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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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Relation between torque and moment of inertia

I have seen 2 formulas: $\tau = I \alpha$ and $\tau = I \dot\omega + \omega \times I \omega$. Which one shall I use in which case please? Also, am I right to think that $\alpha$ from the first formula ...
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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 ...
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Where does the energy required to stop a moving body come from and go?

For a long time, I have been thinking about this: In order to stop a moving body, I have to apply impulse to change the existing momentum to $0$. For the impulse I have to impart force on the moving ...
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Question on a variant of Atwood machine with strings unwinding in one side

The figure is standard Atwood machine except that for the right object string tension acts on the left side of the object, and strings unwind from the object. No slip condition on a rolling ...
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Moment of inertia from torque and angular acceleration measurements

I tried to calculate the moment of inertia of a quadcopter along its roll axis using two different methods and the results do not match. Method 1: measuring the period of a bifilar pendulum, I obtain ...
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Wheel dynamics: reaction forces with ground

I am confused by part of a dynamic model in this paper: http://waset.org/publications/4405/real-time-control-of-a-two-wheeled-inverted-pendulum-mobile-robot see page 3, figure 5. All forces labeled ...
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belts and balls, correct size of holes

I'm working on a robot that has to transport a set of balls up at a 60 degrees angle. In order to do this I want to use a belt system with holes in it. Now my question is how big do these holes have ...
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How did Newton discover the universal law of gravitation?

I am having trouble comprehending how anyone could come up with this formula: $F = \frac{GMm}{d^2}$ Could someone walk me through this?
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How to take in to account torques applied at different points

Suppose we have a rigid body with known moment of inertia through some axis ($J$) and that there are multiple torques being applied in different points in that body. I know that for a rigid body, the ...
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Can we deviate a bullet from its target? Did anybody try this?

Can we deviate a bullet from its target? Means by applying any strong field at the target? Is there any technique so far like this!
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Are all machines linearly scalable?

For all machines (cars, elevators, computers, etc), when size, power requirements, dimensions are scaled by a constant N, will it work just as is? Will a car with all its parts 10x larger still work ...
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How does an object's motion behave if dropped from an aeroplane travelling diagonally upwards?

Imagine an aeroplane travelling with velocity $v$ at some angle $\alpha$ from East to North. A box is dropped from the aeroplane. What would the projectile of the box be? Would it be a parabola with ...
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Changing Rotation Direction in Mid Air

Not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this site, but could anyone explain the physics behind how this skier is able to change his direction of rotation mid-air? ...
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What is the net force acting on a climbing man by the rope?

I am confused with determining the net force on the climbing man below by the rope. My analysis is as follows. Let the tension be $T$. As both hands hold the rope then there are $T+T=2T$ upward acting ...
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Rotation/torque about a point mass on two linked rods

I have two rods with lengths $L_1$ and $L_2$, connected with a joint in the middle and I would like to express the moment(torque) around a point mass (P) at the far end of rod 1. The relation between ...
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Weight versus gravitational force [duplicate]

What is the difference between weight and gravitational force? I am a beginner who want to study physics properly.
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How to find the maximum height with a loss of 5 J of energy due to air drag [closed]

Can someone please help me to figure out how to use the 5J of energy into my equation for the maximum height. I know that the maximum height is given by, $$h_{max}={(v_f-v_i)^2 \over 2g}$$ but I'm ...
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Can a rigid body have three independent rotations, about three different, mutually perpendicular axes?

It appears that this is kinematically possible, but it looks quite unprobable. For example, it is quite improbable for a sphere to have rotation about three mutually perpendicular axes (supposedly ...
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Why does friction play the role of centripetal force during the turning of a car?

What makes frictional force the centripetal force of a car turning along a curve? As friction is the opposing force and acts anti-parallel so there is no component of frictional force towards the ...
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Who feel more impact of fall

A person jumping from a higher building is likely to suffer less injury than the person jumping from a short building as the person from large building fall long enough to attain drag force which ...
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Finding maximum height of projectile motion using potential/kinetic energy

I'm having some difficulty understanding how to find the maximum height using conservation of force. This is the picture I'm looking at: and this is how you find it: $$\begin{align*} ...
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If mass is added to a toy car does it affect its speed making it faster

If mass is added to a toy car (29.7g) and dropped down a wooden ramp would it affect its speed making it go faster? I know friction comes in to play to, so if you could give me an answer or an ...
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Why am I wrong about this dynamics question?

I disagree with the answer to this homework question. Here it goes. The coefficient of static friction is 0.60 between the two blocks in figure. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the ...
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Why did I get this dynamics question wrong? [closed]

I'm wondering as to why I got this physics question wrong, despite it being quite simple in nature. I believe that I missed something while working on the problem. Basically, the question involves ...
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Acceleration of an object dropped inside an accelerating elevator

A stone is released from an elevator going up with acceleration of $g/2$. What is the acceleration of the stone just after the release? The answer is $g$. Shouldn't the stone carry the acceleration ...
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What is the final velocity of a stone dropped out of a rising balloon? [closed]

A balloon is starting from the ground has been ascending vertically at uniform velocity for 4 sec and a stone let to fall from it reaches the ground in 6 sec. Find the velocity with which the stone ...
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Effect of steering a car at high speed

I take it the angle of the steering wheel in a car is roughly proportional to the curvature, and therefore inversely proportional to the turning radius. When I am driving slowly and want to turn the ...
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Sheer leg derrick tension in cable for equilibrium is not what it should be?

As you will note, the final solution of $5.79$ kN is not equal to that of $w$. Isn't this impossible? If there is no friction at point B and the cable is assumed to be massless, shouldn't the ...
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Description of the motion of the COM of a system of charged particles moving in a magnetic field

I recently came across a problem where an electrically neutral particle is at rest in a uniform magnetic field. The particle now splits into two charged particles of equal mass $m$; charge and mass ...
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Nature of tension in a massless rope [duplicate]

I'm faced with a conceptual problem, where I am supposed to describe the motions of the following system (two masses on each end of a totally inelastic rope hanged on a pulley): I understand that ...
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Torque in a 2-segment robot leg

I have a (hypothetical) robot with two legs, each with 2 segments, with a joint at the body of the robot and in the 'knee' of each leg, as in this (poorly-drawn) diagram: (Sorry about the quality and ...
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Calculate average speed of projectile with air resistance

There's a project that I'm working on that been bugging me for awhile. The project involves this senario: A projectile is released at 1000 feet per second and moves in a straight line infinitely ...
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Can a piezo actuator have infinite resolution?

See here: http://www.omega.com/googlebase/product.html?pn=LD400-1&gclid=CjwKEAjw77OhBRCJ7Onfp_HNtwYSJACZqHAWVTfW1BO4RSfSVjz9P3Q4FoPTvZ2r3NIc2W1uEthVhBoCgUHw_wcB I don't think so. Do they just ...
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Free body diagram of mechanisms

The image below shows a mechanism with 2 pin joints. On one of the pin joints, there is a torsional spring that exerts a torque $M_s = \kappa \theta$ (rest state is at $\theta = 0$). A force $F$ is ...
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Weighing with One-Foot Scale

I stand with left foot on a scale and the other on a piece of effectively incompressible material at the same initial height at the scale's top surface. The weight shown is WL. I repeat with right ...
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Unstable equilibrium in a pendulum

Consider a pendulum with a bob and a massless, rigid, hinged rod attached to the bob. The bob is at rest at the bottom most position. Neglecting friction, is it possible to impart such a velocity ...
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Confusion with Newton's Second Law : Position & Time Dependence of Force

For a conservative force $\vec{F}(x,y)$ we have $$\vec{F}(x,y) = - \vec{\nabla}\phi(x,y)$$ where $\phi(x,y)$ is a potential function for $\vec{F}(x,y)$. Again, Newton's second law states that $$ ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the linear coefficient in this ODE for projectile motion?

For the second order ODE governing the position of a projectile subject to air resistance $$ m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} +k\frac{dx}{dt}+mg=0 \quad k>0, \> x(0)=0, \> x'(0)=V>0 $$ a ...
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Why does a Ball bounce back if Forces are Equal and Opposite?

When a ball is thrown onto a wall, the ball exerts a force onto the wall. According to Newton's Third Law, the wall will exert an equal and opposite force to the ball. Thus, how would the ball be able ...
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Beads flying out of flask

There is a popular youtube video of some metal beads being thrown out of a flask, literally hovering out of the container My question is how detailed a physical explanation of this phenomenon we ...
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Can't understand the meaning of a formula describing a stable equilibrium?

I've found this formula in a book and I can't understand its meaning: $$\frac{df}{dx}\biggr|_{x_0} < 0$$ It describes the condition of an object to being in a $\textit{stable}$ equilibrium. At ...
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Centripetal force in loop motion

I saw it from the book which talk about centripetal force in circular motion The main idea here is the balance in the term of relation between velocity and centripetal acceleration - centripetal ...
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Drag force on a flat plate

The solution for this apparently is $\frac{1}{2}C \rho A V^{2}$ where $C$ is the drag coefficient, $A$ is the area and $\rho$ and $V$ are the wind density and velocity. Let's do it without the drag ...
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Fictitious forces and $\omega$

I have been studying fictitious forces, such as the centrifugal force and Coriolis force. The equation for the centrifugal force is given by: $$F_{centrifugal}=-m\omega\times(\omega\times r)$$ My ...
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Newton's Third Law Exceptions?

Lately I've been brushing up on some of my old Physics texts from college. Most recently, I've been rereading parts of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems (5th ed.)" by Thornton and Marion. ...
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Why do rockets jettison fuel tanks? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why rockets have multistages releasing their fuel tanks. Say a rocket $R$ has two fuel tanks $A$ and $B$, which respectively have masses $m_a$ and $m_b$, and the mass of the ...
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Why do we use less fuel by driving at constant speed?

It is common practice to drive at constant speed as much as possible to reduce fuel consumption, or at least to avoid "pumping" on the throttle (at frequencies high enough that the lowpass filter does ...
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Joules to do something

If my very limited understanding is correct, then, not accounting for gravity: 1 Newton can move 1 kilogram 1m But, can 2 Newtons move 1 kilogram 2 meters? Is this because 1 Newton = acceleration ...
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What will be the time taken by a stone to reach the ground if it is thrown with velocity $v$? [closed]

I was studying from my reference book and I got this question. I tried solving it by finding the total distance n average velocity but it didn't work please help me out.
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Why can a ball tossed up object free fall upwards?

I've found many websites that say that a ball tossed upward would be free falling upwards, but none of them say why. If the definition of free fall is an object that is falling while only under the ...