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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Does a projectile always meet a freely falling body when aimed at it? [closed]

When we aim a projectile at a freely falling body why does it always meet it irrespective of the range and speed.
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What happens to KE when lowering a raised book?

I understand the conservation of energy theorem and mechanical energy, but there is this question that confused me a bit, so I hope someone explains it. If you had a book and you raised it, you gave ...
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Could you please help me find another example of motion under null net force? [closed]

There are many familiar situations in which the net force on a body is zero and yet the body moves with a constant velocity. Here is one example: A car traveling at constant speed on a ...
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Calculating the torque required to move a heavy object (the calculations)

I wanna choose a motor for my bicycle and turn it into an electric one. So the physics part shoots. The force (Force=Mass x acceleration) that i will exert on earth surface(weight) will be my ...
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Kinetic energy of the object, but Potential energy of the system: Why is it so?

Examples from Principles of Physics (by Walker,Resnick,Halliday) will say it better: Let us throw a tomato upward. . .as the tomato rises, the work $\mathbf{W_g}$ done on the tomato by the ...
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What factors influence the spring constant?

For certain springs we have been taught that Hookes law, $F=-kx$ works. For such springs, what factors determine k. For instance, k is proportional to length. Can k be expressed in terms of ...
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A problem related to Work done by falling bodies : Expert's attention much needed! [closed]

I'm having a lot of trouble with this question, that I've found in my textbook. I've solved it in my own way and it's very simple! But the solution in the book is totally different. It doesn't make ...
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Confusion with potential in simple pendulum

I'm a maths student taking a course in classical mechanics and I'm having some confusion with the definition of a potential. If we consider a simple pendulum then the forces acting on the end are ...
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Velocity of ball after collision [closed]

I have a question regarding impulse. Suppose at a certain point of time ball has velocity $\mathbf{v}\cos\theta$ in horizontal direction and $\mathbf{v}\sin\theta$ in vertical direction (downwards) ...
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Throwing an object around the Earth. Is it possible?

Some of you might be familiar with the cartoon called Astérix. In one of the episodes, Obelix (the really strong fat guy in the stylish striped pants) enters a spear throwing competition. He beats the ...
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Traveling to Mars in 24 Days

I am trying to calculate an electromagnetic rail launch from the Moon but I need to know if humans can survive the launch. Please see the specs below. 150 miles of track Proposed final launch speed ...
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A question on tangential and centripetal accelerations?

What is the proof that the component of acceleration perpendicular to motion for all motion is $v^2/r$, where r is the radius of curvature? Also, what is the proof that the component of acceleration ...
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Problem on bending plates in Newtonian Mechanics?

I am reading a book on interesting physics problems and demonstrations. One of the problems in the section on buildings, structures and equilibrium talks about a plate with one side attached to the ...
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Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force?

Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force for the force exerted by the objects on the fluid (newtons third law)? Or there are two sets of action reaction force? (objects force and ...
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Lagrangian mechanics and initial conditions vs boundary conditions

It bothers me that many basic books on the classical mechanics don't discuss the following difference between "Newton's laws" and the "Principle of stationary action". Newton's laws can predict the ...
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Equation for Figuring out the Displacement for a Projectile at an Angle

I'm wondering if anybody can simply tell me if there is a simple formula to solve for displacement when you've been given the launch angle and initial velocity? See; http://is.gd/LpT1EA To some, it ...
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Balancing sphere

A cube is balanced on the very top of a sphere, and is given a small push in some direction, at which point it begins sliding down that side of the cube (due to gravity). Now, I want to keep the cube ...
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dynamics: force, pulley, person in elevator [duplicate]

An 30-kg person standing on a 60-kg elevator suspended by a rope passing over a stationary pulley that is free to rotate. The other end of the rope is held by the person. The masses of the rope and ...
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Uniqueness of the equivalence class of inertial frames

Let us define an inertial frame as a frame of reference where the laws of physics take their usual form, as opposed to non intertial frames where one has to introduce pseudo-forces. We can further ...
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Two cars colliding with different speeds

If I have one car travelling at 30 m/s and another travelling at 10 m/s both weighing the same amount, why is it that the car travelling 10 m/s would have more damage? According to Newton's third law ...
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Circular motion normal force

Extracted from this article (see the bottom section): Some roller-coasters have loop-the-loop sections, where you travel in a vertical circle, so that you're upside-down at the top. To do this ...
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Absolute (as opposed to relative) concept of inertial frame

In mechanics there is a relative concept of "inertial frame": frame A is inertial with respect to frame B if A moves uniformly with respect B. That concept is easy to understand. There also seems to ...
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will frictional force work against the vertical direction of velocity of an object?

We assume that an object is placed on a horizontal plane. If this object is accelerated to vertical direction, will frictional force act against the vertical direction of velocity of object? For any ...
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Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well?

Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well? Most places where I have read this seem to claim the latter. But an example I thought up has been troubling me. Consider ...
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If the solar system is a non-inertial frame, why can Newton's Laws predict motion?

Since there is no object in the universe that doesn't move, and the solar system likely accelerates through space, how did Newton's Laws work so well? Didn't he assume that the sun is the ...
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Is force the derivative of energy?

In my lecture today my professor briefly mentioned that force is the derivative of energy but I did not really get what he meant by that. I tried to express it mathematically: ...
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Pure Rolling from a stationary surface onto a moving surface

Suppose a sphere rolls without slipping on horizontal stationary ground. Now, suppose the sphere rolls onto a surface which is moving at some velocity with respect to the previous stationary ground. ...
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What is the use of orthogonal curvilinear co-ordinate system?

Orthogonal curvilinear coordinate system is made of intersecting sets of confocal ellipses & hyperbolas. But, I have found no book that would describe this how to use this coordinate system ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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An interesting problem on springs [closed]

If I place two identical objects of mass $m$ at either end of a spring with spring constant $k$ and the whole system is placed on a horizontal frictionless surface, then what is the frequency of ...
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Very confused about effective spring constant

I know that for springs in parallel, the effective spring constant is $k_1+k_2$ and for springs in series the constant is $1/(1/k_1+1/k_2)$. But there are some weird problems where finding the ...
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Tipping over objects on a frictionless surface

Is there any way you can topple over a rod which is standing up on a frictionless surface?
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Where does energy goes if I jump down from a balloon?

Suppose you are in a hot air balloon of mass $M$ which is floating in the air, and you get out and start climbing down a rope at constant velocity $v$. By conservation of momentum we can show that the ...
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Linear Gravity Inside Solid Sphere Derivation

I am currently taking a dynamics module at university and am revising for a midterm exam. One of the problems on a past paper was to consider a mass falling through a hole in the Earth (pole to ...
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How to explain that an object at a certain point with zero velocity can move away from that point by having an acceleration?

As A.P.French points out: You may feel, . . . , that we have gone to excessive lengths in our discussion of instantaneous velocity & acceleration. But make no mistake about it; these are very ...
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Clearing up confusion about orbital mechanics

When I see an orbital mechanics problem, I recall the following things from my "toolbox": Angular momentum is conserved for a body orbiting a planet, since the torque due to gravity is 0. Kinetic ...
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Springs at an angle [closed]

I'm trying to find the equation of motion for the following system: This is how I proceeded: Let's call the length of the hypotenuse $s$. Then, $$F = 2 \sin{\theta}\cdot-k(s - l_o) = -2kx ...
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If a place a spring in a box and drop the box, what happens?

Suppose I a holding a box in my hands, and inside the box a spring with some mass attached hangs from the cieling of the box. Initial the system is at equilibrium, then I let go of the box and it ...
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Placing an object in a tub changes the weight of the tub?

Suppose you have a tub filled with water and it rests on a scale so you can measure the weight. If you place an object in the tub, will the reading on the scale change? Clearly if the object sinks ...
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Can we make a “Gravity Mill” based on principle(s) of Newton's cradle?

DISCLAIMER: Newbie/Wannabe Physicist. What's to stop us from making a "Gravity Mill" which is a bar/rod attached with weights on both ends and pivoted at the ...
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The velocity of the flowing coming out of the balloons?

Last day , when i was working on two interconnected balloons , a question was kicking my brains !!! This is the explanation of the question: First , suppose a system that composed of two spherical ...
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Acceleration of ball rolling down incline

Suppose you have some object (which can roll like a ball,cylinder,wheel,etc) rolling down an incline without slipping (moment of intertia $I=kmr^2$. I want to find the accleration of the ball as it ...
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Why don't we consider jerk in physics classes? [duplicate]

When i got more into physics, i started asking myself if just like acceleration represents the growth of speed, something else could also represent the growth of acceleration itself. And it came that ...
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Acceleration in a system equal for every body — why?

A 1 kg cart can slide frictionlessly on the table. The black weights each weigh 1 kg. The pulleys are frictionless. The task is to determine the acceleration of the cart. For the left-most ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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Is the moment-curvature relation for an elastic beam general?

The relationship between the moment and the curvature for an elastic beam is $$M = -EI\kappa$$ Previously, I have only used this with small deflections in static calculations. I am currently working ...
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Would cereal still group together if it were suspended in the liquid (milk) - rather than floating on top?

According to my interpretation of several online sources (correct me if I am wrong), cereal tends to group together in our bowls of milk because it creates a deformation on the surface of the liquid ...
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newton's cradle with 2 balls dropped from same height at same time

I'm creating a logo and want it to be as exact as possible. The logo idea is a "Newtonian cradle", but with only 2 balls and on straight steel wire (can't be bend). What would happen if I dropped ...
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Newton's 2nd and 3rd Law clarification [duplicate]

Hi I have a quick question. I know this may be a common question. If N3L states that there's an equal and opposite force, why do things still move? I have read up a lot and this is my understanding. ...
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Why isn't jerk necessary?

I've recently thought about the rate of change in acceleration and found out that is exists and is called jerk. I've looked at some questions and answers but i could not understand something in this ...