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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Question about circular motion of car turning

When we move round a roundabout there is a frictional force between the tires and the road that acts towards the centre of the roundabout in order to produce the circular motion. Why then do we ...
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How to make sure projectile does not go through a wall?

I'm struggling with a problem, in which I want to determine initial condition (initial velocity, and angle) given that I know my ball has to reach (final velocity, location), but I want to make sure ...
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Finding sphere of influence in multibody system

I would like to draw a boundary illustrating the sphere of influence of each body in a 3 body system. What is the best way to find such a boundary? My understanding is at the edge an SoI is the ...
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Wave hitting a boundary with a mass on it?

If we have a transverse wave that is infinite in the $-x$ direction and terminate by a mass $m$, that is allowed to move in the $y$ direction at $x=0$ as shown in the diagram below: I think we can ...
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Spring pulled with one end fixed [closed]

As the title says, if one end of a spring of mass $m$ is fixed to say, a wall, and the other one is pulled at a constant velocity $v$ by some external agent, we have to find the kinetic energy of the ...
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How could a cord withstand a force greater than its breaking strength?

How could a 100 N object be lowered from a roof using a cord with a breaking strength of 80 N without breaking the cord?? My attempt to answer this question is that we could use a counter weight. But ...
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What is to be considered a “body” in physics?

Well, the question says it all; is there a definition of body in physics? What is to be considered a physical object and what it cannot?
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Can this type of graph be analysed to produce any meaningful data?

The above is a graph of pendulum length on the x-axis measured in metres, and pendulum period on the y axis measured in seconds. The pendulum period is not squared. If I square the pendulum period, ...
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If I bend a rod, will its moment of inertia change?

In the first picture, there is a homogeneous metal rod of length $2L$ and mass $M$. If it rotates around a normal axis passing by $O$ (which is the center of gravity), then its moment of inertia is: ...
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Why is $\pi$ used when calculating the value of $g$ in pendulum motion?

I am trying to intuitively understand why $\pi$ is used when calculating the value of $g$ using the harmonic motion of a pendulum: $$g ~=~\frac{4\pi^2L}{T^2}.$$ Does it have something to do with the ...
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Can net torque $\sum_i\mathbf r_i\times\mathbf F_i$ be expessed as $\mathbf r\times$ (net force) for some $\mathbf r$?

Let $\mathbf F_i$ be forces each of which is applied on $\mathbf r_i$ of a rigid body. Then is there a position vector $\mathbf r$ that satisfies $$\displaystyle\sum_i\mathbf r_i\times\mathbf ...
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Can $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?

Can Newton's second law of motion $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?
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Falling rope problem (disagreement with solution found at Problem Set)

On a frictionless table there is a homogeneous rope of length $L$ and mass. We push the rope such that it immediately starts falling due to gravity. Find the velocity when the rope has fallen of ...
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Why does weight affect acceleration with gravity

I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my question is different, because it can't be answered with some formulae. My question is, why do heavier objects decelerate faster when moving away ...
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Forces and acceleration on rotating objects?

Suppose you have an object undergoing uniform circular motion, with force vector pointing towards the center and another force vector tangential. Can it be said that the net force pointing in the ...
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Will water in an oil-filled jar sink or float?

If I pour a spoon of oil on a jar full of water no doubt it will float. But if I were to pour a spoon of water on a jar full of oil would it sink? Why or why not?
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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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Lagrange's equation implying Newton's 2nd law?

The typical first application of Lagrange's equation is showing that it implies Newton's law for a particle whose Lagrangian is $L=\frac{1}{2}mv^2-V(x)$. Plugging this Lagrangian into Lagrange's ...
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Period of Paper Motion

A threatening note written on 8.5x11 inch paper is pinned to the door of a physics professor. The perpetrator left in a hurry so that when the physics professor finds the paper it is still swinging. ...
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Why don't spinning tops fall over?

One topic which was covered in university, but which I never understood, is how a spinning top "magically" resists the force of gravity. The conservation of energy explanations make sense, but I don't ...
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Gravity force between two objects with different mass

We know thanks to Newton that: $$F=G\frac{m_1\cdot m_2}{r^2}$$ Where $G$ is the Gravitational Constant that is about $6.673\cdot10^{-11}$ $m_1$ and $m_2$ are the masses of two different objects ...
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What is the relation between General Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics?

What is the relationship of General Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics? Namely, which laws does GR replace of Newtonian Mechanics, and which laws of Newtonian Mechanics are incorporated into it. Or is ...
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How to find the centre of mass of 3 masses (astronauts and a rock) connected by a rope

To be more specific on the problem, a 50kg astronaut, an 80kg astronaut and a 20kg rock are tied together by a light rope during a space walk. I am asked to find the center of mass. Now, I've chosen ...
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Forces on a ball thrown upwards

When a ball is thrown up in upward direction, it is said that force is in downward direction. Why we don't we consider the force given to the ball to throw up in the upward direction? Is there is no ...
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Transfer between translative KE and rotational KE in a rigid body

I have been inspired by some sci-fi cannons that seem to operate by initially spinning up a projectile inside the cannon, and then suddenly firing the projectile out at high speed. Now, I am wondering ...
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What is quantum states of a gas? Is it the principle quantum no.?

When we write that the possible quantum states of a system are $S=1,2,3.\dots$, how is that related with the four quantum numbers, especially with the spin of a particle? Also according to BE ...
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How to turn this into a straight line

Right now, I am trying to turn my graph (which looks like a exponential graph) into a straight line graph, which starts at the origin (0,0). How would I do this? My values are given in the attachment, ...
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Why does the Nusselt Number for a Constant Surface Temperature, Thermally Fully Developed Circular Pipe Converge To a Constant of 3.66?

I have flow in a pipe with a constant surface temperature boundary condition. The velocity profile is fully developed and the temperature profile is also fully developed. In my textbook, it says that ...
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What's the difference between frequency domain and time domain spectra?

If I have a mechanical oscillator and want to observe the dynamical behavior of the oscillator, is there any additional information to observe it in time domain and frequency domain? Normally, we ...
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Decreased velocity away from gravity

Say I have a particle ($G$), which has the mass of the earth (hypothetically), and I have a second particle ($P$) moving away from $G$, in a line that is not parallel to the earth. Would this line ...
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Projectiles- Finding Distance

The top of a vertical cliff is 20 m above sea level. A particle P is projected with speed 15 m s−1 at an angle of 30 above the horizontal from a point O at the top of the cliff. Calculate (i) the ...
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Does the $\frac12mv^2$ law apply to quantum mechanics?

Consider the classical Hamiltonian for a spring: \begin{equation} H = \frac{1}{2}\frac{p^2}{m} + \frac{1}{2}kx^2 \end{equation} This is one of those simple cases where when you work out the math we ...
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Free fall of mass-spring-mass system

I am a little bit confused about the implication from my computation. Must have done something wrong in the computation. Assume we hold the top end of the mass-spring-mass system in the air, and the ...
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Newtonian Mechanics and Quantum mechanics

Why isn't Newtonian mechanics valid in Quantum world? Suppose you isolate an alpha particle and accelerate it in absolute vacuum. Why it doesn't follow the equation $F=ma$? If Newtonian mechanics is ...
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Does centrifugal force exist?

Currently in my last year of high school, and I have always been told that centrifugal force does not exist by my physics teachers. Today my girlfriend in the year below asked me what centrifugal ...
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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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Should there be a linear force acting aside from torque?

Assume to identical motors are placed vertically on-top of a table and they are not fixed able to move/fall etc...and they have gears attached to them and are attached to one another like this image: ...
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Calculating electric motor's weight lifting ability knowing power. What else do I need to know?

So, my company works with electric motors, and my boss wanted me to calculate how much weight could be lifted by a motor rated at 750W. I know that I can't just calculate the work done by it without ...
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Projectile, air resistance and wind

So for my school project I am working on a projectile simulator and air resistance. So I have looked at this. Equations for an object moving linearly but with air resistance taken into account? ...
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Importance of the Galilean principle of relativity

The Galilean principle of relativity states that: The laws of mechanics are invariant in all inertial reference frames That means that if we have two inertial frames of reference $S$ and $S'$ ...
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Why is the constant velocity model used in a projectile motion derivation?

I was re-studying university physics last week, I'm now in the chapter about kinematics in 2 dimensions and specifically the one treating projectile motion. In page 86 of his book (Serway - Physics ...
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Monkey and tree - projectile motion

The famous scenario: A hunter is trying to shoot a Monkey hanging from a tree. However, this question doesn't mention the monkey jumping down from the tree or trying to escape. (The hunter uses a ...
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If we dropped an object into the Pacific Ocean, would it completely sink to the bottom of the ocean floor or not?

Obviously if the density of the object is smaller than the density of water it would not sink at all. But I was thinking that, even if the density of the object is greater than the density of water, ...
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Reaction Force on Garden Hose

In the lecture: Newton's First, Second and Third laws, (@ 20:34) whilst discussing Newton's third law of motion, Walter Lewin states that a garden hose snakes across his lawn when he turns the tap on ...
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Help me with inertia [closed]

An example of inertia in action is trying to slow down to a complete stop after running a race . what could you do in this situation to increase your inertia? would this help you slow down more ...
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Practical setup to measure angular velocity [migrated]

I have got a spinning top from a Canadian manufacturer, and I am deeply amazed by how neatly it spins. My interest in physics has led me to try to find out at what top speed I can spin the top and ...
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Validity of work-energy theorem in presence of non-conservative forces?

How can the work-energy theorem be valid in presence of non-conservative forces since conservation of energy is not there?
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How do I find the horizontal acceleration of a body given its mass and the force that acts on it? [closed]

My issue I have the mass of a body and the force that is acted on a body. I am trying to calculate the horizontal acceleration and to understand how the horizontal acceleration is connected with the ...
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Is it possible for the Normal Force to do work?

Can a normal force do work? Note: work = $Fd\cos(\theta)$, where $F$ is the magnitude of the force, $d$ is the magnitude of the displacement, and $\theta$ is the angle between the two. Attempt at an ...
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The stronger the gravity, the faster an object will fall? [closed]

On a planet with gravitation ten times stronger than that of Earth's, will an object fall faster? Let's suppose that there are two planets; Roddo and Earth, respectively. Roddo has ten times the ...