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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Calculating the amount of g's on a car tire

I am trying to calculate how many g's are applied on a car tire during transit. What I recall from my previous physics knowledge is that the formula to calculate the centripetal force is : $$F = ...
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Vertical circular motion: minimum velocity

In vertical circular motion while finding the minimum velocity at the bottom-most point for looping the loop, why do we take the tension at the topmost point to be zero?
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With friction, does the path followed from A to B affect energy transfer?

Consider I have a roller coaster that can travel across one of three paths, all of which are half circles of the same size. The half circle is an arch that starts vertically up, and ends vertically ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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Calculate torque to rotate and 84lb panel vertically from 0 - 90 degrees

I have a rectangular panel that weighs 84lb. Width (rotational axis) is about 60-inches. Height is about 32 inches. It will be lying flat and hinged (or connected to tubular motor) on the long edge. ...
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Does a body always rotate purely about its center of mass? [duplicate]

For example : A rod is held stationary in vertical position on a smooth horizontal ground and then released. Now the center of mass has velocity and acceleration and every point of the rod has some ...
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When do we use LQR controller and LQG controller?

I have to conceive a controller to my mechanical system to delete the problem of vibrations, but I don't know when we use LQR controller and LQG controller.
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How can angular velocity be constant even when there is a torque by friction?

A cylinder at rest lying on a rough ground is given an impulse which imparts a translational velocity (no angular velocity) to it. The question goes ahead with finding time after which rolling starts ...
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Guidelines for $n$-body problem inital conditions

I'm trying to solve a 5-body problem (for the sake of the argument it can be any given $n$) numerically, yet every initial condition I choose seems to eventually drive the bodies apart to infinity or ...
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What is the time period of an oscillator with varying spring constant?

It is well known that the time period of a harmonic oscillator when mass $m$ and spring constant $k$ are constant is $T=2\pi\sqrt{m/k}$. However, I would be interested to know what the time period ...
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No need Power to fly ? Paradox [duplicate]

I would like to know how much power I need for magnetic levitation. $$P = Fv.$$ $F = F_g \approx \text{mass} \times 10$, okay. But $v = 0$! I can't believe I need no power to keep an object in the ...
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What is minimum total energy?

I thought that the energy for a system is constant. But in a question in my physics book we have been asked to determine the minimum total energy from a graph of potential energy vs position? What ...
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Projectile motion problem [closed]

A perfectly elastic ball is thrown against a house and bounces back over the head of the thrower. When it leaves the thrower's hand, the ball is $2\text{m}$ above the ground and $4\text{m}$ from the ...
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The ratio of equators radiuse to polar radius

I want to calculate (Re/Rp) where (Re) is the rediuse of earth in the equator and (Rp) is the rediuse of earth in poles. I want to use newtons laws, the eqution of gravity and centripetal force ...
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What objects' masses do we need to take into account when calculating force?

In the following problem: A steam engine of mass $3\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ pulls two wagons each of mass $2\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ with an acceleration of $0.2\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Neglecting ...
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Dot Product Force

Konopinski's "What the electromagnetic vector potential describes" (Gaussian dimension) equation (3): $$\frac{d}{dt}[M\vec{v}+(q/c)\vec{A}]=-\nabla q[\phi-(\vec{v}/c)\cdot\vec{A}].\tag{3}$$ contains ...
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Which ellipse does the Earth's semi-major axis refer to?

In Wikipedia the semimajor axis of the earth is reported to nine digits of accuracy (nearest kilometer), and the eccentricity to eight. But to which ellipse exactly does that apply? Sun-at-the-focus? ...
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Clarification needed:Projection Or Whole Length to be considered during integration

Sometimes in magnetism,electrostatics,friction problems when a force is acting over a curved we usually take the net projection of the curved path as the distance(to avoid integration).But it certain ...
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Paradox of potential energy of gas molecule

We know that when water is heated at its boiling point, it will become vapors. Then because there is no change in temperature, the heat supplied will be transferred to the potential energy of the ...
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Collision of Inelastic ball above the ground

An inelastic ball of mass $m$ is dropped from a height $h$ above the ground and at the same time a second ball of mass $m_1$ projected vertically upwards to meet the former. Show that in order that ...
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3D Simulation Software

I need a software capable of simulating the physics of a car going off a ramp. This is a stunt that I will be attempting and looks like the following: A car, going off a curved ramp, doing a barrel ...
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Appearance of the Jerk Term in Dynamics of Mass-Spring-Damper System

I am coming from the computer science territory and have not a long trace in mechanics. My background in derivation of the system dynamics could be summarized with utilization of the ...
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Friction related question [closed]

A uniform chain of mass $M$ and length $L$ is hanging from the table. The chain is in limiting equilibrium when length $l$ of chain overhangs. It is slightly disturbed from this position. Find the ...
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Reaction due to gravity

There is a reaction to the gravity of the earth on us but the earth does not move due to its huge mass. But what if I combine the weight of all humans and other things on Earth? Is it not enough to ...
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Paradox about the efficiency of a thermal engine

Based on that, the algebra calculation is correct. But it seems confused to me. Even though the overall efficiency reduces, it is still useful, isn't it? From the same amount of energy we can ...
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Mechanics question don't understand answer

A space platform in the form of a thin circular disc of radius a and mass m (flying saucer) is initially rotating with angular velocity w about its symmetry axis. A meteorite strikes the edge of the ...
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Why Can a Skydiver Hit the Ground and Be Killed? [duplicate]

This is a follow on question from Physics SE Question "Can a Skydiver Land On a Large Slide and Survive?". User Steeven gives this answer here. User Dargscisyhp asks: What is it exactly that ...
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Question about solving Newton's laws' problems [closed]

A questions from my textbook asks me what the force by the pulley on the roof is. In order to answer the question, need I consider those objects hanging from both sides of the rope, or need I only ...
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Confusion about the resonance

I get confused with the concept of resonance. Many materials suggest that in order to achieve resonance, the system must undergo simple harmonic force ($F=F_0\sin(\omega t)$), and at the natural ...
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Reflection of a moving ball

We know that when a ball hits a wall at an angle alpha, it will bounce off with the same angle, just like the mirror rules. But why does it happen exactly? Based on what theory does it happen? When I ...
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What should the brake force in this problem be? [closed]

Alright so I think I know how to do this but I require help in calculating what acceleration would be in terms of some sort of friction coefficient. So model a particle going down a hill. The slope ...
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Total energy loss of a sphere as it falls through a distance $h$ [closed]

A block of mass $M$ is placed on a rough horizontal table. A string attached to the block runs horizontally to the edge of the table, passes round a smooth peg, and supports a sphere of mass $m$ ...
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Pulley system: how can tensions be equal throughout a entire rope if the weights on opposite ends are different? [duplicate]

More weight means more pulling force, and thus more tension force. Like this answer says, however much force you pulling with is equal in magnitude to the tension force. If that is case, how then ...
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Distance traveled from displacement

I am currently reading a book called Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway. While reading the chapter about 2-dimensional kinematics, I asked myself a ...
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Strain Rate Tensor

I was going through Schaum's outline for Continuum Mechanics and came across the strain rate tensor. As the strain rate tensor, when represented geometrically, shows the deformation that is happening, ...
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Energy specific question [duplicate]

I am math undergrad, so I am sorry if my question is trivial here. Given a equation for the potential how do you determine if the specific system is conservative ? can you determine by adding K + V ...
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Faster-Than-Light Communication using Entangled Photons

Based on my understanding of the “Double-Slit Quantum Eraser Experiment”, documented here: http://grad.physics.sunysb.edu/~amarch/, it seems that Faster-Than-Light communication is possible. Of ...
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How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum?

How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum? What is the intuition behind $p=mv$? I had trouble finding any sources that state the actually ...
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Simulation of a simple robot [closed]

I'm a programmer and I'm working on a simple robot simulator. Of course, the most important part of this simulator, is the physical simulation of the robot. Unfortunately, I have a little knowledge ...
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What are the limitations of using instantaneous axis of rotation? [closed]

I know when the body rotatates as well as translates IAR or ICR shouldn't be used but I am not able to understand why?
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Calculating atomic forces from total force and torque on molecule in molecular dynamics (MD)

I guess this problem applies to any body that is composed of a small number of particles, but for the sake of simplicity and concreteness, let's consider a classical model of a molecule consisting of ...
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Some confusion pertaining to direction of static friction on stationary object

Consider a stationary object of mass $m$ on a horizontal table. Since the object does not move relative to table, $f_s=0$. So it seems that we first consider $mg$ and normal reaction force,$N$ ...
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Why can't we find a true inertial frame?

From one book, I read that if we release a ball horizontally on earth, its velocity does change in very accurate observations. If we track its motion, we get full information of its motion (incl. ...
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Determine direction of friction on a block held stationary against a vertical wall [closed]

A block of mass $m$ is pushed up against a wall and held stationary by a force $ F$ that makes an acute angle $\theta $ with the horizontal. May I know how to determine the direction of the static ...
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What is the minimum acceleration that stops the rod from sliding in the frictionless surface? [closed]

What should be the block's acceleration 'a' such that the rod present inside, inclined at at the angle 'theta' and mass 'm' will be obstructed from sliding down. From car's frame of reference, a ...
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Acceleration of ball released from height H on a circular fixed wedge at its lowest point?

I've been facing a conceptual problem for quite some time. Suppose there is a fixed wedge.A ball of mass $m$ is released from a height $H$. The coefficient of friction on the surface is $μ$. ...
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Acceleration of a ramp

If we have a ramp and a block on it, and if all the surfaces are frictionless so both the the ramp and block can move. Is the normal force different from the time that ramp is not moving? If yes can ...
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Best learning of gyroscopic motion? [duplicate]

I crave to learn the nitty-gritty of attitude dynamics - namely I want to get really up close and personal with angular momentum, gyroscopic motion, non-inertial effects. I'm looking for a resource ...
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How can I calculate whether a shelf is strong enough to support a falling cat?

I'm building some shelves for my cat to climb on. The highest position the cat will be is 2 meters above the next shelf. The cat has a mass of 6.5kg. The shelf has a maximum load of 20kg. Using ...
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Weight added to truck [closed]

If weight is added to the back of a dump truck does the height of the truck decrease in direct proportion to the weight added - does weight added equal height decrease?