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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

0
votes
0answers
23 views

how to reduce the order of the hamiltonian equation for electrical problem given below?

I am having my FYP in this Hamiltonian project to analysis the integrator for Hamiltonian system. Can anyone please guide me how to reduce the equations to first order using substitution method?
1
vote
1answer
143 views

Why is it easier to pull a lawn roller rather than pushing it?

Does it have something to do with friction or weight distribution in pulling is favorable or anything else ?
0
votes
1answer
70 views

How do forces affect work? [closed]

I was doing my homework and I came across the question: Suppose that two objects, each with the same mass, are accelerated from rest to the same velocity. The force that accelerates one object ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

How is this seemingly counterintuitive result in a rotation problem explained?

In the classic spool problem, where a spool of string of mass M is unrolled with a force F, like in the diagram, after working through the equations with Newton's laws of rotation and translation, we ...
0
votes
2answers
108 views

Magnitude of tension in a bent string

I understand tension in a straight string as a reaction force to a weight, which acts along the string, ultimately resulting from the attractive forces between the constituent particles of the string. ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

Are some laws in physics really as simple as they seem?

For example, is $F = ma$ really an exact formula, or is it an approximation? I know a lot of formula's come from taking the first few terms of a Taylor expansion, so I was wondering if the simple ...
1
vote
1answer
418 views

Tension in string question [closed]

Problem: A 12.0-kg box resting on a horizontal, frictionless surface is attached to a 5.00-kg weight by a thin, light wire that passes without slippage over a frictionless pulley (the figure (Figure 1)...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

string applying a force on pulley

Why should string apply a force on pulley?(like atwood machine cases)and does that mean the pulley will exert an equal force on string(newton's third law)? Please explain in detail,if possible ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Please help me with this doubt from center of mass concept

Take the case of Atwood machine where masses of blocks are $m$ and $2m$. The acceleration of individual masses are $\frac g3$. now the acceleration of center of mass of masses and string system is $$...
0
votes
3answers
94 views

Does an object decelerate when reaching terminal velocity

I'll take the sky diver example. Right when a sky diver jumps out of the plane the net force of the diver is greatest. Then the diver begins to reach terminal velocity where the force of resistance = ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

Time spent in eclipse of an object

Well consider an orbit - I'm trying to calculate the exact time spent in the shadow of the body you orbit around. An explanation of "shadow" (sun is positioned to the far left): For a circular ...
1
vote
3answers
144 views

Why do objects move when you apply a force that's equal in magnitude to the friction? [duplicate]

If the friction on an object is 200 N and you apply 200 N, it seems, the forces should immediately cancel each other out since the friction and your applied force go in opposite directions, leaving ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

Why is friction not dissipative in rolling motion? [duplicate]

We know that non-conservative forces like friction is a dissipative force. But according to my book when a solid cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane of inclination angle $\theta$ the ...
3
votes
3answers
136 views

What is the distance between two objects in space as a function of time, considering only the force of gravity? [duplicate]

What is the distance between two objects in space as a function of time, considering only the force of gravity? To be specific, there are no other objects to be considered and the objects in question ...
1
vote
2answers
80 views

Why does Goldstein's derivation of orbits from Newton's law not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line thru center of Sun?

Why does Goldstein's derivation of Keplerian orbits from Newton's law of gravity not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line passing thru the center of the Sun? The fact that ...
2
votes
5answers
375 views

Pushing down on the gas pedal of a car a good example of jerk?

I'm trying to think of the clearest examples to demonstrate the concept of jerk to a layman. Ignoring drag and making other reasonable assumptions (friction is conveniently there to only allow you to ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Conservation of momentum in inelastic conservation

Why does momentum and velocity change along contact normal but not contact tangent In in elastic collision? Suppose a ball strike an inelastic surface. It's velocity component does not change along ...
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Roller Coaster Physics

I am trying to figure out how to calculate the $g$-forces throughout a non-uniform corkscrew as well as the exiting velocity. Do you calculate each radius separately and each $g$-force separately ...
0
votes
2answers
139 views

Defining gravitational potential

I recently came across the definition of gravitational potential where ..... Suppose a particle of mass $m$ is taken from a point $A$ to $B$. Let $U(A)$ and $U(B)$ denote the gravitational ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

Confused by gravity and weight [closed]

I know that $F = mg$ so $2,00 \textrm{ KG m} \cdot 9,81 \textrm{ N g} = 19,62 \textrm{ N F}$ Why does my book say that the weight of a $2,00 \textrm{ KG}$ object is $19,62\textrm{ N}$, the mass is $2,...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

Center of mass chaotic in n-body gravitational interactions?

I wrote a gravitational particle simulation. To prevent the particles flinging off out of the screen, I added a bit of friction (it also makes the animation prettier as particles spiral into one ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

Effect of a cushion on the average force felt

I had a question about how a sitting on a cushioned surface, like on a couch etc. affects the average force felt by a person vs. sitting on a hard surface. I understand that stopping an object using a ...
0
votes
2answers
99 views

Rotation of a system of two masses [closed]

A uniform disc of mass M and radius R is suspended vertically by a pivot at its periphery. A particle of mass M is fixed to the rim and raised to the highest point above its center. The system is ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

How to explain the motion of these pendulums? [duplicate]

Got very interested recently in a video I saw running thru my feed: https://www.facebook.com/PortalAECweb/videos/913996365374257/ Well, I got very intrigued about the physics of it and wanted to ...
-1
votes
1answer
20 views

What maximum height of a 1 ton car when driven with 2500 kcal? [closed]

It is recommended that humans ingest, daily, around 2500 kcal. If this energy could be used to raise a car with a mass of 1 ton, from the ground, how high the car reach?
0
votes
1answer
96 views

Angle of repose for cylinders and spheres

Is angle of repose of a cylinder or a sphere same as angle of repose of a block on an rough incline? How to calculate it for spheres and cylinders?
0
votes
1answer
118 views

Problem in constraint equations

In this, if I want the acceleration constraint between $M$ and $2M$, I write $AM+2AB$=LENGTH OF STRING, which on differentiating twice gives $a_{m}=2a_{2m}$(which turns out to be correct). However, if ...
2
votes
2answers
147 views

How is direction of static friction not opposite in direction but perpendicular when dealing with centripetal forces?

I was trying to wrap my head around this solution, and the whole idea of a car moving around a level curve, how the friction supplies the centripetal force. But I still can't wrap my head around the ...
1
vote
3answers
140 views

Acceleration - Constant force vs force for an instant

I am reading about Newton's second law, and I am slightly confused. So I think I get that $F=ma$ can be used to find acceleration. I am struggling between two scenarios: constant force acting over a ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Is it possible to determine the depth according to waves at the surface of a fluid?

Is it possible to determine the depth of a lake (for example) according to the waves of a stone thrown in this lake ?
-1
votes
1answer
194 views

How do I properly apply the parallel axis theorem to a rod-sphere system rotating about its center of mass?

In the image below you see a rod with a sphere attached to its right side. The rod-sphere system is rotating around the entire system's center of mass. How do I apply parallel axis theorem to find the ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Calculating position of a particle at time $t$ in a gravitational field

I'm working on a piece of code that is supposed to visualize a particle bouncing up and down from the ground (somehow magically we can give it velocity upwards when it is on the ground). I figured ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Gyroscopic precession force translated 90 degrees? [duplicate]

I was watching a video on propeller gyroscopic effect, please take a look at this 1 minute segment (up to 6:06): https://youtu.be/QGWbjGqmoWo?t=307 Alternatively, here is a summarizing image from ...
1
vote
2answers
125 views

Two blocks accelerating at different rates in an accelerating pulley [closed]

Two masses are connected by a string which passes over a pulley accelerating upward at a rate as shown. If $a_1$ and $a_2$ are the accelerations of bodies 1 and 2 respectively, find the value of $A$ (...
0
votes
2answers
81 views

Does a conservation of momentum problem need to specify velocity, not just speed?

Problem: A $100$ g bullet is fired from a $10$ kg gun with a speed of $1000$ m/s. What is the speed of the recoil of the gun? This problem can be solved, if it can, using the law of conservation of ...
0
votes
0answers
53 views

Finding position with respect to time along a trajectory across a sphere (orbital mechanics)

When trying to find an object's position with respect to time on a ballistic trajectory along a curved surface, what equation should I use? I know that when adding force to an object to achieve the ...
7
votes
2answers
810 views

Why does a ruler continue to slide after toppling?

I was playing with a small ruler by repeatedly toppling it, see diagram below: The ruler, standing $h$ tall and approximately a regular bar, is prevented from free-rotating by a fixed ridge (a book,...
-1
votes
3answers
159 views

What does Newton's first law of motion want to say? [closed]

Newton's first law of motion says "A body will remain in a state of rest or in uniform motion in straight line, unless acted by an external force." So if a body is accelerated or moved ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

If the friction coefficients depend on the object's property, why do they change in sliding & rolling, despite the object being same? [duplicate]

I know that when you roll an object instead of sliding it reduces the friction you can easily move an object. Consider the object to have a weight $W$ on a horizontal surface and the two objects have ...
1
vote
2answers
249 views

Terminal Velocity of 100lb Hail [closed]

In the Apocalypse there is meant to be hail weighing 100 pounds or 45 kg. What would the terminal velocity be, assuming the hailstones are perfect spheres of solid ice? Also, is there a way to guess ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

Question about solving a problem using Newton's Laws and work and energy [closed]

The question is this: Darla pushes a $5.0kg$ crate up a $2.0m$ high $20^o$ frictionless slope by pushing it with a constant horizontal force of $25N$. What is the speed of the crate as it reaches ...
0
votes
5answers
90 views

Static model of the Earth motion

Believe it or not, an old man I know in 2015 still negates the Earth orbital motion around the Sun. He believes the earth is rotating on itself and acknowledges this gives day and night on every ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

Physical interpretation of Fourier $[x(t)]$ where $x(t)$ is the position of mass $m$ as a function of time?

If a macroscopic body of mass $m$ moves according to a certain law of motion like, for example, $$x(t)=A\cos(2\pi ft)$$ then what physical interpretation can be attributed to the Fourier transform of $...
4
votes
1answer
188 views

The Lagrangian of a Rocket

I am trying to understand how to write the Lagrangian of a system which consists of a rocket losing gas mass in a rate of $\frac{dm}{dt}$, the gas moving in a velocity of $u_0$ in the rocket's view? ...
2
votes
1answer
63 views

Universe Expansion - Could galaxies be moving away from each other due to photon bombardment?

We know galaxies are moving apart from each other due to the ability to look at the color shift of those galaxies. The fact that galaxies are moving apart seems to be most-widely attributed to the ...
0
votes
2answers
71 views

How do gravity anomalies on Earth comply with conservation of energy?

Gravitational acceleration varies from place to place on Earth in a range of about 0.02 percent and is caused by density distributions within the Earth. Imagine an experiment where you move around the ...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

Does third law of motion apply to light or EM waves? [duplicate]

Third law of motion - "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" I was considering the situation, where I may be motionless in space with only a flashlight and no forces acting on me. ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

Perturbation Method in Mechanics: Average velocity of a small mass on a vibrating inclined plane [closed]

I've stumbled across this delightful and difficult collection of problems, by Jaan Kalda. The following problem has stumped me. (It's probem 16 on the sheet, which I have provided as a link) http://...
0
votes
3answers
166 views

Does the work done by a person equal the work done on the object in this situation?

If you applied a constant force over a floor that has friction on an object, would the work done by the person equal to the work done on the object? Assume that the floor is flat and that the object ...
23
votes
4answers
6k views

Why doesn't a spinning object in the air fall?

Let's say I have a ball attached to a string and I'm spinning it above my head. If it's going fast enough, it doesn't fall. I know there's centripetal acceleration that's causing the ball to stay in a ...