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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Can we know the tension of the string that is connected to a pully?

If the pulley have mass, I learned that T1 and T2 isn't same. then what about the circled part of the string? can we calculate the tension with given T1 and T2?
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Eccentricity of planetary orbits: What information is contained?

I'm having a little trouble understanding what makes a planetary orbit explicitly elliptical. Is it simply that the initial velocity was different from the circular orbit case for a given starting ...
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torque needed to precess the angle of rotation

If a rigid body with the inertia matrix $I_B$, has the angular velocity $\overrightarrow{\omega_1}$ what torque is needed to rotate it around another axis say $\overrightarrow{\omega_2}$ while keeping ...
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Can we define tension in a string as the reactive force produced in a string being pulled at both ends?

In my textbook, the definition of tension was given that Tension is the reactive force which exists when string is being stretched at its both end. After it there was a case given that to calculate ...
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Can we move our arm in a perfectly friction-less world?

Current question is related to some of answers given to this question. The answer given by hapa that has been confirmed by some other users in their answers, is as below: If there is no friction, ...
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Where did 2mv come from in the solution to the question below?

I know that this is an inelastic collission, which is why the two objects have the same final velocity. However, I don't understand why they equated the V1(M+m) to 2mv. Where did they get 2mv from?
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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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Force required to drive car

From what I know of Newtonian Mechanics, if an object is moving at a constant velocity, the net force acting on that object is equal to zero. If there is friction, then the applied force required to ...
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About a particle suspended by a string, moving around in a circle

The question I'm trying to answer is this: I'm having difficulty with understanding this part of the soloution: I understand how a formula for $v$, the velocity of the particle, was derived, but ...
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Conceptual doubt in Tension force

I recently studied that Tension in a string is a kind of force originated from electrostatic attraction between the atoms of the string in which the force is originating. My doubt was that: Assume ...
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Meaning of the Value of Centripetal Acceleration

In the traditional sense, acceleration means the rate at which velocity is changing. Visually, we tend to associate this with the magnitude of velocity. If the centripetal acceleration of the moon ...
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What is the direction of the friction force on a rolling ball?

Suppose you have a solid ball on a horizontal table. What is the direction of friction force when the ball I pushed horizontally and starts rolling? Why is the direction of friction as it is? Which ...
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Equation for a falling body including terminal velocity

I'm making an app that times how long it takes a pebble to fall, then calculates the distance it fell. I noticed that the simple $f(t) = \frac{1}{2}gt^2$ was becoming increasingly inaccurate as the ...
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How does mass affect the distance a ski jumper travels

I did an experiment to explore this. My results found that their is an optimum mass of a ski jumper. I am unsure about the maths behind this. Can anyone help.
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Calculate velocity with acceleration caused by drag

Maybe someone can help me with calculating the velocity of a sphere falling down. Initial: Acceleration is $10 ~\rm \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Timestep is $1 ~\rm s$. Approximation of drag = $-v_{...
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How does mass affect slipping of a rolling object?

I experimented by rolling a cylinder down a tube and noticed that by increasing its mass, it's time taken to reach the bottom decreased. Found out that mass doesn't actually affect the time taken, ...
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Spring-mass system with complex spring constant

Suppose a system containing a mass $m$ on frictionless surface, attached by a spring to a wall. The spring's constant is complex, given by $K = K_1 + K_2i$, with $K_1 \gg K_2$. Write the equation of ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three-dimensional objects with a two-dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Interaction of a pendulum with other pendulums hanging at different heights

This is a question from a competitive test. I am not sure how to reason this out. By the length of the string, S should have the maximum amplitude. But this would be the case only when the pendulum P ...
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On an inclined treadmill, does it help to “hang” on the bar?

I was a the heart specialist yesterday, and they wanted me on the treadmill, and they increased the incline to 15'. To counter the incline I hung back on the bars they wanted me to keep a hold on so ...
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Inertia matrix in skew coordinates

One has, let's say, the inertia matrix of an object about it's center of gravity: $I_p$ in the coordinate system ($i, j, k$). What is the inertia matrix in another coordinate system, say ($i_1,j_1, ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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theoretical explanation for smaller Young's modulus of silicone foam

I measured the Young's modulus of a rectangular silicone foam sample which is equivalent in material constitution to silicone rubber except that it is 80% empty. The Young's modulus for this foam was ...
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Rocket Propulsion Equation: Meaning of Net Force

Upon deriving the rocket equation, my textbook (Giancoli) states that the meaning of the net force on the final equation is the net force on M. Note that $M$ and $dM$ are used as the rocket (without ...
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Why does spinning a golf ball one way make it go further than spinning it the other way?

In golf, you'll often hear people say that one person hits the ball further than another because the one person "draws" the ball while the other "fades" it. I want to know why the direction of side-...
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Why does a coin falls faster when it's flipping as well?

From my experiments with measuring how fast a coin falls, I have consistently measured a faster falling rate for a coin that flips as it falls. As an example, a coin dropping on its edge from height ...
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Condition of an object to slide off a sphere [duplicate]

An object is placed at the top of a smooth sphere of radius $R$. The block is released from rest. What is the angle with the vertical at which it looses contact to the sphere? I found this problem ...
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Change in gravitational effect between Earth and the Sun

SPOILERS FOR "INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE" ABOUND. I just watch ID:R and had a question about a plot point. In the movie, a large alien ship, which looked to be about 10-20 percent the size of Earth ...
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Verifying directions of forces during pure rolling?

Let us take a cylinder on a rough horizontal surface. The cylinder undergoes pure rolling A vertical downward force acts on the cylinder to produce a clockwise rotation. The point at which it acts ...
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Simple harmonic motion mass between 2 buildings

I have a question, where I have a mass on top of a building, we give it initial velocity of $\sqrt{gd/2}$ then it starts colliding between 2 buildings, elastic collision. I have to find how many times ...
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Accelerated pure rolling and friction

I know that if a body is pure rolling with no acceleration then friction acting on it is zero. But what about if the CM has an acceleration? Then can we say that friction is present? Suppose that ...
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A silly, but confusing, question about the Inertia coeficient of second law and inertial mass

My question is about the inertia coefficient on second law. To be more specific I have doubts on the notation. 1) Some authors show that the force $F$ is proportional to mass $m$ times acceleration $...
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Circular Motion. Intuition on vectors as a physics interpretation [closed]

I am a maths undergraduate. I decided to start studying some basic physics trying to be rigorous with the math and uderstand the interpretations of some of the mathematical constructs and see how ...
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Conservation of linear momentum (classical mechanics and special relativity)

How did Newton deduce the law of conservation of linear momentum? Can it be derived only by Newton's laws, or does it follow from practical experiments? If the law of conservation of linear momentum ...
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Coriolis force in free fall

Does the coriolis force has any measurable effect in free fall from large heights? Take for example the sky diving experiment by F. Baumgartner who started from a height of about 40 km above New ...
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Rolling Friction Problem

The handbrake of a vehicle of mass $1.5\ \mathrm{tonnes}$ completely fails while it is parked on a $30^\circ$ slope. It rolls $20\ \mathrm{m}$ down the slope before colliding with, and locking on to, ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Angular momentum about a moving axis

How can we define angular momentum of a system about an axis that moves parallel to itself? For example Axis passing through CM that is perpendicular to plane of body. When we talk about ...
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Horizontal and vertical acceleration of a ball on a slope?

I understand that you resolve the components of the balls weight parallel and perpendicular to the slope in order to calculate the force due to gravity that actually acts down the slope. The ...
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Momentum Conservation

The Problem: There are three masses all of equal mass $m$. One mass breaks of with velocity $v$ at an angle $\theta$ to the rod. I have to find max velocity of $A$ and the time at which this ...
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Understanding transverse oscillation in 1 mass, 2 spring systems

Lately I have been working through some nice problems on mass-spring systems. There are tons of different configurations - multiple masses, multiple springs, parallel/series, etc. A few possible ...
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What does the Moon's orbit around the Sun look like?

I'm curious as to what the Moon's orbit around the Sun looks like. If there's an answer, what's the intuition for it? Here are some things I'm assuming when trying to tackle this question: The Moon'...
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Assuming everything else is equal, which will stop first: a heavier car or a lighter car?

If the friction from brakes, wind resistance and all such factors remain constant, which will stop first? A heavier car or a lighter car? How will the momentum of the car and gravitational pull on a ...
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question on friction, 3 blocks placed one upon another

A 10 N force is applied on the 3 kg block. What are the accelerations of the 2 kg block, 3 kg block and 7 kg block? Take the value of g=10m/s^2. what is the acceleration of each of the block ? ...
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Momentum and relative motion

To calculate momentum, $p=mv$, you must know the value of $v$. However, since all motion is relative, there is no abslute value for $v$. So, what is it you are actually calculating? It seems like the ...
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Block Sliding Down a Plane (Perpendicular Velocity)

I'm having trouble understand the concepts for this problem. Here's the problem: A block is placed on a plane inclined at angle $\theta$. The coefficient of friction between the block and the ...
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Why do we assume Kinetic friction to be constant?

My Physics teacher told me that friction exists because of bonds made between the surfaces of two objects. As we try to move an object, we break the bonds and this causes release of energy which is ...
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Is it valid to approximate this parabola as a circle?

Suppose I have a smooth parabolic surface on the xy plane, $y=-x^2$, and there is a ball on kept on the surface at $(0,0)$. What minimum velocity should I give to the ball, tangentially, so that it ...
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How to show circular orbit as a precessing ellipse

A uniform distribution of dust in the solar system adds to the gravitational attraction of the sun on the planet an additional force linear in $r$ where m is the mass of the planet, k is a constant (...