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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What physical conditions would allow for this kind of perpetual seesaw

I'm working with a simulator(Box2D) and need to create these conditions. I have a perpetual seesaw with two objects on either side. I'd like for the following conditions to be met. The first ...
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Force Needed To Maintain Velocity, Increasing Mass

Hoping somebody could give me a hand with this. Unfortunately I haven't taken physics yet, my background is in math/computer science. I'm studying computational science and the problem is essentially ...
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Does a car use friction to move?

When a car's engine injects fuel into the cylinder chambers, the reaction creates a force that generates rotational momentum to the shaft and over the transmission, it translates that power to the ...
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How does one determine an inertial frame?

How does one determine whether one is in an inertial frame? An inertial frame is one on which a particle with no force on it travels in a straight line. But how does one determine that no forces are ...
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Countersteering a motorcycle

Everyone knows the story about countersteering. For those who don't I will explain it below and after the explanation i will ask my question. You can watch this short video as a beginning: ...
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Calculating the moment of inertia in bifilar pendulums

I'm an A2 student, and I've been looking into how experimental and theoretical determined mass moments of inertia differ. I came across a method (search Youtube for Measuring Mass Moment of Inertia - ...
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Can you punch a hole in an A4 sheet of paper with your hand?

The heading says it all, but let me explain it a little further. Suppose you hang a sheet of paper (A4 size) from one end leaving the other end free. Now practically it seems impossible to punch a ...
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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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Cause of SHM of liquid-column in V-tube

Suppose there is a v-shaped tube filled with water. The left limb is at $\theta_1$ & the right limb is at $\theta_2$ with the horizontal base. Initially, the level of water in both the columns are ...
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If $\omega = \frac{v}{r}$, why do we need torque?

If $\omega = \frac{v}{r}$, then why do we need torque and angular acceleration? The velocity v can be found just by Newton's second law of motion $F = ma => a = F/m$ and $v = v_0 + at$ . Then we ...
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Solving a one-dimensional spring system using linear algebra [closed]

I'm trying to gain some intuition into how the following problem would be solved using linear algebra. The setup of the problem is a horizontal line of 4 springs and 3 masses: alternating spring, ...
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Conserved quantities in an angular system

Given the following question: A student initially stands on a circular platform that is free to rotate without friction about its center. The student jumps off tangentially, setting the platform ...
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Does Earth also move due to some electrostatic forces?

Does the earth experience some electrostatic forces due to other planets...which also make it move? My question is..whether the earth also moves due to electrostatic force of attraction or only due ...
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Why isn't jumping against a wall an elastic collision?

According to this calculator http://www.abecedarical.com/javascript/script_collision1d.html when low mass object hits high mass object it is reflected gaining opposite velocity almost the same as ...
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Animating an Acceleration Vector - Acceleration of object on a crested path in gravitational field

So I was reading in Chapter 3 of my textbook, Sears & Zemanksky's University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th Edition, and the discussion took us to a definition of the ...
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Analysis of motion of a body moving on a string?

I was wondering about something I observed yesterday. To give some background, one of my hobbies is slacklining. This is essentially like tight-rope walking but with a one inch piece of (in this case ...
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Rain measurement with wind blowing

Rain measuring simple unit with a measuring jar fitted with a funnel collect rain pouring. Here I presume the rain falling vertically down with zero speed. However, usually the wind is blowing. If it ...
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How to find the center of mass of several objects in a 2d plane?

We have the following scenario in a 2d plane: a big rectangle with a lot of smaller similar uniform rectangles in it, all of them weight differently. Where is the center of mass of this object ...
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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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How can a planet gravitationally capture objects?

I would expect that any asteroid or other object originating far away but passing near a planet would pick up speed and energy as it approaches, but unless it comes into contact with the atmosphere ...
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Force Body Diagrams of object sliding down ramp

So I think I am confusing myself about forces. I know that when something is sliding down a ramp that it will have the force of gravity, normal force and force of friction acting on it. But for an ...
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Can you determine acceleration from positions and velocities only?

I just began reading the Landau and Lifshitz book on classical mechanics. It states on the first page of Chapter 1 that: Mathematically, this means that, if all the coordinates $q$ and velocities ...
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Can we rigorously define force?

I'm looking to get rigorous definitions on which to base the important quantities in classical mechanics. To me a "rigorous" physical definition is an operational definition -- that is one in which ...
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Is gravitation really a conservative force?

A rotating gyroscope that is mounted in a gimbal maintains its rotational axis relative to space when it is moved – and not to the surface of the earth, as illustrated below (the figure shows only the ...
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Why potential energy of external force on particle attached to spring is equal to full force multiplied by full displacement?

I am having quite difficult time to understand the meaning of total potential energy on spring. All references I read say that the total potential energy on particle attached to spring is: ...
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Kinematics question - Newton's Law of Motion [closed]

Question: Find the mass M of the hanging block in the following figure which will prevent the smaller block from slipping over the triangular block. All the surfaces are frictionless and the strings ...
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Spinning, decelerating coin on a table

A coin spun on a table will eventually end up flat on the table, ignoring the cases where it remains balanced and comes to rest on its edge (or falls off etc). Before the coin comes to rest on its ...
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Angular and linear displacement of a turning car

My illustration is supposed to show a simplified car (with just two wheels, where the front wheel has been rotated $-90 \text{ degrees}$). Let the car travel at constant speed. This means that the ...
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Free-Falling Object

How does the presence of air affect the rate at which a body falls? What is the rule for falling objects, when there is little or no air resistance?
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Inelastic Collision and Energy

How is is possible for momentum to be conserved and for KE to not be conserved? Momentum is related to velocity and velocity is related to KE, therefore if KE was lost, how can the system have the ...
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Definition of Force Using Momentum

When we use F = change in momentum / change in time, is that the average force applied? There could be different magnitudes of force applied over time to change the momentum (it could be instantaneous ...
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What's the physical meaning of change in momentum vector?

If I there is a initial momentum of 10Ns upwards, and final momentum of 10Ns to the right, I can find the difference in momentum by drawing a triangle and finding the resultant vector. But, how is ...
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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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Where do forces point in an equilibrium system

I have the system above, with three identical balls of weight $W$ and radius $r$. The angle joining the centres is $\theta$, and the coefficient of friction between the balls and the plane is $\mu$ ...
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Calculating velocity based on applied force

If I have a block sitting on a spring, ignoring air resistance, with 45N of stored elastic energy in the spring, and the block weighs 500g, what would be the process for calculating its maximum ...
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When will the Earth stop rotating?

I looked up leap second in Wikipedia. It is a second added (usually) to clocks to keep them in sync with the atomic clock. It said that 25 leap seconds were added in the last 43 years and that none ...
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Correct terminology for combined kinematic and dynamic state

The kinematic state is defined as the position and orientation in space. The dynamic state is defined as the associated velocities. What is the correct terminology for the combined kinematic and ...
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Mathematics of simplified air resistance

I recently encountered a problem in which when throwing a ball upwards one has to determine whether it goes up or comes down faster when not only was gravity to be considered, but also air resistance ...
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Two solutions, A+ and A-, for masses connected via springs

My prof gives an example of trying to solve the equations of motion for a series of gliders each connected by springs, with the same spring constant. From looking at the $j-1$ through $j+1$ glider, he ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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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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Two questions about the coefficient of restitution

If you were to drop a ball onto a surface from a height $h$ and the ball collided with the surface and then rebounded, would the ball then travel a distance of $eh$ back up from the surface where $e$ ...
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Quantum violation of Newton's Third Law? [closed]

From this site: http://www.learning-mind.com/5-thought-provoking-quantum-experiments-showing-that-reality-is-an-illusion/ I gained the knowledge that a group of scientists, upon measuring a tiny ...
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A Question on Friction [closed]

And yes, this is not a homework thing.Here's my working.
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Confused about Newton's 3rd law

I am confused about Newton's 3rd Law. If a person jumps off the ground a force is applied both to the person and to the ground. However, as $F=ma$ acceleration experienced by the Earth is much less ...
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Finding radius of turning car to calculate the centripital force

I'm writing a program to simulate a car driving. I'm wondering how I should find the radius when calculating the centripital force. If we let the car travel at a constant speed, then $F_{net} = ...
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Computing distance traveled from jerk

When dealing with higher time derivatives like jerk, how does one find the distance traveled? Can it be calculated by just knowing time?
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In general relativity, how do we think of Newton's third law for gravity?

In GR everything become geometric, gravity becomes curvature in spacetime. How do we think of Newton's third law in the context of GR? What corresponds to action and what to reaction?
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Pendulum at an angle

A pendulum has a period of $T$ when swinging from a string. The pendulum is now placed on a frictionless incline at a 30 degree angle. What is the new period of the pendulum?
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...