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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Separation of two particles

An object ofass $5$ kg is projected with a velocity of $20m/s$ at an angle of $60degress$ to the horizontal. At the highest point of its path projectile explodes and breaks up into $2$ fragments of ...
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Collision: How can I calculate the effect of an object below 1 kg on another heavier object after colliding [closed]

I have a question on collision: 1. A light object (0.75 kg) is travel in velocity V m/s. 2. This object collide into another object which is about 9.5 times of its weight. 3. So, the question is ...
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Can a system be designed that uses no energy to accelerate particles to high velocity?

I have one system in mind. Although I know it is not possible to accelerate a particle to a higher speed without spending energy, I would like to know why the proposed system won't work. The system ...
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Speed of a cycle wheel

Common sense tells me that the front wheel is going at the same speed as the back wheel, but somewhere, the phrase 100% efficient keeps nagging at my brain. That's because, I somehow feel that ...
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How to calculate the force of pull when a high speed rotating wheel is braked suddenly and immediately accord to angular momentum?

According to angular/circular momentum, how can I calculate the force of pull when a high speed turning wheel is stopped suddenly and immediately (I mean stop to 0 m/s within 0.1 sec). As I know, this ...
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Ball collides with another. Find velocities [closed]

A ball moving at a velocity of 5.0 m/s east when it collided with an identical ball at rest. Both balls are the same mass. The first ball moved at 60 degrees north of east. The second went 30 ...
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Drag in Free Fall [duplicate]

I was recently thinking about how I might go about describing projectile motion with air reistance. The problem I encountered was that air resistance might cause some acceleration for a short period ...
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Classical particle in a box [closed]

I'm trying to work out some of the details for this system. A particle with mass $\mu$, initial velocity $v_0$ at $x_0$ and moving freely between two walls located at $\pm L/2$, with which it bounces ...
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Finding the constraint equation

I am trying to solve a problem on Constraint equations for a triple pendulum model, but was not able to derive a constraint equation for the last mass. I solved constraint equations for Masses 1 ...
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When a rocket or car is accelerating is the air in it going backwards or not?

I'm not sure but when a car is accelerating is the air in the car pushed backwards or not? If so why did Einstein say that there is no way of finding out (besides tidal effects) the difference ...
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How is it that we can send signals faster than the speed of light?

I came across this while reading The Feynmann Lectures on Physics (Vol.1,Ch.7)- According to Newton, the gravitational effect is instantaneous, that is, if we were to move a mass, we would at once ...
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SHM with acceleration at mean position

Suppose we have an equation of motion as $$\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} = -kx + c,$$ then can it be called a SHM? Since acceleration is still proportional to displacement. But then, how will we define the mean ...
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Height of oceans after ices of poles are melted

As you know if we put a cube of ice on a glass of water because of floating force it will be floated. if we measure the height of water in that time it has no difference with the time that ice is ...
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How do you tell whether a force acting on an inclined plane is going up or down in its perpendicular component to the plane?

I'm practicing mechanics, and I had to resolve the following forces perpendicularly to the inclined plane in order to work out the reaction force (plus the weight of the ball) But I cannot tell ...
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Center of mass of an arc

A very thin tube shaped like a quarter of a toroid has one end attached to the origin $(0,0,0)$ and the other end at $(R,0,R)$. Determine its center of mass. So obviously $y_G = 0$. Using Pappus ...
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Electricity problem [closed]

• Two small metallic spheres, each of mass 5 g, are suspended as pendulums by light strings from a common point as shown in Figure. The spheres are given the same electric charge, and it is found ...
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A child swinging on a swing in sitting position and then stands up

I have one doubt which is that while swinging in sitting position if I all of sudden stands up on that sitting position and then started swinging with that same energy then does my time period will ...
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What is the connection between Newton's laws of motion and his law of gravitation?

What is the connection between Newton's laws of motion and his law of gravitation? Is there a connection where one suggests the other, or are they just two separate ideas that are assumed to be true? ...
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Free body diagram when forces are not directly in contact with the object

I was trying to use Newton's second law to describe the motion of the following pendulum: However, I was confused as to how to include the spring in Newton's second law. I was able to set up a ...
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Potential Elastic Energy between two carts [closed]

I have a problem in which two carts are attached by a compressed spring. I have found that cart $A$ moves at $1.1~\mathrm{m/s}$ to the right and has a mass of $0.39 ~\textrm{kg}.$ Cart $B$ has a mass ...
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Speed of satellite when it falls freely on the surface of the earth [closed]

I am a high school student in my final two years before university. I have a question which I do not know how to approach. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! "If an artificial satellite is ...
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How do we feel fictitious forces?

Fictitious forces arise because of the acceleration of the frame of reference itself. No real forces act on the object, still the object accelerates. So why it is said that if the earth were to ...
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Gravity and Newton's 2nd law

I started to wonder what would be different when opening e.g. a very heavy door (e.g.m=10 tons) of a safe here on Earth and on the Moon. Lifting (!) the door (taken of its hinges) straight up here on ...
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Solidifying understanding of centrifugal force at the equator vs poles

I'm just trying to get my head around the physics here and understand exactly what's going on, because there's a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Viewed from an inertial reference ...
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Why do smaller animals survive falls from larger heights?

I remember thinking about this classic problem with my friends back in school and tried to work through it again from a physics point of view. It turned out that it is more complicated that I thought: ...
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Calculating orbits with varying laws of physics? [closed]

The general way planets orbit stars in our universe is determined by the inverse square law and the three laws of motion. Both the inverse square law and the three laws of motion are the reason that ...
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Normal Force in Circular Motion

In the above diagram, sec1(on the left side), an object of mass $m$, after releasing from rest from a slant track, continues into a vertical circular track. At a random position on the circular ...
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Momentum when a people fall down to ground (Related to momentum, gravity, lever)

According to the Newton's laws, free fall is subjected to the pull of gravity at acceleration of 9.8 m/s per second. (Something like this) But I don't think the principle of "free fall" is applicable ...
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Solving for the initial height of a projectile

The problem is stated as follows; A cannon is placed at the edge of a cliff at an angle of $30^o$ (With respect to the x-axis) and fires a projectile with initial velocity of $20 m/s$. The ...
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Explaining faster spinning without using conservation of angular momentum

Lets take a very big rotating star ,after the finish of the nuclear fuel the star is going to contract under its own gravity.Now to conserve its angular momentum the star is going to rotate faster. ...
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Proper explanation of the hydraulic lift [closed]

How is hydraulic lift useful? According to energy conservation it is not possible. Can somebody please explain how a hydraulic lift works?
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A car with mass 840 Kg is rolling at 50ms^-1 and is suddenly opposed by a friction force of 120N [closed]

A car with mass 840 Kg is rolling at 50ms^-1 and is suddenly opposed by a friction force of 120N. a) Find the Acceleration. b) How long does it take the car to stop. c) How far does ...
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Can a submarine be powered by a wind turbine?

This is not intended as a realistic way for propulsion of submarines, it is just an interesting thought experiment. Say I want to travel directly towards the wind, only powered by the wind. This is ...
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When I kik a ball at velocity Vo, angle alpha, from the ground..(no air resistance) [closed]

I have the force acting on the ball equals to F = (Fx,Fy) = (0, -mg)? I mean I understand that I have the mg force on the y axis, pointing down, and I understand that there is no additional force on ...
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Car wheel's “slip ratio” equation for game

Some of you may know about slip ratio. It is specific ratio that kind of depends on wheel rotation speed, radius etc. and affects friction. Car has the most friction at around 0.05-0.1 slip ratio ...
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Why does the co-efficent of friction between plane and body does change depending on the angle of the plane?

First of all I know there is a similar question to this one. However, it didn't help me resolve my problem. Let's say there is a body on a angled plane and the system is in equilibrium (the body ...
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Which requires less energy, complete mechanical breaking or vaporization of matter?

Let's say we have a one kilogram piece of rock. Now if we want to separate each molecule from the other molecules making this piece of rock, which method requires the least energy while neglecting ...
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Two Dimensional Momentum [closed]

[2] []3> A tennis player receives a ball of mass $60\ \mathrm g$ travelling horizontally at $55\ \mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ perpendicular to the net, and returns it at $28\ \mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ in a direction at ...
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Speed of pinewood derby car

If I drop a pinewood derby car from 4 feet I know it hits the ground in half a second at about 10.6 mph. If it rolls down the track (starting at 4 feet) it takes longer, but is it possible for it to ...
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What happens when two balls collide? [closed]

What happens when ball traveling at constant speed hit resting ball with same mass more mass less mass (ie. how diagram of balls speeds looks like) Balls are made of same material and they ...
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What happens to a body if it rotates extremely fast?

I am thinking on a object, e.g. ball or planet that starts rotating with increasing speed. Let's assume that his speed get's closer to the speed of light, what happens to this object? There are ...
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How is water falling from a tap an example of the conservation of mass?

In a book, Conceptual Physics by Benjamin Corral, it was given that when water falls down from a tap, it is a case of conservation of mass. They said that this is because water is thick when just ...
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If I push or hit an object in space will it rotate or move along a straight line?

If I push or hit an object in space (vacuum and no gravitation) in direction what is not going trough its centroid, will it rotate or move along in straight line? I expect that on earth it will ...
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Confusion over basis sets in quantum mechanics

In a sense, I feel like I understand every step in the following (fairly typical) calculation, but I don't understand the conclusion. I consider a vector space spanned by two basis vectors ...
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People went down two different length slides end up at the bottom at the same time [closed]

Discussion I am having: If there are two slides that are at the same height. One slide is 100m long and the other slide is 200m long. The endpoint and start point are the same displacement. In ...
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Confusion in understanding the derivation of wave speed from Newton's Second Law

In the book 'Principles of Physics' by Resnick,Halliday and Jearl Walker,the opening para of derivation of wave speed from Newton's Second Law is such: Let us consider a symmetrical pulse moving ...
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What is the Benefit of Plotting a Log of Net Force vs. Log of Acceleration Graph?

In preparation for a quiz, I've been going over a set of sample questions. One question in particular asks that if I am to graph the logarithm of the horizontal net force of a system vs the ...
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Free falling object with air resistance, what's the velocity as a function of time?

So, I'm looking into how velocity can be represented as a function of time when the air resistance is also function of velocity. The force of drag is $$ F_d = C||\vec{v}||\vec{v} $$ where $C$ is an ...
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Navier Stokes : what about angular momentum?

I play with CFD for a while, and suddenly, a transcendantal question raises: :-) Navier Stokes is basically Newton applied on a continuum in Eulerian. For solids, we would consider linear, but also ...
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Does a potential of interaction produce also torque?

I have a system of particles (spheres with masses and radii), with $6$ degree of freedom (they are free to move and rotate as they wish). Between each couple there is an interaction potential $V(d)$, ...