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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Synchronising the Earth's rotation via mass redistribution

How much material would have to be moved per year from mountain-tops to valleys in order to keep the Earth's rotation synchronised with UTC, thus removing the need for leap seconds to be periodically ...
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Problem based on Rotational Motion #2 [closed]

One fourth length of a Uniform Rod of mass $m$ and length $x$ is placed on rough horizontal surface and it is held stationary by means of a light thread as shown in the figure. The thread is brunt ...
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Torque Required For a Motor to Move an Object on Wheels?

I've been attempting to calculate how much torque a motor needs to produce in order to start a stationary object on wheels moving. (The torque is being applied to the rear 2 wheels, the front 2 are on ...
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How does Newton's 2nd law correspond to GR in the weak field limit?

I can only perform the demonstration from the much simpler $E = mc^2$. Take as given the Einstein field equation: $G_{\mu\nu} = 8 \pi \, T_{\mu\nu}$ ... can it be proved that Newton's formulation ...
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Work done by spring over distance

I'm working through a problem involving energy conservation. Unfortunately, I cannot calculate the work done by a spring. ...
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The Double Integrator: Matching velocity and position as quickly as possible with only a limited amount of force available

If a body with mass $m$ begins at position $x_0$ with velocity $v_0$ and experiences a force that varies as a function of time $f(t)$ (and we ignore gravity, friction, and everything else that might ...
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How does placing objects in liquids affect the mass?

I was dazing off in my physics class when I came up with this question and I was wondering about it all day. I could not provide myself with an adequate solution, so here I am asking the forum about ...
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How to prove that a motion is Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)?

I would like to know how one could show and prove that a given motion is simple harmonic motion. Once given an answer, I'll apply that technique to an example I am trying to figure out. Thank you ...
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Would a light or a heavy ball roll fastest down a slope?

A small, light ball and a larger, heavier ball are released from the top of a slope. Which will move further? which will come down faster?
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Is $f=ma$ an identity?

In his The Principles of Natural Knowledge, Alfred North Whitehead writes that famous $f=ma$ is an identity: It has been popular to define force as the product of mass and acceleration. The ...
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Earth-Centered Inertial (ECI) reference frame as approximate inertial frame of reference

In many practical applications, one can consider the Earth-Centered Inertial (ECI) reference frame approximately as an inertial reference system, though strictly speaking, it is non-inertial. Is ...
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What is the force exerted on a body that doesn't move?

If I push against a brick wall I'm exerting a force against the brick wall the the brick wall will exert the same force against me. These will cancel each other out and neither myself or the wall will ...
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In a universe where the speed of light is infinite, are relativistic models and Newtonian models equivalent?

Take our universe. Observations are consistent with relativity, but not consistent with Newtonian mechanics. Assume that our current (relativistic) model of gravitation is correct. Now increase $c$ ...
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Rolling resistance and static friction

I am a bit confused about the relation between rolling resistance and static friction. I have often heard that it is the static friction that lets the wheel roll. Consider the following two cases: ...
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How do I find the tension in additional strings in this problem? [closed]

A mass of 5.00 kg hangs attached to three strings as shown in the figure (see image below). Find the tension in each string. Hint: Consider the equilibrium of the point where the strings join. ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion. Why am I wrong? Why is my equation wrong more importantly?

Problem/Solution ! I am deeply confused. B) We know that $x = 2\sin(3\pi t)$. $x' = 6\pi\cos(3\pi t)$ So max speed is $6\pi$ $6\pi = 6\pi \cos(3\pi t)$ $\cos(3\pi t) = 1$ $3\pi t = ...
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How to guess the content of a christmas present?

Let us assume that the present does not make any recognizable sounds when shaken (meow splat - the present now contains a dead kitten). Let us furthermore assume ...
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Finding time in ballistic problem

The problem is like this: A bullet with mass 15g moving at a speed of 425 m/s is brought to a stop in 3.5 cm in a block of wood. Find the force on the bullet, assuming that it is constant. ...
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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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Could someone remind me what this means again? $\nabla U = \pm F$

You know that for a potential function (conservative force/fields) that $\nabla U = \pm \vec{F}$ In math, we don't have that minus sign, we have only the plus one. What does it mean if you get rid ...
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Newton's Second Law the real one. Is my theory correct?

In Newton's Principa, $\sum \vec{F}_{ext} = \frac{d\vec{\rho}}{dt}$ If the momentum vector is in mutildimensions, wouldn't a more general equation be $\sum \vec{F}_{ext} = \vec{\nabla}{\vec{p}}$ I ...
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How do I tackle this problem WITHOUT focusing the whole system as a “single mass”?

Problem/Solution ! ! In the third FBD, they made the whole system as one object. What happens if I don't want to do that? What if I jsut apply Newton's second Law to the mass M? I tried it out but ...
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What causes light to move through a vacuum

I was looking at rockets and stuff and thought about how they move through a vacuum using newtons 3rd law, and then I started thinking of any other ways you could move through a vacuum without using ...
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Two problems with free body diagrams. Contradictions (solutions are provided)

This problem is similar, but also different question from my previous question. They are both unfortunately long. Problem/Solution #1 ! ! Quick Concept Check a) Could someone briefly explain to me ...
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Why is static friction omitted here? And comparison with this problem on Newton's second Law. Solutions are all provided

The problem itself is short, but my concept question is...long. So be prepared. Note that problem 1 and problem 2 are related to my concept questions, so I am not taking advantage of asking two in ...
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Why did they add a Centripetal Force in the Free-Body Diagram?

problem ! solution ! Why do they have the centripetal force in there? I understand that the normal force is the centripetal force here, but why would they say "or $\frac{mv^2}{r}$"? I thought it ...
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Thermal energy generated due to loss in kinetic energy when observed from two different frames of reference

A body is moving with a velocity $v$ with respect to a frame of reference $S_1$. It bumps into a very heavy object and comes to rest instantaneously, its kinetic energy $$\frac{1}{2}mv^2$$ as ...
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Why did they omit the action-reaction pair force in this problem?

Problem ! Solution ! My solution ! Let me explain $n_{bg}$ means the force exerted by the block on the ground. This is because the normal force of the slab exerts (or touches) a force on the ...
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What are the expressions for rotational and translational kinetic energies of a system of point particles?

Consider a system of point particles , where the mass of particle $i$ is $\mu_i$ and its position vector is $r_i$. What are the expressions for translational kinetic energy and rotational kinetic ...
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How do I properly use Newton's Third Law and Free Body Diagrams?

A force of 14.0N is applied to a block as shown in the diagram below ! If the coefficient of friction is between the surface and the blocks is 0.35 a) What is the acceleration of the two blocks? ...
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Where does the principle of superposition come from in newtonian mechanics?

Part of the definition of the concept of force is that if particle $1$ exerts a force $F_1$ on particle $3$ and particle $2$ exerts a force $F_2$ on particle $3$, the total force on particle $3$ is ...
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I think there is something wrong with this problem. How do you know if the vertical acceleration is zero?

Suppose a block with mass 3kg is on a frictionless table and a force of 15N pulls it from an angle of 38 degrees above the horizontal. 1) What is the apparent weight of the block? 2) What is the ...
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This is going to sound really stupid. But how do I change my normal force?

Suppose I am going to the doctor's and I want to do either of the following Make myself lighter on the scale Make myself heavier on the scale For 2), isn't it just relaxing and let your mass drop? ...
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Who is right? Force exerted on a body. Me or my friend?

Three masses $m_1 = 3\text{ kg}$, $m_2 = 9\text{ kg}$ and $m_3 = 6\text{ kg}$ hang from three identical springs in a motionless elevator. The elevator is moving downward with a velocity of $v = ...
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Physics Paradox about Newtons Second Law $F=ma$

I randomly thought of this- I'm surprised it took me so long to think of it, and I'm SURE I'm making a simple oversight of something completely trivial, but here it goes. (Im only in high school ...
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Does a car use friction to move?

When a car's engine injects fuel into the cylinder chambers, the reaction creates a force that generates rotational momentum to the shaft and over the transmission, it translates that power to the ...
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How do I find the force an object exerts on adjacent objects when I push on it?

Suppose that I have a situation like the figure below, with several circular objects in contact. I know: $\vec{A},\vec{B},\vec{C}$: the positions of the points of contact between circles $\vec{O}$: ...
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Using acceleration to plot position

Sorry if this question is dumb, and I know is physics 101, but I'm not that good with physics. I'm writing an iPhone program that by collecting the acceleration data of the device tries to replicate ...
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What does it mean if a = g in this situation?

I basically solved this problem, but I am unsure what the final equation actually means. Write an expression for solving the mass of block C if mass B moves to the right with an acceleration ...
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Logical connection of Newton's Third Law to the first two

The first law and second laws of motion are obviously connected. But it seems to me that the third law is not related to the first two, at least logically. (In Kleppner's Mechanics the author states ...
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Some questions about the logics of the principles of independence of motion and composition of motion

In high-school level textbooks* one encounters often the principles of independence of motion and that of composition (or superpositions) of motions. In this context this is used as "independence of ...
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What is escape velocity? In reality, how can something no longer be under the gravitational influence of something else?

Isn't G a continuous function and although you leave the immediate vicinity of the earth with an escape velocity won't it always exert a force, however small it may be. Won't that force eventually ...
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Energy transferring question

If I have a spring being compressed by two bodies, A and B, with different masses, how much energy would be transferred to each one when they are released and the spring expanded?
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Basic Free Fall Problem [closed]

So I am trying to remember my childhood doing some Physics problems, but seems that I forgot almost everything. But it's not a big thing... that's why I'm training! My problem is pretty basic ...
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Figuring out the force using Newton's 2nd Law

Here's a problem on my test review: A 12 kg crate resta on a horizontal surface and a boy pulls on it with a force that is 30° below the horizontal. If the coefficient of static friction is ...
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Finding initial velocity using conservation of momentum and energy [closed]

A 14 g bullet is fired into a 120 g wooden block initially at rest on a horizontal surface. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s^2. After impact, the block slides 6.97 m before coming to rest. If ...
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Is the number of independent constants of a system equal to the number of degree of freedom of it?

Maybe the question is not very clear myself since I am not a physics major.But can you help me make this question clearer and then give me some comments on it? I got that this holds in gravitional ...
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FPS to MKS usage issues

I'm currently taking a high school physics class and we're doing friction problems now. I've been doing the ones that use MKS perfectly well, but when the problems start to use the FPS system, I'm ...
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What “I” should use in Rotational Energy formula $(I \omega^2)/2$

$\text{Rotational Energy} = \frac{1}{2} I \omega^2$. What $I$ should be used? $I$ as a inertia tensor matrix = stepRotation * inverse moment of inertia * inverse stepRotation; Or I as moment of ...
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How to modify the bullet trajectory based on the ballistic coefficient?

I am new to the physics surrounding bullet trajectory and how it is calculated. I am a software developer and I am working on a ballistics calculator for rifles. I am using wiki for the trajectory ...