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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Centripetal force of a rotating rigid body?

Consider someone pushing a roundabout in a playground. Initially the roundabout is stationary, but when it is pushed, it rotates with increasing rotational speed. The force of the push is ...
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Can conservation of energy be applied if trajectory is not smooth?

In this video http://www.khanacademy.org/video/conservation-of-energy?playlist=Physics Khan academy explains conservation of energy for a falling object. He looks at an object falling ...
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Spring oscillations and waves

Consider a block of mass $m$ attached to a spring. Let it oscillate at a frequency $f$. Now each part of the spring is in SHM. so this means a wave is propagating through this spring.bCan this wave be ...
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Forces in a Pendulum

Help me visualise the forces found in a pendulum. I know weight can be decomposed into $F_x$ and $F_y$. Centripetal force, acceleration and velocity are three words that I'm confused. Centripetal ...
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Projectile question doubt [closed]

A hunter wants to shoot a monkey with an arrow by launching the arrow at a speed $v_0$ at a distance of $L$ from the base of a tree of height $H$ on which the monkey is sitting. Now on watching the ...
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Understanding Newton's Laws of Motion

I'm having difficulty understand Newton's laws of motion in practice, and how to model true dynamic systems. There are two examples below, where I cannot quite figure out what the true forces and ...
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Resonant Frequency of 2 mass spring system

So the question goes if I has a spring with spring constant $k$ and two masses attached to this spring (one on either side) what is the resonant frequency of the system in terms of $m$ and $k$? ...
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Calculate gravity between two points

I am trying to build a simulation of gravity in LibGDX using Bullet physics. To simplify it, I just want to apply a force on some body towered a (0,0,0) point. I got my body mass and it's location ...
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Does Buoyant Force always act upwards?

I have always used buoyant force as acting upwards in any problem related to fluid mechanics that I have solved. Also, if we push a mug down a bucket of water. It rises up, always, not diagonally even ...
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Where is the mistake in the following rationament [duplicate]

Well... kind of hard to translate in English so bare with me :). Let's consider a wheel that spins in the void. Each point of the wheel has the speed $v = ω r$. That means that for any $ω$, there is ...
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Conflicting answers gained from different equations

First time posting I hope this is the place. if someone could help me sort out formatting for the equations that would be nice "As a result of being hit from behind by a toy truck, a 50g toy car ...
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Water compressibility and pressure

I am so sorry if I am missing something, but for some reason I am very confused on how water can have pressure but not be compressible. If pressure is created by individual molecules bumping into the ...
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What is the physical meaning of reduced mass?

If we stick two block masses by a string and pass it over a pully and let the blocks free then mathematically we can obtain that the whole weight on the pully is more if the blocks are kept at rest, ...
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non constant acceleration problem [closed]

The acceleration of an arrow from a bow falls from $6000m/s^2$ to zero when it leaves the bow after travelling a distance $x=0.75m$. Assuming that this acceleration can be expressed by the linear ...
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When it is usually taken as $\omega=v/r$, why in this particular case $\omega=v/3r$ is taken?

A circular disc of mass m and radius r is set into motion on a horizontal floor with a linear speed v in the forward direction and an angular speed w =v/3r in clockwise direction .Find magnitude of ...
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How can a pulley work?

Assuming $g=10m/s^2$, the $2M$ mass would exert a $20M$ force on $M$, and by newton's third law, the $M$ mass would exert an equal and opposite force of $20M$ on the $2M$ mass. How would this move? ...
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How I think about rolling [closed]

Below, I have written how I think about rolling. I wish to know if my idea as to how it works is correct. Consider a rigid ball on a plane which has considerable friction. If you push the ball ...
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How does rocket thrust work?

I can't seem to find a specific answer to this anywhere. I understand that in a rocket there is a chemical reaction that causes gas particles to leave the rocket at high velocity. By Newton's third ...
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Component of Component of a vector [duplicate]

NOTE : By perpendicular component of $\vec{F}$, I mean a vector which is a component of $\vec{F}$, but perpendicular to it. In the image above, the red vectors are a possible set of rectangular ...
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How to explain the force applied on this object? [closed]

Sorry for posting such a simple problem but I'm having trouble understanding this concept. In the picture below, we have a force, $ \vec F_{app}$ acting on two objects, A and B. Mass of block A: $ ...
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Kinetic Energy in the Center of Mass Frame

Given two bodies moving along a line, I can find the velocity of the center of mass frame. Taking the time derivative of the Galilean transformation I get $v'=v-v_{cm}$ By definition, the total ...
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Change in energy during orbital decay

Suppose we have a planet orbiting a star and the planet radiates away some amount of energy $\Delta E$. I want to find by how much the orbit decays (i.e the change in orbital radius). One way to do ...
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Will the Earth ever show synchronous rotation? Why and when?

In this answer to the question "why does the moon have the same rotation and revolution periods?", we read: The mass and speed of rotation of the Earth influence the moon in that some of its ...
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Motion under gravitational forces

In a system of particles, can a particle be considered to be attracted to the combined center of mass of the other particles if the Newton's universal law of gravitation is used (the inverse square ...
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Dynamical friction force

Let we have a ladder leaning on the wall. Initially we hold the ladder and as soon as we release it the ladder starts to slide. My question: during the slide, are the friction forces at both ends ...
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Question about Kinetic Energy and Force acting on a body

Below is the graph of a body that rests on a friction-less flat surface. On this body force F is applied and it's value is being depicted in the graph below. We can see that the body moves from point ...
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Confusion with Newton’s third law

Suppose i push a box with my hand which has a mass=1kg. I apply a force of 2 newtons and it will accelerate at 2m/s^2. But, according to the third law, the box applies a force on me, which is also ...
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Can a planet's orbit around a star be simulated? [closed]

Say I know all parameters like density, size, rotational velocity of a planet, could I predict its orbit around a star where I also know parameters of it? I want to design a simple model of the solar ...
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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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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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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 = mg\cos(a)\...
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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 $dA=\frac{\pi}{...
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Kinetic energy and work confusion [closed]

I know that $\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ is derived from $W = \int \vec F \cdot\ d\vec s$, but are there exceptions to the kinetic energy formula? Newton says that unless an external force is applied, a body ...
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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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How can Kinetic energy formula and the Work formula be derived without assuming the other to be true?

After searching how to derive the formula for Kinetic energy, I found that most derivations required the use of the "work" formula. After searching how to derive the work formula for a bit, I found ...
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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 ...