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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At What Point Does Mass Cease to Matter?

I know very little about physics so I naturally have a lot of simple minded questions. Assuming I am piloting a rocket and want to obtain the fastest speed possible. At what point does mass more ...
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Why can we assume, when dealing with tension, that the mass of a rope is $0$ but still assume that there are forces on it?

I started studying tension and I can't understand the following concept: If I have two objects $A,B$ collegated by a rope, where $A$ applies a certain force $\vec{F}$ on it, I would have that the ...
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Violation of Newton's third law

consider the following situation shown in the diagram below.A huge wall of mass M is moving to the left due to a constant force of 100N. Now suppose a man of mass m applies a force of 20N to the ...
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Rotational equilibrium Paradox

A block of mass M and height h is moving on a rough surface of coifficent of friction 0.5 .The block is moving with a velocity v at some instant. if we balance the torque due to frictional force and ...
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Force required to send ball in set trajectory

If I have a desired 2D trajectory where I know the desired speed of my ball and desired path, and a ball that starts at (x=0,y=0), how can I calculate the required force / point at which the force ...
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Tension at topmost point of a vertical circle

I read that for a body to move in a vertical circle, the minimum tension needed is 0 at the topmost point. Can someone explain to me what it means to have positive or negative tension on top. I'm not ...
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Why do objects move when you apply a force that's equal in magnitude to the friction? [duplicate]

If the friction on an object is 200 N and you apply 200 N, it seems, the forces should immediately cancel each other out since the friction and your applied force go in opposite directions, leaving ...
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Alternative method for pulley system not working

We have two a pulley system with two masses of 2kg and 3kg on two ends of a massless string. At the end of 5 seconds, the string breaks. How far up did the 2kg block move? Here's what I have tried:- ...
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The formula for the kinetic friction on inclined surface

I'm confused about the formula for the force of friction on inclined surface. It says that $f$ (force of friction) = $\mu N$ (where $\mu$ is the coefficient of the friction). Is: $$f = ...
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Prove that the spacetime interval is not invariant under Galilean transformations [closed]

The spacetime interval $(\Delta s)^2 = (\Delta x)^2 + (\Delta y)^2 + (\Delta z)^2 - c^2(\Delta t)^2$ is invariant under the Lorentz transformation and this isn't the case for the Galilean ...
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How are the watt-second, the newton-meter and the joule different?

The joule is $\mathrm{kg\,\ m^2/s^2}$ right? The watt-second is $\mathrm{J/s} \times \mathrm{s}$ thus $\mathrm{J}$. The newton-meter is $\mathrm{kg \,\ m/s^2} \times \mathrm{m}$ thus $\mathrm{kg \,\ ...
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Whether a large or a small ball fall faster in the air?

Given a ball falling under gravity is subjected to air resistance, after performing a differential to the drag equation, I get: $$g-Z(v^2)/r = a = v',$$ (where $Z$ is a constant.) How can I know ...
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Center of mass (COM) of a uniform quarter disk [closed]

I was trying to calculate the coordinates of the COM for a uniform quarter disk. By symmetry, it must lie on the angular bisector of the central angle. Also, $A=\frac{\pi R^2}{4}$, thus ...
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When to use a whole vector approach vs an energy approach?

My professor has just introduced two new ways to solve projectile motions. One approach involve using trigonometry and vectors and the other involves using the idea of conservation of energy. My ...
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Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion

Can anyone explain how the following formula is derived and what it means? $$x'' = -n^2x $$ I was reading through my high school physics textbook and I stumbled upon a section on Hooke's Law. It says ...
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Rocket velocity during fuel burn [closed]

I know the formula for the velocity of a rocket after the on board fuel has been used up: $$ \Delta v = v_{ex} \ln\left( \frac{m_i}{m_e} \right) - gt $$ where: $v_{ex}$ is the exhaust velocity ...
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What happens to the kinetic energy of a dropped ball when it comes to rest on the ground?

If we want to drop a ball from a height, we calculated that potential energy at bottom is zero and we say it is converted into kinetic energy. At that movement, if it is a kind of sand, we find it ...
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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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Does a laser beam generate an equal and opposite force

If I hold a laser pointer and press the trigger does the emission of the beam generate kick-back in the opposite direction through conservation of momentum. I understand it would be tiny, so my ...
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Acceleration of a particle moving along a straight line

If a particle moves along a straight line, then can we say that the acceleration should be zero? and if not, then why? If the equation of the motion is linear, then the velocity is constant and if ...
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If I flex my arm, where is the “equal and opposite” reaction?

In my sight, nothing happens at all. Is the opposite reaction pressure applied to my bones? It certainly seems so; however, since I flex my arms in a curve, shouldn't the opposite reaction direction ...
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Feynman Lectures: Resonance - Problem with Formula

I am reading Volume 1 Chapter 23 of FLP, and I have come across something rather strange. Feynman says that: $$ \rho^2 =\frac{1}{m^2[(\omega^2-\omega_0^2)^2+\gamma^2\omega^2]} $$ A graph of this can ...
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Rigid body: internal work null?

I am following an elementary physics course book, namely W.E. Gettys, F.J. Keller and M.J. Skove's Physics (in an Italian translation). In exercises where no non-conservative force acts on a rigid ...
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Understanding Millikan's oil-drop experiment

This is quoted from A.P. French's Newtonian Mechanicsabout Millikan's oil-drop experiment: The droplets randomly produced in a mist of oil vapor are of various sizes. The ones that Millikan found ...
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Why do particles of equal mass (with one at rest) undergoing elastic collisions scatter at only right angles?

This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...
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Sun and planets orbit each other

Do not the planets and the Sun revolve in orbits around each other and the shape of the orbit depends on where the center of gravity of the system is? The greater the mass of the Sun, the closer the ...
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Variation in spring constant with respect to the length and no. of coils

Do the spring constant depend upon the length of the spring? No. of coils? Like what happens to the spring constant if you cut it in the half?
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Work done by friction on car

David Morin, in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics" says that friction does not exert a force on a car because the ground is fixed but that KE of the car is changing to internal kinetic energy in ...
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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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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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Coriolis force on bullet vs airplane

Why do airplanes experience negligible Coriolis force while bullets experience the Coriolis force in long range shooting, even though the mass of airplane is much bigger than a bullet?
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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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Would it be possible to make a space elevator only in the atmosphere?

I wonder if with current day technology we could make a "floating platform" which hangs from a satellite by a space elevator. This could allow a "launch process" involving floating a balloon to the ...
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Can there be friction unless the objects in contact are not acted upon by an external force?

The definition of friction I read from The book, General Physics written by Henry Crew is that, The resistance which either one of the body offers to the motion is called force of friction". If it is ...
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If the force of friction is 20 N for a moving body does acceleration increase with the increase of the mass?

A body is moving and the only force acting on it is the force of friction. If we put another body on this moving body somehow the force of friction will increase; does its acceleration change?
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How is it that Force = Mass $\times$ Length / Time ^2?

I understand how $F=ma$ but what I am looking for is a diagram, idiom or concept that explains how force can be explained (in a partial layman's terms) as a combination of the dimensions; Length, Mass ...
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Placing an object in a tub changes the weight of the tub?

Suppose you have a tub filled with water and it rests on a scale so you can measure the weight. If you place an object in the tub, will the reading on the scale change? Clearly if the object sinks ...
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The velocity of the flowing coming out of the balloons?

Last day , when i was working on two interconnected balloons , a question was kicking my brains !!! This is the explanation of the question: First , suppose a system that composed of two spherical ...
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Motion of a wheel with an added mass to its edge [closed]

Imagine a wheel with homogeneous mass distribution, but there is a mass concentrated to its edge at a specific point. The wheel is rotating over a horizontal surface with a given initial velocity. How ...
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Why does the pressure sensor give the same value of pressure no matter how it is oriented?

Let a small pressure-sensing device be suspended inside a fluid-filled vessel. ... We find by experiment that at a given point in a fluid at rest, the pressure has the same value no matter how the ...
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Parallel axis theorem

For this question we are working in 2-D space. Let's say that we have an arbitrary body. I know the inertia with respect to a perpendicular axis (to the body, that is) that passes through a point (A). ...
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Understanding variable mass equation for mass ablation/ejection

The "Variable-mass system" entry in Wikipedia, under the "Mass ablation/ejection" title, shows: $$p_2 = (m+dm)(v+dv) + u(-dm)$$ The parameter $p_2$ is for the momentum at $t+dt$, meaning $p_2 = ...
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What forces cause the centripetal acceleration in circular motion on a merry-go-round?

Suppose you stand on a merry-go-round spinning at $f$ revolutions per second and you are $R$ meters from the center. What forces act on you? If you were tied to a rope like in Fig 2 you would follow ...
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Will terminal velocity exist on this imaginary planet?

If the atmosphere of an imaginary planet is really thin like 100 particles per cubic centimeter (density of the closest resemblance of vacuum made on Earth) and has mass say, 15 times than that of ...
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Force on a solid cylinder that is rolling on an accelerating block

Given: $m,R,I=mR^2/2, F,M$ and no traction between $B_2$ and the ground find $a_1, a_2$ (the accelerations of the CMs of $B_1$ and $B_2$ respectively).$B_1$ rolls on $B_2$ without sliding due to ...
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Flipping a bottle

I tried to do this experiment recently at school and my house. I started the experiment by having three same type of bottles with the labels A,B and C. Bottle A has been fully filled with water, ...
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Impulse and force in a karate chop, can we maximize force minimizing the time of impact?

I have heard that we can maximize the force by minimizing the time of impact in a punch. If that is true, the paradox is if we increase the time of contact with the same amount of force still we ...
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What really is “inertial force”?

In Fluid Mechanics we often see the term inertial force when discussing Reynolds number. The problem is, I didn't really get what's this inertial force. Basically, the notion of inertia I have is that ...
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Where do Newton's Laws not work? [closed]

I'm working on high school level project about Newton's Laws and I picked topic that describes situations, where they dont work. Can you name any practical cases where they do not work? Why do they ...
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Why is it that friction apparently decreases with speed? [duplicate]

Whilst thinking of a trick where a magician pulls a tablecloth directly from under a full set dinner (a classic) I wondered why friction doesn't increase as speed does. I get that they use a pretty ...