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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Confused by answer to mechanics question [closed]

I am confused by the answer to this question. Well, I am trying to explain my thought process about this. I used net energy in the system to calculate the maximum speed. So I assume at max velocity, ...
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Does friction act on a wheel rolling at a constant speed

One of the things I've seemed to have taken for granted is that its the friction the floor exerts on a rolling wheel that prevents slip from occurring. However, I ran into something that challenges ...
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What happens with an originial force if a part of it creates a torque?

Let's say I push with an angle of 45 degrees at an object with a force of 100 N. Since the angle is 45, we would have a torque $\tau = 100 * sin(135) * r = 71N*r$ Since the force was not ...
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What forces are applied as a car exits a curve with constant speed?

Imagine a car taking a curve with constant speed. Assuming no friction or air resistance all we would have would be centripetal force. As the car's front wheels straighten to exit the curve the ...
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A very elementary question about centrifugal force

I was recently reading some Newtonian dynamics textbook, and then I came across with a problem about the centrifugal effect on mass free falling to Earth. I can mathematically appreciate the fact that ...
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Can adding weight to something make it tilt slower?

Let's say we have 2 sticks, both a meter long. We put both of them on the ground vertically. To the top of one of them we attach a weight. Then we tip both of them over and let them fall. Assume ...
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Since the gravitational force is only attractive, why does matter not just concentrate into a small sphere?

This doubt has been wandering in my head for a long time. The gravitational force is only attractive force not a repulsive force. Since gravitational force is only attractive force, why not the ...
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Force Needed To Maintain Velocity, Increasing Mass

Hoping somebody could give me a hand with this. Unfortunately I haven't taken physics yet, my background is in math/computer science. I'm studying computational science and the problem is essentially ...
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What causes a car's velocity to follow the front wheels' direction?

I'm trying to simulate a car with correct physics models. In this example we let the car have a constant speed, and there are no forces (friction and drag) to slow down the speed. Here's a video that ...
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How does one determine an inertial frame?

How does one determine whether one is in an inertial frame? An inertial frame is one on which a particle with no force on it travels in a straight line. But how does one determine that no forces are ...
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Cause of SHM of liquid-column in V-tube

Suppose there is a v-shaped tube filled with water. The left limb is at $\theta_1$ & the right limb is at $\theta_2$ with the horizontal base. Initially, the level of water in both the columns are ...
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If $\omega = \frac{v}{r}$, why do we need torque?

If $\omega = \frac{v}{r}$, then why do we need torque and angular acceleration? The velocity v can be found just by Newton's second law of motion $F = ma => a = F/m$ and $v = v_0 + at$ . Then we ...
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Solving a one-dimensional spring system using linear algebra [closed]

I'm trying to gain some intuition into how the following problem would be solved using linear algebra. The setup of the problem is a horizontal line of 4 springs and 3 masses: alternating spring, ...
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Does Earth also move due to some electrostatic forces?

Does the earth experience some electrostatic forces due to other planets...which also make it move? My question is..whether the earth also moves due to electrostatic force of attraction or only due ...
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Conserved quantities in an angular system

Given the following question: A student initially stands on a circular platform that is free to rotate without friction about its center. The student jumps off tangentially, setting the platform ...
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Resultant forces on system of particle is zero , we can have?

This is how the specific question is framed? If the resultant of all the external forces acting on a system of particles is zero, then from an inertial frame, one can surely say that: 1: ...
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Analysis of motion of a body moving on a string?

I was wondering about something I observed yesterday. To give some background, one of my hobbies is slacklining. This is essentially like tight-rope walking but with a one inch piece of (in this case ...
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Rain measurement with wind blowing

Rain measuring simple unit with a measuring jar fitted with a funnel collect rain pouring. Here I presume the rain falling vertically down with zero speed. However, usually the wind is blowing. If it ...
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Can you determine acceleration from positions and velocities only?

I just began reading the Landau and Lifshitz book on classical mechanics. It states on the first page of Chapter 1 that: Mathematically, this means that, if all the coordinates $q$ and velocities ...
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Spinning, decelerating coin on a table

A coin spun on a table will eventually end up flat on the table, ignoring the cases where it remains balanced and comes to rest on its edge (or falls off etc). Before the coin comes to rest on its ...
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Inelastic Collision and Energy

How is is possible for momentum to be conserved and for KE to not be conserved? Momentum is related to velocity and velocity is related to KE, therefore if KE was lost, how can the system have the ...
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Definition of Force Using Momentum

When we use F = change in momentum / change in time, is that the average force applied? There could be different magnitudes of force applied over time to change the momentum (it could be instantaneous ...
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Angular and linear displacement of a turning car

My illustration is supposed to show a simplified car (with just two wheels, where the front wheel has been rotated $-90 \text{ degrees}$). Let the car travel at constant speed. This means that the ...
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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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Force Body Diagrams of object sliding down ramp

So I think I am confusing myself about forces. I know that when something is sliding down a ramp that it will have the force of gravity, normal force and force of friction acting on it. But for an ...
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What's the physical meaning of change in momentum vector?

If I there is a initial momentum of 10Ns upwards, and final momentum of 10Ns to the right, I can find the difference in momentum by drawing a triangle and finding the resultant vector. But, how is ...
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Calculating velocity based on applied force

If I have a block sitting on a spring, ignoring air resistance, with 45N of stored elastic energy in the spring, and the block weighs 500g, what would be the process for calculating its maximum ...
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Two solutions, A+ and A-, for masses connected via springs

My prof gives an example of trying to solve the equations of motion for a series of gliders each connected by springs, with the same spring constant. From looking at the $j-1$ through $j+1$ glider, he ...
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When will the Earth stop rotating?

I looked up leap second in Wikipedia. It is a second added (usually) to clocks to keep them in sync with the atomic clock. It said that 25 leap seconds were added in the last 43 years and that none ...
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A Question on Friction [closed]

And yes, this is not a homework thing.Here's my working.
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Finding radius of turning car to calculate the centripital force

I'm writing a program to simulate a car driving. I'm wondering how I should find the radius when calculating the centripital force. If we let the car travel at a constant speed, then $F_{net} = ...
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Mathematics of simplified air resistance

I recently encountered a problem in which when throwing a ball upwards one has to determine whether it goes up or comes down faster when not only was gravity to be considered, but also air resistance ...
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Computing distance traveled from jerk

When dealing with higher time derivatives like jerk, how does one find the distance traveled? Can it be calculated by just knowing time?
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Pendulum at an angle

A pendulum has a period of $T$ when swinging from a string. The pendulum is now placed on a frictionless incline at a 30 degree angle. What is the new period of the pendulum?
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Where do forces point in an equilibrium system

I have the system above, with three identical balls of weight $W$ and radius $r$. The angle joining the centres is $\theta$, and the coefficient of friction between the balls and the plane is $\mu$ ...
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Torque due to non-uniform force [closed]

Suppose a non-uniform force, varying along with the distance, is acting normally on the surface of a rod hinged at the mid point. The force varies along the length of the rod, i.e as we go down along ...
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If I flex my arm, where is the “equal and opposite” reaction?

In my sight, nothing happens at all. Is the opposite reaction pressure applied to my bones? It certainly seems so; however, since I flex my arms in a curve, shouldn't the opposite reaction direction ...
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Quantum violation of Newton's Third Law? [closed]

From this site: http://www.learning-mind.com/5-thought-provoking-quantum-experiments-showing-that-reality-is-an-illusion/ I gained the knowledge that a group of scientists, upon measuring a tiny ...
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In general relativity, how do we think of Newton's third law for gravity?

In GR everything become geometric, gravity becomes curvature in spacetime. How do we think of Newton's third law in the context of GR? What corresponds to action and what to reaction?
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Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? [duplicate]

Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? Please explain (in simple terms) with examples if possible.
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Kettlebell squats center of mass

I should, first of all, state that I have very limited knowledge of physics but as a fitness enthusiast the following question has puzzled me for a while. When I do squats on the gym holding a ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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Does the force of releasing the latch of a spring-latch contraption affects the force generated by the spring?

There is this contraption in my class, where a rod is attached to a latch and a spring. By pulling the latch back behind a piece of metal, the latch is secured, the rod if pulled back and the spring ...
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Why does a reaction force still allow the thing exerting the force to move?

A $5$ kg and a $10$ kg box are touching each other. A $45N$ horizontal force is applied to the $5$kg box in order to accelerate both boxes across the floor. Ignore friction forces and ...
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$\mathbf{P}=M\mathbf{v}_{cm}$ for a continuous body?

While restudying some fundamental concepts with greater attention, I have reflected on the following deduction, which I find in my book of mechanics, of the identity of the temporal derivative ...
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Feynman Lectures: Resonance - Problem with Formula

I am reading Volume 1 Chapter 23 of FLP, and I have come across something rather strange. Feynman says that: $$ \rho^2 =\frac{1}{m^2[(\omega^2-\omega_0^2)^2+\gamma^2\omega^2]} $$ A graph of this can ...
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You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. Can you escape by inhaling in one direction, then exhaling in the opposite direction?

You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. If you trued to escape by blowing, you would have to inhale eventually, which would counteract the force you gained by blowing. However, if you were to ...
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Risk assessment for ablation of Earth-collision course object

I have seen articles dismissing fragmentation of an incoming Earth-colliding object as too risky because of resulting collisions of smaller resulting pieces. What would be the adverse effect of ...
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Which of these two forces is stronger: static friction or kinetic friction? [duplicate]

Which of these two forces is stronger: The force of static friction or the force of kinetic friction? I am having a hard time understanding this concept of friction, so please explain your answer!
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Why can't I harness normal force?

Lets say I have my palm flat with a book resting on top of it, and I have my feet on the ground. I extend my arm so that now it's kind of difficult to keep the book up. Why doesn't my hand just ...