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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Why isn't there a net force when two rods touch each other?

This is a problem from Beer and Johnston's Mechanics of Materials (Amazon link). There's a problem in which there are two rods of different material, area, and length. The rods are fixed to walls, ...
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Why don't planets have Circular orbits?

This might be a completely wrong question, but this is bothering me since many days ago. Given the mass (Sun) curves the space around it, gravitation is the result of such curved space (Correct me if ...
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Tension of rope. Different Answers?

The tension of a rope in a tug of war with unequal forces is equal to the least force on the rope. Am I right? (If group A pulls the wire with 20 newton leftwards and the group B pulls with 30 newton. ...
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Prevent a box from tipping over: height of CG?

I'm on a problem that can be simplified in the following way: A box is placed on a horizontal plane, and is pinned to the ground on one side only such that it can tip over that side. Given a ...
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Hydraulic scissor jack lifting capacity

Can you please assist with a really simple question? I have a hydraulic scissor jack table with the following: 2 hydraulic cylinders, each with a cylinder stroke of 240mm, a cylinder bore of 50mm ...
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The principles of statics without force

I'm a student of civil engineering and now my course is covering the basics of statics, such as the equations of equilibrium, etc. Trying to get a better basis on the subject, I started to search on ...
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Tangential and radial acceleration in projectile motion

I'm currently learing kinematics, specifically projectile motion and as an example in my textbook is a bullet fired at some angle. I understand the derivation of formulas to describe that motion and ...
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Newtonian Mechanics Cart Problem (Formula Derivation) [closed]

So I have a problem that reads: You exert a force of a known magnitude F on a grocery cart of total mass m. The force you exert on the cart points at an angle θ below the horizontal. If the cart ...
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Find force of friction on an object under influence of tension by another object

I conducted an experiment using video analyses software, and found the accleration of a box on a table being pulled by a string attached to a pulley on the edge of the table attached to the weight ...
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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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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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Metallic and glass sphere of same size released at a height

This question was in my exam today : A metallic and glass sphere of same size were dropped at same height. Which sphere would hit the ground first and why? I have thought about several things and ...
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Acceleration: A ball sliding down the inside of a semicircular bowl

Edit: To clarify, this is a homework question. But I couldn't care less about getting the answer to this specific question as it's not even assigned yet. It looks interesting and I want to understand ...
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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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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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Angular Velocity after a frictional impulse

I am modelling 2D physics collision into simulations. In Physics for Game Programmers, Grant Palmer book, the velocity Vn1 after collision is mentioned to be independent of the friction coeff. ...
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Will a ball thrown straight up in a train land in same spot (in real world)?

I have a question that came up in a discussion with friends. If I throw a ball straight up in an enclosed train car moving with constant velocity, I believe the basic physics books say it will land ...
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Why does the moment of force (aka. torque) depend on the perpendicular distance?

Couyld anyone explain how the lecturer concluded that $$(\underline{r_2} - \underline{r_1}) \times \underline{H} = \underline{p} \times \underline{H}$$
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Simple Harmonic Motion Question - Block on Platform [closed]

A platform is executing SHM in a vertical direction with an amplitude of $5$ cm and a frequency of $\frac{10}{\pi}$ vibrations per second. A block is placed on the platform at the lowest point of its ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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First and Second Moment of Mass

I recently came across the definition of the Center of Mass of a system as the point about which the first moment of mass is zero. Further, it defined Moment of Inertia as the second moment of mass. ...
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The Relationship Between Crater Diameter and the Velocity of an Object

I'm doing a design lab, where I have to "investigate the nature of craters formed on sand." I've done some research and figured out that the cube of the diameter ($d$) of the crater formed by an ...
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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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Why does tossing a coin in a train and on a train differ?

Suppose that I am inside of a moving train. I have a coin in my hand and I am standing still. If I toss this coin straight up, it will fall back into my hand. Now, suppose that I am on that moving ...
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Wasted energy applying a torque

In another question I asked how find a way to deduce wasted energy, but I did not get a satisfactory answer. I have changed the setting here which brings us more close to the solution. Instead of a ...
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Is the energy conserved in a moving frame of reference?

Consider this situation: When the box is at the bottom of the frictionless incline, it will have a velocity of $v_f$. The person is an inertial frame of reference that moves at a constant ...
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Projectile motion maximum distance to origin

Is there an elegant or easy way to derive the maximum distance from the origin to a point of the parabola created by projectile motion (assume initial position is the origin)? Other than ...
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Loads in decelerating a falling object

I'm new here and haven't looked at physics in any real depth since high school, 8 years. so apologies for any obvious mistakes. I remove trees in confined spaces setting up rigging systems, I am ...
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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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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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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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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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Is this scene from the A Team explainable by Physics?

This scene (youtube link) from the movie The A-team, the four members are in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it slows the tank from falling for a moment before falling ...
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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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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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What would happen if Newton's Cradle was made of other geometrical objects rather than spheres?

What would happen if Newton's Cradle was made of other geometrical objects rather than spheres? For example, what would happen if it was made of cubes and the contact area was larger?
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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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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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Force balancing - Newtonian mechanics [duplicate]

If a horse pulls the carriage, the carriage should pull the horse with equal force (Newton's third law), then how does the whole system move? I drew the free body diagram but not yet figured what ...
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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?