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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Tension in string and gravitational force on bob relative strength

When calculating time period of simple pendulum (an approximation of SHM at small amplitudes) we take gravitational force greater than tension in string and resolve gravitational force in two ...
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Reaction due to gravity

There is a reaction to the gravity of the earth on us but the earth does not move due to its huge mass. But what if I combine the weight of all humans and other things on Earth? Is it not enough to ...
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Clarification needed:Projection Or Whole Length to be considered during integration

Sometimes in magnetism,electrostatics,friction problems when a force is acting over a curved we usually take the net projection of the curved path as the distance(to avoid integration).But it certain ...
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What was the amount of energy released in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

I read somewhere on the internet that the amount of energy released by the terrorist attacks on the twin towers on 9/11 should have been of the order of 100 tons of TNT. This number surprised me, ...
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Pulling apart two interleaved phone books

The TV show Mythbusters had an episode in which they interleaved two phone books and dramatized how hard it was to pull them apart. (A long time ago, a phone book was a book that had an index of phone ...
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Appearance of the Jerk Term in Dynamics of Mass-Spring-Damper System

I am coming from the computer science territory and have not a long trace in mechanics. My background in derivation of the system dynamics could be summarized with utilization of the ...
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Paradox of potential energy of gas molecule

We know that when water is heated at its boiling point, it will become vapors. Then because there is no change in temperature, the heat supplied will be transferred to the potential energy of the ...
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Collision of Inelastic ball above the ground

An inelastic ball of mass $m$ is dropped from a height $h$ above the ground and at the same time a second ball of mass $m_1$ projected vertically upwards to meet the former. Show that in order that ...
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Finding optimal angle for projectile, taking into account linear (Stokes) drag

If you throw a projectile from the ground at a certain angle, it's not hard to see that, assuming we're in a vacuum, throwing it at 45º from the ground will always make it go farthest before it hits ...
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3D Simulation Software

I need a software capable of simulating the physics of a car going off a ramp. This is a stunt that I will be attempting and looks like the following: A car, going off a curved ramp, doing a barrel ...
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A conical pendulum. A textbook claims one can start the circular motion in an unintuitive way

A textbook claims that if you hang a mass from a string that's attached to a rod (so that the string is parallel with the vertical axis) and you spin the rod fast enough, you can put the mass into ...
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When driving uphill why can't I reach a velocity that I would have been able to maintain if I started with it?

Consider these two situations when driving on a long straight road uphill: Starting at a high velocity $v_h$, which the car is able to maintain. Starting at a lower velocity $v_l$, and then trying ...
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7 Billion people jumping at once

What would happen if every person in the world gathered at a minimum possible area and jumped all at once? Would that have any effect on Earth?
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Friction related question [closed]

A uniform chain of mass $M$ and length $L$ is hanging from the table. The chain is in limiting equilibrium when length $l$ of chain overhangs. It is slightly disturbed from this position. Find the ...
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Paradox about the efficiency of a thermal engine

Based on that, the algebra calculation is correct. But it seems confused to me. Even though the overall efficiency reduces, it is still useful, isn't it? From the same amount of energy we can ...
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Calculating electric motor's weight lifting ability knowing power. What else do I need to know?

So, my company works with electric motors, and my boss wanted me to calculate how much weight could be lifted by a motor rated at 750W. I know that I can't just calculate the work done by it without ...
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Spring system - 3 DoF system and its properties while changing stiffness

I was given the attached 3 degree of freedom spring system with the purpose of analyzing it. I came up with the following equation of motion and then I ran Matlab to calculate the corresponding ...
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What are the forces acting when we squeeze a ball? Free Body Diagram?

As part of my project, I am trying to figure out the forces acting while squeezing a ball. The ball in question is a foam rubber ball (stress ball). The ball deforms when we squeeze & the mode of ...
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Mechanics question don't understand answer

A space platform in the form of a thin circular disc of radius a and mass m (flying saucer) is initially rotating with angular velocity w about its symmetry axis. A meteorite strikes the edge of the ...
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Total energy loss of a sphere as it falls through a distance $h$ [closed]

A block of mass $M$ is placed on a rough horizontal table. A string attached to the block runs horizontally to the edge of the table, passes round a smooth peg, and supports a sphere of mass $m$ ...
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Question about solving Newton's laws' problems [closed]

A questions from my textbook asks me what the force by the pulley on the roof is. In order to answer the question, need I consider those objects hanging from both sides of the rope, or need I only ...
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Is acceleration an average?

Background I'm new to physics and math. I stopped studying both of them in high-school, and I wish I hadn't. I'm pursuing study in both topics for personal interest. Today, I'm learning about ...
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Strain Rate Tensor

I was going through Schaum's outline for Continuum Mechanics and came across the strain rate tensor. As the strain rate tensor, when represented geometrically, shows the deformation that is happening, ...
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Confusion about the resonance

I get confused with the concept of resonance. Many materials suggest that in order to achieve resonance, the system must undergo simple harmonic force ($F=F_0\sin(\omega t)$), and at the natural ...
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Pulley system: how can tensions be equal throughout a entire rope if the weights on opposite ends are different? [duplicate]

More weight means more pulling force, and thus more tension force. Like this answer says, however much force you pulling with is equal in magnitude to the tension force. If that is case, how then ...
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If two bodies move opposite to each other when brought in contact, what is the direction of force of friction?

We know that when a body is at rest and other is dragged over it then a force is produced which opposes the motion and consequently its direction is negative to the force applied on body to produce ...
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Reflection of a moving ball

We know that when a ball hits a wall at an angle alpha, it will bounce off with the same angle, just like the mirror rules. But why does it happen exactly? Based on what theory does it happen? When I ...
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The correct integral for Newton's shell theorem

I am trying to prove Newton's Shell Theorem, and the natural integral I think of to use does not seem to give the right answer, so I am trying to find my mistake. For simplicity, I will work in one ...
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Changing momentum of moving trolley

We have a trolley of mass $m$ and it is moving at a velocity $v$ along a smooth horizontal plane. It is full of water, and is leaking water at a constant rate out of the bottom of the trolley, i.e ...
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What should the brake force in this problem be? [closed]

Alright so I think I know how to do this but I require help in calculating what acceleration would be in terms of some sort of friction coefficient. So model a particle going down a hill. The slope ...
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Distance traveled from displacement

I am currently reading a book called Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway. While reading the chapter about 2-dimensional kinematics, I asked myself a ...
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Simulation of a simple robot [closed]

I'm a programmer and I'm working on a simple robot simulator. Of course, the most important part of this simulator, is the physical simulation of the robot. Unfortunately, I have a little knowledge ...
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Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid?

A tennis ball bounces off a wall elastically. The momentum of the wall changes, but the kinetic energy of the wall remains zero. How is that possible? Walter Lewin Lecture 16 - Ball bouncing on ...
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Faster-Than-Light Communication using Entangled Photons

Based on my understanding of the “Double-Slit Quantum Eraser Experiment”, documented here: http://grad.physics.sunysb.edu/~amarch/, it seems that Faster-Than-Light communication is possible. Of ...
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Energy specific question [duplicate]

I am math undergrad, so I am sorry if my question is trivial here. Given a equation for the potential how do you determine if the specific system is conservative ? can you determine by adding K + V ...
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Is there work being done if no displacement occurs?

So the definition of work is $W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{s}$. Say I have a point mass which is being pushed on both sides by equal forces and therefore does not move. Does this mean that no work is being ...
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How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum?

How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum? What is the intuition behind $p=mv$? I had trouble finding any sources that state the actually ...
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Acceleration of a ramp

If we have a ramp and a block on it, and if all the surfaces are frictionless so both the the ramp and block can move. Is the normal force different from the time that ramp is not moving? If yes can ...
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What are the limitations of using instantaneous axis of rotation? [closed]

I know when the body rotatates as well as translates IAR or ICR shouldn't be used but I am not able to understand why?
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Why does driving faster make my windshield catch more rain?

I've noticed that, when I'm driving and it's raining, the faster I go the more rain I get on the windshield and the faster I have to run the wipers to compensate. When I'm stopped at a red light I ...
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Imposing symmetries on asymmetrical dynamic systems

Let us say we have a one dimensional system of masses connected by springs. All the masses are equal and the springs alternate with spring constants of $k$ and $6k$. The appropriate way to analyze ...
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Determine direction of friction on a block held stationary against a vertical wall [closed]

A block of mass $m$ is pushed up against a wall and held stationary by a force $ F$ that makes an acute angle $\theta $ with the horizontal. May I know how to determine the direction of the static ...
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Some confusion pertaining to direction of static friction on stationary object

Consider a stationary object of mass $m$ on a horizontal table. Since the object does not move relative to table, $f_s=0$. So it seems that we first consider $mg$ and normal reaction force,$N$ ...
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Calculating atomic forces from total force and torque on molecule in molecular dynamics (MD)

I guess this problem applies to any body that is composed of a small number of particles, but for the sake of simplicity and concreteness, let's consider a classical model of a molecule consisting of ...
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What is the minimum acceleration that stops the rod from sliding in the frictionless surface? [closed]

What should be the block's acceleration 'a' such that the rod present inside, inclined at at the angle 'theta' and mass 'm' will be obstructed from sliding down. From car's frame of reference, a ...
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Trying to modify the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation for the real world

Everyone knows about the famous Tsiolkovsky rocket equation. However, he formulated the equation neglecting many things. So, here, I am trying to find the real equation. My thinkings: Suppose, the ...
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What is inertia of a body?

The definition of inertia is "Inertia is the resistance offered by the body whenever its state of motion is changed." What is inertia of a body? Is inertia actually a force exerted by the body? If ...
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Acceleration of ball released from height H on a circular fixed wedge at its lowest point?

I've been facing a conceptual problem for quite some time. Suppose there is a fixed wedge.A ball of mass $m$ is released from a height $H$. The coefficient of friction on the surface is $μ$. ...
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Spring stiffness calculation problems

I am trying to model a 1 DoF electromagnetic vibration sensor (geophone) analytically and with finite elements. A geophone consists of springs, a permanent magnet and coils. The coils are suspended ...
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Shape of water jet

Suppose you are shooting a water jet in a vacuum vertically onto a flat plate in a gravity-less room. The jet makes a right angle to the plate and water is assumed to be incompressible. The mass ...