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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The impossible possibility - weightless mass

I have a hypothetical question about inertia. Let's say I have an object with inertial mass a ton (2,000 lbs.), and it is sitting in my front yard, for instance. If it would suddenly become immune ...
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Relation between Newtons and Kilograms

Work is expressed as $W=Fd$, where the $F$ is in Newton, $d$ is in meters and result $W$ is in Joules. For example, if I take $1N$ on earth and lift it $1m$ up in the air I have done $1J$ of work. ...
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The two-body problem: What is force between them?

Two bodies with similar/different mass orbiting around a common barycenter. What is force between them, where $F_{12}$ is the force on mass 1 due to its interactions with mass 2 and $F_{21}$ is the ...
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How could this damped oscillator ever go to infinity? Or negative infinity for that matter?

This is an ODE problem,but I cannot visualize why it can go to infinity or negative infinity. Consider $$x'' -6x' + 8x = 0$$ Where $x''$ is acceleration, $-6x'$ is the ...
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How to prove that a motion is Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)?

I would like to know how one could show and prove that a given motion is simple harmonic motion. Once given an answer, I'll apply that technique to an example I am trying to figure out. Thank you ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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How to get statics out of a dynamic force concept?

If one defines force as the time derivative of momentum, i.e. by $$ \vec{F}= \frac{d}{dt} \vec{p} $$ how can this include static forces? Is there a generally accepted way to argue in detail how ...
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Phases and sinusoidal waves

When we're talking about a wave, just a singular sinusoidal wave, what exactly is a 'phase'? I came across a question that gave values of frequency ($550$Hz), and speed ($330$m/s). The question then ...
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Is drag force in the direction of particle motion or opposite to motion?

Suppose water is flowing in horizontal direction (positive $x$-direction) and a particle immersed in that water is also moving in the same direction. In this case, is the drag force $F_D$ in the ...
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Why charge is not a measure of inertia?

We know that mass is the measure of inertia of rest. Then why charge is not a measure of inertia? What causes the difference between charge and mass?
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Deriving a Schwarzschild radius using relativistic mass

Introduction I have shown below two different approaches to deriving the Schwarzschild radius. I know these are less rigorous than the derivation of the Schwarzschild solution however the ...
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Vector addition forces with law of cosine

Given two vectors $\mathbf{F_1}, \mathbf{F_2}$ and an angle $\alpha$ between two vectors we can derive the resulting force $F_R:=\Vert \mathbf{F_R}\Vert$. ...
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Elastic potential energy and equilibrium position when mass changes in vertical mass-spring system

I'm a bit stuck with this situation: Suppose that an object $A$ with mass M=8 kg at 10 mt above the floor falls from rest tied to an 2 mt elastic rope, which does not exert any force since $A$ falls 2 ...
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When is tension positive?

A 5kg mass is hanging from the roof of an elevator accelerating downward at a speed of 1.65 m/s^2 what is the tension of the string (ignore friction, string mass, and air resistance) ? I used this ...
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How can escape velocity and gravitational potential be higher in weaker gravitational fields?

on Earth we have an escape velocity of about 11180 m/s and a gravitational field of g=9.81 m/s^2. It would seem obvious that the escape velocity was higher for stronger gravitational fields. Often it ...
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How to predict the location of a planet at a given time? [closed]

I am trying to create a simple two-dimensional computer simulation of a planetary system. While I've been able to understand Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, I do not know enough about the formulas ...
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If we consider the electric field to act upon charges with a force, how does it stay in line with Newton's laws?

This should be a relatively simple question. Let's say we have a constant electric field $\textbf{E}$ in a conductor. The electric current density would then be $$\textbf{j}=\rho \textbf{v}$$ where ...
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How apply $\mathbf{F} = m\mathbf{a}$ to a whole pulley system?

When we are dealing with systems of bodies we apply $\mathbf{F}= m\mathbf{a}$ to the whole system. How do I apply $\mathbf{F}= m\mathbf{a}$ to the whole system in the following example.? ($m_1 \lt ...
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How can we make the equation of second law of motion by this info.? [closed]

First of all, I am really sorry if this question is bad. I was thinking about the second law of motion, the famous $F=ma$. I was trying to get the idea behind this equation, I got some ideas but I am ...
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Is it always possible to determine whether or not one is accelerating?

Consider the following two situations: A: You wake up in an elevator that is in free fall in a gravitational field. B: You wake up in an elevator that is floating in a vacuum. Is it possible to ...
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Elongation in bar with unequal applied forces

How is elongation in a uniform rod with unequal forces acting on opposite sides calculated? If applied forces are equal and opposite, the elongation is defined by the formula ($\delta = ...
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Bending + Contact Force

When we have 2 bodies in contact with each other, for example a book lying on the surface of a table. The table's molecules bend a little bit because of the weight of the book thus producing the ...
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Potential Energy Problem

We know that, the potential energy of a particle is $U= mgh$ where $h$ is the height from the zero potential point. But what I have found in Resnick's Fundamental of physics book is that they ...
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Acceleration orthogonal to movement direction

I've been told that acceleration orthogonal to an objects movement direction doesn't require energy. Thus when a satellite goes around the earth, the change in direction caused by gravity doesn't use ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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Exerting force upon oneself in space

In space, there is no friction or forces of resistance of any kind, so I would assume that if two people were in space and one of them punched or pushed the other, the person upon which the force was ...
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Block slides down a movable ramp, 2 approaches yields different answer

My Question is exactly as this Phys.SE post: block slides on smooth triangular wedge kept on smooth floor.Find velocity of wedge when block reaches bottom The Problem is I used 2 methods ...
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How to explain this to my sir

We all know that $f = ma$. But for finding displacement, we always use: $$ s = s_0 + ut + \tfrac{1}{2} a t^2 $$ My sir, i don't know why for some reason uses this weird method: $$ F = ...
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When will the pringles can fall?

When I'm pushing a tall, cylindrical object stood on its end (like a Pringles can) I can push it near its bottom, and it will slide forwards, or push it near the top, and it will topple over. So, ...
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Is the center of mass of an object just a convention?

I am currently studying moments. The concepts are fairly obvious, but there is one thing I don't understand: the concept of center of mass. Why do we consider that the weight of a uniform object is ...
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How much force can bolt cutters exert? [closed]

What's the mechanical advantage of an ordinary, let's say, 3 feet long bolt cutters? How many pounds can they exert? I'm asking because I have a lock which is apparently immune to over 9 tons of ...
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Space and motion

When we throw a ball upwards sitting in a running bus or train it directly comes to our hands but when we do the same sitting on a moving motorcycle the ball falls backwards. Why?
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Why are we still teaching Newtonian physics if it's “false”? [duplicate]

Why are we teaching an outdated theory when the math in general relativity isn't that hard? I really don't see a reason why we should teach a highly oversimplified theory in our schools. For me, it's ...
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What if the centripetal force were acting outward?

Centripetal force is the centre-seeking force & is responsible for circular motion. But what if the centripetal force were acting radially outward? What would happen then?
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What are the conditions for a complete circular motions?

Im a high school student and last week I learnt about vertical circular motion was thinking about this today, that what conditions are to be met in order to complete circular motion. First I thought ...
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How is the linear momentum conserved in this system?

Let there be a block on a frictionless surface . Let an agent constantly exert an invariable force , say $F$ on the block and does positive work by displacing the block by $d$ unit. Here, the system ...
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Can you travel through the air using falling rubble?

As seen below in Dragonball Z, we can see Uub jumping from one piece of rubble to the next to reach Goku in mid air. This kind of scenes are seen often in cartoons, so it made me wonder if physically ...
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“Rocket in a box” thought experiment

Here's a thought experiment that I came up with a while ago. It might be hard to visualize, so I'll describe it as best I can. Take a rocket in a vacuum, in outer space. Attach a large "box" to the ...
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How can Excel be used to model the flight of a rocket? [closed]

Firstly, sorry for any silly mistakes or improper use of this website - this is my first time using it! I am trying to use Excel to model the flight of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket using the real ...
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Finding coefficient of friction between block and plane [closed]

An inclined plane makes angle $\theta$ with horizontal. Upper half plane is perfectly smooth where as lower half is rough. The block of mass m starts sliding from top. If the block again comes to rest ...
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Is it possible to prove that projectiles with drag will not travel in a parabola under the theory of classical mechanics?

Can you prove that projectiles will travel in a parabola, provided the acceleration due to gravity $g$ does not vary significantly along the trajectory? This should take air resistance into account. I ...
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Naming vectors in free body diagrams

Is there a convention for naming the vectors? Suppose there is a box on a table. I'm going to draw the forces acting on the box. So I focus on the box and ignore forces acting on the table, the ...
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Moment of Inertia of a sector of a circle [closed]

I am trying to find the moment of intia about its centre of a sector of a circle of radius $a$, mass $m$ and angle $\pi/3$. I have found the answer it is $\frac{1}{2}ma^2$ but originally tried a ...
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Kicking a soccer ball

I wonder which type of kicking may cause the ball to go a larger distance? One way is kicking the ball when it is at rest and another is kicking a moving ball in the opposite direction. If the ball ...
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Pendulum (highschool)

I have a question concerning pendulum. On our physics lessons we built simple pendulum consisting of weight and a thread ($\ell=0.31$ m). We tried to calculate $g$ from the well known formula $$T_m ...
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Minimize initial velocity of projectile to arbitrary point

I'm supposed to shoot a projectile from the origin to a point $(x_0 , y_0)$ with minimal initial velocity $v_0$. (no air resistance; regular gravity) The flight time should be $T=\frac{x_0}{v_x}$. ...
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Derivation of Euler's equations for rigid body rotation

Sorry for using this image, but I thought this was the most convenient way of asking this question. Please zoom in. I do not understand from the line, "Now, in the body frame $T = (T_{x'}, T_{y'}, ...
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How do birds generate thrust?

I have been watching this video carefully and I want to know how the wings of birds generate thrust. This is because the wings are more or less flapping up and down --- generating the lift. But I do ...
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Newtonian physics vs Special relativity - what is the most “relative”?

This might be a question purely of words and the meaning of them but isn't Newtonian physics more "relative" than Einstein's Special relativity? Newtonian physics predicts that laws of momentum & ...
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Obtain rate as a function of position for a force $F=-b\left( \frac{\partial x}{\partial t} \right)^{2}$

I have trouble getting the speed as a function of position for a force of the form: $$F=-b\left( \frac{\partial x}{\partial t} \right)^{2}$$ I had thought to use Newton's second law, so: ...