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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Pseudo acceleration when both observer and observed body are accelerating and also the surface is accelerating

Today we were taught us the concept of pseudo forces.I understand that suppose when the observer is in an accelerated reference frame to make newtons laws valid we consider an acceleration in the ...
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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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Feynman's explanation of virtual work given in his book Feynman's lectures on Physics

In his book Chapter 4 Conservation of Energy, on Gravitational potential energy the discussion goes... "Take now the somewhat more complicated example shown in Fig. 4-6. A rod or bar, 8 feet long, ...
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Two carts on a frictionless rail collide [closed]

There're 2 carts on a frictionless rail. Their masses are $4m$ and $2m$. (The carts are on the rail in this order). The first cart has a velocity of $v_1$. The first cart hits the second. Knowing that ...
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Friction in circular motion?

Let us imagine a car (or just a block) moving in uniform circular motion with radius $R$ with velocity $v$, on a flat surface. It is obvious that friction is the only force capable of providing the ...
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Seesaw pendulum period

If I have a rigid pendulum of length $L$, with the pivot point set somewhere along $L$ and a mass at each end how do I calculate its maximum speed and its period? I want to make a counterbalanced slow ...
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Why does weight on Earth have a tangential component?

I read in Pulsar's answer of this question that weight has a tangential component due to the rotation of the (assumed spherical) Earth but I don't understand this. Can someone expand on it please?
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Cohesion Sliding Resistance meaning

What do we mean by "Cohesion Sliding Resistance"?? and how to calculate the value for the same for an iron object placed on a concrete surface for example? P.S.: All I know is this has the units of ...
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Equal transit time fallacy and Newton's laws of motion

I've seen the equal transit time theory being used to explain aerodynamic lift [basis is Bernoulli's principle] several times. However recently I've been told that there is NO physical compulsion for ...
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Weight Detection Under Concrete/Asphalt [closed]

Consider that a weight sensor was embedded in a road. Would cars that drive over it trigger the sensor? I was thinking it'd look something like this (if we ignored the downward force that the ...
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Second Law of Dynamics and Pulleys

The system in the figure is initially at rest . If the system starts to move , evaluate the acceleration of the block $A$. Mass of the block $A$ is $m_A = 60\;\mathrm{kg}$ ; mass of blocks $B$ and $C$ ...
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Newton's 1st law [closed]

If all of a sudden the gravitational force and gravity disappears then the planets would still continue to rotate and revolve ? Give reason
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Reducing coefficient of friction by vibrations?

Very simply put, if one places a block of some material on a level surface and pushes it horizontally, a certain coefficient of friction is measured. If one tightly couples an oscillator of some sort ...
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Friction to just move the blocks [closed]

Two blocks each of mass $m$ are placed on a rough horizontal surface and connected by mass-less in-extensible string as shown.The coefficient of friction between each block and ground is $\mu$ What ...
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In the equation $F = kma$ , what's $k$? [duplicate]

Actually I want to know that what is $k$ & why it's SI unit is set to 1. Also if it's can be expressed in SI units , that means it can be converted into CGS etc. units .. So what's the value of $k$...
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Kinetic energy of a Tesla model S discrepancy

According to Tesla, the model S weighs 1961 kg and uses 237.5 watt hours (855000 Joules) to drive one km. However, when I plug this amount of energy and 1000 meters into the formula W=FD, I get the ...
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How much velocity can a canister of fuel give a spaceship? [closed]

We could approximate a basic solution If we know the mass of the fuel $m$, the mass of the ship $M$ and the amount of energy left in the fuel $E$. So the energy density of the fuel is, $\frac{E}{m} = ...
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How deep does a gravity well need to be to remove particles from a planetary body?

I almost considered asking this question on WorldBuilding, however I wanted the brute mathematics on the subject, so please excuse the theoretical nature of this question. I understand the basic ...
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Harmonic motion equation - non-null right hand side

Considering the following motion equation : \begin{equation} \ddot x + \frac{a^2 b^2}{c^2} x = -V \frac{a b}{c^2} \end{equation} where $a$, $b$, $c$ and $V$ are all constant. One can identify the ...
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Question on motion of vehicles [closed]

What are the forces or moments reduces speed of an object while climbing?
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Acceleration mass graph of constant force

If the same horizontal force is applied to objects of different mass. Which graph explains the experimental results. My logic was that since $$ f = ma $$ Is a linear equation it will be a straight ...
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If the applied force is constant, what is the graph of the velocity?

This is a sample interview question from Oxford: A ball, initially at rest, is pushed upwards by a constant force for a certain amount of time. Sketch the velocity of the ball as a function of ...
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Observation and deduction about a stick

Given a horizontal stick AB and a string, of course a stick that is hang on the string in its center of mass is in equilibrium. This is a fact that we take as rule because we can observe it, right? I ...
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Does a scale weigh a bee flying inside a box?

This question is very similar to this one or even this one except some minor differences. The box is much larger than the bee. The box has no top cover. The bee is flying still in the middle of the ...
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Potential Energy = mgh. What is the name of this principle and did Newton discover it?

Somebody I know keeps trying to convince me that Potential Energy $PE=mgh$ is one of Newton's Laws (as well as the closely related idea, Work Done = force x distance moved). I am fairly certain that ...
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Accelerated frames conceptual doubt [closed]

This thing has baffled me for a very long time and therefore I had to ask it here. I was thinking about accelerated frames. Lets assume I am sitting in an elevator going upward with some acceleration ...
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What happens if you fly a drone inside moving passenger airplane? [duplicate]

I have a little question. If I mark an X in the center of a passenger airplane, and try to fly a drone from the X mark in the moving passenger airplane (800-900 km/h), what will happen to the drone? ...
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Calculate velocity $v$ [closed]

A lorry of mass $3.5\times10^4\text{ kg}$ attains a steady speed $v$ while climbing an incline of $1$ in $10$ with its engine operating at $175$ kW. Find $v$. $g=10ms^{-2}$. Neglect friction. The ...
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Acceleration as a function of time in Newtonian gravity [duplicate]

In Newtonian gravity, you have acceleration as a function of separation distance $r$ as $a(r) = GM/r^2$. I need to derive acceleration as function of time, i.e. $a(t)$. PS I got into this when I ...
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Newtonian mechanics, block on conveyor belt [closed]

The coefficient of friction $\mu$ between the block and the conveyor belt is $0.3$ and the belt is moving with a speed of $6m/s$ when a block is dropped onto it from rest. Find the time when the ...
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The directions of the frictional force acting on the cylinder while ascending and descending cylinder

A cylinder rolls up an inclined plane,reaches some height,and then rolls down without slipping throughout these motions.The directions of the frictional force acting on the cylinder (A)While ...
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Cable wakeboard raley

Illustration of the problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWRixptJaRo The non physics solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRwHcJjfCR4 My first approach to learn this was to follow youtube ...
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Friction, Dynamics question

In the given question $F=2t$ where $t$ is time in seconds for which the force has been applied. Friction exists only between $A$ and $B$ with coefficient of friction $\mu=1/2$. Here we can easily see ...
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Why does galilean invariance imply that particles that start rest stay on the same line?

I'm reading Arnol'd for self study. I'm struggling with this question: "Show that any system of two particles will remain on the same line that connected them at the initial moment, if they started at ...
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Why do Newton's laws hold in a normal and tangential coordinate system?

In my book it says: When applying the equations of motions, it is important that the acceleration of a particle be measured with respect to a reference frame that is either fixed or translates ...
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Wear rate with sliding speed

I read so many research studying the effects of sliding speed on wear using pin on ring testing machine all of papers said: when the sliding speed increase the wear rate will increase because the true ...
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Projectile motion with air friction force/resistance [closed]

We have to find the x (the distance, if you didn't know that then I'm not sure if you should be doing this problem) that the projectile travel during the time in the air until the time it hits the ...
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Springs acting on a car [closed]

I am trying to solve a problem but I can't figure out why the answer comes out to be what it is: A man of 80kg enters a car and compresses the 4 springs of the car, causing a change of 1,2cm from ...
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Maximum range in projectile motion (elliptical path)

Elementary Newtonian mechanics tells us that if a projectile is shot at 45 degrees from the ground, and a downward gravitational field is acting on it, it will follow a parabolic path and achieve ...
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Tension in a string with pulley and two objects at opposite ends

Tension is confusing me. According to my understanding of tension the tension in a string is uniform but while going through the solution of a problem I read that tge tension on the left part of the ...
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Force applies to sphere not on center of mass?

Is this true: When force is applied to a sphere NOT on center of mass (COM) then the sphere will move the same way as when force is ON center of mass, because the sphere is symmetric in every ...
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Who will feel more pain when jumping from a height, a tall man or a short man? [closed]

Whether the impact on a tall man is greater than a short man when he jumps from a height?
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Non-diagonalisable system of ODE from structural mechanics

Consider a basic mechanical system driven by the second order ODEs $$ \mathbf{M\ddot{x}+D\dot{x}+Kx=0}$$ where the mass matrix $\mathbf M$ is positive definite; no specific assumptions other than ...
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Equilibrium of rigid body [closed]

A uniform beam $AB$ of length $2l$ rests with end $A$ in contact with rough horizontal ground. A point $C$ on the beam rests against a smooth support. $AC$ is of length $\frac{3l}{2}$ with $C$ higher ...
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Projectile question doubt [closed]

A hunter wants to shoot a monkey with an arrow by launching the arrow at a speed $v_0$ at a distance of $L$ from the base of a tree of height $H$ on which the monkey is sitting. Now on watching the ...
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Physics behind seemingly-impossible “rice bowl suction” Guinness world record? [duplicate]

By pressing a rice bowl on his abdominal muscles, Zhang Xingquan was able to create enough suction to pull a 36.15 tonnes heavy train for 40 meters Source: Guinness world records website. How does ...
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How does the bowling computer know I'm right handed? [closed]

I went bowling the other day and after I rolled my first ball I was suprised it was written on the screen that I was "right-handed". How was that figured out? My first guess is that there is ...
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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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Why do archery arrows tilt downwards in their descent?

In the movies, arrows shot into the air rotate so that during the descent, the arrow head hits ground first. What is the source of this angular momentum? It would seem that the bow string exerts a ...
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Expressing virtual force in terms of muscle contraction force

Two bodies connected with a hinge joint with axis in J. They also connected with a muscle at points M and M`. I’m trying to express virtual force Fv in terms of muscle force Fm acting at the point M ...