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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Does friction depend on the direction of motion?

In my experiment of finding the moment of inertia of a flywheel, I first rotate the flywheel in the anticlockwise direction and then in the clockwise direction, but I am getting different values of ...
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Can we use the planets and Sun to fling out a craft at relativistic speeds? [duplicate]

E.g. The Voyager crafts took various assists from the planets. Sun being much more massive, wouldn't a spacecraft gain much more energy from such a flyby on the correct trajectory? If so then what ...
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Impact on landing with forward motion vs straight down

A skateboarder ollies down a set of stair. Is the impact when landing less than if dropped straight down from the same height?
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Why can't I push myself in a chair? [duplicate]

If I am sitting in a chair with wheels and someone pushes on the back of my chair with sufficient force it will role along the ground. However, if I push on the back of the chair with the same force ...
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Force exerted on carseats?

Can anyone explain how force is exerted on car seats during a crash? I am being told in car seat safety forums that $force=mass \times acceleration$. So if a $2000 \;\text{lb}$ vehicle bumps you at ...
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What is the proper vector form for the Gravity Formula?

We are familiar with the equation for calculating the velocity of an object in orbit given the central mass (or the mass given the orbital velocity): $$\frac{v^2}{r} = \frac{MG}{r^2}$$ I'm trying to ...
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Are the effects of faraday's law of induction worth considering in this experiment?

In my intro to physics lab at uni, we did an experiment where we were supposed to measure the amount of kinetic energy and momentum before and after collisions between two carts. For some reason, ...
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How to start an artificial gravity?

I understand how artificial gravity in space stations works. It is by normal force the wall exerts on the foot. But I wonder how to start it in the first place. I just learned about centrifugation ...
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If there is a non-slipping string pulling a cylindrical object, is the rotational acceleration the same as the translational acceleration?

The rotational velocity and translational velocity are the same right? Assuming the cylindrical object does not interact with anything other than the string which applies a force.
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Inertia of yo-yo goes to infinity, what is tension and acceleration?

For this part, imagine that the string is wound around the center axle of a yo-yo; the axle radius is Raxle, but the yo-yo casing has a radius Rcasing≫Raxle and moment of inertia I≫mr2axle. In the ...
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From Newton to Kepler without infinitesimals

I've read some interesting calculus-free proofs of at least parts of the derivation of Kepler's Laws from Newton's gravitational force. One is of course Feyman's "Lost Lecture" (which was already ...
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Finding the work done to fill the tank by pumping water over the edge? [closed]

I am really confused on how to approach the following question and how to set it up. So the question is: An open tank has the shape of a frustrum of a right circular cone. The tank is $4\:\mathrm{...
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How much fuel do I need to send cubesat 1kg from Earth orbit to Moon orbit? [closed]

How much fuel do I need to send cubesat 1kg from Earth orbit to Moon orbit? And how much stages? For i.e. C12H22O11 + KNO3, polyethylene + oxygen or kerosene + oxygen.
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Why are inclined push-ups harder?

I came up with a random question which looked simple, but I can't work out the answer. The question is, why are inclined push-ups harder? And by inclined push-ups I mean push-ups with your legs on a ...
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The acceleration of the centre of mass [closed]

Given two balls that are thrown straight up in the air at a speed of $40 \:\mathrm{m/s}$, $0.10 \:\mathrm{s}$ apart. One ball is twice the mass of the other. The heavier ball is thrown second. I'm ...
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Spring-mass system with complex spring constant

Suppose a system containing a mass $m$ on frictionless surface, attached by a spring to a wall. The spring's constant is complex, given by $K = K_1 + K_2i$, with $K_1 \gg K_2$. Write the equation of ...
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Acceleration in an elliptical binary system

So I'm having a bit of a problem dealing with binary systems. I'm looking at acceleration in a stellar system and am not sure where to begin. Assuming both stars are of equal masses, they'd be equal-...
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Finding a Differential equation for falling chain

This is a chain wound loosely to a peg at the edge of a high platform. It has a total length of $L$ in feet and is hanging initially $x_{0}$ from the platform plus it's weight is $w\:\mathrm{lb/ft}$ ...
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Force and inclined plane

An incline of mass $m_2$ can move without friction on a horizontal plane. A block of mass $m_1$ is fixed to the incline with a piece of string. How does the system move when the string is burnt? The ...
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What happens if a machine controlled by me from Earth strikes the Earth? [closed]

SITUATION: Suppose I am a mad scientist and I have made a machine which has enough mass to push the earth. Now I am controlling the machine with a remote control with which I can change its speed, ...
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Why is only one end at rest when a rope is attached to a cube? [duplicate]

I know there is something wrong in the way I think about physics generally, but I don't know what it is. Suppose there is a cube with a hook on one face and a rope attached to that hook (see diagram)....
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Conservation of momentum when a shell is fired from a cannon

When a shell is fired from a cannon free to move on a horizontal surface and inclined at an angle say 45 degree with horizontal. Does relative velocity of shell with respect to cannon depends on ...
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If the Moon had a large piece blown out would it remain tidally locked?

I just saw this video on Sonic Adventure 2 trivia where it's mentioned that part of the Moon was blown up but in later games it's whole. It was explained away as the Moon simply rotating to show the ...
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When does an object rotates and translate at the same time?

I have a ruler on the table. If I push it with my finger on its end, it will rotate. but if I push it hard enough, it will rotate and slide slightly. Which force cause this sliding motion? and how ...
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What does an undefined formula in physics mean?

I am trying to figure out how undefined formulas in mathematics relates to physics. Take the following formula for terminal velocity. $$V_\text{terminal} = \sqrt{ mg \over{c \rho A}} $$ Say we have ...
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Alternative method for pulley system not working

We have two a pulley system with two masses of 2kg and 3kg on two ends of a massless string. At the end of 5 seconds, the string breaks. How far up did the 2kg block move? Here's what I have tried:- $...
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Phase space orbit for a projectile [closed]

After playing around with drawing the phase space orbit for a harmonic oscillator I started wondering about the case for a free falling object. So the equations of motion are: $$ P = P_0 + mgt $$ ...
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Orbital equations of motion with respect to energy

Consider the equations of motion of an object in an orbit around a central body. We use an inertial frame originating at centre of mass of the central body: $$ \frac{d\mathbf{r}}{dt} = \mathbf{V} \tag{...
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How to conserve angular momentum?

If i want to conserve angular momentum from the point of contact of the solid sphere and the ground how should I do it? I know we can use $mvh = I\omega + MvR$ ,if the collision is elastic. But in ...
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Uranus, the Physical model to change it's rotation axle

Uranus rotates pretty wierd, it's 90-degrees tilted; Why is Uranus's axis of rotation tilted? The best answer for this is; that at a distant point in its past, Uranus was struck by a very ...
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Example of physical phenomenon with zero velocity at some point that does not correspond to an extremum [closed]

For many students (at least mine), the vanishing of the derivative $f$ at some point means that the function is maximal at that point. The cubic function $f(x)=x^3$ shows this is false. Students ...
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What is the mechanism of heat exchange of a bouncing ball?

Imagine a falling ball on a perfectly hard ground. The kinetic energy will be first converted into a deformation of the ball, then the ball will restore it into kinetic and heat energy and recover ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three-dimensional objects with a two-dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Calculating mass of an orbiting body with force and acceleration

I'm new to physics, and it's a lot to take in- but there is a problem that I really can't seem to wrap my head around- finding the mass of an orbiting body, like an asteroid. I've looked around a lot ...
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Why is kinetic friction less than static friction? [duplicate]

Ex: A wooden block is lying on a table. I am told that because the block is still, the microscopic surface irregularities form more complicated interlocking structures. Is it because the force of the ...
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How fast would someone travel by jumping out of a spaceship into space [closed]

If someone without any propulsion jumped from a stationary ship in space, how fast would they travel?
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Why does the work-energy theorem need to include internal forces?

Can anyone kindly explain me why work energy theorem must also include internal forces? The proof of work energy theorem is derived from Newton's laws of motion, but Newton's laws of motion don't ...
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Work done should be positive but it is coming out to be negative? [closed]

I have described a question in which this problem arises in the image below:
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Conservation of energy or conservation of momentum- which one is applicable in this problem?

There was this question from Kleppner and Kolenkow's Classical Mechanics: PROBLEM: And I found its solution from this Link: It is quite an extended solution and I am not drawing you into the ...
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Gravitational Force [closed]

If energy is represented by Acceleration=A, then am=F ams=W (ams)/t=P Acceleration is always present when motion is present, acceleration is the energy. Since gravity translates into ...
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Moments question

The image is a body free-falling with two forces acting on it. If we take moments about A, we clearly get anticlockwise moments, and that is what will happen if this were to take place in real life. ...
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What happens to the kinetic energy of a system in a non-elastic collision? [duplicate]

I know that the kinetic energy of a system is NOT conserved in a non-elastic collision. But energy is supposed to be conserved, so where does all that energy go? Is it transformed into other forms ...
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What's the right way to calculate power consumption over a month given a rate per minute?

When I was searching for power required to lift an object, i found that, for example: $100\ \mathrm{kg}$ to be lifted 3 metres in 5 seconds. (vertical) Answer: $$\begin{align} \text{mass}\times\...
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Can a glider maintain a constant forward velocity component?

I have a puzzle which asks me to consider a (engineless) glider descending at a constant rate and flying at a constant forward velocity (in still air). The question asks how to derive sink rate, $v_s =...
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Two bodies connected by a spring

I came across of a problem. It is about two bodies with equal masses connected by a spring with the coefficient $k$ and the length of $l_0$. Suddenly, a constant force $F$ is applied to the first body....
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How do gravity and normal force balance on an inclined plane?

Consider a block placed on an inclined plane. Drawing a free body diagram and applying Newtons laws, I get $N\cos A=mg$ as well as $N=mg\cos A$. Here one equation contradicts the other, could anyone ...
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Confused about potential energy problem

So I am trying to solve this problem: On spring hangs a 2 kg block. Spring stiffness coefficient is 400 N/m. How much spring expanded? My attempt to solve it: ...
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Constant pressure, constant wall thickness, expanding volume = explosion?

Just been idly thinking about a gas cylinder I sometimes use. Pressure is about 200 Bar, or roughly 20 MPa. If I kept the same thickness of steel wall, and the same pressure, but made cylinders bigger ...
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Coding Newton's Laws into C#. Having trouble determining the order of finding what I need

So I'm in high school, and I'm currently in AP Physics 1. We're currently doing Newton's Laws where we draw free-body diagrams and use all the various forces (Tension, friction, weight, that kind of ...