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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Why is the object's maximum speed at $x=0$ for spring?

My book derives velocity of the hanging object of a horizontal spring (on frictionless surface) as a function position: $$v=\pm \sqrt{\frac{k}{m}(A^2-x^2)}$$ and shows the maximum speed is at when x (...
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Forces and moments on Massless link

I am the TA for a dynamics class, and I've come across an odd problem where I can't explain/don't remember how to look up the answer to the problem. I have the following problem from an old solution ...
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Find the velocity of three planets about their centre of mass

Just wanted to check if I've done this right, because it isn't working. Mercury: mass $$3.285 \times 10^23\ \mathrm{kg}$$ position: $57,910,000,000\ \mathrm{m}$ from sun Earth: mass $$5.972 \times ...
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Elongation in bar with unequal applied forces

How is elongation in a uniform rod with unequal forces acting on opposite sides calculated? If applied forces are equal and opposite, the elongation is defined by the formula ($\delta = \frac{FL}{AE}$)...
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3-body system centre of mass

I have a three body system of point masses that represent mercury, earth and the sun. I want them to orbit about a common centre of mass, but I think the centre of mass will move. I need the centre of ...
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Questions on the movie Gravity (2013)

To start off, I'm not a physicist but a programmer, and only had a few years of physics education in high school so I'm sorry if I'm asking a stupid question. I just finished watching the movie ...
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Polarization equation

I am working on polarization equation. I want to solve it numerically. I need some help about this equation. I don't know how I can choose a short pulse of electromagnetic field in this equation - I ...
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Find the Kinematic degrees of freedom of the following contraption

In the above mechanism it is required to find the generalized coordinates to write equation of motion of the MDOF system. I just want to ask how do we actually approach such a problem? How to identify ...
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What would all the forces on a space elevator be as it moves up and down?

At the bottom, the acceleration due to gravity would be g. At the top, it would be something like .8g... But would the total acceleration effectively be 0 like on the ISS? How would the acceleration ...
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Compression of a gas in a cylinder

On my test I had a question: A movable, friction-less, and rigid piston stands upright with a 10 kg weight resting on top like this, compressing the gas inside. If the piston is turned on its side, ...
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Time until next collision

I'm coding a simulation of a 2D gas (circles of radius R) and I need to find the time of the next collision between two specific particles. Since the particles move in a straight line between ...
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Center of mass of heavy spring

If a heavy spring of uniform density and mass $m$ is hung vertically so that it is stretched by gravity under its own weight, where is the center of mass? I have had a few people tell me it is 1/2 ...
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Visualizing Physical Units in Phyiscs

I do best in physics when I can make sense of the units that accompany values, and I do this by visualizing in my mind what is happening. Take for instance, $v=\frac{s}{t}$. When I think of velocity I ...
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How is angular momentum conserved

from a classical perspective, what is it about angular momentum fundamentally that means it has to be conserved? Surely if I have a rod about a fixed axis and a moving particle hits the end it will ...
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Why the round trip instead collision time?

From Newton's second law, the $\Delta t$ is defined as the collision time, but why in this case, it can be assumed to be the value of time between successive collisions on 1 wall? If I have an ...
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Block-Spring System Kicked Into Motion

Given two blocks of identical mass on a frictionless surface and connected by a spring with spring constant k, I'm asked to find the motion of the blocks -- after one is kicked into motion with ...
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Net work performed on projectile

If a ball is thrown into the air, we may assume it has an initial positive kinetic energy $E_k$, and its gravitational potential energy $U_g$ is 0. Once it reaches its apex, $E_k=0$ and $U_g=E_k(...
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How do i find how long an object can coast for?

I am given the mass of an object (a motorcycle), its velocity, the mass of its wheels, and the radius of the wheels. If the object rolls without slipping, how can I possibly find out how high it can ...
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What makes objects fly out of bike basket?

When riding a bike on a bumpy road, objects (let's say, a baseball weighing 150 grams) sometimes fly upwards and out of the basket. However I cannot seem to be able to explain this physically. ...
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Momentum Equation VS Momentum of Momentum Equation

Newton's second law states that the linear momentum ($P$) rate is equal to the net force: $$F=\frac{d}{dt}P \tag{1} $$ On the other side, there is a same expression for angular momentum ($L$): $$M=\...
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What would become of the earth's orbit if half of the sun's mass were suddenly to disappear? [closed]

I shall assume that the sun is at rest, so before the half mass disappear, the orbit of earth is an ellipse.
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How does static friction provide centripetal acceleration? [duplicate]

While reading about the motion of a car on a level road, I read that static friction provides centripetal acceleration? Please explain as simple as possible.
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How would a motorcycle with a sidecar flip?

On what edge is a motorcycle with a side car most likely to flip with and without a passenger? Assume that side car is on the right side of the vehicle and has a single wheel. It looks like this: ...
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Confusion about the definition of Work

I am trying to make sense of the meaning of the definition of work. The original definition of work was also known as "the weight lifted through a height." I was hoping that our mathematical ...
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Why Sun is not able to attract mercury closer?

As sun have a huge amount of attraction pull force , why its not able to pull tiny mercury? Is the whole solar system works in a push and pull network? Why bigger planets like earth, Saturn and ...
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Infinite pulley system

http://www.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/sol43.pdf Hi, I've been trying to solve this question for a while, I understand the first solution and also the solution to the second ...
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Second moment of area in parallel axis theorem

In parallel axis theorem why Ig second moment of area on axis passing through centre of gravity, is not zero. Even distance between axis and centre of gravity is zero.
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Difference between first newton's law and second newton's law ? [duplicate]

the first and second laws of newton are both similar, so why do we need the first law if it is the same as the second? what is the big difference between these?
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How would you explain the weight of an object in a lift accelerating up with acceleration a?

Observer in the lift:- He is unaware of his acceleration. He applies Newton's second law and got N = Mg. After that he used spring balance and found that the wait of the object is M(g+a). So to ...
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Conservation of mechanical energy isn't giving me the right answer? [closed]

I have been trying to solve this question: You are working for a shipping company. Your job is to stand at the bottom of an 8.0 m long ramp that is inclined at 37 degrees above the horizontal. You ...
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Why is the axis of rotation about O? (picture)

I'm not understanding part b. Why is the rotation about O? Shouldn't it be about C? If you do it about C you get a different answer because you'd get the same angular velocity but a different radius ...
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Conservation of energy and angular momentum

I'm writing a java program to simulate the solar system. All planets are modelled as point masses. How do I check if my solar system is conserving energy? I'm not sure how to calculate the energy of ...
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Where to hit the pool ball such that it satisfies the given condition? [closed]

The question Where to hit the ball in such a way that after covering a certain distance it rolls back? You are given a pool ball and you have to find where to hit it such that it rolls back after ...
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Few questions related to Tension

I am struggling with the concept of tension in a rope. Below specific questions. I am understanding tension to be an elastic force between rope molecules. If so, is it fair to say the net tension ...
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Acceleration due to gravitational force [duplicate]

I need some help with below. So according to Newton's 2nd law, $a=F/m$, for a given mass, the acceleration depends on mass. But acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass. There seems some ...
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To what height does the ball rebound and what is the velocity of the struck block after impact? [closed]

Here is the problem. I have tried it four different times, and I will show my most recent work. [![enter image description here][3]][3]
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Pulley Friction

Why is the frictional force of a rotating pulley 0? For example, consider two masses and a string that links those masses passing through a pulley. Why do we not account for the frictional force of ...
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Am I exerting force when i am holding something? [duplicate]

So theoretically I found out that I am NOT exerting any force while I am holding something! Like Sir Isaac Newton said F=ma So technically it is true that when I hold something I am resisting it's ...
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Does force get divided among things?

If I exert a force to more than one thing at a time, will the force be divided among them or all of them will feel the same force? I mean imagine that I have tied up 3 bags of same mass with A rope ...
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Why does a top spin so well?

I know that the force of friction does not depend on surface area, but then why does a top spin better on a point rather than a region of larger surface area. For example, if I spin a top on it's ...
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Rigid Balls aligned along a line in vacuum

Recently I've been trying to visualize a situation where i have these really rigid identical balls aligned along a line so close to each other in vacuum.Now if I were to apply an impulsive force to ...
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Why $k/m$ in simple Harmonic motion equal $\omega^2$? [closed]

I've come across this thing in simple harmonic motion but never did I manage to find a reason why $k/m$ should equal $\omega^2$ and the theory behind it. People say it is done for convenience equating ...
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A drop falling in the condensed air

A drop is falling in humid air with air resistance equal $F_r = - \alpha v^2$. In $t = 0$ the drop is ideally spherical, $h$ above the ground, has mass $m_0$ and velocity $v_0 = 0$. What mass and ...
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Tension at different points of a string during vertical circular motion

For a vertical circular motion, its standard to solve for tension at the 4 common points on the circle (North, South, East, West) My question is: Is it possible to solve for tension at other ...
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What motion does this experience?

I have two Earths of $x$ distance away from each other. I place a spacecraft perpendicular to the centre of mass and the distance between the two Earths. If the Earths are fixed, then the spacecraft ...
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Coefficient of restitution belongs to kinetics and not to kinematics?Reason

The Coefficient of restitution is defined as $$e=\frac{v_2-v_1}{u_1-u_2}$$ $$v_2\to \text{final velocity body 2}$$ $$v_1\to \text{final vel of body 1}$$ $$u_1\to\text{initial vel of body 1}$$ $$u_2\...
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When does normal force equal to $mg$?

Can someone once and for all explain when does normal force equal to mg? I know for sure that when there is no friction, normal force will be equal to mg. But, i encountered some questions when there ...
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Work Done On Circular Motion

I am trying to find the total work done on a ball, $m=0.8kg$, tied to a rope of r=1.6m length and swung in a vertical circle. I understand the total work done by both the tension in the string and ...
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Rocket altitude [duplicate]

I have a model rocket I'm planning to launch. I heard from someone that you can calculate the altitude by timing the rocket from the time it takes off to the time it lands. Does anyone know how to do ...