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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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Hit by two cars with same momentum but different mass. Which is more painful?

Suppose they have the same contact area with you. The term "painful" is a bit ambiguous. Let me ask in another way: Two cars with same momentum but different masses are going to hit a wall. You ...
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Reduced mass and harmonic mean

In two-body problems, a reduced mass has the form: $\frac{m_1 m_2}{m_1+m_2}$, which by appearance, is half of the harmonic mean of $m_1$ and $m_2$: ...
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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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Will A Vertical Projectile Travel the Same Distance as A Horizontal Projectile

If a projectile is fired vertically from an initial height, $h$, above ground level, and an identical projectile is fired with equal initial velocity from the same initial height in the horizontal ...
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Finding equilibrium of mechanical system

A system is described as follows: Consider a system consisting of two rotating bars of length $l$ and with uniform mass density and each with total mass $m$. The bars are attached to a common ...
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Put a bullet into orbit around the moon

While I was watching this beautiful video, the absence of air friction pushed me to ask myself: While standing on the surface of the moon, what is the initial velocity by which you can fire a bullet ...
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How can I actually push heavier objects?

I've been thinking about Newton's third law lately because I couldn't understand a few things and I think I actually answered my own question. Could someone confirm if my reasoning is right or show me ...
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Moving wedge and pulley system

A wedge of mass $M$ rests on a rough horizontal surface with coefficient of static friction $\mu$. The face of the wedge is a smooth plane inclined at an angle $ \alpha$ to the horizontal. A mass ...
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Angular Momentum Conservation Definition [duplicate]

Did I missed something in angular momentum definition? Two identical bodies rotate around mass center. Now I invented anti-gravity and turning gravitational switch off. Those two bodies will move now ...
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How forces work during hammerthrow

I am not sure if I understand how forces work during hammerthrow. From my understanding athlete works with Fmuscle force on a ball and rotate it and a ball works with equal opposite force on an ...
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Distance along projectile motion [closed]

I was doing kinematics these days, projectile motion. And I did the basic concepts: range, max height, time of flight, projectile on inclined plane. I am curious to know how we would solve a question ...
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At what speed (km/h) are the ride-goers (harnessed at opposite ends of ends of “propeller”) travelling? [closed]

The Revelation is one of the fastest and most exhilarating extreme rides in the world! Designed like a giant airplane propeller, the Revelation holds two to four riders comfortably in the cockpit ...
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Does pulling or pushing take more effort? [duplicate]

In which case is more effort needed: when you push or when you pull? We have a common experience that man tends to first push anything. How it is justified and what are the reasons behind this?
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Free vs bound vectors and torque

When considering basic Newtonian mechanics, we can treat vector as free and move their point of application at will. This is consistent with the affine nature of Euclidean space. However, when ...
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Make an Electric motor work with help of 4 magnet wheels? [closed]

I am working on a car prototype that should work on the electricity that it generates with the help of magnets. The strong magnets will be fixed at the wheels. A Coil of thin copper wire(solenoid) ...
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Gravity and Mass

Two bodies of equal size and mass meet in space. My question is: will they attract each other equally or will their attraction cancel each other out?. Also: how long does it take for the two bodies ...
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What happens when the speed of a body is less than optimum speed?

Yesterday I learned about optimum speed. My teacher told that optimum speed is the speed with which one can take turns on banked road without wear and tear. $v_0=\sqrt{rg\tan\theta} $, $v_0$= ...
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How would we find what sort of a force this one is? [closed]

The potential energy for a force field is given by $U = -Kxy$, where $K$ is a constant. The body moves in an $x$-$y$ plane. Find the force vector. $i$ is the unit vector along the $x$ axis, $j$ is ...
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Find the minimum force that has to be applied to the block $m_1$ so that the other block just begins to slide

This is a problem from the book 'Problems in General Physics' by I E Irodov. Two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are placed on a rough horizontal surface, connected by a light spring. Find the ...
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When I move my arm forward in vacuum, will my body move backward?

Let's say I stay at point $x=0$ in vacuum. When I move my arm forward such that it will have a positive $x$ position (say $x=5$) will the rest of my body move backward such that it will have a ...
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How muscle force work? [closed]

If muscle works with force on joint and joint works with exact force on muscle(newton III law) how can muscle drag much heavier weight than itself?
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Inclined plane problem with friction [closed]

A block of mass 6.0 kg slides from rest at a height of 2.0 m down to a horizontal surface where it passes over a 1.5 m rough patch. After crossing this patch it climbs up another incline which is at ...
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Rational ratio of frequencies leads to isolating integral of motion

Padmanabhan's discussion of dynamics mentions that in general the two dimensional harmonic oscillator fills the surface of a two torus. He further notes that there will be an extra isolating integral ...
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Static Friction on a Circular Road [duplicate]

I was recently brushing up on my dynamics, when I saw the interpretation of how a car moves in a circular road. Apparently, the car can stay in a circle due to static friction acting inwards. But I ...
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Max speed as a function of engine power

My question started out as finding the maximum speed of a go kart, taking into account only the drag forces as force opposing the motor. I've done some investigation to find: $$ F_{drag}=\; ...
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A force applied to an inclined plane

Below are two drawn diagrams of the problem with some explanation. Note: I think my notation for the force that the block exerts on the plane in the horizontal direction is not the standard ...
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Does Newton's law and Quantum mechanics also apply for the matter which is not dead?

The following quote is extracted from the book "The Field-The quest for the secret force": ...There was other, quite practical, unfinished business with quantum theory. Bohr and his colleagues ...
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Equation of motion for a double pendulum

firstly I am a Grade 12 Physics student currently doing my final experimental investigation which I decided to do on double pendulums. Before I got into this, I was under the impression that there was ...
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How do crocodiles jump?

In a video (Here), I saw crocodiles jump vertically about three meters without using any solid surface. The wonderful thing is that when they start to jump, their vertical velocity is approximately ...
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How to get rotation speed after disk-disk collision?

Assume two circular disks A and B collide. They have both initial linear momentum and angular momentum. If their surface has no friction, their angular velocity does not change after collision, so I ...
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Coupled Spring System (3 mass 3 springs)

Hello I am having trouble trying to find the correct model for this coupled spring system. The scenario is the following we have: Ceiling - Spring - Mass(1) - Spring(2) - Mass(2) - Spring (3) - ...
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Rotating platform with pulleys and stacked blocks

This was a practice test question. Consider the following figure. (If the frictional coefficients are unclear, between A and B we have $k_1 = 0.3$, B and platform is $k_2 = 0.2$. If you further ...
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Indicate if objects after collision will stick

Is it possible to indicate if objects after collision will stick together knowing their properties(materials,hardness,etc)?
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Is mechanics needed in order to learn electromagnetism? [closed]

I'm a college student who wants to learn physics. I want to get started with electromagnetism as soon as possible. Is it okay to skip over mechanics, or is mechanics a big requirement before starting ...
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point-particle vs rigid-body [closed]

As pointed out here point-particle-based modeling can lead to very inaccurate predictions. Could you give an example where point-particle-based model describes reality accurately enough and one where ...
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Block Sliding Down Hemisphere

A block of mass m slides down a hemisphere of mass M. What are the accelerations of each mass? Assume friction is negligible. a_M = Acceleration of hemisphere N_m = Normal force of M onto m N_M ...
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Finding direction of a ball after collision in cartesian coordinate system [closed]

In elastic collision of ball to wall along x axis m*Vix=m*Vfx as velocity of wall is 0 before and after collision thus Vix=Vfx ......eq(1) Kinetic Energy is conserved so m*Vi2 = m*Vf2 (Vix2 + ...
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Confusion about Impact Force

Let a person of mass ( m ) = 10kg. then his weight will be 98N. Now, when he jumps from 1m height on the ground, the impact force becomes 9800N ( considering deflection of ground after impact is 1cm ...
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How do rudders work?

It is possible for a boat to use rudder to make a U-turn while coasting (moving by inertia), although it would lose some speed. How exactly do boats trade a portion of magnitude of the initial ...
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Normal modes of the 2D double pendulum

I'm performing an experiment with a 2D double pendulum, and in part of it I want to investigate the normal modes of the double pendulum, where the pendula are not of equal length or of equal mass. My ...
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Why would the apple fall under the tree?

Here is an extremely naive question: Why would the apple fall under the tree? I am puzzled by this, because the conventional answer that the gravity between the apple and the earth pulling apple down ...
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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 do physical bodies in the universe follow the law of physics ( or any rule/pattern ) ? [duplicate]

Why do physical bodies in universe are bound to follow a rule ( eg. laws of physics ) ? Is their any imaginary condition possible, where they stop following any rule. And everything becomes random ? ( ...
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Forces other than the fundamental interactions, e.g. friction

Forgive me for the silly question, but I just don't get it. I just completed an elementary course in mechanics, and I am curious to know what I am about to ask. We have, all year, dealt with many ...
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Electron shells in atoms: What causes them to exist as they do?

I have seen similar posts, but I haven't seen what seems to be a clear and direct answer. Why do only a certain number of electrons occupy each shell? Why are the shells arranged in certain distances ...
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How does angular momentum transfer between a planet and its moon?

Could you explain how a moon draws angular momentum from a planet? I know that the gravitational force transfers momentum, but I don't understand the mechanics behind it.
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What is the linear and rotational motions generated by a force not on the CG?

Given a force that is applied to a free body, not directly towards, or away from the centre of gravity, how would you calculate the amount of linear and rotational velocities generated, as the farther ...
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Determine the acceleration in a double Atwood machine

Trying to solve the following double Atwood machine: Suppose there is a mass of 12kg hanging on an ideal rope that wraps around an ideal pulley, and that the other end of the rope is attached to ...
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Birds inside of a closed box [duplicate]

Suppose there's a closed box with birds inside, on top of a scale. If the birds started flying inside, would the box get lighter?
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Calculating force of a car [closed]

I'm simulating car cruise system and my results are not making any sense. I have been told that my force formula is wrong but I don’t understand why it is wrong and how I can fix this. Does anybody ...