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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Work done (by gravity) on paired blocks [closed]

Why does gravity do more work on the block going down? The total work done (by gravity) on the $8kg$ block is more than the work done (by gravity) on the lighter block. How?
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Stationary wave on a string

The problem says: A string lies on the x-axis, and is fixed at $ x=-a $ and $ x=a $. At $ t=0 $ we impose a transversal velocity given by $ a^2-x^2 $. Assuming that the velocity of the wave is $ c ...
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multibody problem and determinism

Given that there is no exact general solution to the $N$-body problem, can it be concluded that the Universe is non-deterministic, even for the Newtonian case (ignoring relativistic and quantum ...
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Sum of acceleration vectors

If a point mass has some accelerations $\mathbf{a_1} $ and $\mathbf{a_2} $, why is mathematically true that the "total" acceleration is $\mathbf{a}= \mathbf {a_1}+\mathbf {a_2}$?
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How can the tension force be computed to test if a shape is moving or not?

Source Given the coordinates of $n$ 3D joints ($1kg$ each) connected by $m$ rods. Assume rods have zero mass and joints with $z=0$ are fixed to the ground while others are free to move, will the ...
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Rod sliding on a frictionless surface

A uniform rod$(m,l)$ is standing vertically on a horizontal frictionless surface. Gravity is downwards and uniform. I give its upper end a little push and off it goes. I want to find the Normal ...
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Force exerted on ceiling by a simple mecahnical system

I have a simple static mechanical system, but I reach a conclusion that seems to me counter-intuitive: There is a pulley fixed to the ceiling and there is a weight fixed to a rope which goes ...
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Why do rocket engines have a throat?

Diagrams of rocket engines like this one, (source) always seem to show a combustion chamber with a throat, followed by a nozzle. Why is there a throat? Wouldn't the thrust be the same if the ...
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Potential and kinetic energy on spherical surface

A small particle of mass $m$ is atop of a semi-sphere as shown in the figure. A little push was given to the particle. Prove that the particle will leave the spherical surface at a height of ...
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Newton's Second Law

Newton's Second Law tells us that $\sum F = ma$. The vector sum of the forces $F$ on an object is equal to the mass $m$ of that object multiplied by the acceleration vector $a$ of the object. So ...
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Finding friction forces of stacked boxes on a table

Consider the following system. The given friction coefficients are for static. Let $g=10$ (meter per square second). If the $F(t)=10t$, for example, determine the friction forces $f_{AB}(t)$ ...
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Orbital motion with varying radius

The model of a orbital motion in many Physics textbooks and online resources (e.g., Wikipedia on circular motion) assumes that the orbit is a circle, i.e. the radius is constant and the speed is ...
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Different solutions for floating a DIY torii gate deeper than it's original floating level [closed]

I'm facing a dead end with my physics experience on a new build I am working on. Any help would be appreciated. Basic problem: I am trying to build a floating wooden Torii gate to be placed on water ...
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Electrostatic and gravitational forces? [closed]

Electrostatic force between two charged particles depends on the magnitude of the charges and the distance between them. If the charges have mass $m$ and $m'$ then, what will be the total force ...
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Why do objects fall at the same acceleration?

I read these two posts and now I am more confused. Do heavier objects fall faster? Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity? I was going to ask: if mass ...
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velocity in inertial and nontial frames

I got confused about the difference between the last term of both pictures. In the first one, we have w x r, but in the second we have w x r underlined. Does anyone have a better explanation? They ...
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Internal potential energy and relative distance of the particle

Today, I read a line in Goldstein Classical mechanics and got confused about one line. To satisfy the strong law of action and reaction, $V_{ij}$ can be a function only of the distance between ...
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How to deal with non fixed springs? [closed]

In every physics book they explain how to compute the force that a spring exert if one of its ends is fixed to a wall (or equivalent) and the other end is compressed or stretched. But how to deal ...
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Gravitation - why is it so confusing?

First, does gravity emit from all directions around a star or planet equally. Secondly, how is it that gravity pulls a planet closer, then it goes further out, without the planet changing orbit ...
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What are Lagrange points in gravitation fields? [closed]

What are Lagrange points in gravitation fields? Additionally, what are their properties? For example, if a satellite or asteroid rested at a Lagrange-point.
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Simple question about circular motion

The picture below shows a page of my mechanics (M2) textbook. At the top of this page, you'll see that it says that "a=-ω^2r". Why is it then that all the answers to the question in exercise 6B ...
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Derivation of Lagrangian?

I know that the Lagrangian $L$ is defined to be $T-V$, i.e. the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy. Also the Action $S$ is defined to be $\int Ldx$ and from this we can derive ...
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Does car have more kinetic energy when turning?

I asked this Phys.SE question Does car lose kinetic energy when turning? Assume a car turning without losing its speed by holding to a point by a rope. IMO, while the car is turning, its kinetic ...
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Loss of kinetic energy in inelastic collision [duplicate]

I know that momentum and energy are always conserved in collisions, but if we have a perfectly inelastic collision in which an object sticks to another object $m_1 v_1 + m_2 v_2 = (m_1+m_2)v_{12}$, ...
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Recoil from a shotgun

First of all I'd like to point out that I'm a complete layman when it comes to physics and I apologise if this isn't the correct forum for this. If I were to sit on an office chair on a laminated ...
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Pendulum (highschool)

I have a question concerning pendulum. On our physics lessons we built simple pendulum consisting of weight and a thread ($\ell=0.31$ m). We tried to calculate $g$ from the well known formula $$T_m ...
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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Minimize initial velocity of projectile to arbitrary point

I'm supposed to shoot a projectile from the origin to a point $(x_0 , y_0)$ with minimal initial velocity $v_0$. (no air resistance; regular gravity) The flight time should be $T=\frac{x_0}{v_x}$. ...
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Centrifugal force when there is no friction [duplicate]

Assume that a coin is placed on circular disk and now a disk is rotated with constant angular velocity. If there is no friction between the surfaces of a disk and coin, according to theory the coin ...
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Propeller Force & Momentum

An air stream is created by a propeller at velocity $\nu = 93.6\frac{m}{s}$ To calculate force applied by the propeller I used this formula: $$F=\frac{1}{2}\rho\nu^2A$$ where: $\rho = 1.29 ...
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Calculating the time to stop a wheel with friction [closed]

I'm trying to solve the following problem, but i have no idea how to begin. A wheel of mass $M$, radius of gyration $k$, spins smoothly on a fixed horizontal axle of radius a which passes through ...
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How long does it take for an electric car to go from 0 to 60 mph?

I found the freefall motion equation which describes terminal velocity of a falling body, but I can't find a similar equation for a vehicle subject to constant traction force, so I tried determining ...
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Newton's third law of motion

Action has equal but opposite reaction then, why dont a ball keep on moving when made to move between two surfaces,should elasticity of surface,gravity and friction be mentioned in this theory?
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Work done in non-uniform circular motion

In non-uniform circular motion, the work done by force should not be zero because tangential force acts on body. Is this correct? If I am wrong, please give a proper explanation.
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What is the maximum range of a bullet flying through the sky? [closed]

How far would my bullet fly with the following characteristics? 1.2km/second initial velocity 45 degree angle into the sky 'Normal' atmospheric conditions No wind Typical high-powered rifles have ...
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What is the speed of a thrown ball [closed]

I would like to know how much speed is loss when a baseball is pitched. When a pitcher hurls the ball, it must lose speed before the catcher catches it because of the air resistance. So, if the ...
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Best books for high-school? [duplicate]

Please don't close this thread, I now it might sound like a dozen others but I think that every case is different... I go to the first class of high school (that's how it's called in Greece, not sure ...
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Camp Fire Crackle

I was sitting around the camp fire and there was a periodic sound of cracking and pieces of the burning wood flew off. My question is what is the mechanism for the cracking of the wood? I was thinking ...
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Faster than critical damping for harmonic oscillator?

The image below shows damping for spring oscillator with Hooke law F=-kx and damped with F=-cv where: k is spring constant x is oscillator position c is damping coefficient v is velocity of oscillator ...
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How does a simple weighing balance actually work? [duplicate]

I have made a simple sketch of how I think the system looks like. My problem is: I always thought that the angle the balance makes is a function of the difference between the two masses (or the ...
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Do I need the exact velocity when experimenting with sliding coins?

I'm doing a home experiment but it's not going very well. I'm pushing coins on a table. I'm taking the time for how long it takes coin A to hit coin B and then I divide it by the time between them ...
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Speed of liquid being blocked at end of pipe

How fast would water go if at the end of of a 1 inch diameter pipe was closed by a valve? The system is as follows: 5 meter high source of water that feeds a 1 in pipe. The pipe goes straight down ...
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Classical rod-wall-floor system

I have a homogeneous thin rod $AB$. $A$ can slide along $z$-axis, $B$ along $xy$ plane. There is no friction. We have any initial conditions. Now the question is to write down the equation of motion ...
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Friction influencing the motion of a mass and non-inertial frame of reference [closed]

So... recently a Newtonian-mechanics related exercise has raised in me many questions basically ragarding which forces influence a given system and how, I know they might sound bit too "noobish" but I ...
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Is a scaled-up aircraft carrier 'ski-ramp' a viable system to impart enough velocity to significantly assist a spacecraft to orbit? [duplicate]

Not a boost straight up to escape velocity, just sufficient added momentum to make a significant economic saving on fuel cost, mass and complexity of a standard launch. It seems ludicrous to me how ...
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How is gravity consistent when you split an object into multiple pieces?

Here's the picture: In picture 1: Assume that we have 2 objects, namely A, and B. Object A with mass $2M$, and object B with mass $m$; and their distance is $r$. Then the gravitational force of A ...
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Calculating rate of change of momentum for a package [closed]

A helicopter is flying to the right (in the $+x$ direction) with a constant speed $v$, carrying a package of mass $M$ suspended below it using a cable as shown in the figure. (You can assume that $H$ ...
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Finding gravitational potential due to ring [closed]

A point P lies on the axis of a fixed ring of mass M and radius R at a distance of 2R from its centre O. A small particle starts from P and reaches O under gravitational attraction only.its speed at O ...
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How far do atoms move in a wire when whirling it horizontally? [closed]

so the question is: I whirl a mass m attached to a wire with length L and diameter d around my head in the horizontal plane. The mass takes t seconds to move around a circle. How far do the ...
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Finding a 1-Dimensional Mass Distribution

Past Discussion There have been a lot of questions and discussions regarding determining the mass distribution of various bodies through non-destructive purposes. Here are a few: Determination of ...