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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Application of Mean Value Theorem to Law of Universal Gravitation

I'm not terribly well-versed in physics, so forgive me if this is trivial. Supposing an object hovers $6*10^5$ metres above Earth's surface, calculate its impact speed after falling to earth's ...
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Applying Newton's 3rd law in electromagnetic systems

From this diagram: What is the action force here, and what is the reaction force? From two references, the wire and the magnet? *Assume the magnet being an electromagnet(air core, basically a ...
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How should speed be expressed in Frenet-Serret frame of reference? [closed]

I'm looking for the equation of motion of the ball on a vertical plane with a cylindrical profile. I guess that means I have to use the frame of reference of Frenet-Serret here. Why is the speed of ...
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Mass and friction

Assume I have a block of mass $m$ on a rough surface. Let's say I apply a force $F$ to the block to get it sliding. Common sense tells me that the heavier the block, the more force it takes to keep ...
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Thermodynamics and Newton's second law

Is it correct to say, that the Newton's laws (or a Newtonian system) is reversible if the friction isn't considered (the fact that the time is of second order $\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$) and an isolated ...
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What does it mean for a particle to be subjected to 'more than one' simple harmonic motion? [closed]

Also what can we say now about its --> Resulting Energy? -> Resulting Amplitude? -> Maximum Velocity? Please help as I am not able to understand the process going on. I also tried to represent this ...
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Projectile motion and drag problem [closed]

I am currently working on an artillery simulation but I came across a problem: I require an equation that will give me the required initial angle when given a velocity the range and elevation, ...
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Can outgassing produce a significant thrust on a space ship?

There are a variety of materials that outgas in the atmosphere, and I imagine they would do so even more in the vacuum of space. I imagine an object in space would experience a small force as ...
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Violation of the Newton's first law of motion in the movement of spacecrafts in the vacuum of space [closed]

Suppose a rocket at rest in space where there is a complete vacuum and no force to influence the rocket: In the left we have the rocket with a metal ball in it. After the ball is thrown out of the ...
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Why is it difficult to ride a bicycle with a partially inflated or deflated tyre?

It is a common observation that riding a bicycle with an inflated tyre is easier than riding one with a deflated tyre but why is it so? As per my knowledge in an ideal case of no deformation in ...
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Did Newton conduct any experiments to find something called momentum, or was he such a great genius that he was able to spot it intuitively?

I wanted to go to the depth of the discovery of classical mechanics, instead of just reading, accepting and learning things. Now my question is not a single question, but it can answer many of my ...
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How to model terminal velocity as a function of gravitational acceleration?

Taking the most simplistic form of terminal velocity, $v=\sqrt{\frac{mg}{c}}$ I want to try and derive an equation that models the velocity as g changes in height.. Because obviously the terminal ...
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Does Mass affect Speed of a Sliding Object With friction

Sorry if this has been already asked, but I've been looking around google for a while and couldn't find an answer suitable. I'm a beginning physics student so pardon the dumb question. Let's say we ...
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Why does Conservation of Momentum fails because of friction? [closed]

I did this experiment in my lab. We had two cars with wheel connected by a string. One car has a spring that can be triggered by a switch at the top of the car. (Frictionless surface and light string$ ...
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How to calculate drag forces on an object

Previously, I theoretically calculated the velocity of a bb, accelerated by air pressure, when it exits a barrel. In short, I calculated my velocity to be about 150m/s. However, I wanted a more ...
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Deformation of an elastic bar

We know that if we fix a bar at one of its ends, then the other one will descend by $s = A \cdot F l^3, A = const.$ (we can assume that $F$ is the gravitational force. ...
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What exactly is a torque?

I know there are a number of questions concerning torque on this site but I still don't quite understand what it is. A video by veritasium on gyroscopic precession ...
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Angular Velocity of Semicircle [closed]

In a 2-Dimensional world, a semicircle with center O, mass M and radius r is placed on the ground, with C as the point of contact. A small beetle of mass $m$ is placed at C which starts walking ...
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Conservative/Non-conservative nature of hinge force [closed]

Can total mechanical energy be conserved for a hinged rod free to move in the $X-Y$ plane? Because, there's the hinge force. If it is non-conservative, energy won't be conserved. Is it conservative?
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Moment of inertia meaning?

Why is the formula for calculating the moment of inertia this integral $$ \int r^2 dm~? $$ I understand the way we derived this formula from looking at the distribution of kinetic energy of a ...
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Calculating the theoretical velocity of a projectile

Recently, I made a homemade air powered airsoft gun. I wanted to know how fast it would accelerate out of the barrel, so I tried do do some calculations, but to no avail (keep in mind, I haven't taken ...
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Conservation of Momentum

Conservation of momentum can be derived during collisions by using Newton's laws of motion. But in other cases, do we simply take it like an axiom ?
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Mechanics impulse related

A bead of mass 'm' is connected at one end of an inextensible massless string. The other end of the string is fixed to a fixed cylinder. An initial impulse J is given to the bead perpendicular to ...
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Mechanics principle

When two forces of equal magnitude, opposite in direction and parallel act on an object, the object will rotate without having translational speed. On the other hand, when three concurrent forces ...
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Finding the angle of an object moving in non-uniform circular motion

I'm doing some revision using a study guide before the semester starts up again, and have gotten stuck on part of a question. The question I’m having trouble with is as follows: A rock of mass $m = ...
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Calculating initial velocities given trajectory parabola [closed]

I'm working on a volleyball game but my maths/physics knowledge isn't quite up to par. I need some help with the following problem: The player can hit the ball from anywhere on the left of the court ...
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Conservation of linear momentum (classical mechanics and special relativity)

How did Newton deduce the law of conservation of linear momentum? Can it be derived only by Newton's laws, or does it follow from practical experiments? If the law of conservation of linear momentum ...
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Can a planet's orbit around a star be simulated? [closed]

Say I know all parameters like density, size, rotational velocity of a planet, could I predict its orbit around a star where I also know parameters of it? I want to design a simple model of the solar ...
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Elevator Cab Problem

I faced this problem in Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday and Resnick): A $0.250\ \mathrm{kg}$ block of cheese lies on the floor of a $900\ \mathrm{kg}$ elevator cab that is being pulled upward by ...
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Relation between Upthrust and Newtons Law [closed]

Using Newton's $2nd$ law of motion, show that when an object floats on the surface of water, the upthrust experienced by the object and the weight of object must be equal? The first thing is I don't ...
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At What Point Does Mass Cease to Matter?

I know very little about physics so I naturally have a lot of simple minded questions. Assuming I am piloting a rocket and want to obtain the fastest speed possible. At what point does mass more ...
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Direction of static friction in inclined rolling motion

I can't seem to understand in which direction static friction faces for inclined plane motion with rolling motion. This considers rolling motion without slipping, how do i find the direction of the ...
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Inertial forces and centre of mass

Is inertial force always attached to the centre of mass of the object? Why? What rules cause this to happen? See the example below of the leaned bike in a corner. The force $m\frac{v^2}{r}$ ...
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Distance and Uniform Acceleration [closed]

Why is it that when an object is uniformly accelerated: $v_f^2-v_0^2$=$2a(x-x_0)$ With $v_f$ being the final speed, $v_0$ being the original speed, $a$ the acceleration and $x-x_0$ the distance the ...
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How to set an object which is at rest to uniform velocity motion? [closed]

Consider I place an object in space where there are no frictional forces. Now according to Newtons first law, it stays at rest, until acted upon by an unbalanced force. Now how to make this object ...
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Missile-like trajectory calculation [closed]

First of all I want to let you know that I'm not a Physicist, I am a Video Game Developer. I can simulate physical and mathematical equations and can also use some built in physics. For example I ...
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Distinguishing real forces and fictitious/pseudo forces in Newtonian mechanics

In understanding the law of inertia I had to consider the motion of bodies screened from the so called "real forces". What characterises these real forces? What makes us call them real? Or what is ...
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The nature of Newtonian laws of motion

The first law of inertia deals with the motion of "ISOLATED BODIES".. What are these isolated bodies? How do we know that a body is free from all forces? and eventually What do we mean by forces ...
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Aircraft - static take off - how is this possible?

From this Aviation SE answer, and personal experience, aircraft routinely are held on their brakes while the engines are run up to full power, prior to take-off. Intuitively, to me at least, this is ...
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Why can we assume, when dealing with tension, that the mass of a rope is $0$ but still assume that there are forces on it?

I started studying tension and I can't understand the following concept: If I have two objects $A,B$ collegated by a rope, where $A$ applies a certain force $\vec{F}$ on it, I would have that the ...
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How does an anti-g overall work?

Assuming that a human being would be exposed by 10g in a jetplane. This g-force will cause health risks without a proper g-protection. But with an anti-g vest such health risks can be minimized. One ...
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How does Initial velocity effect braking distance? [closed]

supposed we have a car that slams the brake to bring it to stop, how would doubling it's mass affect braking distance and how would halving its velocity affect it? I used the equation d=Vi^2/2×a
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How to predict the location of a planet at a given time? [closed]

I am trying to create a simple two-dimensional computer simulation of a planetary system. While I've been able to understand Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, I do not know enough about the formulas ...
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Man walking on the rotating platform [closed]

The problem is: The solid cylindrical platform with mass $M$ and radius $R$ rotates with angular frequency $\omega$. On the edge of the platform there is a standing man with mass $m$. Then man ...
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What is the direction of the planet if we launch a rocket from it? [closed]

If we launch a rocket from a rest planet, then what is the direction of the planet after the rocket is launched ?I guess there are 2 possible answers: Move opposite the rocket because the planet is ...
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Using water pressure as pushing force in a floating bath tub? [closed]

Does physics allow for water pressure to work in this way? if so What formula can prove this? (backup link 1, backup link 2)
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Limitations of 2D point-mass Dynamics of the solar system

To model the solar system, I took the planets to be point masses, used newtonian mechanics and modelled the orbits as circular (only Mercury's orbit has appreciable eccentricity). The entire system is ...
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Newton's Second Law of Motion

Newton originally wrote his second law as: "The rate of change of momentum of a body is directly proportional to the resultant force applied to the body, and is in the same direction as the force." ...
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how can we reduce the temperature below -60 degree celsius? [closed]

To reduce the temperature below -60 degree celsius. we have to do a project based on this subject.