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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Boeing 737 Homework Problem [closed]

I have done the above problem, but have come out with a rather large surface area. Could someone point out my mistake(s)? Given/Assumptions: I assume $\sum F_y=0$ because it's level and straight. ...
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What forces act on a caravan being towed by a car? [closed]

What forces act on a caravan that is being towed by a car? How does this compare to a simple car travelling at a constant speed?
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Relationship $v_A^2-v_B^2=2a_t\Delta s $ for motion with constant tangential acceleration [closed]

I can not understand a relationship in the general motion in the plane. I am considering a point, which follows a curved trajectory. Indicate A and B two different position of the trajectory and $v_A$ ...
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Particle sliding down frictionless hemisphere on frictionless surface

http://web.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/prob87.pdf http://web.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/sol87.pdf The problem and the suggested solution are in the ...
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To prove uniqueness of the rotation tensor associated with rotation of a rigid body

Suppose there are $N$ particles embedded in a rigid body which undergoes some random rotation such that: $$ \overline{\overline {R}}_{ij} \otimes \vec{a}_{ij} = \vec{b}_{ij}$$ where, $i$ and ...
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Tension in string of two pulleys suspending two masses

There is a system composed a rope connecting two identical masses, each of mass $m$, suspended by two fixed pulleys. The system is in a static equilibrium. In between the pulleys, there is a tension ...
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Minimum energy transfer orbit for n-body system

Is it possible, in principle, to calculate a minimum energy transfer orbit between any two bodies in an n-body system? Even if one specifies a maximum elapsed time? My intuition is that, except in ...
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Magnitude of Tension: Circular Motion [closed]

Please consider the following: A tennis ball connected to a string is spun around in a vertical, circular path at a uniform speed. The ball has a mass m = 0.165 kg and moves at v = 4.76 m/s. The ...
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Static Equilibrium [closed]

A 3 Newton force and a 4 Newton force are acting concurrently on a point. Which force could not produce equilibrium with these two forces? 1N 7N 9N 4N I'm confused. The book I'm looking at says ...
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Calculating post-collision velocity [closed]

Consider two persons $p1$ and $p2$ of the same mass , such that they are together moving rightward with a velocity of $v/2$ Now person $p1$ pushes $p2$ in the left direction. According to newton's ...
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When a ball bounces on a wall at an angle, why does the angle of incidence equal angle of reflection?

When a ball is thrown to a wall without spin and bounces, supposing it's an elastic collision, why does the angle of incidence equal the angle "reflection" (relatively to the normal), why isn't it any ...
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$16~\rm N/mm^2$ flexural strength

This question more relates to construction and architecture but I am sure it will not be the problem to ask and get a good answer here. If we have declared flexural strength of concrete of 16 N/mm2, ...
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The equation for average impact force over distance traveled/penetrated equals work done/change in kinetic energy [closed]

So the equation Favg * d = Work or change in kinetic energy, is this true? If a car crashes into a tree by 1 meter with 10000 joules, is the impact force on the car 10000 Newtons? If a bullet ...
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wind force necessary to move large garbage bag on ground--snow covered and grass [closed]

I am wondering what handy reference figure in mph in the wind (with and without gusts) is prudent in whether to put put a 30 gallon plastic bag of standard garbage or not?? I live alone and often only ...
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Simple powertrain dynamics

I'm trying to simulate vehicle powertrain and having problems at calculating correct impulse at the wheel. Here's what I have. Gear Ratio There are two gear ratio in the system $N_g$: ...
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Why, here, the torque with respect to bob is zero?

here, as you see, is a diagram of a pendulum with moving pivot along x-y surface. This picture was obtained from a journal in which this equation was written: $$F_x l \cos\theta = F_y l \sin\theta ...
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The first Newton law is not globally valid? [closed]

How can space expansion drag galaxies in contradiction with the 1st Newton's law? The 1st Newton's law is equivalent to say that there is no bounds between space and matter, i.e. space is a perfect ...
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What happens when one uses a blender in zero gravity?

I was recently told by a friend that using a blender type apparatus in a zero gravity environment will act like a centrifuge instead mixing properly. Is this the case? Furthermore, can anyone provide ...
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Why the force acting on a particle is the negative gradient of a scalar potential? [closed]

For conservative forces we can proof that it is a gradient of a scalar potential, but why we use the negative sign? In every book I searched, it said that it is like an agreement between physicists, ...
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Understanding the inertia matrix of a tilted ellipse

I would like to control the rotation of an ellipse which is tilted by 45° with respect to the rotation axis, and I need to calculate the inertia of the load on the shaft. To be clear, on this figure I ...
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Projectiles on inclined planes with coefficient of restitution [closed]

This is the problem I am currently attempting. So far, I've resolved the velocity parallel and perpendicular to the plane to get, perpendicular: $u \sin \theta$ upon launch and $-u\sin \theta$ on ...
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What causes the skidding of the wheels of a moving car? Momentum or inertia?

In a moving car, when brakes are applied suddenly the wheels skid.I have these two explanations in my mind and both seems correct to me.1. The momentum of the car must be conserved so the car ...
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Physics newb: Why can't I plug $E=mc^{2}$ into $W=mg$?

Starting with $E=mc^{2}$, I solved for $m$ and plugged the result into $W=mg$. Which was very confusing, as objects at rest had no weight: $$W = (e/c²)\cdot g \implies W = (0/c²)\cdot g \implies W ...
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How to efficiently cool down simulated gas by time-dependent potential?

I'm trying to simulate condensation of a highly diluted gas (a model gas, not any real one). For simplicity I restrict the simulation to 2 dimensions. To setup the simulation I take some interparticle ...
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Acceleration in a non-inertial reference frame

I have a conceptual doubt on the relation about the acceleration in a non inertial system. To explain the doubt without misunderstanding, I'm going to write the text of an exercise: A platform ...
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Couple of questions about Gravitational field of an infinite plane

Is it possible to find the gravitationaal field without using infinite integrals or Gauss's law? I would like to know if so because I haven't learnt doing infinite integrals or using Gauss's law yet. ...
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Does energy transmission depend on the speed of incoming particle?

Since a few past days , I am struggling with finding an in depth atomic model of force exchange between colliding paricles (originally newtons third law) , because at this point of time i am unable to ...
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Is there a way to find the optimal angle to launch an object to get maximum distance when there is an initial height? (Projectile motion) [duplicate]

I know that the optimal angle to launch an object at ground level is 45 degrees; however, i want to know that if there is anyway to get the optimal angle to launch an object to get the maximum ...
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Generation of artificial gravity by rotation

I have been trying hard to understand how Artificial Gravity is produced by Rotating a satellite around its own axis. Thus far, I have understood (probably wrong) that as a satellite is spun, walls ...
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Question about Kinetic Energy and Force acting on a body

Below is the graph of a body that rests on a friction-less flat surface. On this body force F is applied and it's value is being depicted in the graph below. We can see that the body moves from point ...
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Nail clippers and conservation of momentum

As I clip my fingernails using nail clippers, pieces of nails sometimes fly off violently, reaching the other end of the room. What's happening in terms of conservation of momentum, how are the pieces ...
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Predicting contact time and COR (coeff of restitution) for a cricket ball and pitch

For real world application, COR --> Bounce produced by pitch, for both spinners & seamers; Contact time --> grip provided by pitch, mainly for spinners Assuming cricket ball to be a sphere and ...
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Motion of an object in a moving car and collison

I came across an interesting question today at work. 'Imagine traveling in a car. The passenger has a glass bottle in their hand. In which direction relative to the moving car should the passenger ...
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conservation of momentum? [closed]

At hyperphysics I got this image, with the same description in text as is in this image It says that when a massive particle (say $A$) moving with a velocity collides with an object having a ...
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Centrifugal Force vs Motion (inertia)

Could centrifugal force be appropriately described as motion (inertia)--rather than an (imaginary) force? Could such a change of perspective eliminate much of the common confusion?
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Calculating force in different scenarios

Consider below two scenarios in which there is a requirement to measure force: Person(70kg) moving in a car(with velocity=50m/s), applies break, Airbag opens and person comes to rest in time=10s. ...
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two spiring balances

My 9th grade textbook says when we set a apparatus by the following procedure "tie the free end of two spring balances X and Y together and name this intersection A and then fix the rigid end of ...
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Viscous forces with asymmetric gradient velocity in fluid mechanics

In fluid mechanics, the stress tensor writes $\sigma = -p 1 + \tau$ where the deviatoric part $\tau$ corresponds to shear. The viscous (volumic) forces are $\operatorname{div}\tau$. For a Newtonian ...
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Two particles have the same linear momentum but their angular momentum differ. Which's harder to stop?

Which one is harder to stop, a 2 kg particle moving in a circular path of radius 5 m , with angular velocity of 10 rad/s or a 2 kg particle moving in a circular path of radius 2 m with a angular ...
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Why do the masses in an Atwood's machine move?

The masses you see on the following picture are $m_1=8$kg and $m_2=12$kg. Also the coefficient of friction between $m_2$ and the floor is $0.25$. What i'm concerned with is that although $m_2 ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in a system under torque

Let's say we have a particle $A$ like this which is located in the disk $c$. Consider that the particle itself is not moving, but in general it is constrained to the semicircle $d$, in that if it ...
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Why aren't things massless when they have balanced forces acting on them?

Since $0$ divided by anything is $0$, why isn't everything with a net force of $0$ massless? Since $F = ma$ rearranges to $m = F/a$, when $F = 0$, $m$ should equal $0$, shouldn't it? This obviously ...
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Off-center impulse equations [closed]

A rigid steel bar with mass $M$ is hit sideways (very close to its end) by a steel ball with mass $m$ and velocity $v$. What are the equations of motion after elastic impact and how about conservation ...
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Solving for big $G$ in a Cavendish's torsion balance [closed]

I'm having trouble with determining gravity in a Cavendish experiment (torsion balance): I don't really get one question in my textbook regarding this torsion balance. The question asked if one of ...
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A question on Jeans's instability

I am a Physics student and I'd really appreciate if anybody could help me with an exercise my professor gave me a couple of weeks ago. It goes like this: Let us consider a spherical symmetrical gas ...
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What determines whether a mobile will hang in stable or unstable equilibrium?

Asking for a friend trying to make a Calder-style hanging mobile: https://www.google.com/search?q=mobile+calder&tbm=isch I understand torque just well enough to get it to balance (theoretically). ...
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Newton's Third Law As Discussed in Den Hartog's Mechanics

A question, but some preliminaries in order to avoid answers involving concepts not yet introduced in the text I'm reading--Den Hartog's Mechanics. Near the very beginning of his book, Den Hartog ...
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How does Newton's 3rd Law work in this scenario? Why is my reasoning wrong?

I came across this example question in my mechanics book: It's a light scale pan with negligible mass, with two blocks A and B, with masses 0.4kg and 0.6kg respectively. The pan is attached to a ...
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Conservation of momentum always? [closed]

Consider two atoms A and B, with A at rest and B in motion towards A. As soon as B is in the atomic field of A, will it stop with its energy going into B or will it just move up to a postion where ...
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Calculating time using SUVAT equations with unknown initial velocity

I understand that the equation used to find the equation used to find displacement when the initial velocity is unknown is: $vt-(at^2)/2$ how would you rearrange this to solve for $t\;?$ When I try ...