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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Circular motion normal force

Extracted from this article (see the bottom section): Some roller-coasters have loop-the-loop sections, where you travel in a vertical circle, so that you're upside-down at the top. To do this ...
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Absolute (as opposed to relative) concept of inertial frame

In mechanics there is a relative concept of "inertial frame": frame A is inertial with respect to frame B if A moves uniformly with respect B. That concept is easy to understand. There also seems to ...
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will frictional force work against the vertical direction of velocity of an object?

We assume that an object is placed on a horizontal plane. If this object is accelerated to vertical direction, will frictional force act against the vertical direction of velocity of object? For any ...
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Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well?

Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well? Most places where I have read this seem to claim the latter. But an example I thought up has been troubling me. Consider ...
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If the solar system is a non-inertial frame, why can Newton's Laws predict motion?

Since there is no object in the universe that doesn't move, and the solar system likely accelerates through space, how did Newton's Laws work so well? Didn't he assume that the sun is the ...
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Is force the derivative of energy?

In my lecture today my professor briefly mentioned that force is the derivative of energy but I did not really get what he meant by that. I tried to express it mathematically: ...
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Pure Rolling from a stationary surface onto a moving surface

Suppose a sphere rolls without slipping on horizontal stationary ground. Now, suppose the sphere rolls onto a surface which is moving at some velocity with respect to the previous stationary ground. ...
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What is the use of orthogonal curvilinear co-ordinate system?

Orthogonal curvilinear coordinate system is made of intersecting sets of confocal ellipses & hyperbolas. But, I have found no book that would describe this how to use this coordinate system ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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An interesting problem on springs [closed]

If I place two identical objects of mass $m$ at either end of a spring with spring constant $k$ and the whole system is placed on a horizontal frictionless surface, then what is the frequency of ...
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Very confused about effective spring constant

I know that for springs in parallel, the effective spring constant is $k_1+k_2$ and for springs in series the constant is $1/(1/k_1+1/k_2)$. But there are some weird problems where finding the ...
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Tipping over objects on a frictionless surface

Is there any way you can topple over a rod which is standing up on a frictionless surface?
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Where does energy goes if I jump down from a balloon?

Suppose you are in a hot air balloon of mass $M$ which is floating in the air, and you get out and start climbing down a rope at constant velocity $v$. By conservation of momentum we can show that the ...
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Linear Gravity Inside Solid Sphere Derivation

I am currently taking a dynamics module at university and am revising for a midterm exam. One of the problems on a past paper was to consider a mass falling through a hole in the Earth (pole to ...
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How to explain that an object at a certain point with zero velocity can move away from that point by having an acceleration?

As A.P.French points out: You may feel, . . . , that we have gone to excessive lengths in our discussion of instantaneous velocity & acceleration. But make no mistake about it; these are very ...
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Clearing up confusion about orbital mechanics

When I see an orbital mechanics problem, I recall the following things from my "toolbox": Angular momentum is conserved for a body orbiting a planet, since the torque due to gravity is 0. Kinetic ...
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Springs at an angle [closed]

I'm trying to find the equation of motion for the following system: This is how I proceeded: Let's call the length of the hypotenuse $s$. Then, $$F = 2 \sin{\theta}\cdot-k(s - l_o) = -2kx ...
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If a place a spring in a box and drop the box, what happens?

Suppose I a holding a box in my hands, and inside the box a spring with some mass attached hangs from the cieling of the box. Initial the system is at equilibrium, then I let go of the box and it ...
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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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Can we make a “Gravity Mill” based on principle(s) of Newton's cradle?

DISCLAIMER: Newbie/Wannabe Physicist. What's to stop us from making a "Gravity Mill" which is a bar/rod attached with weights on both ends and pivoted at the ...
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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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Acceleration of ball rolling down incline

Suppose you have some object (which can roll like a ball,cylinder,wheel,etc) rolling down an incline without slipping (moment of intertia $I=kmr^2$. I want to find the accleration of the ball as it ...
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Why don't we consider jerk in physics classes? [duplicate]

When i got more into physics, i started asking myself if just like acceleration represents the growth of speed, something else could also represent the growth of acceleration itself. And it came that ...
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Acceleration in a system equal for every body — why?

A 1 kg cart can slide frictionlessly on the table. The black weights each weigh 1 kg. The pulleys are frictionless. The task is to determine the acceleration of the cart. For the left-most ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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Is the moment-curvature relation for an elastic beam general?

The relationship between the moment and the curvature for an elastic beam is $$M = -EI\kappa$$ Previously, I have only used this with small deflections in static calculations. I am currently working ...
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Would cereal still group together if it were suspended in the liquid (milk) - rather than floating on top?

According to my interpretation of several online sources (correct me if I am wrong), cereal tends to group together in our bowls of milk because it creates a deformation on the surface of the liquid ...
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newton's cradle with 2 balls dropped from same height at same time

I'm creating a logo and want it to be as exact as possible. The logo idea is a "Newtonian cradle", but with only 2 balls and on straight steel wire (can't be bend). What would happen if I dropped ...
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Newton's 2nd and 3rd Law clarification [duplicate]

Hi I have a quick question. I know this may be a common question. If N3L states that there's an equal and opposite force, why do things still move? I have read up a lot and this is my understanding. ...
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Why isn't jerk necessary?

I've recently thought about the rate of change in acceleration and found out that is exists and is called jerk. I've looked at some questions and answers but i could not understand something in this ...
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Elevator cabin problem

The following passage is extracted from the book "Concepts of Physics, Part 1" by H C Verma: Let us consider the situation shown in figure. An elevator cabin falls down after the cable breaks. ...
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Why doesn't air below a falling object balance its weight? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario: a body is dropped and it hits the air molecules below it with a force equal to it's weight. By Newton's third law, the air molecules below should exert the same force ...
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Stagnation Point around Sharp Corner

I am trying to design a water-channel that travels through a metal block shaped like a square to cool it down (so it is a 2D problem). One consideration is the wetted surface area, which allows more ...
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Why are forces independent from the frame of reference?

The following question occurred to me while reading a proof of the following statement: If K is an inertial frame of reference, then a K’ frame of reference, which is moving with a constant ...
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Using Lagrangian mechanics instead of Newtonian mechanics

When studying advanced classical mechanics, we all study about Lagrangians and the Euler-Lagrange equations and their importance. Of course, the Lagrangian is calculated based on the potential and ...
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Two-linkage under the force and friction

I need to find friction force in this configuration. Book says that $F_{fr}=\mu P.$ but i think that force $P$ is distributes evenly between hinge (A) and sliding block (B), so friction must be $1/2 ...
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Newton's Second law of Rotation

In my book (Halliday Resnick Walker) there is a solved example which is as follows There is a uniform disk with mass $M$ = 2.5kg and radius $R$ = 20cm, mounted on a fixed horizontal axle. A block ...
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Is it possible to determine the outcome of any impact knowing only the ratio of masses? [duplicate]

In elastic collisions in 2-D if two balls $A$, $B$ ($m_A = m_B$, $R = 1$) have equal mass we can determine in advance the outcome of the collision. If cue-ball $A$ impacts object-ball $B$ (at rest) ...
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How can we theoretically calculate the number of balloons needed to stop a bullet?

After watching this video, I am interested in proving it mathematically. The problem is that how can we apply the conservation of momentum here to find the velocity of the bullet while we don't know ...
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Why does General Relativity predict more light deflection than Netwonian Physics?

If one looks at the limit as light's mass approaches zero, Newtonian Physics predicts a deflection of light (this can be seen by the fact that all objects are accelerate the same due to gravity.) ...
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Polar moment of inertia of a cylinder

So I know the polar moment of inertia of a solid cylinder is: $$ I= \frac{1}{2} mr^2 $$ My question arises with the polar moment of inertia uses for solid cylinders in my mechanics of materials book, ...
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Bowling Ball Sinking Rate - Variable or Constant?

In today's (Jan. 16, 2014) xkcd What If?, Randall Munroe discusses how fast a bowling ball will sink to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He calculates the drag on the ball, and then plugging in the ...
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Solving the Kepler problem

I'm trying to solve the Kepler problem using the Lagrangian, $$L = \frac{1}{2} m (\dot{r}^2 + r^2 \dot{\phi}^2) - U(r) $$ which after quite a bit of fiddling with, by noting that the angular ...
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Relative velocity between a ball hitting a rod [closed]

A ball of mass $m$ travelling with a velocity $v_0$ collides elastically, and perpendicularly with a rod at a distance $d$ from the center of the rod. The rod has a mass $M$ and lies on a frictionless ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in a free rod

When a collision is elastic and no external torque acts on a system, angular momentum is conserved I found this example and checked the results: A ball (m = 1 Kg , v = p =+22 m/s, Lm = +11, Ke = 242 ...
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Obtaining angular velocity of a general orbit

Provided you are given a effective potential function i.e. $$ V_{eff}=\dfrac{J^2}{2ml^2sin^2(\theta)} + mgl(1-cos(\theta))$$ how do you obtain the angular velocity for different types of orbits; i.e. ...
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Shouldn't motion be represented as a Taylor series rather than a finite sum of functions or a polynomial? [closed]

Since the change in velocity of an object at rest prior to time $t_{0}$ implies a change in acceleration — that is, let's postulate, $ \mathbb{P} $, the object would have remained still, so there was ...
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How hard would I hit the ground on Mars?

How do you calculate with how much force a mass would hit the ground when falling from a certain height? In particular, I'm curious to know how the force of impact on Earth compares with Mars, so ...
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Why do your fingers alternate then meet at the center of mass of the object?

Hold a pen (or pencil, ruler etc.) using your two index fingers with your fingers at the ends of the object. Now move your two fingers toward each other. Assuming the frictional force provided by both ...
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Period of oscillation with time independent factor

How can you determine the period of oscillation from a mass that is suspended from the ceiling? The equation becomes: ${{d^2x}\over dt^2}+kx-mg=0$. I am confused by the constant $mg$, because in the ...