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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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Why does force cause acceleration?

Consider a ball placed on a smooth plane. If you take a plank made out of wood and whack it (apply a force on it), does it accelerate because First, the force compresses the part of the ball in ...
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The definition of the unit of Force

Below, I quote what my physics textbook says. $$F=kma$$ The units of force are so chosen that this constant of proportionality, $k=1$.Therefore $F=ma$. For this, one unit of force is defined ...
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How I think about rolling [closed]

Below, I have written how I think about rolling. I wish to know if my idea as to how it works is correct. Consider a rigid ball on a plane which has considerable friction. If you push the ball ...
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Force and Torque

Think of a uniform sphere. Sometimes if a force is applied to the sphere it does not only move but also spins. So there is a torque. But is it possible to calculate which part of the applied force is ...
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Physical meanings of kinetic energy

While studying energy on Sears & Zemansky's University Physics, I came up with a doubt on the meaning of kinetic energy. The book gives two possible physical interpretations of this quantity. ...
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What Magnitude(db) and Phase(deg) represent on Bode Diagram?

What Magnitude(db) and Phase(deg) represent on Bode Diagram? I am working on 2 DOF System and I want to understand some basic things. Below (on the picture) you can see the system, the transfer ...
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How is hemispherical shell any different from a semi-disc in terms of center of mass? [closed]

If we shift all the rings that make up the hemisphere parallel towards the center then it will build up two semi-disc .. But we know that We can also explain it by saying that if we take the shadow ...
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Why charge is not a measure of inertia?

We know that mass is the measure of inertia of rest. Then why charge is not a measure of inertia? What causes the difference between charge and mass?
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Why is the definition of inertial mass circular?

On Wikipedia, the definition of inertial mass is: Inertial mass is the mass of an object measured by its resistance to acceleration. And, can be evaluated using $F = ma$, Newton's second law....
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Is torque necessary in rigid body mechanics? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a weightless, rigid rod fixed at one end, but free to swing at the other, where there is a mass $m$ attached. If we want to determine the tangential acceleration of the mass using ...
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Angle of a pendulum as an explicit function of time

What would be the solution for the angle $\varphi(t)$ and angular speed $\omega(t)$ on pendulum without the small angle approximation - not as differential, but as an explicit function of time? The ...
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Why do travelling waves continue after amplitude sum = 0?

My professor asked an interesting question at the end of the last class, but I can't figure out the answer. The question is this (recalled from memory): There are two travelling wave pulses moving in ...
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Help me understand this simple linear momentum [closed]

A 40.0-kg skateboarder on a 3.00-kg board is training with two 5.00-kg weights. Beginning from rest, she throws the weights horizontally, one at a time, from her board. The speed of each weight is 7....
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Force acting on a pole which is fixed with friction [closed]

A uniform pole of weight 50kg is balanced in the vertical position. The length of the whole pole is 6m.the pole is fixed at point C on the ground.A force 500N is applied at B which is 2m from C. If ...
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Scenario where Newton's 3rd Law breaks down

In Kleppner and Kolenkow's Introduction to Classical Mechanics, it reads, One system that is particularly troublesome for our present formulation of Newtonian mechanics is the electromagnetic ...
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In the Feynman lectures vol 1, chapter 4, he mentioned a "Brilliant, clever" way of solving a problem named: A simple example is a smooth inclined plane which is, happily, a three-four-five ...
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Quantum mechanics of the electron in an atom vs. Gryzinski's free-fall atomic model [closed]

According to Heisenberg's Principle of uncertainty, you can not know the place and speed of a particle, at the same time. You only have probabilities of the estimate values. These probabilities forms ...
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Why do wheels spin?

I'm pretty sure this is probably a stupid question but it is annoying me a lot. In my physics textbook it says, cars move because the wheels exert a backward force on the ground and the ground exerts ...
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How does rocket thrust work?

I can't seem to find a specific answer to this anywhere. I understand that in a rocket there is a chemical reaction that causes gas particles to leave the rocket at high velocity. By Newton's third ...
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Why isn't the entire force we apply on two objects transmitted to the second object?

When we exert a force of X N on a box in contact with another identical box on a frictionless surface, the resultant force on both boxes is 0.5X N. My question is, why doesn't the first box push the ...
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How to predict the group velocity of the waves in the liquid?

The question appeard in the book. The phase velocity of the waves on the liquid surface is given by $$V_{ph}=\sqrt{\frac{2*\pi S}{\lambda \rho}}$$ where S is the surface tension and $\rho$ is the ...
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Car Crash Question… (Conservation of Momentum?) [duplicate]

Dumb car crash question. I think this is a conservation of momentum problem. In one scenario, two 4000 lb cars (car A and car B) each traveling at exactly 35 MPH in opposite directions have a ...
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How can planes land on a rotating Earth?

If the earth is rotating (e.g. at 1000km per hour, at the equator), how can planes safely land on a moving runway?
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Books on Celestial Mechanics [duplicate]

My background is mathematics. I would like to study celestial (not classical) mechanics and looking for an appropriate book. I found that somebody has already asked a similar question "How to learn ...
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Is “power to mass ratio” in fact independent to mass?

I was trying to find power to mass ratio of sun (work done per second at each unit mass at average), but I found the unit is quite straight: W=kg m^2 s^-3 Then W/...
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Frequency of oscillator

We are given an undamped simple harmonic oscillator, and two positions $x_{1}, x_{2}$ with the corresponding velocities $v_{1}, v_{2}$. We want to find its frequency in terms of the $x_{i}$ and $v_{i}$...
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Why can some oscillations be modeled by Simple Harmonic Motion, while others cannot?

For some oscillators an increase in the driving amplitude changes the period (frequency) of the oscillation, but the simple harmonic oscillator does not predict this type of behavior. Why?
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How to find the direction of friction in rotation?

Suppose we have a spool which is plucked constantly from top with a force F. The spool is on a rough ground. We have to find the direction of friction, nd direction of motion of spool. ...
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Component of Component of a vector [duplicate]

NOTE : By perpendicular component of $\vec{F}$, I mean a vector which is a component of $\vec{F}$, but perpendicular to it. In the image above, the red vectors are a possible set of rectangular ...
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Newton third law and collinearity of forces

I have a doubt on the formulation of Newton third law. When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction ...
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Law of conservation of energy and time [closed]

Consider the following in a space (with out any external influences like gravitation) Let say i have two identical bodies b1,b2 and i applied a force F on them to make them accelerate a. After t time ...
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What Feynman meant in description of reversible machine and levers

In chapter four of the part one of the lectures, he mentions: (..) A machine that we actually use can be, in a sense, almost reversible: that is, if it will lift the weight of three by lowering ...
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Pressure on a piston [closed]

There are 2 syringes X and Y connected to each other horizontally. If pressure in atmosphere (P) is 1x105 Nm-2 and the pressure we should apply on X to have the velocity when liquid come out is 0....
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How to find positions in the equilibrium state of mass-spring system?

I've simulated 3D mass-spring system (mesh/network). First the system was in equilibrium state of it own (called state {A}). If I moved some of the masses in the system to the new positions, the ...
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Technique to Solve 2-Dimensional Linear Momentum Problem

Problem: After a completely inelastic collision, two objects of the same mass and initial speed stick together and move away at half their initial speed. Find the angle between their initial ...
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Patterns in falling viscous fluids

It is a common observation that honey(or any other viscous fluid),tends to overlap/coil/wind up as it reaches the rigid surface. There is this little bend near the pile-up. Why is this so? How does a ...
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Force of Gravity of a stationary object acting on another object moving through space

Story: I have x and y positions of a spaceship as it moves through space to some goal location at [1000, 700]. A record of its movement is given by: ...
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Mechanics of a falling cat [duplicate]

It is a general statement that cats tend to fall on their feet. How far is this is a valid statement? If I were to drop a cat from 50 meters height, feet up(hypothetically), would it still land on ...
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Instantaneous Velocity after bouncing off a wall

I have a ball, and I throw it at a wall as a projectile (assume that the ball's position the instant the journey begins is on level-ground). The ball hits the wall with a velocity that is at right ...
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How to compensate a top-heavy platform [closed]

I have a small four-wheeled platform weighing 1.3kg with a height of 30cm. Its center-of-mass is located at 75% of the height, making it a little top-heavy. I empirically measured the angle at which ...
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What decides distribution of momenta and energy in rigid collisions?

I recall in Highschool physics receiving a problem of the form "assume 2 spherical bodies" $P_1, P_2$ enter a collision where $P_1$ has momentum $m_1 V_1$ and $P_2$ has momentum $m_2 V_2$, both ...
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Conservation of Energy of two charged blocks connected by light spring

Two identical blocks resting on a frictionless, horizontal surface are connected by a light spring having a spring constant $k = 100 N/m$ and an unstretched length $L_i=0.400 m$. A charge $Q$ is ...
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Unclear things about conservation of energy

I have started reading Feynman Lectures in Physics, First Volume, with absolutely no background in physics [*]. In the fourth chapter, conservation of energy, I am having difficulty understanding ...