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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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### If kinetic energy is a function of the square of velocity, how can gravitiational acceleration be constant?

Kinetic energy is defined as: $$E_k = \frac{mv^2}{2}$$ Because of the squared velocity term in there, the faster you're going, the more energy it takes to further ...
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### How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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### What will be the relative speed of the fly? [duplicate]

It has happened many times and i have ignored it everytime. Yesterday it happened again . I was travelling in a train and saw a fly (insect) flying near my seat. Train was running at a speed of ...
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### Max extension of spring mass system

While attempting problems of simple harmonic motion I came across this problem, which has gotten me confused. A fixed horizontal spring is stretched by a constant force $F$. I am required to obtain ...
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### Fundamental paradox with Newton's Law of Gravity?

This is my first post here, but I've been struggling with this problem in my head since I studied physics at school when I was 14 (30 years ago!). There seems to be a fundamental paradox with Newton'...
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### Upward force on a object at rest

Is there an upward force on a object at rest? If yes, where does it come from?
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### Angle of a pendulum as an explicit function of time

What would be the solution for the angle $\varphi(t)$ and angular speed $\omega(t)$ on pendulum without the small angle approximation - not as differential, but as an explicit function of time? The ...
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### Does body weight affect the speed when going downhill on a mountain bike?

We know heavier objects fall faster when dropped at certain height. I was wondering if I am going downhill on my mountain bike without any peddling, will I travel faster or slower because I am fat?
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### Apparent weight vs. true weight

A question asks you to determine the relationship between true weight and apparent weight when an elevator that has descended from the 50th floor is coming to a halt at the first floor. I believe ...
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### Computing distance traveled from jerk

When dealing with higher time derivatives like jerk, how does one find the distance traveled? Can it be calculated by just knowing time?
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### Collision of two satellites

In a theoretical situation in which two identical satellites travelling around the Earth in opposite directions collided head on so that there velocities relative to the earth both became 0, would ...
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### How did Newton discover the universal law of gravitation?

I am having trouble comprehending how anyone could come up with this formula: $$F = \frac{GMm}{d^2}.$$ Could someone walk me through this?
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### Does gravity exert more “power” when an object is traveling faster?

So, this question arose when I was pondering the meaning of horsepower and torque in cars. I thought of the following question: There is a 1 kilogram weight on planet M. Planet M has no atmosphere ...
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### Will an object resting on a rotating platform move in a frictionless world?

Imagine that a pebble is placed on a uniformly rotating, frictionless disk. What will happen to this pebble? Will the disk slide under it and the pebble stay as is? Or will there be a centrifugal ...
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### Do objects rotate around the torque vector or its center?

If I have an sphere and I have a torque vector coming out of it at point A. Would the sphere rotate around its center or the axis of the torque vector?
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### Center of mass problem

According to the definition of potential energy, we use $U= mhg .$ In the figure below , A thin uniform rod of mass m and length h is positioned vertically above an anchored frictionless pivot ...
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### Conservation of energy in objects at terminal velocities

In vacuum, object free falling under gravity, the sum of Gravitational Potential Energy(GPE) and Kinetic Energy (KE) is a constant. The GPE is a decreasing side of a quadratic and KE is a increasing ...
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### Preventing a block from sliding on a frictionless inclined plane

I want to demonstrate what force $F$ you would have to exert on an inclined plane of angle $t$, mass $M$ to prevent a block on top of it with mass $m$ from sliding up or down the ramp. I worked out ...
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### Why can mass not be considered concentrated at CM (center of mass) for rotational motion?

Could anyone explain the following expression: Why can mass not be considered concentrated at CM (center of mass) for rotational motion?
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### Conserved quantities in generalized n-body problem

Given a collection of point-particles, interacting through an attractive force $\sim \frac{1}{r^2}$. Knowing only $m_1a=\sum_i \frac{Gm_1m_i}{r^2}$ and initial conditions we can deduce the motion of ...
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### Where's the best place to add weight to a Pinewood Derby car?

A little background: a Pinewood Derby car is a small wooden car that races down an inclined track, powered only by gravity. You are allowed to add weight to the car up to a certain limit. Here is a ...
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### Equal transit time fallacy and Newton's laws of motion

I've seen the equal transit time theory being used to explain aerodynamic lift [basis is Bernoulli's principle] several times. However recently I've been told that there is NO physical compulsion for ...
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### Question related to accleration due to gravity [closed]

What effect will be seen on the value of accleration due to gravity if radius of the earth is decreased keeping the mass constant?
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### Where Potential increase gets it's energy from?

Imagine there are two particles: A,B; of which, we observe A to be stationary, while B is moving towards A at velocity v. A,B has same mass; and they are charged both positive. B has a potential wrt ...
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### Using water pressure as pushing force in a floating bath tub? [closed]

Does physics allow for water pressure to work in this way? if so What formula can prove this? (backup link 1, backup link 2)
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### Do raindrops spin as they fall?

I'm wondering if a drop of water starts to spin as it falls. Also, does this spin increase until the drop slings itself apart or does it have a terminal spin velocity?
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### Reduced-gravity flight (A300 0-G): what is actually reduced?

I doubt I can hide from the effects of gravity when I'm close to Earth. We usually don't question this biker is fully experimenting gravity: Source. But with the well-known "reduced gravity" ...
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### Torque (in $Nm$) of a cyclist

We're discussing bicycles with a friend, and it came to safety, speed and power. Now the question we have is: how much torque do my legs provide to the bicycle? I'm no expert in physics sadly, and ...
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### Why can't Saturn's rings be absorbed into the planet due to it's gravity?

What stops Saturn's rings from going into the planet?
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### Second Law for Rotational Motion

Moment of inertia is analogous to mass, and angular acceleration is analogous to linear acceleration. What is analogous quantity to net force? In other words, what is moment of inertia*angular ...
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### Satellite Collision Problem

I'm stuck on a problem of two satellites going towards each other. The mass of the first satellite is 400kg and the mass of the second satellite is 100kg. The altitude of the satellites is 1000km. I ...
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### When pressure is exerted on parallel hydraulic pistons, do they start extending at the same time?

If there are two hydraulic cylinders connected in parallel, each with a different load (shown in the picture below), will they start extending at the same time? I'm having a disagreement with my ...
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### Can an extremely small force lift a mountain in a hydraulic system? If not, then why not?

As you see in the picture, a car can be lifted with a small force F1. Here it is shown that 'F1 . A1 = F2 . A2'. What will happen if A1 is of the size of a pin's cross-sectional area. Can a child lift ...
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### Does Newton's third law of motion fail anywhere?

Does Newton's third law of motion fail anywhere, including particle physics and other advanced topics?
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### Is potential energy and “work done” the same thing?

Is potential energy and "work done" the same thing? If they are not one and the same thing then why is potential energy always associated with "work done"? Could you explain me with some examples?
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### Do heavier objects fall faster? [duplicate]

This question has been asked multiple times here and all over the internet yet I can't find a conclusive answer: Some claim that heavier objects do fall faster: Don't heavier objects actually fall ...
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### Given Newton's Third Law, how can an inanimate object create a force?

Newton's Third Law states that Whenever any force is exerted by a body#1 on any other body#2, another force which is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on body#1 by body#2. ...
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### Overtaking with non-constant acceleration

I have tried to solve this problem by adding the sum of the displacements during acceleration, constant velocity and deceleration, but it does not work out. Question: A car accelerates from ...
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### Momentum, Impulse and Newton's Second Law of Motion

Newton formulated his Second Law as such: $$\sum{\vec{F}} = \frac{\delta \vec{p}}{\delta t}$$ and of course, $\vec{p} = m \vec{v}$. Why is it that if the net force $\sum \vec{F}$ is constant (which ...
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### Motion of a pendulum

The equations of motions for a simple pendulum is given by $$\ddot{\theta} ~=~ -\frac{g}{\ell}\sin(\theta),$$ where $g$ is acceleration due to gravity and $\ell$ is the length of the pendulum's ...
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### What is the typical orbital life of an artificial satellite?

The orbit of satellites around Earth eventually decays, or so I read. This is typically caused either by atmospheric drag, or by tides. I would assume most satellites have a limited service life in ...
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### Friction-Newtonian Mechanics

Here we are having two blocks of mass $2~\rm kg$ and $4~\rm kg$ on an inclined angle with angle of inclination being $30~\circ.$ The block of mass 2 kg has a coefficient of friction $\mu_1=0.2$ and ...
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### When a bomb explodes, does it momentum remain same?

If, from an aircraft, a bomb is thrown to an object placed at ground and bomb explodes before it hits the object, i.e if it explodes in the middle of its path, does it momentum remain same? I knew ...
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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 $F_R:=\Vert \mathbf{F_R}\Vert$. F_R^2=\Vert\mathbf{F_2}-\mathbf{F_1}\Vert^...
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### How much more “work” (or energy) is required for short people to hike uphill?

Let's assume Short Person is 5 feet tall and the Normal Person is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Let's assume the uphill hike has steps with 1 foot height. How much more work or energy does this require ...
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### Resolving horizontal and vertical components on an inclined plane

Here is a very simple mechanics question related to inclined planes: We assume that the body is at equilibrium or at constant speed. To work out the force 'R', I resolve the 100N force due to ...
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### Free Fall with Air Resistance

Can somebody help me understanding why when free falling the force on the vertical axis is F= -mg-kv, where k is the constant of air resistance and v the velocity? Suppose the vertical axis is ...
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### If “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”, why does a gun not injure the shooter's hand?

If "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", why does a gun not injure the shooter's hand? Would not the "equal and opposite reaction" of firing a bullet be the kickback the shooter ...