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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Moment of Inertia and Rotational Dynamics? [closed]

I'm having problems with the intuition behind the Parallel axis theorem and the Perpendicular axis theorem. I'm self studying Mechanics for the British Curriculum but, the book I've is missing the ...
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Question regarding mass hanging from center edge of rotating disc

So, say you have a free to rotate disc, assuming no external torques, and you have a spool, radius 7.93 mm, attached to its centre. Say the spool has a string attached to a point on its edge and ...
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How can contact force and gravitational pull be a Newton Pair?

Just a little background before I present my question - I am a Psychology graduate looking to move into Neuroscience so I'm going through some Physics to learn more about this topic as it is relevant ...
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What forces are exerted on a clothespin in space?

Let's say a clothespin is modeled as a simple torsion spring as follows. Given: $p_1,\ p_2,\ p_3$: point-like objects of equal mass in 2-D space. All objects float in space, i.e. the center of mass ...
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How can you solve this “paradox”? Central potential

A mass of point performs an effectively 1-dimensional motion in the radial coordinate. If we use the conservation of angular momentum, the centrifugal potential should be added to the original one. ...
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Density distribution of gas in a centrifugal field

The problem asks me to find the density of gas in a cylinder of radius $R$ and length $l$ rotating about its axis with angular velocity $ω$, there being a total of $N$ molecules in the cylinder. What ...
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Distance travelled in spaceship Newton vs Einstein

If you get in the canonical 1G windowless spaceship and accelerate for 5 years as determined by your trusty wristwatch, then decelerate for 5 years, then decide its time to see where you are would the ...
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Torque on object [closed]

I would like to understand why the torque on white object is 0. I know gravitational forces are very low. But the torque must be at 0. I drawn all the study in first image. Blue color is a torus of ...
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$P\sin(\alpha)$ and not $\sin(\alpha)/P$?

Why is the force parallel to the surface that pushes the object $P \sin(\alpha)$ and not $\frac{\sin(\alpha)}{P}$? I didn't understand when they showed me it. can someone give me an answer in full ...
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Vertical and horizontal components of forces and vectors

I'm getting a bit confused when finding components of vectors and forces. In problems for vectors, I've always known that if you want to get the components of a vector, you would use the following: ...
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Spring force vs Spring Potential Energy?

Which strategy should I use to approach a problem? Sometimes I'll use $U= 1/2kx^2$ when I should use $F=-kx$ and vice versa. What are clues in a problem that would let me identify the correct approach ...
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Reciprocating vs. rotating machines

Why is the RPM achieved on a reciprocating machine in general lesser than that obtained in a rotating machine? For example, an IC engine typically provides an RPM of about 2500 while a turbine can go ...
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Deriving D'Alembert's Principle

The wiki article states that D'Alembert's Principle cannot derived from Newton's Laws alone and must stated as a postulate. Can someone explain why this is? It seems to me a rather obvious principle.
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Work done by a variable force [closed]

The question asks to find the work done by the force $\mathbf{F(t)}=(4\mathbf{i}+12t^2\mathbf{j})N$ in the time interval $0\leq{t}\leq{1}$ on a particle of mass $4kg$, however I am not sure my working ...
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Explain what happens to object in lift [closed]

In the following image,three cases have been mentioned. $N$ is the normal force acting on the object inside the lift and $mg$ is the force of attraction due to gravity. In case 1, $N = mg$. In case ...
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Walking and Friction

If walking is a result of the reaction to a kick backwards to the ground (reaction being friction), it appears that it should be true that the kick will have to be less than the kinetic friction ...
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Does a large uncertainty in a given value justify a large uncertainty in the result?

I'm working on a pre-lab for my Physics 1 lab session, and I had a debate with the person I carpool with (who is taking the algebra-based Physics 1 lab). We seem to be unsure about uncertainties, and ...
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Where do the equations for resistive force come from?

I've been watching MIT's Walter Lewin physics lectures. In lecture 12, Lewin pulls, out of nowhere, a couple of equations regarding resistive/drag forces in fluids: $$\begin{align} \vec{F_{res}} ...
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Does $y$-motion really have nothing to do with $x$-motion?

I am watching a Physics 1 for physical science majors on coursera.com, and in one of the concept tests there is a question that goes like this; "A bullet is fired horizontally from a rifle on the Moon ...
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Terminal Velocity Question [closed]

Question: A ball of mass m is thrown vertically upward with initial velocity $v_0$. Air resistance is proportional to the square of the velocity. If the terminal velocity of the ball is $v_t$, show ...
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Drag Force per point in the body

Let us consider the common equation for drag force for any body. $F_D = \frac{1}{2}\rho v^2C_dA$ Here the A is the representative area which is the so called area of cross section of the body for ...
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Kinetic energy and momentum conservation in an explosion?

My physics book says, "A firecracker sliding on ice has the same total momentum before and after it explodes." I understand this part. This is because of Newton's 3rd law, and no external forces. This ...
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Changing Momentum

Okay, so I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Before looking at the answer, I worked the example and got the answer only because I used dimensional analysis to get me to the right ...
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Does GR imply a fundamental difference between gravitational and non-gravitational acceleration?

Does the equivalence principle imply that there is some fundamental difference between acceleration due to gravity and acceleration by other means (because there is no way to 'feel' free fall ...
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Details of the new solutions to the three-body problem [closed]

This question is part of this week's Journal Club session. These systems look ridiculously fun to construct. Could someone explain the particulars? What are the various types of solutions, and ...
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Direction of friction in case of a rolling sphere

Suppose a ball rolls on a ground .obviously it is friction that helps to develop the required torque.Hence I find the direction of friction by pointing out the direction of rolling of the ball. But is ...
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Is the trajectory of the Moon around the Earth stable? [duplicate]

I understand how mathematically is possible to have one object with elliptical or circular orbit around another object in space. so can I think of it as a limit cycle? If yes, then is it stable or ...
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Calculate the acceleration of a moving elevator [closed]

An elevator is moving down with uniform acceleration. A man inside the elevator who wants to measure the acceleration drops a coin as soon as the elevator starts. The coin is 6ft above the floor of ...
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Force, constant velocity, and 0 velocity

When a body has a net force of 0 on it, one cannot say that it is at rest or in motion at a constant velocity. If a body is accelerating because of some force and I want to stop it, I can apply the ...
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How was Newton's third law discovered?

How did Newton's third law came into being? Was it his original finding like the second law? Or was it more of a restatement of someone else like the 1st one coming from Galileo? In either case what ...
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Normal force and reaction

It is said that the normal force comes into play any time two bodies are in direct contact with one another, and always acts perpendicular to the body that applies the force. This force is a ...
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Does a force do work on an object with constant velocity?

I know that a force does no work on an object if the object's displacement is zero, but if an object is moving at a constant velocity $\bar{v}$, and a force $\bar f$ (let's say that $\bar f$ and $\bar ...
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Why does a bicycle come to rest after travelling a distance?

According to Newton's law of motion, an object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an external force acts upon it. In the case of a bicycle, if it is in motion with a certain ...
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Cylinder rolling down slope problem [closed]

A uniform cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $r$ is rolling down a slope of inclination $\theta$. The cylinder rolls without slipping. You may take the acceleration due to gravity to be $g$. At what rate ...
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Force on impact in case of a free fall

In a free fall, on impact with the ground, the body experiences a massive force because of a huge acceleration since the velocity goes to 0 rather quickly. Since this force has to come as a result ...
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Intuitively, how can the work done on an object be equal to zero?

To my understanding the work done on an object is defined mathematically as: $$W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{S}=|\vec{F}||\vec{S}|cos\theta$$ This, I understand. My problem is that I don't understand that if ...
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Why does a bicycle (without any support of stand) falls down being at rest, but not under motion? [duplicate]

I have always seen a bicycle not standing without any support, it either falls down to the right or to the left, may even to some other direction. But,the same two wheeler when under motion,moves ...
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Why work is a scalar and not a vector?

Work (in physics) is a scalar but why? and why not a vector?
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Acceleration of 2 bodies tied with a string [closed]

Find the acceleration of the block of mass M shown in the figure . The co-efficient of friction between the 2 blocks is μ1 and that between the bigger block and ground is μ2. Could someone help ...
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Does Archimedes law depend of lack of matter?

I would like to know if Archimedes law take in equation the lack of matter. Fluid density at 1. An object with density of 0 (or near 0) is put in liquid, it's fixed. The external sphere where liquid ...
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Is the Normal force dependent on the density of the object the body is resting on?

If a body is resting on the ground, the Normal force equals its weight. If I keep putting another body on top of it, eventually the body will start moving into the ground until the new Normal equals ...
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Loop-the-Loop with Friction [closed]

Let's consider a track that begins vertically becomes a 450 degree loop, and level off. (See diagram) We drop a block from height $H$ that falls and goes around the loop. Ignoring air resistance, ...
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Where does the extra force generated by a lever come from?

Given an object being pulled down to earth by a force of 1000 lb: If a machine were to lift it off the ground for me, and I grabbed on to the rope before it was released, there is no way in the world ...
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Does a heavy body move with the slightest force on a frictionless surface?

If I apply horizontal force on a body resting on the ground, my force will be opposed by the frictional force and the body will accelerate at the point where my force exceeds the force of friction = ...
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Seeking help simplifying this EOM equation

I am working on solving the equation of motion for a particular system. It has been a long time since I've worked with matrix equations and need help in simplifying the following: ...
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Perfect elastic collision and velocity transfer

So my teacher told me that when you have two identical balls in a perfectly elastic collision, the first ball A will collide with B and afterwards A will stop and B continue. Why is this? Doesn't ...
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Weighing a flying bird [duplicate]

Let thing of a bird standing still in a box on top of a weighing machine that shows a mass $m_0$. Now, imagine that the bird is flying, still in the same box and the same weighing machine shows a mass ...
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How to work out the acceleration of an object

I got given this question and im just lost. An object that weighs 25 kg experiences two perpendicular forces of 80N and 50N respectively. What's the acceleration that object gets? What i ...
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Conservation of classical linear momentum

Imagine a cat jumping off a roof onto a sledge on ice. Model this as simply as possible, e.g. no resistive forces, perfectly rigid cat, sledge and floor. Moreover, the cat and sledge move in a ...
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Block and inclined plane (INPhO Problem)

The figure shows two blocks on an inclined plane of mass 1kg each.The coefficient of static as well as kinetic friction is $0.6$ and angle of inclination is $30^\circ$ . Find the acceleration of the ...