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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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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What causes light to move through a vacuum

I was looking at rockets and stuff and thought about how they move through a vacuum using newtons 3rd law, and then I started thinking of any other ways you could move through a vacuum without using ...
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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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Turning a car on a perfect surface

Say you have a car with perfect wheels and a perfect surface with so much friction that it never skids. When the car is traveling forward, the wheels INSTANTANEOUSLY turn 90 degrees. Does the car ...
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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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Why does moment of force depend on the perpendicular distance?

Couyld anyone explain how the lecturer concluded that $$(\underline{r_2} - \underline{r_1}) \times \underline{H} = \underline{p} \times \underline{H}$$
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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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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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Conservation of Mathematical Constraints when deriving Energy and Momentum from $F=ma$

Background: Starting from $F = ma$, integrating with respect to time, and using basic calc, one can derive $\int Fdt = m (v_f - v_i)$ Starting from $F = ma$, integrating with respect to distance, ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the constant $K_1$ in these orbital equations?

I want to compute the derivatives of argument of periapsis and longitude of the ascending node of the orbit of a GPS satellite from the following formula. $$\frac{d\Omega}{dt} = -K \cos{i} \\ ...
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Optimal speed for the water wheel

The hydroelectricity plants extract the potential energy of highly deployed massive object (water) as it falls down. Without turbine, all that energy would be converted into speed (kinetic energy) at ...
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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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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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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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What physical conditions would allow for this kind of perpetual seesaw

I'm working with a simulator(Box2D) and need to create these conditions. I have a perpetual seesaw with two objects on either side. I'd like for the following conditions to be met. The first ...
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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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How can Excel be used to model the flight of a rocket? [on hold]

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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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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Spring system - 3 DoF system and its properties while changing stiffness

I was given the attached 3 degree of freedom spring system with the purpose of analyzing it. I came up with the following equation of motion and then I ran Matlab to calculate the corresponding ...
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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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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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Is the second law of thermodynamics a fundamental law, or does it emerge from other laws?

My question is basically this. Is the second law of thermodynamics a fundamental, basic law of physics, or does it emerge from more fundamental laws? Let's say I was to write a massive computer ...
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The direction of friction for a car wheel

In this particular example shown the image below (from engineering dynamics - Meriam), I do not figure out why the direction of friction is in direction of the translation of the car? Or I just ...
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Can I make a rod in the vertical plane move with its one end on the ground in a slanting position?

Consider a rod kept vertically on the ground. I keeps the rod in a slanting position making some angle with the horizontal. Can I now move this rod along the horizontal plane by applying a force at ...
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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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In a 2-body problem, when is the moving path closed?

In a 2-body problem is it true that, in all situations, the moving path is closed? In which cases are the paths closed? Fixing the coordinate system or fixing one of the bodies gives us different ...
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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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Energy Required To Push Up a Slope

I'm having a bit of trouble with this problem: A $5.0\:\text{kg}$ block is moved up a slope with constant velocity of $2.5\:\text{m/s}$. The amount of force required to push the block up the slope is ...
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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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Integrating the divergence of a velocity field (Fluid Mechanics)

I'm looking more for verification of my answer as I'm not 100% sure how valid my integration is here: If I have a 2-D incompressible fluid velocity field given by ...
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Projectile motion maximum distance to origin

Is there an elegant or easy way to derive the maximum distance from the origin to a point of the parabola created by projectile motion (assume initial position is the origin)? Other than ...
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How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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Where is the “event horizon” on a basketball hoop?

I'm watching a lot of basketball this month. A common event is the ball going part way into the hoop and then coming out again. Announcers sometimes claim that the ball was "halfway through" when it ...
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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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Follow up question regarding: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise

My first question was answered here: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise . But based on that, here is a follow-up question (I also edited my first post with the ...
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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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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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Satellites and gravitation

A satellite with mass $m$ orbits a planet of mass $M$ in a circular path with radius $r$ and velocity $v$. Due to some internal technical failure, the satellite breaks into two, similar parts with ...
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Why is the range for a particle thrown at 90 degree same as that of a particle thrown at 0 degree?

There is a derivation given in my book which concludes to the fact that the range is same for two angles of projection, provided they are complementary. I fail to understand this fact. For example, ...
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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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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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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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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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Energy needed for Superman to take off and fly at the speed of sound

I just watched "Man of Steel", and I'm wondering if my logic is correct. Let's assume Superman is 80 kg. The energy required to take off from the rest to reach the speed of sound in air (if I neglect ...