end is free in the right. Now, I stretch the spring by pulling the free-end ...
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How can the bodies attain same velocities during the max. deformation during collision?

My book writes: Collision between two bodies is almost similar to the case where there is a spring between the two colliding bodies. At the instant they come into contact , the rear ball has a ...
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Derivation of velocities in the Coriolis force

In Fitzpatrick's Newtonian Dynamics book on the Coriolis force, he states \begin{align} v_{x'}&\simeq V_0\cos\theta-2\Omega t V_0\sin\lambda~\sin\theta \tag{433}\\ ...
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Falling dominoes

I have been attempting to determine the maximum velocity a line of dominoes can reach. I have found that there are two forces which act upon it: Initial impulse and gravitational force. As kinetic ...
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Why does rotation simulate gravity if motion is relative?

In Einstein's theory of relativity, if motion is truly relative, then why would somebody in a rotating space station experience (artificial) gravity? I mean, I get why they experience gravity IF the ...
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How would filling a milk canister with helium affect the reading it makes on a scale?

Let's say that if I put a milk canister on a scale it shows 10kg. If I fill it with Helium it must necessarily be less than this, right? Can someone explain this (probably trivial) thing to me? :) ...
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What happens to an orbiting body moving with the Earth's angular speed at various altitudes?

I was learning about inertial frames amongst other things, and I somehow came up with this question. Imagine we have a pole, made of imaginary very strong material that will never bend, placed at the ...
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Projectile motion with respect to integrating equation of motion [on hold]

Explain projectile motion with the help of "integrating equation of motion"
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Postion of a cylinder rolling down an inclined plane [on hold]

I know that the acceleration of a uniform cylinder of known mass rolling down an inclined plane WITHOUT slipping with an inclination of $\theta$ is: $\frac23 g \sin\theta$. Suppose this term is called ...
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Will this sail-based moving system work? Why? [duplicate]

So simple: Will this sail-based moving system work? Why?
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Question of Conservation of Momentum

I think I understand the concept of conservation of momentum in an inelastic collision. However, what if two objects, one being more massive than the other, started out together and then separated ...
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Understanding a graph of energy conservation with bounded and unbounded motions?

This graph is from the physics undergraduate text "Classical Mechanics by Douglas Gregory". Above this graph was the statement: What I didn't understand is- as stated in the under [*paragraph], ...
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Why is it that friction apparently decreases with speed? [duplicate]

Whilst thinking of a trick where a magician pulls a tablecloth directly from under a full set dinner (a classic) I wondered why friction doesn't increase as speed does. I get that they use a pretty ...
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Can a car steer on a frictionless surface?

Do the front tires of a car act like gyroscopes, such that a car could steer on a frictionless surface?
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Weight of a hemispherical bowl and a mass $m$ [on hold]

A particle of mass $m$ is A hemispherical bowl of mass M rests on a weighing scale. The inside surface of the bowl in frictionless. A particle of mass m is released from rest at the top of the bowl ...
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Is the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus really applicable to the definition of work?

When the force $F$ on an object is not constant, then the work it performs is defined as $$W = \int_{x_0}^{x} F(X)dX.$$ Now, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus states that $$\text{If}\,\,\, f(x) ...
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Newton's third law.. please explain here

According to Newton's third law, the force acting on object is equal and opposite to the other object that is applying the force. If I push a table with 5N force then table is doing the same. But the ...
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What are the factors involved to survive an eleven story free fall? [closed]

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/window-washer-falls-car-san-francisco-27099646 Am I the only one that thinks one could write an entire thesis on this subject?
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Pushing over a block [closed]

Consider a rectangular block of mass $m$ and uniform density resting on a frictionless surface. The height is $h$, the width $w$, the length $l$. Consider one of the faces with dimmensions $l$ by $h$. ...
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Forces and acceleration on rotating objects?

Suppose you have an object undergoing uniform circular motion, with force vector pointing towards the center and another force vector tangential. Can it be said that the net force pointing in the ...
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Can a body ever experience acceleration this strong?

Using the Schwarzschild radius formula, I approximated the Sun's Schwarzschild radius to be $3\text{ km}$. Now assuming I have a body (not a human body) which is at a distance of $10\text{ km}$ from ...
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Find the impulse momentum [closed]

A boy of weight 40 kg stands on a board of weight 60 kg. The board is on ice (friction force =0): Find the velocity of the movement of the boy and the board when he moves from one side to another.
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Help with my schoolwork [closed]

I have to do project about Newton's Movement Laws, and I decided to write about the situations, where do NML not work. For example, why does photon have force and momentum, when it has 0 mass. It's ...
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Force required to drive car

From what I know of Newtonian Mechanics, if an object is moving at a constant velocity, the net force acting on that object is equal to zero. If there is friction, then the applied force required to ...
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Pendulum in Accelerating Elevator

I have been looking for this for quite some time now. A simple pendulum behaves in SHM. Let's put that pendulum in an upward accelerating elevator. The component of the force that acts in SHM ...
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Can we explain Newton's first law mathematically?

At constant speed there is no acceleration. (f'(x)=v'=0=a) .If a=0 then F=ma=0 and therefore no force acts on the object so the object will continue in the same ...
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Mathematical misunderstanding of Work-Potential Energy Theorem?

This is a relatively basic question, but I don't understand why it is the case. This is from my dynamics book and is mainly a mathematical misunderstanding. $$ \ dU = F\cos\theta ds $$ Which means ...
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Finding acceleration only with known acceleration distance, final velocity, and mass for Newton's Third Law [closed]

So I have this problem that I am trying to figure out. I need to find the acceleration of a 4 kg object, that is accelerated through a distance of 1 m to the left to a final velocity of 6 m/s. This ...
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Hourglass on the Moon

Someone asked me this, and I was surprised to find I couldn't answer it: suppose I have an hourglass / egg timer that times two minutes in Earth's gravity. If I used it on the Moon, how long would it ...
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What if the centripetal force were acting outward?

Centripetal force is the centre-seeking force & is responsible for circular motion. But what if the centripetal force were acting radially outward? What would happen then?
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Centripetal force for non-uniform circular motion

For uniform circular motion, centripetal force is given by $$\dfrac{mv^2}{r}.$$ But what will be the centripetal force if the circular motion is non-uniform in the sense that linear velocity is ...
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Is there a normal force on an object submerged in water?

I am not sure about whether or not there is a normal force acting on an object submerged in water. It might be because I have not good understanding about what a normal force actually is. I know a ...
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Suspended mass in motion free-body diagram [closed]

A 20kg mass is held by two ropes which span 90 from each other. The mass is being accelerated at 1m/s^2 to the right. Draw a free body diagram for the mass and find the numerical values for each ...
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When you are standing in a running train if you jump means will you be in same place or will you be in front or back? [duplicate]

When you are standing in a running train if you jump means will you be in same place or will you be in front or back?
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What is difference between anisotropy and inhomogeinity of this type of composite material?

I am studying some types of composite materials having 2 phases - fibers and matrix. I have some questions and confusions. Any help is appreciated. The composite has fiber along length and I am ...
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Block on an inclined plane, spring at bottom of incline [closed]

Problem: A block of mass $m = 5.00kg$ is on an inclined plane with an angle $\theta$ = 16.26 degrees with respect to the horizontal. The coefficients of static and kinetic friction are: $\mu_{k}$ = ...
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Spring on a cart problem [closed]

The problem is two dimensional. At t = 0, a stationary cart at initial position (0,0) starts to accelerate with acceleration a in the negative "x-axis" direction. On the cart, there is an isosceles ...
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Why the sum of energy is not constant in this device? [closed]

The black arm is turning clockwise at $w_1$. The red disk is turning at $w_2$ with $w_2 < w_1$. The disk is turning around itself counterclockwise at $w_2'=w_2-w_1$ in the arm frame reference. ...
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“Falling upward” - how far you have to be from Earth to start falling to the Moon?

Talking about gravity with my 9 y/o she asked when do we start "falling upward" to the Moon. What is the distance at which the Moon's gravitational attraction is higher than that of the Earth and thus ...
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Theory books for physics upto Irodov level [duplicate]

Problems in Physics by IE Irodov is a very popular book amongst students for problem solving. It has very good problems. However, most of the popular high-school physics textbooks like Resnick ...