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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Simple derivation of the tension of a cord on a suspended mass

Just wanted to disclaim this problem -- it is homework. However, I am not asking for the solution, I am wondering if anyone can tell me what I may be doing wrong in solving this specific tension ...
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Time taken for object in space to fall to earth

The Problem For a small mass a distance $R_i$ away from the center of the Earth, how long would it take for the object to fall to the surface of the Earth, assuming that the only force acting upon the ...
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Say we're driving a bike and suddenly hold the brakes?

It's easy for me to imagine that if we brake the front wheel then there is a chance that I'll flip. On the other hand if I brake the back wheel, there is no way it'll happen no matter how fast I ...
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Dynamics - Beginner question

I am trying to understand this question, but I keep coming to a dead end: Two identical rectangular masses rest on top of one another, the top is tied to a wall on the left, while the one on the ...
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Will a stone thrown in space move forever?

If I throw a stone on space, in a place where gravity is equal zero, will the stone move forward forever, because no air, so no friction?
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Two objects exert forces on each other, will the reactions affect them?

Two objects go in against each other, and then they collide, will object 1, exerting force 1, necessarily get on it a reaction equal in magnitude and opposite in direction? EDIT:- In my book it only ...
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How does the Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator Pendulum-Lever System work?

See http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Milkovic_Two-Stage_Mechanical_Oscillator The Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator Pendulum-Lever System is very simple, yet very puzzling because it appears ...
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M1 vs M2 on a frictionless surface

I was wondering, if I had a frictionless surface and I had an M1 that was 100kg and an M2 that was 1kg and I pushed each separately with an equal force F would they move at the same speed or am I ...
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Projectile motion question [closed]

A ball is struck such that its max height is equal to its range. determine the angle its struck at. Air resistance is ignored and the ground is horizontal. my reasoning is that: using vectors ...
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Pushing over a block [on hold]

Consider a rectangular block of mass $m$ and uniform density resting on a frictionless surface. The height is $h$, the width $w$, the length $l$. Consider one of the faces with dimmensions $l$ by $h$. ...
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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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Centripetal force for non-uniform circular motion

For uniform circular motion, centripetal force is given by $$\dfrac{mv^2}{r}.$$ But what will be the centripetal force if the circular motion is non-uniform in the sense that linear velocity is ...
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Maximum velocity on Unbanked roads and why should friction be more than centripetal force? [closed]

Why is maximum velocity on unbanked circular road given by $\sqrt{urg}$ where $u$ is coefficient of friction, $r$ is radius of circular track and $g$ is acceleration due to gravity? Why should ...
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Problem in Euler-Lagrange imply Newton

I'm self-studying Mechanics and I have a little problem: We can see that in Landau's book or in Wikipedia that when we inject the lagrangian in Euler Lagrange equation the term $\frac{\partial ...
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Newton's gravity formulas for ellipses

A few times I've come across formulas, which are identical for circular and elliptical orbits, except that for the second ones you substitute $r$ with $a$, where $r$ is the radius of a circular orbit ...
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Why do you have less control over a bicycle with a broader steer?

I recently had an argument with someone on why a bicycle with a broader steer gives you more control. We both had different answers to this question and neither could convince the other. First a ...
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How does a roller coaster car stay on the track on a curve [closed]

Say a roller coaster car is going up a ramp to a drop. At some point it needs to traverse a curve to get to the drop. In general, since the car is constrained to the rail, how is it able to move ...
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Where does the block get the energy from?

Let there be a block of mass $m$ on a frictionless surface. A boy of mass $M$ exerts an invariant force $F$ on the block & does positive work on the block by displacing it by $d$. By Law of ...
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When an applied force that exactly equals the max static friction is on an object

When an applied force that exactly equals the max static friction is on an object, does the object start moving at this point?
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Difference in mass shown on balance and real mass

Milk of density 1000 ${kgm}^{-3}$ is poured at a steady rate of 0.1 ${kgs}^{-1}$ into a measuring bowl on top of some accurate scales (measuring the force converted into a mass)from a height of ...
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Force between two blocks on a friction-less surface [closed]

The question is, A single horizontal force $F$ is applied to a block of mass $M_1$ which is in contact with another block of mass $M_2$ as shown in the figure. The surfaces are ...
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Friction because of Earth's rotation

Is there some force of friction that acts on bodies due to rotation of Earth. We all know earth is an non inertial frame. If there is some frictional force is there some way to prove it. What i mean ...
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What is matter made of in the light of Quantum Mechanics? [closed]

I've always wondered what matter (particles, force particles, etc.) was actually made of considering the fact that quantum mechanics has shown us that particles can actually act as a probabilistic ...
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Reconciling Units in Classical System Analogies: Why Does Torque Have Units of Energy?

In classical physics we often cast an analogy between translational and rotational systems Force < > Torque Energy < > Rotational Energy Momentum < > Angular Momentum and considering SI ...
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belts and balls, correct size of holes

I'm working on a robot that has to transport a set of balls up at a 60 degrees angle. In order to do this I want to use a belt system with holes in it. Now my question is how big do these holes have ...
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How to take in to account torques applied at different points

Suppose we have a rigid body with known moment of inertia through some axis ($J$) and that there are multiple torques being applied in different points in that body. I know that for a rigid body, the ...
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Drag force on a flat plate

The solution for this apparently is $\frac{1}{2}C \rho A V^{2}$ where $C$ is the drag coefficient, $A$ is the area and $\rho$ and $V$ are the wind density and velocity. Let's do it without the drag ...
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Can a ball stay still while laying on a inclined plane?

Suppose there is a ball on an inclined plane. So, there are three forces acting on it: normal force from the plane, gravity (which can be decomposed in the component of gravity perpendicular to the ...
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Why isn't work relative?

Acceleration and displacement can be defined relative inertial frames. For example, a body moving with constant velocity on top of another moving with the same velocity will have zero displacement ...
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Horizontal distance covered by an object from an initial height to the ground

We are given: An angle $\theta$ with respect to the ground, its initial height $h_0$ and the final distance $d$. How can we find the initial velocity from this information? I tried a bunch of things, ...
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How to calculate the buoyant force on a balloon at different altitudes [duplicate]

For a project into balloon simulation I'd like to know how the force on a balloon changes with altitude: I know that the Buoyant force on a balloon is: $F = (\rho_{air} - \rho_{helium})gV$ Using ...
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A spring with two masses in an inelastic collision

An ideal spring is attached to a wall, and the other end is attached to a mass $m$. The spring is initially compressed a distance $x$. After it is released, the mass collides with another mass $2m$ ...
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When sliding down steep hill, is it safer to go down back or front against the hill? [closed]

Assume you are sliding down a steep hill. Is it safer to go down with your back against the hill or the front of your body against the hill? I assumed that since the surface area of your body which is ...
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Application of Newton's third law

By newton's third law , we know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction .We move left when we push slightly on the right and move forward as we push backward . But how do rockets , ...
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Restoring Force

Consider a pendulum hanging straight down. Say I pull it to the $\textbf{right}$ some angle $\phi$. Using Newton's laws in polar coordinates, I find that in the that force in the $\hat\phi$ direction ...
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Normal force on varying mass

A cart filled with a mass $m_0$ of sand leaks it at a constant rate of $\mu \ \mathrm{kg/s}$ through a hole at the bottom of the cart. Suppose that the cart is moving on rails. Find the ...
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Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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Find a central force given the orbit

I've been trying to solve the following problem for a long time. Let's consider a particle of mass $m$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with polar coordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$. The particle moves on the orbit ...
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Work done by Internal Forces

Why is it that internal forces do not change the potential energy of the system? Assume that a man stands on earth with a dumbell. If the dumbell is the system, when it is raised a height h, the work ...
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Massive ropes and tension

Consider the diagram bellow, a massive string hanging in equilibrium My question is this: Can we take any 2 random point on the rope, say A and B and then use $\sum F=0$ on the rope between them: ...
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Finding equilibrium of mechanical system

A system is described as follows: Consider a system consisting of two rotating bars of length $l$ and with uniform mass density and each with total mass $m$. The bars are attached to a common ...
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Find the minimum force that has to be applied to the block $m_1$ so that the other block just begins to slide

This is a problem from the book 'Problems in General Physics' by I E Irodov. Two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are placed on a rough horizontal surface, connected by a light spring. Find the ...
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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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If the velocity vector of a moving particle is always perpendicular to the position vector, is the path a circle?

A Newtonian physics question: If the velocity vector of a moving particle is always perpendicular to the position vector, is the only possible path a circle? What if the magnitude of the velocity ...
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How would an earth-spanning ring around the equator behave?

If a ring/belt would be constructed of a sufficiently strong material around the entire equator at 100m height from the surface assuming the land/water beneath is flat (no mountains get in the way), ...
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Electrical force between two objects

I tried to solve the following problem: There are 2 objects . The object m1 with charge q and the object m2 with charge q.(same charge).The object m2 is connected with a rope to the ceiling. at the ...
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How to discover the $F = m\cdot a$ equation from scratch? [duplicate]

Is there a paper or a book that conceptually 'discover' the Newton's famous formula? I've been thinking about this equation, and I really don't know it for sure. Did Newton empirically noticed that ...
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Why doesn't an orbiting body keep accelerating?

As a physics newbie I'm trying to get a grip on basic orbital mechanics. I think I'm beginning to get grasp on how bodies interact with each other. When a body approaches another body it accelerates ...
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Calculating velocity change after impact?

Let's say there is no gravity here and objects won't crush. We have 2 rocks with $m=10\text{ kg}$. First rock has velocity $v_1=0\text{ m/s}$ and second $v_2=10\text{ m/s}$ (flying in leftward ...
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Why is the force of Friction less than the force applied on the block in this situation?

This is a seemingly basic mechanics problem but I'm having a dilemma in understanding what happens. You start with two blocks, one on top of the other (the bottom block has a larger mass than the top ...