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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Stair well descent

I am trying to understand the science behind lowering a person down a flight of stairs on a sled. My tensile strength only says it can hold 250 pounds but I have seen it lower people that weigh 300 ...
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Is this solveable? Simultaneous elastic collision of 4 objects in XY plane

I'm writing a computer program/game and can't figure something out; I want to be able to calculate the resulting velocities of 4 particles (hexagons, specifically) after they simultaneously ...
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Would a planet in a binary star system follow Kepler's Laws?

I'm thinking it would not. I am thinking Kepler's Laws were a simplification that were possible with a simple two body (sun, planet) but would not apply for something more complex (sun1, sun2, ...
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Rocket Altitude Calculation

Assignment Basic data I was launching a rocket model and I tried to calculate the reached altitude. The engine (C6-0) impulse is 10 Ns Total weight is 65,7 g (includes the engine) I calculated ...
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How does Zeno of Elea's argument on “motion” make sense? [duplicate]

Zeno of Elea (born c. 500 bce) argued so intensely about motion. In one of his arguments he claims – in simple language – "that it is impossible to slap somebody, since the hand first has to travel ...
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Is it possible to shoot bullets in space or would the recoil of the gun be too strong?

I've read a few articles that say that astronauts have already brought guns in space and that shooting bullets in space is possible. But won't the recoil of the gun be too strong? Law of ...
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What would it take to cause lightning to jump between the Moon and the Earth?

This question comes from @Floris' speculation at the end of his excellent answer about what it would take to kill everyone on the Earth with electricity. Doing all this in 1/10th of a second ...
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Force and initial height of thrown object [closed]

You stand at the earth's surface, and you throw a ball of mass m1 into the air perpendicular to the surface. Let g at the surface be 9.81m/s^2. You know two points (height:h1, h2 and time:t1,t2) of ...
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Is this the reason why acceleration is said absolute?

I've seem sometimes people saying that although uniform motion on a straight line cannot be detected and hence it is not absolute, acceleration is indeed absolute in Classical Mechanics (I don't know ...
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Question about a car on a banked turn with no friction

A popular physics page explaining how a car can make a banked turn even with no friction : gives the following free body diagram and then says In the vertical direction there is no ...
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In circular motion, with a constant distance, why does the mass of the orbitting object have no effect on its revolution at all?

Using Newton's universal equation and some circular motion equation, the orbiting object's mass cancels out. But can someone please explain why this is without using pure algebra?
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In circular motion, what's preventing me from calculating the circumference of the circle, dividing it by time to find the speed of the object?

There are equations to solve for the speed in circular motion. However, is there anything preventing me from calculating the circumference from the given radius, and then divide that over the time to ...
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Torque on a disc?

In the following diagram: Point(c) is a going into the page and attached to the disc, Point(c) applies a torque($\tau$) to the disc, and it starts to rotate due to that torque. And if point(c) was ...
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Tension on a string

A string is attached at both extremities and put under tension $T_0$ at rest. We know that if we pull the string upwards from the middle, the tension will increase. But why is it that, admittedly, ...
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How high could i jump if I weighed only half as much? [closed]

E.g. I weigh 150 lbs I had a thrust device that lifted 75 pounds. How high could I jump? What if that thrust lifted 2/3 of my weight (100 lbs)? Obviously, I cant fly, but I guarantee if I weighed ...
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Cancelling internal forces/moments term when deriving inertial matrix

I am attempting to derive the inertial matrix for a general rigid body of mass $m$ as shown in the following diagram: The green vectors indicate the key position vectors: Position of centroid ...
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Since Earth spins, would an aircraft travelling opposite to direction of Earth spin take less time? [duplicate]

Suppose we want to reach the point on earth which in relative terms is exactly on the opposite end of the sphere we call earth (I know it is not an exact sphere). We either dig vertically downwards, ...
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Normal force, work and conservativity

I have searched very much on line, both in this site and elsewhere, but found no proof of whether the normal force is conservative or is not, in general. Clearly, if the force is orthogonal to the ...
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Gears in contact?

I was doing a practice exam paper question that was along the following lines: A gear, $A$,and moment of inertia $I_A$ is spinning about its axis at angular velocity $\omega$. Another gear $B$ ...
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Finding the acceleration of a mass/pulley system without knowing the direction of the displacement

I have the following question: I noticed that if I solve for the acceleration assuming that the acceleration is occuring to the left, I get the equation: $\displaystyle a = ...
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Finding final velocity in inelastic collision [closed]

Information: In a shipping company distribution center, an open cart of mass 49.0-kg is rolling to the left at a speed of 5.40-m/s (see the figure). You can ...
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Why does $F=ma$? Is there a straightforward reason?

Why is force = mass $\times$ acceleration? I have searched in many sites but didn't actually get at it. Simply I want to know that if a mass in space moves (gains velocity thus further accelerates), ...
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Does the velocity vector always point in the same direction as the momentum vector?

I was told that the angular velocity vector does not always have to point in the same direction as the angular momentum vector. This is due to the fact that they are related by the equation $L=I ...
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Ball rolling on half-pipe

It is well-known that a ball rolling down a half-pipe where the side it starts on has enough friction for the ball to roll without slipping and on the side other to be frictionless, that the ball will ...
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Can Tension between two blocks on a horizontal plane be discovered in these conditions? [closed]

the bodies are linked by an ideal string, one has m1=10kg & the other m2=20kg The force is known and is pulling horizontally, F=60N on the lighter object the coefficient of friction is said to be the ...
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Acceleration of Rain drop

Under the heading 'Points to remember',my textbook states: It is possible that an object can be increasing in speed when its acceleration is decreasing as in case of a raindrop. I could not get ...
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Finding time period of oscillations in a multiple spring system attached to a solid cylinder [closed]

A solid cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $R$ is kept in equilibrium on horizontal rough surface. Three unstretched springs of spring constant $k$, $2k$, $3k$ are attached to cylinder as shown in the ...
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Determining the velocity function for a particle on a rough inclined plane

This is a problem from the problem book by IE Irodov (Problem 1.106). We have a rough inclined plane with coefficient of friction $\mu = \tan\alpha$. A particle is kept on the incline and projected ...
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Newtons 3rd law, on two opposing discs?

Assume a large disc at rest(bottom disc), and free to move. Above it is another disc(disc2) that's rotating, and a motor fixed on that large disc(bottom disc) as well, that's load is a disc rotating ...
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How to solve Kinematics: two objects meeting in the air

A water balloon is dropped from the top of a 200m high tower. An alert archer at the base of the tower sees the balloon being dropped, waits for 5s, then shoots an arrow at 40m/s straight up towards ...
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Circular motion and momentum

I have to explain why there is a force pointing inwards in a circular trajectory (assume constant speed), but without relying on centripetal force argument. Coordinate system is Cartesian ...
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Time for water wave to reflect

In class we discussed an experiment for measuring the speed of waves in water. The basic procedure went something like this: Make a wave at the near end of the tank and wait for it to travel to the ...
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Gravitational force of a ring [closed]

Given a ring with mass $m_1$, radius $R$ and a point mass $m_2$ with distance $x$ regarding the center of the ring. How can I calculate the gravitational force of this ring ? At first glance I'd say ...
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Could I break the sound barrier using circular motion? (And potentially create a sonic boom?)

Ok, Lets say I get out my household vaccum cleaner, the typical RPM for a dyson vaccum cleaner reachers 104K RPM, Or 1.733K RPS. In theory, this disc would be travelling with a time period of ...
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Work done in raising a rope at constant kinetic energy?

Usually the question I had was work done in raising a rope at constant speed. Obviously as you raise the rope, the mass changes over time. It'll be a simple integral. But what about work done in ...
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Why is the total energy of an orbiting system negative?

Assume it's an circular orbit. Object A orbits around object B. Take object B as frame of reference. .$E=KE_a + GPE$ .$E=\frac 12m_av_a^2 +(-\frac {GM_bm_A}r)$ .$E=\frac 12m_a(GM_br)+(-\frac ...
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Relative kinematics and laws of Newton

I am an engineering student and currently taking a class on kinematics and dynamics. I study at a German university so it may be that I don't translate everything correctly. In the first module of ...
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Confusing, can a motor on a moving disc stop the disc?

I've been troubled trying to solve this problem. If a motor is fixed on a moving rotating disc and the motor's rotor has another disc attached to it. What would happen if we attached the motor's ...
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Walking on water

I was wondering about walking on water. I wonder if we can use surface tension to do this. Lets say I make a pair of shoes in shape which has infinite perimeter (e.g a koch snowflake) with glass. Now ...
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Weightlessness felt during roller coaster rides

Can someone explain the physics behind to why we feel weightless during roller coaster rides Please indicate how the forces act in a clothoid loop .
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Why did Feynman tell “we cannot locate earth's angular position, but we can tell that it is changing”?

I was reading "Symmetry in physics" by Feynman, where he wrote: If we perform sufficiently delicate experiments, we can tell that the earth is rotating, but not that it had rotated. In other ...
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What is total force in this context?

One site said the total forces is the sum of the vectors. My homework question is "A skydiver of mass 90 kg is falling with a terminal speed of 60 ms-1. What does that mean? What is the total force ...
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What's my $dM$? Gravitational Potential inside a circle of mass

I'm trying to find the gravitational potential for an arbitrary point within a ring of uniform mass density. The point is constrained to be in the same plane as the ring. So we start with: ...
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Angular velocity and instantaneous rotation axis

Let's suppose that we have a cylinder of moment of inertia $I$ rolling on the floor without sliding, moving with linear velocity $v$ and rotating around an axis passing through the center of mass with ...
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The Coefficient of Restitution of a bouncing ball

If I drop a ball from a height $H$ and the ball rebounds from the floor it will bounce back up to a height of $e^2h$ where $e$ is the coefficient of restitution of the collision between the floor and ...
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How to find an equation for $x$ in terms of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$? [closed]

Okay so I have determine the velocity $v$ and displacement $x$ as functions of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$. I have set up the equation of motion divided ...
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Two questions about the coefficient of restitution

If you were to drop a ball onto a surface from a height $h$ and the ball collided with the surface and then rebounded, would the ball then travel a distance of $eh$ back up from the surface where $e$ ...
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How to find out how far a ball will travel after it's 3rd bounce?

Suppose I drop a ball from a height $H$ above a flat ground, how can I determine how far it will have traveled by the time the ball hits the ground for the 3rd time $L=x$?. I know how to calculate ...
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Why is the range of a projectile proportional to the square of the initial velocity?

I was watching the MIT lecture about projectile motion and the lecturer asked why $$D=\frac{(v_0)^2\sin(2\alpha)}{g}$$ Why is it $(V_0)^2$ not $V_0$? It is a hypothetical question i know that the ...
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Starting point for a derivation of fictitious forces

I came across this expression at the start of a derivation of fictitious forces: $$(dA/dt)_L = (dA/dt)_R + \omega \times A$$ Where the $L$ subscript refers to the laboratory (inertial) reference ...