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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Newton's third law and punching a glass or a feather

According to Newton's third law, action force equals reaction force in terms of magnitude. When I punch a glass, the glass punches me back. If I exert a greater force on the glass, it will break. ...
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Finding the moment of inertia of a lever [duplicate]

I am required to find the moment of inertia of the lever for a project in physics. This is my attempt: Please note that we have not been taught this yet in class so i have not been taught this ...
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Is this a correct understanding of circular motion?

We say an object experienced uniform circular motion iff it moves in a circle of constant radius, with constant angular velocity. To experience uniform circular motion, must the net force on the ...
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Introducing angular momentum for the first time to a class

What is the best way to introduce the notion of angular momentum to a class without making it appear an unnecessary and artificial construction?
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Enstrophy and energy spectral density of vorticity

I'm processing some flow field data obtained by PIV for a turbulent jet with the intention of using the energy spectral density (ESD) function to say something about the processes going on. I'm ...
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Why, in a car taking a sloped curve, friction is perpendicular to the car

In solving the problem we usuallly use the friction as the centripetal force, but I could never understood how is this possible. I understand that if a car is making a circular motion, some ...
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Why does a spring fixed to a wall have PE and not KE?

As many books,including mine (Principles of Physics by Resnick and Halliday) introduce, I also will present my example like this: Let there be a spring of negligible mass attached on one side ...
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Calculating the force required to lift a weight with a screw

I am trying to learn physics by myself as I do not have a good teacher at school. I've been reading Feynman Lectures on Physics and I can't figure out how he found out this number. Here is an excerpt ...
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Pulling fabric in a saddle shape tight with a spring

Jokingly a friend and I thought of a way to suspend a tarp-like material over my porch, very similar to they way a trampoline is sprung. However, this fabric is a rectangle and fits over arches. My ...
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How do you measure the acceleration of two objects with different masses? [closed]

I would like to know how to measure the acceleration of two objects with different masses...(and the formula that's used.) For instance a steel ball that, say...weighs 67g and a wooden ball that ...
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Standing Waves. Two questions. Please help! [duplicate]

Every time I read an article/text about standing waves they seem to specifically mention that whenever a wave pulse hits a hard boundary it gets reflected back with it's phase changed through 180 ...
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Finding the Work done

Find the work done for an object to slide down an inclined plane against the frictional force. The answer my book shows is : $$ W = mg ({\mu}_k \cos \theta - \sin \theta) S $$ where S = displacement ...
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2012 quo. no. 14 $F_{net} = ma$ [closed]

Please refer to #14 in this document Please help me solve this problem... I don't understand why a force (in the problem, T) even needs to be applied to keep the ball in equilibrium. There is no ...
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A Special Case About Projectile Motion [closed]

There is a common fact about projectile motion. Let me remind you with an example: Assume that you are aiming at a hanging banana on a tree. If there were no gravitational force, the bullet would ...
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Recoil from a photon gun

Suppose you have a laser gun or a gun that shoots high frequency photons. Now according to Newton's laws there should be an equal and opposite reaction. So the question is - Will there be a recoil ...
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What is this simple mechanism called? [closed]

I often build with Lego and use this mechanism: It converts the rotational movement to linear by making the stick between the two blocks go back and forth. What is this mechanism called?
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Throwing a baseball against the back of a car [closed]

We, some fellow students and I, are trying to figure out what to. But we simply do not know which formula to use at question a. We found the following: $\Delta P=(2mv_{ball,i}M)/(m+M)$ Could someone ...
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What are the forces acting on a Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper?

Upon researching tuned mass dampers, I came across this free body diagram of a pendulum tuned mass damper. However, I don't understand where many of the forces come from. What exactly are the forces ...
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Mathematical subtlety in a physics problem

A wagon of initial mass $M$ is moving with an initial velocity $V_o$. Now sand starts accumulating on this wagon, increasing the total mass from $M$ to $M+s$. We have to find the final velocity of ...
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Disk and Ball on a smooth surface [closed]

A uniform disk of mass $\text{2m}$ and radius $\text{R}$ is placed freely on a smooth surface as shown in the figure. A particle of mass $\text{m}$ is connected to the circumference of the disc with a ...
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Problem on Inclined Forces [closed]

I am having trouble on one of my homework problems. The problem is What is the acceleration of the system if M1 is 5 kg and M2 is 4kg and the coefficient of friction between M1 and the table ...
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Can the relative position of two masses connected by a spring become negative?

Consider the following diagram. Two masses of 1 kilogram each are attached by a spring of 1 N/m. The $x$-axis is chosen such that $x_1(0)=0$ and $x_2(0)=L$ where $L$ is the length of the spring in ...
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Is the movement of a projectile in 2D a Holonomic system? [closed]

Is the well known problem of the movement of a projectile, no friction, in two dimensions a holonomic system? If yes.. Why? If Not.. Why?
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What is the zero of potential?

A satellite of mass $m$ is travelling at a speed $v_0$ in a circular orbit of radius $r_0$ around a fixed mass at $O$. Taking the zero of potential at $r=\infty$, show that the total energy of the ...
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Relation between potential energy and forces

Can you also explain why can't we define potential energy corresponding to a non-conservative internal force? Non-conservative forces are those which don't depend on the initial and final states but ...
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Throwing baseball at a car

For some odd reason, you decide to throw baseballs at a car of mass $M$, which is free to move frictionlessly on the ground. You throw the balls at the back of the car at speed $u$, and at a ...
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Why is the Moon considered the major cause of tides, even though it is weaker than the Sun?

You have likely read in books that tides are mainly caused by the Moon. When the Moon is high in the sky, it pulls the water on the Earth upward and a high-tide happens. There is some similar effect ...
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Impulse and force in a karate chop, can we maximize force minimizing the time of impact?

I have heard that we can maximize the force by minimizing the time of impact in a punch. If that is true, the paradox is if we increase the time of contact with the same amount of force still we ...
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Time it takes for a mass in a linked pendulum to flip?

I have created Mathematica code that simulates a double pendulum. So I've numerically solved for $\theta_{1}(t)$ and $\theta_{2}(t)$. I have also found the momentum from the Lagrangian as well. My ...
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What really is “inertial force”?

In Fluid Mechanics we often see the term inertial force when discussing Reynolds number. The problem is, I didn't really get what's this inertial force. Basically, the notion of inertia I have is that ...
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Projectile motion where gravity is a function of $y$

I know what are the laws that describe the projectile motion, and in particular I need to compute the vertical displacement of the projectile at any time $t$: $$ y = y_0 + v_0\sin(\theta)\,t - ...
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What is the cause of rolling friction? & why is it less than sliding friction?

Rolling friction is the resistance to motion experienced by a body when it rolls upon another. It is much less than sliding friction for same pair of bodies. When one body rolls upon another, there ...
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Newton's law of resistance [closed]

Anyone can give me some clues on how this can be proved? What kind of drag force is used? A particle is projected vertically upward with an initial speed $v_0$ near the Earth's surface. Show that ...
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Particle moving in response to central force [closed]

So I have this question: There is a particle moving in response to a central force per unit mass of $$F(r) = {\alpha\over r^2} + {\beta\over r^3}$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are constants. ...
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How to determine speed/energy of something dropped from a given height?

Say I dropped a ball from some height, which is measurable, is it possible to determine the speed of the ball when it hits the ground and thus the force exerted on the ball my the ground (or vice ...
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Why does accounting for direction give the wrong result for a bouncing ball?

This a conservation of momentum problem, gathered from an old textbook. I thought it would be simple, but I seem to be goofing up somewhere in my basic conceptual understanding. PROBLEM: A 1.0 kg ...
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Finding the potential energy of a geosynchronous satellite above earth [closed]

I am trying to find the gravitational potential energy of a 1kg geostationary satellite above the earth. So far: $E=mgh$, and $g=GM/r^2$ so substitution of $g$ into the energy equation gives: ...
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Where do Newton's Laws not work? [closed]

I'm working on high school level project about Newton's Laws and I picked topic that describes situations, where they dont work. Can you name any practical cases where they do not work? Why do they ...
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Why is energy of emitted particles negative?

recently I had one problem here, and in comments I got interesting thing written by user Sofia. Unfortunetly, the topic is in hold now and I can't ask her more. Here is the comment: Radio-activity ...
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How can we show that pressure is exerted sideways too?

We can show that pressure upward and downward in a fluid is caused by weight of fluid column or volume. A simple derivation of this: ...
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Will the usage of Exo-Skeleton Gear actually weaken the human body over time? [closed]

As we all know, Exo Skeletons as they exist now are just a series of Force multiplying apparatuses working together, also the human body changes to accommodate environment specific factors in order to ...
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Can Hooke's law go along with Newton's 3rd law & how is momentum conserved in case of spring?

Let there be a spring in its relaxed state- that is neither compressed nor extended. One end is fixed on the left and other end is free in the right. Now, I stretch the spring by pulling the free-end ...
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How can the bodies attain same velocities during the max. deformation during collision?

My book writes: Collision between two bodies is almost similar to the case where there is a spring between the two colliding bodies. At the instant they come into contact , the rear ball has a ...
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Derivation of velocities in the Coriolis force

In Fitzpatrick's Newtonian Dynamics book on the Coriolis force, he states \begin{align} v_{x'}&\simeq V_0\cos\theta-2\Omega t V_0\sin\lambda~\sin\theta \tag{433}\\ ...
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Falling dominoes

I have been attempting to determine the maximum velocity a line of dominoes can reach. I have found that there are two forces which act upon it: Initial impulse and gravitational force. As kinetic ...
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Why does rotation simulate gravity if motion is relative?

In Einstein's theory of relativity, if motion is truly relative, then why would somebody in a rotating space station experience (artificial) gravity? I mean, I get why they experience gravity IF the ...
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How would filling a milk canister with helium affect the reading it makes on a scale?

Let's say that if I put a milk canister on a scale it shows 10kg. If I fill it with Helium it must necessarily be less than this, right? Can someone explain this (probably trivial) thing to me? :) ...
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What happens to an orbiting body moving with the Earth's angular speed at various altitudes?

I was learning about inertial frames amongst other things, and I somehow came up with this question. Imagine we have a pole, made of imaginary very strong material that will never bend, placed at the ...
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Will this sail-based moving system work? Why? [duplicate]

So simple: Will this sail-based moving system work? Why?
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Question of Conservation of Momentum

I think I understand the concept of conservation of momentum in an inelastic collision. However, what if two objects, one being more massive than the other, started out together and then separated ...