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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

2
votes
1answer
53 views

Reversibility in classical mechanics

I am watching Susskind's 'Theoretical Minimum' videos. At one point in his course on classical mechanics (2nd video if I remember correctly) he affirms that Netwon's second law of motion makes ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Transmissibility

An extract from a school maths mechanics textbook reads: To deal with cases in which the body is not rotating freely under gravity, we need to take into account also the work done by other ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

Resemblance between Coriolis force and magnetic part of Lorentz force

If we interchange velocity with charge and omega that is rotation of a system with $B$, magnetic field, we get the same thing. Is there any deeper meaning to this same mathematical form?
-1
votes
3answers
246 views

What is the difference between Newton's first & third law?

Newton first law states that object stays in fixed state, unless external force is applied. Newton third law states that: if there is action then there will be opposite & equal reaction. So if ...
0
votes
3answers
77 views

About Kepler's Law

When Earth goes near the Sun, its velocity increases and when it goes far from the Sun its velocity decreases. Then why according to Kepler's law is the time period $T^2 \propto a^3$, where $a$ is the ...
1
vote
1answer
217 views

Parallel axis theorem

For this question we are working in 2-D space. Let's say that we have an arbitrary body. I know the inertia with respect to a perpendicular axis (to the body, that is) that passes through a point (A). ...
0
votes
1answer
111 views

What arguments and examples did Newton give in support of Absolute time and space?

As everyone knows, Sir Newton advocated the Absolute Space & Time theory. But what examples and arguments did he confer to establish his theory? I read the wiki page where it was written that he ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

3 pulley and 2 masses,relation between their accelerations [closed]

I want to find acceleration of each mass in this system. lets take length of rope between three pulleys as $L$. then we can use this relations ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

An unwinding cable problem [closed]

Suppose a light cable is wrapped around a solid cylinder with mass $M$ and radius $R$. The cylinder rotates with no friction about a stationary horizontal axis. The free end of the cable is attached ...
0
votes
2answers
187 views

What are absolute space & time? Why are they not absolute in reality?

As said by A.P. French in Newtonian point of view: Space is a sort of stationary three-dimensional matrix into which one can place objects or through which objects can move without producing any ...
1
vote
4answers
147 views

Why are we still teaching Newtonian physics if it's “false”? [duplicate]

Why are we teaching an outdated theory when the math in general relativity isn't that hard? I really don't see a reason why we should teach a highly oversimplified theory in our schools. For me, it's ...
0
votes
2answers
174 views

Do objects really move in the direction of the force applied?

According to the second law of motion: Direction of the force is in the direction of change in momentum. Now, I came before a problem. Though an easy one, I was perplexed at a point. A ...
2
votes
1answer
145 views

The subtle differences between angular momentum and centrifugal force?

I am a mathematician wanting to understand the differences between the concepts of angular momentum and centrifugal force. The following two ideas are clear to me from a physical point of view, but ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Can someone please explain the forces acting on the rod? [closed]

Can someone please explain the forces acting on the rod.
0
votes
1answer
88 views

Equation of Trajectory [closed]

I was reading about Lorentz force law and motion of a charged particle under Electric field or magnetic field and I understood how they move in it. But as I was moving further I came across the ...
4
votes
2answers
83 views

Reasons for decaying orbit for satellites and spacecrafts

As per newton's law, unless a force is applies, moving objects will continue to move in a straight line. A satellite which speeds at around 17.5k mph would be travelling in a straight line considering ...
0
votes
2answers
390 views

How, exactly, does a reaction wheel work?

Reaction wheels, mounted on spacecrafts and satellites, are used for precision attitude control. It is not clear to me how they can do this, though. My best guess is that when a motor accelerates a ...
1
vote
1answer
297 views

A precise definition of macroscopic and microscopic objects

What are the formal definitions of "macroscopic object" and "microscopic object". How can one differentiate between them? I mean, is there any fixed condition by which we can distinguish between them? ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

Inclined pulley. Finding the $\frac{M_1}{M_2}$ [closed]

Problem As you can see in the picture, $M_1$ and $M_2$ are attached by a massless rope over a pulley. the height difference of $M_1$ and $M_2$ is $h$. The masses start to move and after $τ$ seconds, ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Conditions of friction on constant acceleration [closed]

If a body is moving with constant acceleration, then what would the frictional force be? Zero In forward direction, In reverse direction all of above
2
votes
0answers
33 views

Can a projectile moving at supersonic velocities leave a silhouette in whatever it hits?

I was recently reading this, and Floris's answer confirmed my knowledge that the information of an collision travels at the speed of sound. While I was thinking about that, my mind wandered and I ...
1
vote
2answers
73 views

Understanding variable mass equation for mass ablation/ejection

The "Variable-mass system" entry in Wikipedia, under the "Mass ablation/ejection" title, shows: $$p_2 = (m+dm)(v+dv) + u(-dm)$$ The parameter $p_2$ is for the momentum at $t+dt$, meaning $p_2 = ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Conservation of generalized energies in Newtonian and Relativistic Systems

I was considering the following problem: In a closed system, it is assumed that mass, momentum and energy is conserved. If we label the total mass of the System $M(i)$ at a time i, the total Momentum ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Running Euler's disk in a superfluid

I was considering the toy Euler's Disk, a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVl2CBG_h2s I was interested in understanding the behavior of the disk particularly in vacuum and in ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Making water spin a wheel [closed]

Let's say that I have a wheel with 8 symmetric arranged rectangular plates of area $A$ and the water, with density $\rho$, in the river it moves with $v\: \mathrm{m/s}$. How do I calculate the ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

Do two engines with the same specific impulse always perform the same amount of work?

As the title say, do engines with different thrusts with the same $I_{sp}$ and the same amount of fuel perform the same amount of work?
2
votes
1answer
89 views

The work-energy theorem

Well here's the question. From some previous excercises we know that from \begin{align} A&=\int F\;ds,\\ &=\int ma\;ds, &&(F=ma)\\ &=\int m \frac{dv}{dt}\;ds, ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Rotational KE in double pendulum

Why the Rotational Kinetic Energy term for the point mass of Kinetic Energy for double pendulum is not included in Lagrangian equation? \begin{align} ...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Action and Reaction - Time lag

Is there a time lag between action and reaction ? If there isn't such a time lag, the reaction force must cancel the applying force although they act on different bodies. My second question is that, ...
3
votes
2answers
409 views

How to find the center of mass of several objects in a 2d plane?

We have the following scenario in a 2d plane: a big rectangle with a lot of smaller similar uniform rectangles in it, all of them weight differently. Where is the center of mass of this object ...
1
vote
2answers
64 views

Do components of force have direction when doing work?

When we get angle > 0, the x-component of force is along the direction of displacement and so their product is called Work. So the x-component of force is said to have direction of the respective ...
-1
votes
3answers
121 views

When we catch a falling object, where does its kinetic energy go?

Some of it is transformed into heat and noise, but where does the rest go? Further details: The object does not bounce off (e.g. a sack of rice marble ball). The hand remains completely static ...
0
votes
2answers
156 views

Ball flying towards me - Newton's third law is violated?

I was trying to answer the question of the flying ball here on the basis of Newtons third law and Momentum conservation. Here is what I have tried. Lets take $m_1$ (the ball) hits $m_2$ (the man). ...
6
votes
5answers
178 views

Does lunar module need the same amount of fuel for landing and take off?

Let's assume there is no atmosphere and let's assume there is no change in weight due to fuel consumption, will reactive rocket need the same amount of fuel for landing on a planet as for take off? ...
2
votes
2answers
75 views

How to actually account for air resistance?

What's interested me in my studies thus far is that in a lot of beginner undergrad mathematics and physics courses we're often told to calculate trajectories, velocities, etc. by "ignoring air ...
0
votes
0answers
97 views

Calculations to Determine Force Required for Gyroscopic Stabalization

I am currently undertaking a project involving gyroscopes, the aim of which is to stabilize a large object. I have read that gyroscopes work because of conservation of angular momentum, and if you ...
1
vote
2answers
138 views

Force of a Train

Imagine that there are two trains and the first train is twice as long as the second train. They have the same mass per unit length and they are traveling at exactly the same speed. If the first ...
-2
votes
1answer
107 views

Questioning Einstein's view on gravity [duplicate]

Oke, so my mind is blown by Einsteins view on gravity, at least as far as I understand the basics and principles he based his views on. One of the first things that struck me was that most of his ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

How do you find the tension in the real world? (Given a rope in a pulley system)

I'm well aware of the formula to calculate tension, however, given a real world situation where you have a closed pulley system. How do you measure the force (i.e., tension) required to pull on the ...
3
votes
4answers
340 views

Why do physics students find vectors so difficult to deal with? [closed]

When I teach introductory physics to undergraduates, I find that although the classes are frequently split into "algebra-based" and "calculus-based" sections, the most difficult concept for any of ...
-6
votes
3answers
76 views

Net force of the following? [closed]

The following objects are attached to one another and have difference force directions: Where is the direction of force? And What is the net force? I'm trying to calculate it using their angles, ...
3
votes
1answer
37 views

Can the speed of a vehicle be determined based upon the extent of injuries to a pedestrian?

While driving at night in a Prius, at varying speeds of 5-20 MPH in heavy, stop-and-go traffic on a 4 lane city street, two pedestrians in dark clothing were struck (not in a crosswalk). One died of ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

Another condition of calculating work

Let's imagine that there is a box placed at the corner of a table, and I push it so that my applied force makes an angle of 30° from the table's surface. The box would move and, due to the effect ...
-2
votes
1answer
58 views

Center of mass finding question [closed]

Find the center of mass the rod in the figure if λ (the mass per unit lenght) varies with $x$ according to $\lambda=dm/dx=\beta x^2$, where $\beta$ is a constant. Sorry for quality of picture. I am ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

Position of Centre of Mass [closed]

Prove that: $$\vec{R}_{CM} =\frac{\sum_{i=0}^n M_i\times \vec{R}_i}{\sum_{i=0}^n M_i }$$ Where, $\vec{R}_i$ and $M_i$ are the position vector and the mass of $i^{th}$ particle in the system ...
-1
votes
1answer
222 views

Torque and Moment [closed]

pole vaulter holding a vaulting pole parallel to the ground. the pole is 5 metres long. vaulter grips pole with right hand 10 cm from the top end of the pole and with his left hand 1 metre from the ...
0
votes
3answers
69 views

Why doesn't an object that collides with one that is at rest just do a 180?

Newton's third law says "for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction." So why is it, say, that when a pool/billiards ball hits the wall of the table, the ball doesn't just turn around?
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Two boys pull a rope in the two edges with the force 50 N each. Will the rope rip if it can handle only a pull of 80 N? [closed]

I think we should make the sum the two forces 50+50=100 N and say it can't handle? Can you explain me using the 3rd Newton Law?
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Jumping off a boat vs ship [closed]

Why it is harder to jump towards the coast in a boat than in a ship (more massive than the boat) that is equally near as the boat? I think we should use Newton Law's and this happens because the mass ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

What happens when a force is not applied on the centre of the mass? [duplicate]

The answer to this question force applied not on the center of mass states that for a force applied not directly on the center of mass will have the same linear acceleration as one applied on the ...