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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Collision of two asteroids in the main belt [closed]

If there are two asteroids $A$ and $B$ of equal mass (and density of 3000kg/m^3), with the same semi major axis of $a=$2.2 AU with asteroid $A$ having a circular orbit and no inclination, and ...
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How does Newton's first law asserts the existence of inertial frames? [duplicate]

Recently I've seem here one answer telling that Newton's first law really assures the existence of inertial reference frames. But how is that? I really can't see it. As I know, Newton's first law ...
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Interpretation of a quantity from the reduced three body problem [closed]

Consider two bodies $S$ and $J$ that gravitate about their center of mass $O$, under the influence of mutual attraction. A third massless body $P$ is moving in the same plane. What is the ...
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According to Newton's third law, why don't Action and Reaction make equilibrium? [duplicate]

According to Newton's third law, Action and Reaction are equal and in opposite direction. If both forces are equal and in opposite direction then why they don't make equilibrium and void the effect of ...
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Newton's Third Law Of Motion: Earth Falling to an Apple?

I 'get' Newton's third law of motion, except for one thing. We know that if we let an apple fall to the Earth, the earth will fall to the apple, because the Earth must experience the same force in the ...
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If the net work on a particle is zero, can the speed change?

The following question was on a quiz in physics class: If the net work done on a particle is zero, which of the following statements must be true? a) The velocity is zero b) The velocity is ...
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Orbital motion (Mechanics) [duplicate]

I am a student in Mechanical department and I took today a lesson with a title of Orbital motion. I need a good mechanics reference that discusses this topic.
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determining orbit parameters (eccentricity, length and angle of major axis)

I'm trying to make an orbit simulator, and I want to draw the orbit of a satellite given its position and velocity vectors in a 2-D plane. I found this other question which tells how to calculate ...
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Power as a Function of Distance

I am interested in trying to understand the meaning of the integral of power with respect to distance. In the case of force, we have the two formulae: $\int F \, \operatorname{d}\!t = \Delta p$ and ...
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Tsunami : power of destruction [closed]

I'm not sure this is the good place to ask those questions. Sorry if it isn't. Are there studies that evaluated the resistance of buildings against tsunami ? What kind of buildings could manage a ...
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Uniform Acceleration [closed]

A steel ball is allowed to roll from rest down a 20.0 m long slop and over a 25 m long level surface. It takes 4.0 seconds to roll down the slope. Calculate the speed at the bottom of the slope. ...
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Friction problem having two blocks on separate inclined planes connected by a string

This is a question I found in my old high-school textbook(I'm revising the topics for a course).Two blocks A and B of masses $1kg$ and $2kg$ are placed on a fixed triangular wedge by a massless ...
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Calculate Mass based on Velocity and Acceleration

I am attempting to design a obstacle avoidance system with the Arduino. My position (for now) is going to be stationary. I will be detecting an incoming object and I want to use the below known ...
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Small oscillations of the double pendulum

From the Lagrangian I've got the following equations of motion for the double pendulum in 2D. (The masses are different but the lengths of the two pendula are equal.) Let $m_2$ be the lowest-hanging ...
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Why is kinetic energy only “often $(1/2)mv^2$”?

I am reading the first few pages of Nakahara and refreshing my memory on physics I learned a while ago as a physics math undergrad. Nakahara defines a field $F$ to be conservative if it's the gradient ...
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Does the mass of a car frame has any effect on its horsepower?

I want to know whether decreasing the mass of the frame of a car will increase its horsepower. From what I understand horsepower is a measure of the car's ability to transport load, and decreasing the ...
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Circular motion question

(Q) Find the maximum speed at which a truck can safely travel without toppling over, on a curve of radius 250m. The height of the centre of gravity of the truck above the ground is 1.5m and the ...
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How can I calculate the pressure against the sides of a container? [closed]

While answering this question on DIY.SE, I wanted to calculate the amount of pressure (in psi) that would be exerted on the walls of the container. However, I don't know much about how to calculate ...
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Why isn't the product rule used in the definition of mechanical work?

Mechanical power is normally defined as $P = \mathrm{d}W/\mathrm{d}t$, and work is normally defined as $W = \vec F \cdot \vec x$. Today an undergrad pointed out a confusion he had from Griffiths' ...
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Integrals of Power

This question has two parts: a question about a specific expression and a question about a family of expressions. In what follows I will omit all constants of integration. If we integrate force with ...
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Two masses connected by a string in horizontal frictionless table

Suppose that two masses with different mass are connected by a string in horizontal frictionless table. Then when there is equal acceleration for two masses, string force would extend in some ...
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Finding the equation of motion of anharmonic potential [closed]

If I have a potential given by: $$U=U_0\left[2\left(\frac xa\right)^2-\left(\frac xa\right)^4\right]$$ It says that at $t=0$, the particle is at the origin ($x=0$) and the velocity is positive and ...
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How to understand Feynman's reasoning about perpetual motion?

I'm studying Feynman's Lectures on Physics, and I'm not really understanding his reasoning here: Consider weight-lifting machines $\overline{}$ machines which have the property that they lift one ...
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Relationship between angles [closed]

Question: Find the relationship between angles $\theta$ and $\phi$ using the equations of equilibrium and solve for $\theta$. Express your equation for $\theta$ in terms of $\phi$. ...
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Plastic bottle floating and sinking

I was doing this experiment: i take a plastic cup, put in a container of water, it floats – then when I put a coin in the water, it sinks and rests at the bottom. So to make the cup sink, i fill it ...
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Find contact force given sphere's radii and distance

I simulate scenario of two contacting elastic spheres, where their radii and the distance of their centers is known, and repulsive force should be computed. Material parameters are also given. Most ...
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Angular Frequency about stable equilibrium

So I have the potential energy defined as: $$U(x)=U_0[2(\frac xa)^2-(\frac xa)^4]$$ And I want to find the angular frequency of oscillations about the point of stable equilibrium. I found the point ...
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Finding the period of an infinite length pendulum [closed]

What would be the period of a pendulum with an infinite length, assuming a non-rotating Earth? The answer is not infinity.
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The electron and classical dynamics

Can I use Newtonian laws of dynamics and kinematics applied to electrons (like $F = ma$ and $s = s_0 + v_0 t + at^2/2$)? If not, why not? I know that everything in principle behaves in a quantum ...
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Are principle of Conservation of energy and principle of conservation of momentum consequences of Newton's laws?

It is known that principle of Conservation of momentum and principle of conservation of energy are two fundamental principles of physics.But in RP Feynman's Lectures of physics, in the chapter of ...
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Is there a definition of force? [duplicate]

Well, Newton's three laws talks about forces, but no definition is given. In truth, Newton's second law gives an idea of what total force is: the time change rate of momentum. But, if we have a force ...
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About vector form of friction

I read a text on mechanics and in the chapter on friction, there written that the kinetic friction is in the form $$f_k = \mu_k F_N$$ where $f_k$ is the kinetic friction, $\mu_k$ is the kinetic ...
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Newton third law. Is there a limit on how much force you can apply to an object?

Recently in class we went over Newton's Third Law. In the book they put an example of hitting a punching-bag with your fist and hitting a piece of paper, or an object with much less mass. It's clear ...
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Air resistance of a general shape object

I'm trying to code a simple physics simulator in C++ but I'm stuck on the air resistance issue. Surfing the Internet I only find a drag coefficient for very basical area shapes when the air is ...
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Normal force of loop-the-loop at the side of the circle

In the loop-the-loop ride a car goes around a vertical, circular loop at a constant speed. The car has the mass of 230 kg and moves with the speed of 300 m/s. The loop-the-loop has a radius R=20 m. ...
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How does a car's low gear increase power while going slower?

People have always told me that when a car goes into low gear, it goes slower but puts "more power" or "more torque" on the wheels, which allows it to descend slippery slopes or get out of mud traps ...
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Is inertia present in a body while in state of motion?

According to Newton's law of inertia (written in book:The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy**) it is said that in all objects having mass, have always inertia included in their property ...
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Simple rope tension problem

I have this really simple rope tension problem that can be solved for seconds using simple logic. I know what the answer is, I know why it is, but I cannot write it down and explain it mathematically. ...
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How to prove Newton's second law with quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Newton's second law claims that $F=ma$. In terms of quantum mechanics, the equality can be written as $ \frac{d\langle p \rangle}{dt} = -\langle \nabla V(x) \rangle$. How can I prove this with ...
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Questions about gravitational and inertial mass [duplicate]

What differences between gravitational mass and inertial mass? I cannot tell the differences between them. In history, which concept was put forward firstly? Are there some experiments to prove ...
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Engineering Mechanics (Dynamics) Problem [closed]

Cylinder A has a constant downward speed of 1 m/s. compute the velocity of cylinder B for θ= 30 and θ= 45. The spring is in tension throughout the motion range of interest, and the pulleys are ...
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Explaining Newton's Laws of motion to a 6 year old

An old professor of mine once said that an effective means to get people interested in Physics is to get them started early. What would be an effective and meaningful (and fun) means to explain ...
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How does the gravity of a massive non-spherical object act on things around it?

Firstly, not sure if this question ought to be in the space SE site. Please let me know if it should. (Posted in both for now) Secondly, I don't know a whole lot about physics (I'm just inquisitive). ...
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Conservation of momentum collision problem

The problems is as follows: A 2000kg Ford was travelling south when it collided with your 1000kg sports car travelling west. The two badly-damaged cars became entangled in the collision and ...
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Force on bolt holding up jet engine on plane

I am to solve the following: A jet engine of mass $m$ is fastened to the fuselage of a passenger jet by a bolt. During flight, the plane encounters turbulence, which suddenly imparts an upward ...
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Object with friction in circular motion caused by a string

A physics problem in my textbook reads: A 0.40kg ball, attached to the end of a horizontal cord, is rotated in a circle of radius 1.3m on a frictionless horizontal surface. If the cord will ...
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Is an alpha particle's curvature in a magnetic field visible with a homemade cloud chamber?

I'm trying to do some calculations to see just how strong a magnet you'd have to have, in order for curvature to be noticeable in a rudimentary cloud chamber, with lead-210 as an alpha particle ...
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Modeling of exact stick-slip-friction using Linear complementarity problems (LCP)

Within my master's thesis, I try to model a machine elements and have to model the exact slipping and exact sticking between the bodies. So I noticed that such problems can be formulated as a LCP. ...
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How to find the angle of elevation and launch speed? [closed]

A particle is projected from a point on level ground with a speed of $u$ meters per second and an angle of elevation $\theta$. The maximum height reached by the particle is $42$ meters above the ...
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Is a spinning object heavier than a non-spinning object?

Does spinning an object make it heavier? A real-world example: I was mowing the lawn in front of my house, a lawn that tends to have some steep inclines. I realized that the lawn-mower was easier ...