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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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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 did Newton discover his third law of motion?

How did Newton discover his third law? Was it his original finding or was it a restatement of someone else's, like the first law coming from Galileo? What initiated the concept of what is now known as ...
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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 ...
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D'Alembert's Principle: Necesssity of virtual displacements

Why is the D'Alembert's Principle $$\sum_{i} ( {F}_{i} - m_i \bf{a}_i )\cdot \delta \bf r_i = 0$$ stated in terms of "virtual" displacements instead of actual displacements? Why is it so necessary ...
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Elementary physics question…requires calculus?

A 2500.0kg car is going at a constant velocity of 14.0 m/s and hits the breaks to stop. It skids 25m. What is the coefficient of friction of the tires to the ground? So I have acceleration = -4.0 ...
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What does “along the handle of the cart” mean? And how does one calculate weight?

A horizontal force is used to pull a $5.0\text{ kg}$ cart at a constant speed of $5.0\text{ m/s}$ across the floor. The force of friction between the cart and the floor is $10\text{ N}$. ...
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How can enzyme/substrate reactions that adhere (largely) to quantum theory also require 'Newtonian' consideration of gravity?

I'd just like to ask for a little clarification here due to confusion from interdisciplinary studies. I'm currently reading the 1976 paper related to the recent 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, by 2 ...
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How can a block which is not receiving the direct force have a greater acceleration?

I solved it like this: $$F(\text{st max})=5\text{ N}$$ For the top block, $$\begin{align} 6\text{ N} - 5\text{ N} &= 1a \\ a &= 1\ \mathrm{m/s^2} \end{align}$$ For the lower block, the ...
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N-body forces in classical mechanics

For a system of two interacting particles 1, 2 we get from the conservation of momentum $$ \dot{\bf{p_1}} + \dot{\bf{p_2}} = 0$$ ...
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Why heavier bodies produce greater gravitational pull than the lighter bodies?

The basic question "Why planets revolve around the Sun?", is explained by taking into account the heaviness of Sun. The lighter bodies are considered to move around heavier bodies,as like lighter ...
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Strong Newton's third law of action and reaction: Mathematical Interpretation

According to the strong law of action and reaction for internal forces(Goldstein): "$F_{ij}=-F_{ji}$ and the forces lie along the direction joining the particles." Now consider the statement If ...
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Direction of tension?

If you draw the free body diagram of the frame above, what direction would the tension force acting on the frame be - to the right or down? Because the rope it horizontal at some points but vertical ...
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Problem Of Pumping Rubber [closed]

One can work out by either lifting weights or using a tension band, which is like a big rubber band. If we model the rubber band as a big spring with spring constant $400 N/M$ how far in meters must I ...
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Does rate of acceleration affect the amount of energy used to accelerate?

Assume you start with a car at rest. Then you accelerate the car to 100 kilometers per hour. In terms of the energy needed, does it matter how fast you accelerated the car? In other words, do you ...
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Basic vertical projectile motion

A ball is thrown from the top of a tower with a certain initial speed. It's downward acceleration is g. But why? the initial force makes no difference? and, if not, if I get a revolver and shoot down, ...
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Tension and Newton's Laws

I was wondering if tension on both ends of a rope is still the same, even if there is objects with different weights on both sides of the rope.
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Newton's Third Law Clarification

Assuming you place an object so heavy on a table that it breaks it, then according to newtons third law the forces must cancel out (equal magnitude and opposite direction), but if this is true, then ...
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Non-uniqueness of solutions in Newtonian mechanics

In The Variational Principles of Mechanics by Lanczos, in section 1 of Chapter 1, Lanczos states that for a complicated situation, the Newtonian approach fails to give a unique answer to the problem, ...