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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Period of a pendulum [closed]

In the book 'Calculus the Early Transcendetals' at page 776 (7th edition) they give that the period of a pendulum with length $\text{L}$ that makes a maximum angle $\theta_0$ with the vertical is: ...
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As planets orbit around the Sun, does the force of gravity due to the Sun remain constant?

I know that the force of gravity is: $$F = GMm/R^2$$ Where $G$ is gravitational constant, $M$ is mass of sun, $m$ is mass of the orbiting planet and $R$ is the distance between the center of their ...
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Does a ball bearing cause bigger tides than the moon?

As per the answer to this question it is suggested the relative tidal pull of objects of equal angular area is equal to their relative density. Which lead me to the click-baity question: Does a ball ...
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Why bikes are made lightweight?

From Wikipedia: The most important characteristics about a racing bicycle are its weight and stiffness. If I understand correctly, the greater the weight of the body, the greater its inertia ...
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Resonant Frequency of 2 mass spring system

So the question goes if I has a spring with spring constant $k$ and two masses attached to this spring (one on either side) what is the resonant frequency of the system in terms of $m$ and $k$? ...
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Would an astronaut floating in space at zero speed get drawn to the Earth?

The question came to mind after watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY1Kje0yLg If the Earth and Moon can bend space-time, and if the Earth's gravity is strong enough to reach the ...
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How one fly using allomancy? [closed]

Actually this question is related to the allomancy of Mistborn series. Suppose if there is body that can steel push. Then initial weight is balanced by normal reaction. froce due to steel push is ...
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Simple mathematical model for a bouncing ball

I started coding a physics program that simulates gravity - specifically a bouncing ball - and I've already learned a lot researching the topic but the bounce still doesn't look quite right. I need a ...
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Vertical Scale Acceleration Values [closed]

The following is an acceleration-versus-force graph for a 500 g object. What acceleration values go in the blanks (a and b) on the vertical scale? I just need a little bit of coaching as to whether ...
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How to move an object to a location

I'm unsure if this belongs here, or over at Game Dev SE, but will try here first. Given a point mass $m$, with initial velocity $v_0$, and position $p_0$, I want to move this mass to, and stop at, ...
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Is it possible to stay up while riding a bike on a moving sidewalk without actually moving?

If I ride a bicycle on a moving sidewalk so that I am not in effect moving at all relative to the ground, will I fall over?
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Why didn't I beat the avalanche?

Yesterday, while skiing out of bounds on the south west canyons of Mt. Hood, I experienced a small and extremely mild quake. This, combined with the melting conditions caused an extremely small ...
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How to find potential energy(PE) of a system in order to write Lagrangian? Is there is any unique way to write PE for different system?

for simple pendulum or spring system its very easy . we use mgl and mgh. What I need is the unique way which will help to write PE to all the systems.
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In the figure shown, what is the magnitude of the acceleration of the vertically suspended block as it falls? [closed]

I started by drawing out the free body diagrams of both M and 2M and got: for block M i got the equation (looking at the diagram): $F_{down}=ma_{down}$ $T-Mgsinθ=Ma$ (D'Alambert's principle) ...
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Calculate gravity between two points

I am trying to build a simulation of gravity in LibGDX using Bullet physics. To simplify it, I just want to apply a force on some body towered a (0,0,0) point. I got my body mass and it's location ...
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Problem of pure rolling motion

A suspension, shown schematically as a spring of spring constant k, is connected to a sleeve able to slide without friction along a horizontal guide, and to a wheel (that is, a cylinder of radius R ...
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Time of free fall in a repulsive force [duplicate]

The formula for time of a free falling body when acceleration is not constant can be found in any answers here at this site and also at wikipedia. But I haven't been able to find any formula for a ...
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Can I measure the mode shape frequency of a metal frame with a sound meter

If I 'ping' a metal frame it will resonate in many different mode shapes with different frequencies. I can see those shapes by doing a modal FEA analysis. When I use a sound meter to measure the ...
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How can you find the impact necessary to change the direction of Earth's spin?

If an object the mass of the moon was to hit earth's surface at an angle that would be in the opposite direction of earth's spin, how can you find how much momentum the object needs to cause earth to ...
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$F=ma$ can only be used if the relativistic mass of the object is known, true?

I have received this question "Einstein's ideas on mass mean in essence the equation $F=ma$ can only be used if the relativistic mass of the object is known. Describe in your own words to what ...
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Is distance considered only for objects which have already moved?

I have this confusion concerning distance and speed. Typically, we express displacement and distance relative to a reference point, which we regard to be an unmoving location. As displacement has a ...
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What is the significance of directions when using vector entites ( velocity, acceleration ) in space? [closed]

The role direction if ( up, down), seems understandable when using the vector entities like velocity and acceleration on earth. Because the overall output changes, when the same object goes up as ...
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How is rotational torque calculated when a force is applied uniformly over a surface?

Currently, the formula I am using to calculate the rotational torque applied onto an axis is $T = Fr\sin \theta$, where $T$ is the torque (in $\mathrm{N\ m}$), $F$ is the force acting, $r$ is the ...
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Rotational movement at the equator [closed]

What is the centripetal acceleration if you are moving with $100\frac{km}{h}$ on the equator if you are are moving a) east b) west? Shouldn't the acceleration be the same given with ...
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Mechanics, Centre of Mass Concept Question, why do objects topple on an incline?

Mathematically, I understand how to approach a question and to figure out if the object will topple over on an incline. I just want to understand why is it when the object's centre of mass is no ...
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Is the concept of work only defined in mechanics?

I'm studying energy and work, so far it looks like work only makes sense in kinematics (objects that move), but energy makes sense in many other ways (electric, thermodynamic, mechanic). Is work a ...
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With the descent of Newtonian mechanics is Newton's third law still valid?

Or more specifically, with the standard model, quantum theory and other advances in physics, all those experiments in CERN and other accelerators, was there any occurrence where this law was violated? ...
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Lamina Pendulum Experiment help

I've been tasked with researching ways to find the gravitational acceleration g and its uncertainty together with the moment of inertia and and the moment of inertia's uncertainty. I have figured out ...
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How can I find initial and final velocity? [closed]

Is there a way to find initial and final velocity if I only know the acceleration and distance and which formula must I use? I do not know the time either. EDIT Thank you for all your answers! You ...
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Centre of gravity of system [closed]

We have a uniform rectangular tray of dimensions 40x60, with weight 3. We place the coordinate axes in such a way that the bottom-left corner of tray is at the origin and the tray sides are parallel ...
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Model/formula for bouncing ball

I'm programming an animation of a bouncing ball, and I want it to be as realistic as possible. I fully understand the physics while the ball is rising and falling: It accelerates downward at 9.8 ...
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What is the relation between Force, Physical Strength,Enery and Work?

I am sorry ,but, I am not much of science or a physics guy, if this question sounds stupid. Anyways, what is the relation between all of them. Like for example, does applying more force means more ...
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Non-uniform Normal force, friction

I got problems understanding the Non-uniform normal force. Why is it non-uniform? Because the object would have different densities in different parts, so weight would be greater in some parts? So ...
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Vertical circular motion(with gravity)

Let's say I have a stone tied to a string and swing it vertically upwards. Now, if I provide an initial velocity such that the velocity of the stone = 0 at an angle greater than 0 from the ...
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Momentum Conservation

The Problem: There are three masses all of equal mass $m$. One mass breaks of with velocity $v$ at an angle $\theta$ to the rod. I have to find max velocity of $A$ and the time at which this ...
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mean energy as a function of nuclear charge Z

I'm stuck on finding the E(Z) part, what I have is $\ \langle E \rangle = E(Z) = \langle p_1^2 + p_2^2 \rangle/2m_e - \langle 1/r_1 + 1/r_2 \rangle Ze^2/4\pi\epsilon_o + \langle 1/r_{12} ...
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Regarding (regular) kinetic energy and rotational kinetic energy

In my physics class we saw this problem: A disc of mass $M$ and radius $r$ is standing vertically and can rotate freely through an axis thats goes through its center of mass. A small particle of ...
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Velocity over time applying constant power and considering air drag

I wanted to understand how velocity changes over time when applying a constant power to a body of mass $m$. I figured out that in this case, since $$P=d/dt(KE)=d/dt(\frac{1}{2}mv^2),$$ integrating I ...
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Ball rolling down an incline and dynamics in general

I recently performed an experiment for a class which involved measuring the projectile motion of a ball after it had rolled down a ramp and exited on a significantly smaller ramp. When interpreting ...
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Vertical circular motion/How can tension be negative?

This is a rock tied to a string spinning vertically. Here, $T+mgsin\theta = mv_1^2/r => T = mv_1^2/r-mgsin\theta$ Suppose I give it a velocity $v$ at the bottom. 1) At what angle $\theta$ will ...
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Average acceleration: why I am getting different results?

Let's consider a simple school problem. A car starts moving during 3 seconds with a constant acceleration of 1 m/s^2. Then it stops accelerating and moves 3 seconds more with a constant speed. Find ...
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Astronauts on a tether

Recently, I went to a competition with a science test. One of the questions was as follows: Two astronauts (A and B) are tethered together in space. Simultaneously, Astronaut A pulls on the tether ...
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Equations of Motion of a Physical Pendulum [closed]

I would like to formulate the equations of motion of a particular type of physical pendulum, shown in the attached figure. The physical pendulum consists of a wheel rolling on a narrow board. A ...
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Velocity Related To Gravitation [closed]

Which Equation is correct $v^2=\large{\frac{2GM}r}$ OR $v^2=\large{\frac{GM}r}$? I am getting confused here.
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Does Newton's third law remain totally unchanged even in Einstein's theory?

Why Newton's third law remain unchanged still now in relativity theory (as for example that is why we feel weight due to equal but opposite reaction of the Earth's surface)?
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Why did Trebuchet have so long throwing arms?

Have a look at such an historical Trebuchet: As you can see, the throwing arm (left) is much longer than the weight arm (right). Law of conservation of energy says, potential energy from the ...
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How do we define what is “External” force or “Internal” force in the context of momentum conservation?

I know that without presence of any "External" force momentum is always conserved. But how do we distinguish between "External" force and "Internal" force where all are "Force"?
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Are mechanical energy of an element of a rope and energy density constant in the case of mechanical waves?

I'm confused about energy driven by a wave. Consider a sinousoidal wave moving in a rope. In my view each element $dm$ of the rope follows a simple harmonic motion in time. That means that the ...
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How high does a slide need to be if the person at the bottom grabs a pole and rotates the pole 72 degrees?

My attempt: $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I \omega^2$ $\omega^2 = 2 \alpha\Delta \theta$, so $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I 2 \alpha \Delta \theta$ $mgh = I \alpha \Delta \theta = \tau \Delta\theta$ $\tau = rF\sin ...
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Efficiency of Ramp

A 50.0 kg block slides across a horizontal floor. The block is traveling at 8.0 m/s when it begins to slide up an inclined ramp. The block stops after rising 2.0 m as it slides 9.0 m along the ramp. ...