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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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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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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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Interaction of a pendulum with other pendulums hanging at different heights

This is a question from a competitive test. I am not sure how to reason this out. By the length of the string, S should have the maximum amplitude. But this would be the case only when the pendulum P ...
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On an inclined treadmill, does it help to “hang” on the bar?

I was a the heart specialist yesterday, and they wanted me on the treadmill, and they increased the incline to 15'. To counter the incline I hung back on the bars they wanted me to keep a hold on so ...
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Circular Motion. Intuition on vectors as a physics interpretation [closed]

I am a maths undergraduate. I decided to start studying some basic physics trying to be rigorous with the math and uderstand the interpretations of some of the mathematical constructs and see how ...
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Conservation of linear momentum (classical mechanics and special relativity)

How did Newton deduce the law of conservation of linear momentum? Can it be derived only by Newton's laws, or does it follow from practical experiments? If the law of conservation of linear momentum ...
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Coriolis force in free fall

Does the coriolis force has any measurable effect in free fall from large heights? Take for example the sky diving experiment by F. Baumgartner who started from a height of about 40 km above New ...
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Rolling Friction Problem

The handbrake of a vehicle of mass $1.5\ \mathrm{tonnes}$ completely fails while it is parked on a $30^\circ$ slope. It rolls $20\ \mathrm{m}$ down the slope before colliding with, and locking on to, ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Angular momentum about a moving axis

How can we define angular momentum of a system about an axis that moves parallel to itself? For example Axis passing through CM that is perpendicular to plane of body. When we talk about ...
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Horizontal and vertical acceleration of a ball on a slope?

I understand that you resolve the components of the balls weight parallel and perpendicular to the slope in order to calculate the force due to gravity that actually acts down the slope. The ...
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Momentum Conservation

The Problem: There are three masses all of equal mass $m$. One mass breaks of with velocity $v$ at an angle $\theta$ to the rod. I have to find max velocity of $A$ and the time at which this ...
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Understanding transverse oscillation in 1 mass, 2 spring systems

Lately I have been working through some nice problems on mass-spring systems. There are tons of different configurations - multiple masses, multiple springs, parallel/series, etc. A few possible ...
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What does the Moon's orbit around the Sun look like?

I'm curious as to what the Moon's orbit around the Sun looks like. If there's an answer, what's the intuition for it? Here are some things I'm assuming when trying to tackle this question: The Moon'...
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Assuming everything else is equal, which will stop first: a heavier car or a lighter car?

If the friction from brakes, wind resistance and all such factors remain constant, which will stop first? A heavier car or a lighter car? How will the momentum of the car and gravitational pull on a ...
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question on friction, 3 blocks placed one upon another

A 10 N force is applied on the 3 kg block. What are the accelerations of the 2 kg block, 3 kg block and 7 kg block? Take the value of g=10m/s^2. what is the acceleration of each of the block ? ...
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Momentum and relative motion

To calculate momentum, $p=mv$, you must know the value of $v$. However, since all motion is relative, there is no abslute value for $v$. So, what is it you are actually calculating? It seems like the ...
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Block Sliding Down a Plane (Perpendicular Velocity)

I'm having trouble understand the concepts for this problem. Here's the problem: A block is placed on a plane inclined at angle $\theta$. The coefficient of friction between the block and the ...
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Why do we assume Kinetic friction to be constant?

My Physics teacher told me that friction exists because of bonds made between the surfaces of two objects. As we try to move an object, we break the bonds and this causes release of energy which is ...
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Is it valid to approximate this parabola as a circle?

Suppose I have a smooth parabolic surface on the xy plane, $y=-x^2$, and there is a ball on kept on the surface at $(0,0)$. What minimum velocity should I give to the ball, tangentially, so that it ...
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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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Why do rope walkers always carry a long stick with them?

I saw in the film The walk a guy who used to go from one high building to another via a rope. He carried with him this long stick. You´ll probably all know what I ...
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Particle Equilibrium and the Interpretation of Accelerations

I have a simple question regarding the interpretation of acceleration and force in the context of a particle in equilibrium. Given that the necessary and sufficient definition for particle equilibrium ...
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Calculating velocity based on applied force

If I have a block sitting on a spring, ignoring air resistance, with 45N of stored elastic energy in the spring, and the block weighs 500g, what would be the process for calculating its maximum height?...
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Do we not need a Zeroth Law of motion similar to the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics? [closed]

Is the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics necessary? If so, then do we need a similar law for motion?
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Inertial Reference Frames (Newtonian Mechanics)

I have a hard time understanding Inertial Reference Frames. Is it just scenarios where Newton's laws seem to be violated in the case of non-inertial frames and where Newton's laws are followed in ...
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Changing momentum of moving trolley

Consider a trolley of mass $m$ moving at a velocity $v$ along a smooth horizontal plane. It is full of water, and water is leaking at a constant rate out of the bottom of the trolley, i.e ...
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Ball Rotating in Place Under Waterfall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khf6koh3IO8 Can anyone help me explain this? It seems like the ball should shoot out from underneath. I have two main theories. 1) Bernoulli's Principle says that the ...
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What is the connection between inertial/gravitational mass and relativity?

In Einstein/Infield 's The Evolution of Physics (32-35) the authors establish that inertial mass and gravitational mass are the same and then connect this to relativity.Throughout these pages I was ...
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How to explain centrifugal force from frame of reference of Earth?

Suppose we have a circular table. We have made a straight line groove in the table extending from the center to the circumference. Now we place a block at some distance from the center in the groove ...
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Oscillations in U-tube [duplicate]

U-tube, of uniform cross section $S$ and opened at both ends, is filled with a liquid column of length $L$ and density $\rho$. In equilibrium the water levels in both arms are at same height. What ...
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Gravitational Null Point between Earth and Moon

I need help finding the gravitational null point point between the Earth and the Moon, the point beyond which you start falling towards Moon. I am having difficulty in taking into account the orbiting ...
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Ball flying towards me - Newton's third law is violated?

I was trying to answer the question of the flying ball here on the basis of Newton's third law and momentum conservation. Here is what I have tried. Lets take a ball mass of $m_1$ (index 1 is the ...
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Acceleration in $F=ma$

I tried to ask this question in Electrical Engineering Stackexchange but was told I was better asking here. Newton's Second Law of Motion states that the vector sum of the forces $\mathbf{F}$ on an ...
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Confusion with Newton's third law

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” I have a query about the word every in that sentence. Suppose we have two objects A and B. A pushes B with a force of 5N and B will push A with a ...