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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Car racing problem [closed]

A speedway turn, with radius of curvature $R$, is banked at an angle $\theta$ above the horizontal. If there is a coefficient of static friction, $\mu_{s}$ between the tires and the track, what are ...
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Question about Cars: Momentum

Car B rests at the bottom of a frictionless inclined plane. In order to travel a height of 0.6m and maintain a speed of 2 m/s at the end of the track it needs to start with 4 m/s. a) If ...
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Why is this classical system seemingly non-deterministic?

So, I was solving this problem1 and I realized that the system given seems to be non-deterministic when analysed with classical laws. The situation is thus: A rope is wrapped for an angle of ...
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Particle slightly disturbed radially in stable circular motion under central force

A particle of mass $m$, moves around a central force whose potential is $$V(r) = kmr^3 \; (k>0),$$ then $(c)$ if the particle is slightly disturbed from the circular motion, what is the ...
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Why does a car go down the hill backwards even though the engine keeps running? [closed]

I dont get why a forward gear allows sliding a car backwards. Any ideas? So this is a car with an automatic transmission. The transmission is in the drive mode (move forward). Car is at the slope ...
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Center of mass, center of gravity of a spoon

I went to a restaurant yesterday and while I was eating dessert, I saw a standard stainless steel spoon (note the alliteration!) balancing on a plate. It was balancing on its handle, and I started ...
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A Rolling Quarter [closed]

A U.S quarter is rolling on the floor without slipping in such a way that it describes a circular path of radius $R=4 \text{cm}$. The plane of the coin is tilted at an angle of $\theta=45^{∘}$ with ...
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Mass, momentum and energy…How many equations for more then one elements? [closed]

Basically, for solving 1D flow equations, one uses the mass, momentum and energy equations (Also known as Euler equations). Say now I have $N$ elements in series, will I be using $3N$ equations?
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Overtaking with non-constant acceleration

I have tried to solve this problem by adding the sum of the displacements during acceleration, constant velocity and deceleration, but it does not work out. Question: A car accelerates from ...
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Minimum required to lift a roller up a step

Consider a roller of diameter $0.82m$ which is to be raised up a step measuring $0.32m$. Find the minimum force required to do so. The roller weighs $500N$. The roller could be considered as a ...
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1D Motion under Gravity

I have attempted this question in so many different ways but I am getting nowhere. Could someone point me in the correct direction so I can work it out myself? Here is the question: An object $K$ ...
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Pulley problem with spring balance

Please excuse the crude drawings The question is, if I burn the thread t, how will the reading in the spring balance(S) change? Ie, increase, decrease, or remain the same? My approach: When we ...
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Understanding units manipulation (speed of falling coconut after 20m)

When I was on holidays, I was told a story about how someone passing under a palmtree and almost got a coconut fall on his head. Given that these palmtrees where about $20m$ high, we wondered at what ...
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Rotating frame of reference

Can you help me to do this: Two frames of references $S$ and $S'$ have a common origin $O$ and $S'$ rotates with constant angular velocity $\omega$ with respect to $S$. A square hoop $ABCD$ is made ...
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Pendulum period of different masses [duplicate]

Why does a larger mass in a pendulum have the same period as a lighter mass? i know it has something to do with gravity and length but how can this be explained in depth? like for example the ...
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How do I calculate the distance a ship will take to stop?

I am a River Pilot and drive ships for a living. These ships are very large and range up to 160,000 Metric Tons. I am trying to figure out how to calculate the distance to stopping. I have a basic ...
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What is happening in this video of a hamster running?

The forces acting in this charming video of a hamster running don't make sense to me so I thought I'd bring it here. It's very unusual indeed, but hopeful it spreads a little bit of entertaining ...
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Is the traditional free-body diagram invalid in situations in which equal forces produce unequal powers?

This question is in response to question B1 in the problems/solutions located at http://aapt.org/physicsteam/2013/upload/E3-1-7-solutions.pdf. In question B1, there is a wind-powered vehicle that can ...
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Why this perpetuum mobile can't be possible? [duplicate]

I know that this won't work but I'm asking Why? Becuase as far as the vehicle POV - there is a force which drags him to the right. Isnt $F=ma$ applies here? What is that im missing?
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Dominos vs. Conservation of Energy

In this video a single flick of a finger tips 116000 dominos. Domino video I understand the work that needs to be done to move 116000 pieces (at least 100 kilos) of plastic is greater then that ...
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Path of Orbital Bodies

I am trying to figure out how to parametrize the path of a body under the influence of gravity from another body, but I am stuck. I have looked at the Wikipedia page on Kepler orbits, but it is ...
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How does the height of a jump change if the body is scaled down?

This is a physics question that appeared in the movie 'The Internship.' If you are reduced to the size of a coin and put into a blender what would you do? Apparently the answer was that with a ...
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How do you travel in a circular orbit around a massive body?

I am trying to figure out how an object could achieve a perfectly circular orbit. Given a mass for the planet or other body the object is orbiting and a distance from the center of mass, how fast ...
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Motion of block on wedge

there is some confusion to me in the case of "motion of block on a frictionless wedge" Below is a simple diagram! Let us consider a situation as above in which there is a block of mass $m$ moving ...
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Where to begin with Physics beyond high school? [duplicate]

So I'm in grade 10 but I finished all my physics classes, maths and further maths (Calculus). I would like to start with some harder stuff (university physics). What books do you recommend for both ...
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Understanding the different kinds of mass in gravity

On this site, the Phys.SE question Is there a fundamental reason why gravitational mass is the same as inertial mass? has been asked. See also this Phys.SE question. The 'answer' provided on this ...
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Falling chain with friction

I really need some help with a physics problem, and I guess my doubt is more conceptual, than question based. But still, let me pose it to you: A uniform chain of mass $M$ and length $L$ lies on ...
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If kinetic energy is a function of the square of velocity, how can gravitiational acceleration be constant?

Kinetic energy is defined as: \begin{equation} E_k = \frac{mv^2}{2} \end{equation} Because of the squared velocity term in there, the faster you're going, the more energy it takes to further ...
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Why doesn't mass of bob affect time period?

Please correct me if I'm going wrong - By the gravitation formula: $F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} $, So if the mass of a bob is greater then the torque on it should increase because the Force increased ...
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Mechanics of a disk

I have an interesting problem. A disk travels in air at velocity v1. It travels in glass (assuming that the disk can enter the glass without breaking it) at velocity v2. v1 is greater than v2. The ...
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Conservation of momentum

I've got following problem. There are $N$ particles in an isolated system. The equation of motion for a particle $i$ is ...
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Energy transfer in a coupled pendulum

If you take a look at this video you will see what kind of a coupled pendulum I'm talking about. So I made a similar one in my high school's physics lab, using light metal bobs(much lighter than the ...
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A bumpy ride on a bike?

While riding a bike at a higher velocity, I go over the speed breakers (Hump) I get jumped over the bike for a certain height. How do I calculate this height of jump with respect to the seat of the ...
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Initial velocity of an orbiting object that lands on the planet with zero speed w.r.t the surface

How would you determine what initial velocity $v(r)$ of an object would have to be at some arbitrary point in the vicinity of a planet such that the object will end up on the surface of the planet ...
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Static friction greater than kinetic friction [duplicate]

Please explain why static friction is greater than kinetic friction logically. Speak about it microscopically and tell what does happen on surfaces of objects by considering electromagnetic force ...
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characterization of potential

So i have a force field $F(x,y)$ and i have to find out wether it is a potential or not. My first idea was to calculate : $dU=Fdr$ (where $r$ is the radius vector) , to integrate on both sides and ...
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Determination of mass density distribution of an object

This is a follow-up to a previous question How can you weigh your own head in an accurate way?. My purpose is not to restart the flurry of more or less humorous jokes (which are not such a bad thing ...
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What force does bathroom scale measure?

When you stand on a bathroom scale, I know that the force displayed is the normal force. Since it is the normal force, then technically the force displayed would actually be Fg= (mass)(acceleration) ...
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How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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SMBC ball bouncing problem

This comes from a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) comic with a joke answer. The problem states: A 5 kilogram ball is shot directly right at 20 meters per second from a height of 10 ...
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Physical Variables of Circular Motion

To me, the definitions of variables involved in circular motion are rather confusing (perhaps due to the lack of understanding on my part), hence the question. As I understand it, there are two ...
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Is my textbook teaching an incorrect concept of Work?

I fear my textbook is teaching an incorrect concept of Work. I am very frustrated right now since I was struggling to understand the concept in the way that was explained in the textbook and my ...
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What provides the centrifugal force for planets orbiting a star?

this is a question I had when I was a kid. I'm a bit ashamed because I think I am missing out on something very obvious since I have the same question despite almost being an engineer now! From ...
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Momentum paradox [duplicate]

A cistern rail car is standing on infinitely slippery ice. The cistern is filled with water and it has an outlet in the form of a thin vertical pipe (spout) at the left end, so when the valve is open ...
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Calculating Mass for a Reduced Trajectory while Keeping Projectile Force Constant

Apologies if this is not a research-specific question, but applied mechanics. A firefighter has to pass a test in which he is to throw a medicine ball a certain distance. The ball is thrown at a 45 ...
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What if exactly half the Earth's population jumped at one instant? + Secondary Question

I read somewhere that when you jump, the sole effect caused by your jump on the earth moves it about $10^{-18}m$ (I don't remember the figure exactly, but I think it was that). However - obviously ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane

I've been trying to solve this problem: A cylinder is rolling down an inclined plane (angle between plane and horizon α). Coefficient of friction is µ. What is the translational and angular speed of ...
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Force-Weight Pinewood Derby Car [closed]

Force-Weight Pinewood Derby Car. I'm trying to make a fast derby car. I was wondering if I could make a car that can drop/eject weight once it comes off of the incline. Would that increase speed or ...
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Beads in 'perpetual motion'?

This page has an interesting video of beads 'syphoning' out of a glass beaker: http://blog.zennioptical.com/weekly-optical-illusion-crazy-beads/ The host has a few explanations for the effect, but ...
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Is there another way to calculate the work done by air resistance?

A ball of mass $0.37\text{ kg}$ is thrown upward along the vertical with a initial speed of $14\text{ m/s}$, and reaches a maximum height of $8.4\text{ m}$. a) What is the work done by air ...