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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Surviving collapsing buildings: Which floor maximizes your chances of survival? [closed]

Although this is not a purely physical question, I think this is the best StackExchange place to ask it. When a building collapses, which floor should you go in order to maximize your chance of ...
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Why do we believe in a “force” driven universe? [closed]

Why do we not believe in the potential for a "unified force field" universe, to the exclusion of the belief in the potential for a mechanical, gear driven universe, if the correct shape for the gear ...
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Which inertial observer should I choose when using $\Delta U = -\Delta K$?

I just read and undertood that For any conservative force $F$ (which is not necessarily constant), we can define a potential energy change $\Delta U$ of an object on which the force exerts as ...
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Which moves faster in a time $t$: $A$ or $B$? [closed]

Suppose we have two objects, $A$ and $B$, both made of the same substance. They also have the same shape (e.g. two spheres), but $A$ is larger and therefore more massive than $B$. Both $A$ and $B$ ...
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Collision of a pendulum with other pendulums hanging at different heights

This is a question from a competitive test. I am not sure how to reason this out. By the length of the string, S should have the maximum amplitude. But this would be the case only when the pendulum ...
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Relation between the conservation of Energy and the conservation of Momentum?

I just learn about the momentum and it conservative attribute in a closed and isolate system and there is something I don't understand when I relate it to the conservation of the energy Considering ...
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Moment of inertia help [closed]

Okay so lets say I have a lever with 2 objects on it, object one and object 2. Object 1 has a mass of $m_1$ and is $r_1$ away from the fulcrum; object 2 has a mass of $m_2$ and is $r_2$ away from the ...
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Underdetermined forces in a statics problem

I was trying to cook up a good exam problem on Newtonian mechanics, and I came up with one that I didn't fully understand myself. Always fun when you can outsmart yourself. In the figure a cylinder ...
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Reconciling Units in Classical System Analogies: Why Does Torque Have Units of Energy?

In classical physics we often cast an analogy between translational and rotational systems Force < > Torque Energy < > Rotational Energy Momentum < > Angular Momentum and considering SI ...
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Accelerating disk [closed]

A disk of radius $R$ is accelerating to the right over a plane. At $t=0$ the speed and the acceleration of the axle are $v_1$ and $a_1$ what is the velocity and the acceleration of each point (1-4 ...
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Can a box on a frictionless rotating table rotate?

I am trying to digest the following problem. Suppose a block of mass $m$ lying on a horizontal, frictionless turntable is connected to a string attached to the center of the turntable, as ...
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While finding escape velocity, does human mass counts as the mass of Earth?

Escape velocity depends upon the mass of earth. my doubt is whether human mass adds into it or not? If it add then Earth's escape velocity would be increasing!
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Newtons Third Law [duplicate]

In Newtons Third Law, it states that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. So that means tat for every action, there will be a reaction to cancel it out. So if that is the case ...
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Why does a conservative force return the work done against it by a body to that body?

Newton's 3rd law of motion: Newton's third law of motion or the law of action and reaction implies that there is no isolated force in nature. Whenever there is any force at all , there must be ...
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Collision paradox

Suppose an insect travelling south at some velocity, collides with a train travelling north at some other (opposite) velocity. The insect hits the front of the train, where it splats to an ...
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Kinetic energy vs. momentum?

As simple as this question might seem, I failed to intuitively answer it. Let's assume there is a $10,000$ $kg$ truck moving at $1$ $m/s$, so its momentum and KE are: $p=10,000$ $kg.m/s$ and ...
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Landau Mechanics equation 16.9

I am having trouble deriving the equation 16.9 from Landau's Classical Mechanics book. This equation is the maximum kinetic energy of a particle if a massive particle with mass $M$ disintegrates into ...
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What causes damage, kinetic energy or momentum?

Let's assume we have 2 bullets. The first bullet has $450$ $J$ of KE and $3$ $kg.m/s$ of momentum, while the second bullet has $250$ $J$ of KE and $5$ $kg.m/s$. Now if they are both shot at ballistic ...
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Line integral calculates work, even though the force from the vector field doesn't cause the movement?

I'm afraid the title here was unclear, so I'll attempt to make things a bit more clear. I am conceptually confused about the physical meaning of line integrals over a vector field, so I'll pick an ...
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A force is exerted on a body, kinetic energy increases but no work is done by the force. Why?

After reading the article, I was totally perplexed . I was reading the External forces and internal energy transfers in Principles of Physics by Resnick,Halliday,Walker. It goes like that An ...
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Find force of friction on an object under influence of tension by another object

I conducted an experiment using video analyses software, and found the accleration of a box on a table being pulled by a string attached to a pulley on the edge of the table attached to the weight ...
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With what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the following question: with what speed must e.g. a car drive into a turn so it won't drift out (if a turn is a circumference of a semicircle)? e.g. $r= 5 m$ $a_r= ...
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How would the solar system change if the Earth were removed

I was reading a closed question with the same title and wondered if it would be on-topic with the following change: Could a large-mass object from interstellar space pass through the inner ...
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Newton's Third Law Opposite Angles

I am asking a related question here : Newton's Third Law Angular Bouncing Why, given newton's third law would a ball bounce at an opposite angle to it's original, if an equal and opposite force ...
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Newton's Third Law Angular Bouncing [duplicate]

I am asking a related question here: Newton's Third Law Opposite Angles If a ball is accelerating at a surface at a non-straight angle, it will bounce off with the opposite trajectory, like if ...
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What is the significance of clamping the center of the spring?

7. A block is hung on a spring, and the frequency $f$ of the oscillation of the system is measured. The block, a second identical block, and the spring are carried in the Space Shuttle to space. ...
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Why is kinetic energy stored as potential energy in a body during its motion against gravity?

Everyone knows kinetic energy is converted to potential energy in the body when it moves up against the earth's opposing gravitational force. But I am facing some problem with this. What I learnt ...
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Best book for studying Newton's laws, conservation of momentum, etc [duplicate]

Best book for studying Newton's laws, conservation of momentum, etc, so that I can apply these laws anywhere. (I want to analyze fluids on my own.) I have studied bernoulli and Euler etc those ...
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Case of the mysterious bullets (taken from Mad About Physics)

"Two ideal bullets, identical in shape, size and mass, strike the same target with the same speed just before the collision. Force meters at the target register two times the force value for bullet A ...
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Effect of movements of astronauts on International Space Station

I know that astronauts move in and around in ISS. When they move they also touch the modules of ISS and sometimes they apply force on the module to move. When this happens, as far as I know it affects ...
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Center of mass after explosion [closed]

How he treated the center of mass as if it is still in the same place , is not it supposed to change after explosion ? and is not explosion destroying the closed system? i mean it represents and ...
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Space Elevator: how would you keep the end of a Space Elevator's cable rigid?

I had a discussion with my wife about physics behind a Space Elevator. Imagine a cable rising 60k into the firmament for its elevator to climb. The cable would have to rotate in unison with the earth, ...
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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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How did Newton establish his famous third law of motion?

For every action,there is equal and opposite reaction . This is the famous Newton's third law of motion. But how did he come to this conclusion? We can prove 2nd law using calculus. But how did Newton ...
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Non-deterministic particle system

This question is in the spirit of Norton's dome, an example of an apparently non-deterministic system in Newtonian mechanics. Under certain restrictions, the Picard–Lindelöf theorem guarantees the ...
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Plank stopping time (Continuation and Physical meaning)

A while back I asked this problem: "Plank stopping time" I thought it was solved, but now I have some questions about the solution. Problem: A plank of length $L$ and mass $m$ lies on a ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion homework [closed]

Suppose we have a rod of mass $m$ and length $l$ which is pivoted at center and two springs of spring constant $k$ are attached at opposite ends so that it performs simple Harmonic motion when ...
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Tension in a pulley system [closed]

In the question above, what I don't understand is how to calculate the tension in the second case (case in which the pulley is there). I realized after reading some questions, that the arrangement ...
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Pulling on a weakened rope - where will it tear?

Let's say I have a rope of 10m length and it is weakened in 3 spots: at 2.5m, at 5m and at 7.5m. Weakened means that if enough tension is applied it will tear at these points (all points are equally ...
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Can a Newtonian fluid have a non-linear speed distribution?

As far as I know, a Newtonian fluid follows the equation: $\frac{du}{dy}=\frac{\tau}{\mu}$ (where $u$ is $x$-axis speed and $y$ the height from the contact surface fluid-solid.) This leads to the ...
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Hovering jet-pack in rotating Toroidal Colony in presence of air

If we create artificial gravity by rotating large ring in space. Such as this Source: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/70sArtHiRes/70sArt/art.html I fly a jet-pack and hover above a certain spot , ...
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Big jump or small jumps?

To travel a certain distance s, is it more energy efficient to use one massive jump, or several small jumps? (First approach deleted, didn't make sense) This approach is probably a lot better. ...
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Is not force required to start each and every motion,uniform or non-uniform however they might be?

A body which is at rest will remain at rest; and a body which is in motion will continue motion in a straight line as long as no unbalanced force acts on it. This is Newton's 1st law of ...
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Confusion about horizonally projected body

DESCRIBED IN IMAGE CLEARLY In the text book, I got the initial velocity of x-component initial velocity Vxi, Vxi = Vi cos(0); (0 = zero) but what if it is like the picture i showed, first it was ...
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Centre of mass as a function of distance [closed]

I have searched it on Google and also visited the HyperPhysics website to find out but all they seem to offer world centre of mass of continuous and uniformly bodies.My school textbooks are of no help ...
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I am somewhat confused with the concept of force being equal to mass times acceleration

For example, let's say a car, weighing 1300kg (m=1300kg) is on cruise control, going at a constant 80km/h. That essentially ...
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Two masses on frictionless table with one string connecting both masses on ground and the other string [closed]

From Morin's Introduction to Classical Mechanics page 342: A solid cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $r$ lies flat on frictionless horizontal table, with a massless string running halfway around ...
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In which direction does a wall exert the reaction force if it is hit diagonally?

I am confused about action-reaction forces and inertia of moving objects. As an example, take a cricket ball a bowler throws to the pitch: Suppose the ball is about to drop in the pitch with ...
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Frequency of Oscillations about Circular Orbit [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the frequency of small oscillations about the basic circular path of a mass at the end of a spring, being spun around a table. I understand that the spring will stretch out a ...