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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Is the net force conventionally shown in a free body diagram?

Is it standard convention to display the net force vector on a free body diagram? Internet searches seem to give mixed results.
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Why does a rigid body rotate and not simply translate when pushed with an instantaneous force?

Let's say we have a metal rod of consistent density sitting flat on a frictionless surface. I intuitively understand that if I push one of its ends away from me, (at a right angle to the length of the ...
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Equation for a falling body including terminal velocity

I'm making an app that times how long it takes a pebble to fall, then calculates the distance it fell. I noticed that the simple $f(t) = \frac{1}{2}gt^2$ was becoming increasingly inaccurate as the ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three dimensional objects with a two dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Where does gravity get it's energy to cause tides? [duplicate]

The moon's orbital radius is fixed as a function of its velocity (I know it is actually drifting..). Since there is nothing in space to resist this velocity, it will continue orbiting "forever". Now ...
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Discrete form of deformation gradient from vectors with finite length

I am writing some code for a deformable mesh and need to calculate a local deformation gradient within the material by using the vectors connecting material points. I think the method of solving ...
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Generalise Noether's theorem [closed]

I'm not sure how to generalise Noether's theorem. For this L, I think $B\cdot\dot{x}$ is conserved so I tried to relate F and K to this and try to show that that was conserved but got no where. any ...
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Confused about the direction of friction force

I'm really confused about the direction of friction force. I think about collision of two balls and think that "friction force is opposite to the relative speed of the contact point of the two ...
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An object is accelerating on a rough surface with frictional force of 10N. Is the friction doing any work on the object?

This question might look stupid to some but I am in great confusion. An object, say a box, is moving on a surface with some velocity v and is accelerating. It means that the force applied by the box ...
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Inertia and Rocket Propulsion

We were taught in school that the law of inertia indicates that an object tend to stay the way it is, so if you throw something in space it will tend to go on forever and ever. The reason an object ...
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Average of the velocity vector along a Keplerian orbit

I would like to show that the average of the velocity vector $\mathbf{v}$ along one Keplerian orbit vanishes, i.e. $$ \frac{1}{2 \pi}\int_{0}^{2 \pi} \!\!\!\! \mathrm{d} M \, \mathbf{v} = \frac{1}{T}\...
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Calculating the work done by friction on a rigid body due to the piston

I have a uniform rod of length 0.5m and mass 0.1kg, and on this rod are two balls of mass 0.03kg both at a distance of 9.997cm away from the center of the rod. There is a pin about the center of the ...
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Bob on a cart problem

(sorry for the shabby figure!) The problem-a bob of mass $m$ is hanging from a cart of mass $M$. The system is released from rest from the position shown. Find the maximum speed of the cart relative ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Newton's 2nd Law with Dirac Delta, as a way to derive the Ideal Gas Law

I'm trying to derive the ideal gas law from first principles, namely that a particle bouncing off a wall will exert a force on the wall. Newton's second law $F=\frac{dp}{dt}$ relates the force an ...
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Speed and motion

If you your traveling in a forward motion at a certain speed and throw an object in the opposite direction at the same speed shouldn't it fall straight down to the ground.
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Kepler Orbits: Small Perturbations->Elliptical Orbits

A group of my physics classmates and I have been stuck on this problem. We have tried a few approaches. The problem is to show that a body following a circular orbit, when given a small radial ...
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When does a Trebuchet Shoot Its Projectile?

Consider the following sling trebuchet: While researching I found that what controls the release angle of the projectile is the angle between the 'finger' and the extension of the beam $r_b$, as ...
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How does mass affect the distance a ski jumper travels

I did an experiment to explore this. My results found that their is an optimum mass of a ski jumper. I am unsure about the maths behind this. Can anyone help.
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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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Which one would has a greater magnitude, the viscous drag or the weight of the bubble?

An air bubble in a tank of water is rising with constant velocity. The forces acting on the bubble are X, Y and Z as shown. What describes the three forces? A) Z is the viscous drag ...
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Can a system's internal forces change the system's motion?

Let say the motor makes the two rigid body rotate as a same velocity. (they rotate the opposite direction) then the Net force of the motor is 2Fsin(Theta). The acceleration of the motor is 2Fsin(theta)...
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How do you compute for the center of a rotation of a bicycle?

I know how to find the center of a rotation, like where you connect the side and make bisector with the help of your compass. But in a situation like this how do I get the $a_2$? I'm doing an advance ...
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How the data or models given in physics or mathematics problems can be obtained in real life? [closed]

When ever there is physics or mathematics problem. we are already given a mathematical model. Can't we make own models from given diagrams or data collected from the problem? sometimes angle is given ...
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Are elliptical orbits really elliptical?

I have wondered for a long time how elliptical orbits can work. It seems awkward for a freely-moving object to come very close to a source of gravity and then return to the exact point where it ...
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Physical pendulum dynamics confusion

I'm validating a Matlab Simulink SimMechanics model analytically. The model consists of a physical pendulum (uniform rod with length $l$ and width $w$) which is torque driven. I'm somewhat confused ...
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Wheel versus Sphere: Traveling Linearly Down a Track

Assume the following: A tire-like wheel and sphere are both of diameter d and mass m They are both made of the same material They are both resting at the apex of an inclined track An equal amount of ...
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Can there be an acceleration when no net force acts on a massless object?

If no net force acts on a massless object can there be any acceleration of the object? My attempt: $$F=ma\\ \implies a=F/m\\ \implies a=0/0 $$ $\implies a$ can be anything.
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Correct terminology for combined kinematic and dynamic state

The kinematic state is defined as the position and orientation in space. The dynamic state is defined as the associated velocities. What is the correct terminology for the combined kinematic and ...
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Horizontal and vertical acceleration of a ball on a slope?

I understand that you resolve the components of the balls weight parallel and perpendicular to the slope in order to calculate the force due to gravity that actually acts down the slope. The ...
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In table tennis, is it possible to play a ball in such a way that it does not bounce off the opponents half of the table?

In table tennis you dont need to play over the net, the ball just has to hit the other half of the table. Is it possible to play the ball around the net so that it does not bounce off? My friend and ...
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Forces on a ball thrown upwards

When a ball is thrown up in upward direction, it is said that force is in downward direction. Why we don't we consider the force given to the ball to throw up in the upward direction? Is there is no ...
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Block resting on an inclined plane [closed]

A block of wood of mass 3 kg is resting on the surface of a rough inclined surface as shown in the image. We have to calculate the value of all the three forces. The solution says that frictional ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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How to explain centrifugal force from frame of reference of Earth?

Suppose we have a circular table. We have made a straight line groove in the table extending from the center to the circumference. Now we place a block at some distance from the center in the groove ...
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Effect of position on a motorbike turning

While searching tips for driving a motorbike on wet roads safely, I heard some pilots saying to lean inside the slope makes the bike less tilted, so it's safer. I agree leaning make the bike less ...
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Force on a massless spring [closed]

Is classical mechanics applicable as to what extent F=dp/dt would make sense as p=0 but we are applying an external force,when a force is applied on one end of a massless spring while the other end is ...
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Can internal forces bring any change in momentum of the system?

Imagine a rectangular box placed at the tip of an iceberg; the box contains a man who can freely walk/jump/rotate inside the box. The man walks up to one of the corners of the box and starts jumping. ...
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Rolling Friction Problem

The handbrake of a vehicle of mass $1.5\ \mathrm{tonnes}$ completely fails while it is parked on a $30^\circ$ slope. It rolls $20\ \mathrm{m}$ down the slope before colliding with, and locking on to, ...
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Motion of a rod struck at one end

Imagine a strong metal rod of uniform density and thickness floating in a weightless environment. Imagine it lies on an X-Y plane, with one end (A) lying at 0,0, and the other end (B) at 0,1. Then it ...
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Finding the acceleration of a mass/pulley system without knowing the direction of the displacement

I have the following question: I noticed that if I solve for the acceleration assuming that the acceleration is occuring to the left, I get the equation: $\displaystyle a = \frac{m_3g-\...
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Confusion in differentiation in physics problem [closed]

Here, we had to find theta such that the denominator has the maximum value. Being new to differentiation I basically didn't understand how differentiation solved the purpose: I basically didnt ...
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What is really the force required to open a door?

I found a few Phys.SE threads in which an impulse is used to exert a torque on a rod, is it possible to get a realistic description of the force required to open a door?: If we have a free 'door' ($l ...
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Frictional Force on Plane Increases when Angle Increases?

I came across this question in one of my books and don't completely understand the answer: An object is resting on a board. One side of the board is slowly raised, up to an angle of 60 degrees. The ...
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How is frictional force dependent on normal reaction?

It is a general concept that horizontal forces can only influence physical quantities along horizontal direction; similarly vertical force can produce acceleration etc. only along vertical direction. ...
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Bifilar Pendulum Equation [closed]

This is my first post so I am not sure exactly how to do all the notation so this may be weird but please bear with. I am trying to finish my physics internal which I did on the effect of differing ...
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Why does a velocity that gives gravity's centripetal acceleration make you stay in orbit?

Explanations of basic orbital mechanics that I can find all go, $$\frac{v_{satellite}^2}{r} = a_c = \frac{F_{gravity}}{M_{planet}} = \frac{(\frac{G M_a M_s}{r^2})}{M_{planet}}$$ , and so you get a ...
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Could we find the overall force and direction of something with a diagram only? (i.e. no calculation)

My friend, who is a geologist, and I were just debating some dynamics stuff. To make this easier, lets come up with an analogy......lets say there's a boat and it's being pulled by two smaller boats ...
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Inertia for a large mass (in outer space)

I understand that an object doesn't need a force to keep moving; that it will keep moving indefinitely in that direction at that speed. My question though is: if you were in outer space, where ...