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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Position with respect to time with friction

I'm interested in equations of motion when friction is present for a little graphical side project I am working on. I'm really rusty with physics, so I apologize if this is a basic question or doesn't ...
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How do I convert tangential speed to angular speed in an elliptic orbit?

I am running an animation of a satellite in an elliptic orbit (defined by a parametric equation for $x$ and $y$ as a function of $t$) and want to make sure the spacecraft is traveling at the right ...
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Work and its nature?

Suppose we have a constant force $\overrightarrow{F}$ and in the direction of force we have 2 point $x_1$ and $x_2$ in that order. And we have to calculate work done on moving frok $x_1$ to $x_2$ and ...
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What is use of inertial frames

In class of Newton's laws of motion, it was explained that Newton's second law is valid only in inertial frames. Teacher give us a example by considering a lift which is going downwards with ...
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How can I calculate the time until collision?

I'm programming a 1 dimensional physics simulator in python. How do I calculate the amount of time until two particle points that are traveling towards eachother collide? I am using the equation: ...
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Direction of force of friction?

I know that friction opposes the direction of the velocity, but the problem is when I don't know what the direction of the velocity is. When I'm drawing a FBD for complex systems with ramps and ...
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velocity of a ball after sliding down a inclined plane? [closed]

I am making kind of a game that involves inclined plane and physics simulation. In the Game a M kg ball at the constant speed of V is sliding up an inclined plane(inclined angle is θ) and the ...
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Where does this derivation of the equation of motion for a simple pendulum go wrong?

I am attempting to derive the following equation of motion for a simple pendulum: $$\theta''(t) = - \frac{g}{l} \sin(\theta).$$ For background, see this Wikipedia article. I understand this page ...
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Is Newton's third compatible with retarded Lorentz force?

In Griffiths Introduction to electrodynamics it is said that Newton's third law is not valid in electrodynamics, but, in the example given, the it does not consider the retarded values for the fields ...
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Calculating axle load in cargo container (pics are included)

I'm current developing cargo loader software, but i have a little challenge with calculating load for each axle when a cargo is placed on container. I know that all axles will be affected (the nearest ...
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Simulating how comets travel with Newtonian physics

Imagine that a comet enters the solar system from Oort cloud, what concepts and laws does one need to take into consideration to simulate how it travels? I'm about to start researching how to write ...
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Two body particle problem with reduced mass

When we have two bodies and a central force acting towards the center of each other, we could treat the whole problem as a one body problem by introducing the relative coordinate. My question is, when ...
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Sailing against the wind. Is this a fair model?

I was ruminating the explanations about how boats can sail against the wind (or "into the wind"), and wondered if one could devise a simple mechanical model without hydrodynamics involved. Imagine a ...
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Velocity distribution in Plummer's models and others mass distributions

The Plummer's sphere is an model for the mass density in a globular cluster of stars. For an $N$-body simulation I have initialized the position of $N$ masses with a Monte-Carlo technique but cannot ...
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Projectile motion maximum distance to origin

Is there an elegant or easy way to derive the maximum distance from the origin to a point of the parabola created by projectile motion (assume initial position is the origin)? Other than ...
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Minimum separation distance between two masses cushioned by a spring [closed]

I think this problem is much more difficult than what I've learned so far. B) is the problem I'm having a hard time with. I think it is much more difficult to consider because as the red object ...
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Torque for rotation

The force for revolution of earth is provided by the gravitational force of attraction between earth and the sun. What provides the force(torque) for the rotation of earth?
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Does a charge experience no force due to electric field produced by it?

My book "Concepts of Physics (Satish K. Gupta)" says: The electric field of a charge is the space property by virtue of which the charge modifies the space around itself. As a result, if any ...
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absorbing energy from explosion

The other day in physics, we went to visit a workgroup that was developing a wall that would absorb energy from explosions (it was a joint project with the military academy). The first prototype they ...
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Raindrops on a fence. Why a regular pattern?

I observed a fence composed of plastic-coated metal wires running vertically and horizontally at intervals of around 3 cm. After it had rained, drops of water remained on the horizontal wires. I was ...
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How can I answer the critical questions of mechanics? [duplicate]

I have passed my 1st year of undergraduate study life somehow I could have managed. But recently I have decided to fill up the emptiness of knowledge over mechanics. Besides I have my studies of 2nd ...
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If a material is built to handle tension, would removing the tension damage it?

If an object is designed to cope with large forces such as tension, would removing these forces risk damaging the object? For example: The neck of a guitar is built to handle the tension of steel ...
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Mosquito in a Bus [duplicate]

My Question goes like this: If a mosquito inside the bus wants to move from back to front, will there be any difference if the bus is stationary or moving (ie extra effort in the latter case?)? ...
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Why does tossing a coin in a train and on a train differ?

Suppose that I am inside of a moving train. I have a coin in my hand and I am standing still. If I toss this coin straight up, it will fall back into my hand. Now, suppose that I am on that moving ...
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Question related to work done and energy

Suppose you lift a box from the ground over your head. You will be using energy as there is work done. But when you keep the box lifted over your head, aren't you using any extra energy?
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How long will it take to fill a bath tub with oil compared to water?

As everyone knows, the oil is more viscous than water. But, I've been wondering how long it will take to fill a bath tub compared to water. It is quite obvious that oil will take longer. But, how much ...
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Rigid bodies - the wheel

As I've been taught lately in my mechanics course: the wheel has a unique property: at every moment of motion, the touching point between the wheel and the ground is not in movement and ...
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How to determine the instantaneous acceleration of each box right after the connecting thread is cut? [closed]

Consider the following diagram. The system is in equilibrium. When the red thread is cut, determine the magnitude and direction of instantaneous acceleration of each box? Neglect the mass of the ...
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Equations of motion for an object with normal and angular acceleration

I am currently coding something with a moving object and can't figure out the physics with my school knowledge only. I hope this question is not below the standards of this forum. I have a moving ...
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Is potential energy and “work done” the same thing?

Is potential energy and "work done" the same thing? If they are not one and the same thing then why is potential energy always associated with "work done"? Could you explain me with some examples?
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Collapse of wave function

Can the collapse of a quantum mechanical state in general into one the eigenstates of an observable whenever its measurement is made written mathematically? If yes, how?
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Is there an alternative to solving the equation for a bead on a hoop with friction?

Given a circular horizontal loop of radius R and coefficient of friction $\mu$, and a bead which slides along the loop with some velocity, determine the initial velocity $v_o$, that should be given ...
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How do bicycle spokes work?

As you know, it is quite obvious that Bicycle spokes attach the hub in the centre to the rim. What else do they do? If you compare the wheels today with the ones from ancient times, there are more ...
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When is energy conserved in a collision and not momentum?

Consider the following example: A bullet of mass 45g is fired at a speed of 220 m/s into a 5.0 kg sandbag hanging from a string from the ceiling. The sandbag absorbs the bullet and begins to ...
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How to calculate the force in an “impulse based reaction model”? [duplicate]

I have a sphere moving forward with v (pre collision) = v1i A second sphere colliding with the first one has its own pre collision ...
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Is force a “real thing”, or a tool for explaining changes in measurable phenomena?

My physics text says that force is "an interaction between two bodies or a body and its environment." When an object undergoes acceleration we explain it with a force. But we don't measure force, ...
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Satellites and gravitation

A satellite with mass $m$ orbits a planet of mass $M$ in a circular path with radius $r$ and velocity $v$. Due to some internal technical failure, the satellite breaks into two, similar parts with ...
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A basic question: what is accelerating voltage? [closed]

Or would it be acceleration voltage? Acceleration sounds like it makes more sense, but my paper says accelerating. What are possible ways you could go about calculating it?
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Kinetic energy conservation in a collision

Kinetic energy conservation in collision. In any type of collision type of collision if we take the system to comprised of both bodies then the net external force is zero. So the work done by ...
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The Relationship Between Crater Diameter and the Velocity of an Object

I'm doing a design lab, where I have to "investigate the nature of craters formed on sand." I've done some research and figured out that the cube of the diameter ($d$) of the crater formed by an ...
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Estimating elevation by camera angle

I'm reading this tutorial on kalman filters, Section 7.2, pg 85-86. It reads as follows: You spotted an enemy mortar installation about thirty kilometers away, on a hill that looks about 0.5 ...
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Why if the torque equals zero measured from one point in space it equals zero measured from any other point?

I've heard it from two teachers and saw a task with a solution based on this assumption: If the net torque is zero when measured from one frame of reference, it is equal to zero in all other ...
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Isn't Newton's Second “Law” merely a definition of force? [duplicate]

Is it just me, or is Newton's Second "Law" in fact no law at all, but a mere definition of force? The concept of force does not exist prior to the statement of N2, and thus it would seem that the law ...
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Do centripetal and reactive centrifugal forces cancel each other out?

In order for a body to move with uniform velocity in a circular path, there must exist some force towards the centre of curvature of the circular path. This is centripetal force. By Newton's Third ...
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Fixed lever arm spinning under gravity, why am I getting these results?

Suppose there is a lever arm of length $L$, a mass $m$, and it is fixed at one end. The lever is parallel to the ground. So the force acting on the center of mass of the lever would be $mg$. Now ...
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Does an object on top of a lever arm have angular velocity at the moment when the lever is released?

Suppose there is a lever arm fixed at one end, and it is parallel to the ground. There is an object resting somewhere on top of the lever arm (the object is not attached to the lever). At the moment ...
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Solids: is energy expended in some fashion by, say, a table to keep the top from sinking down against gravity?

A friend and I were discussing this, and couldn't decide. Since it takes energy to physically raise something up above the planet's surface, does it continue to require energy in order to keep it ...
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Finding the optimal angle of a projectile motion [closed]

I am trying to solve a task in which I need to calculate the optimal angle($\alpha$) with which the projectile will land the furthest from a height ($h$), so what I basically have is the equations for ...
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Applying multiple forces to one object and calculate net movement and rotation?

I'm working on a small game as a hobby project, and I've run into a problem that would seem simple, to me, but that I can't find any information on or solution to. How would one go about figuring ...
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Block on an incline moving right with an acceleration [closed]

The situation looks as follows: The incline is moving rightwards with a constant acceleration The forces on the picture are: mg - weight, N - normal force, F - inertial force (already shown), ...