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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Determining the horizontal position of an object [closed]

In my calc-physics class we were given the following question: A movie stuntwoman drops from a helicopter that is $30.0 m$ above the ground and moving with a constant velocity whose components are ...
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Information about newton's third law

Well I am still small student of physics, but as far as I know, Newton's Third Law states that, "For every action there is equal and opposite reaction." Now let me tell you how I understood ...
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Total energy of a body following circular motion

I learned that when a body rotates, its total energy is, $$energy=\left(\frac12\right)mv^2 + \left(\frac12\right)I\omega^2 $$ However, if an astronomical object is orbiting around the earth, is ...
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Confusion over the gravitational potential energy inside a sphere

I'm confused over the concept of gravitational potential energy inside a sphere. I understand that the gravitational potential energy inside the sphere is supposed to be a constant $U = ...
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How to obtain the distance traversed by a free falling body equation?

I know that the distance that a free falling body has traverse through time is given by $d=0.5*g*t^2$. I would like to know how to get to this equation to study a bit more how it was obtained. I have ...
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Equal and opposite reaction - forces coming in pairs - or just common sense?

I've never understood why the conservation of momentum law is taught in schools as "every force has an equal opposite reaction". To me a gun's recoil is self explanatory; the explosion sits ...
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Where do these formulas for an object being pushed up an incline come from? [closed]

An object on an incline with an angle $\theta$ is being pushed at constant speed. Constant speed implies $a = 0$. Because $F=ma$ and the object must have mass greater than 0. If I want to find the ...
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Vertical Circular Motion

I know that I can use conservation of energy to find the velocity of a particle at a point when it's travelling in a vertical circle by saying $$mgr(1-\cos{\theta})=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$$ then ...
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Determining if a particle is bounded or unbounded with motion in polar coordinates

Firstly, I determined the equation for the particles path for $k <-mV^2a^2$ as $u = {Ae^{\sqrt{\alpha}\theta}+Be^{-\sqrt{\alpha}\theta}}$ where $ \alpha = 1 + \dfrac{k}{mV^2a^2},$ $u = 1/r$ I ...
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Bernoulli's principle on a curve ball

I've seen a few excellent answers here on the Magnus force, which explains why balls with a spin will curve. However, my intuition is still telling me that the Bernoulli's principle would push it the ...
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Pouring water in an aircraft while upside down?

What is the physics behind the following photo? Someone had told me that this is because the aircraft might be moving towards a lower altitude, but I am still not sure.
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Force on a line

Say you have a rigid line of mass $m$ and length $\ell$ along the $x$ axis and you apply a constant force $f$ at one end in a direction that is always perpendicular to the line, starting in the $y$ ...
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Why doesn't any object that doesn't have direct contact in a fast moving vehicle feel G-force or slam behind or ahead when braked or accelerated?

Why doesn't any object that doesn't have direct contact in a fast moving vehicle feel G-force or slam behind or ahead when braked or accelerated? For example when we are in a car (even with all ...
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Sign of Potential Energy

The mass is released at height $h$ above the spring, how far will the spring move? $E_i=mgh, E_f= kx^2/2+mgx$...why the second equation isn't $ E_f= kx^2/2-mgx$? Since it is below the "zero".
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How can I calculate the initial velocities of a set of objects with a consistent force?

I'm trying to figure out which object would have the largest time of flight when launched from a slingshot. To do this, I need the initial velocity. How can I calculate this if I know the mass and ...
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How to find the tension [closed]

A massless rod of length L attached to mass m and with axle to cart of mass M. The cart has a shape of equilateral triangle (edge L). the cart is at rest and its center of mass is above x=0 and a rod ...
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Force applied to two blocks [closed]

Due to application of force tow blocks of mass 1Kg and 0.5Kg move together. Each block exerts a force of 6N on each other. What is the acceleration by which both the blocks move?
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Confused about Impulse

Encountered a problem that involves impulse while studying for my exam and I'm not sure how to even approach it. I know that momentum is conserved, but I'm not sure how to relate that to avg force. ...
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Angle rotated by a rod when it's hit by a pendulum

Consider a pendulum of length $h$ with a bob of mass $m$ it is held horizontally at and angle of $90^{\circ}$ with the vertical. A rod of mass $M$ and length $h$ is pivoted at its upper end and this ...
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Homework Question involving Momentum [closed]

I'm trying to solve a homework problem as review for an exam I have tomorrow and I was wondering if someone could help explain it to me. It is as follows: You are at Lowe’s shopping for bricks ...
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How to model a rising helium balloon?

I'm trying to model the ascent of a helium filled weather balloon from 0km to 25km altitude. The plan is to eventually use a python script to calculate the time taken to reach 25km. However, I don't ...
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Rigid body rolling quesion

Hey, im having a bit of trouble with the problem in the added photo. So, there is the cylinder which is attached by a massless rope to a massless pulley, to a box (assume it is a pointed object). ...
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Ascertain the height an object has fallen from given force exerted and mass [closed]

An object of a given mass falls from an unknown height. If the force exerted by the object on contact with the ground is known, how would you ascertain the height from which the object fell?
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Distribution of Kinetic energy after an Impact

How does the huge amount of kinetic energy of some fast object like a meteor or rocket etc. gets distributed into various kinds of energy like kinetic, sound, light etc after making an impact with ...
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Taking pivot about an accelerating point

Given this question: A small ball of mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without slipping on the inside surface of a fixed hemispherical bowl of radius $R>r$. What is the frequency of small ...
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Variational calculus problem

I've been wondering lately about a problem that comes from, among other places, an old video game "Lunar Lander". In the game there is a spaceship that has a small tank of fuel, and you're supposed to ...
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Calculating Dynamics of a Thick Sheet of Material

So I'm working on a computational neuroscience problem, and I'm attempting to model skin dynamics for use in some perception models. The problem is as follows: Imagine you had a two dimensional sheet ...
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Partition Function of a three state particle system

I've just finished studying the partition function of a two-state particle system, where particles can have a 0 energy value or E energy value . That is: Where $t_j$ is a variable of value ...
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What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force?

What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force? When an object of mass $m$ is moved in a circular orbit, it experiences a centrifugal force radially away from the center. What is the cause of this ...
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Understanding gyroscopes

Considering the typical situation of a rotating bicycle wheel held by one end of its axle by a rope tied to the ceiling: gravity torque is the time derivative of the angular momentum, and in this case ...
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How to calculate how many can a stick hold?

I got two boxes, and one stick, two boxes are high enough for a human body. I put one stick between two boxes, like this: The boxes are yellow, and the stick is brown. So, I would like to put ...
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Speed to run a loop

So this guy was the first to run a loop and in this (german) article (and also in the video) a certain speed (13.8km/h) is mentioned. Why must he run at this speed and not just "as fast as possible"? ...
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is centrifugal release equal to explosive release

Scenario # 1 I put gunpowder and then a ball bearing in an old musket and fire the bullet. Scenario # 2 Lets imagine I had a motor with a disk on it and there was the same ball bearing stuck on the ...
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Is Einstein's Special Relativity completely inclusive of Newton's 3 laws of motion?

Relativity has always been explained to me (in books I've read, etc) as a superset of newton's laws - that is; it encapsulates all of Newton's mechanics in addition to other effects (observer effect, ...
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What happens to bodies that lift each other up? [closed]

Person A and Person B are same person (theortically). They both weigh 800N. They both can vertically lift 1000N. They want to ...
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Chain with mass gradient problem

This is the problem, basically. Now my question is about the approach. Mine, and my teacher's. I would like some help as to which one is correct... Mine: As the whole chain is in equilibrium, the ...
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Maximum range for projectile thrown from a mountain [closed]

I have doubts with the following problem: A projectile is fired from the top of a mountain that has a downward slope with angle $\phi$ from the horizontal. The initial velocity of the projectile is ...
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Maximum permissible speed while going down a ramp

So, I was playing hill climb racing and I noticed that if we move with high speeds towards a ramp going down we just jump it off. While lower speeds, help us to stay in contact with the ramp. ...
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Butterfly inside the accelerated train [duplicate]

Suppose there is a train moving right with constant acceleration and there is a butterfly inside the train which moves opposite to direction of motion of train i.e. towards left. The butterfly always ...
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Newtonian Mechanics problem? [closed]

The ball of mass $m$ is given a speed of $v_a = \sqrt{3gr}$ at position $A$. When it reaches $B$, the cord hits the small peg $P$ after which the ball describes a smaller circular path. Determine ...
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Equations of motion of the double pendulum by vector methods [closed]

I wanted to know if anyone of you do know a book or article on the Internet in which the equations of motion of a double pendulum is deduced, only using vector methods (i.e. Newton's 2nd law as ...
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Newtonian physics vs Special relativity - what is the most “relative”?

This might be a question purely of words and the meaning of them but isn't Newtonian physics more "relative" than Einstein's Special relativity? Newtonian physics predicts that laws of momentum & ...
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How do scientists place satellites into orbit?

How do scientists place satellites into orbit? How do they calculate the gravity acting on the spacecraft in order to generate exact opposite force by means of Kinetic energy to keep the satellite ...
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Double-spring mass system

We just had a lesson about elementary mass-spring systems (SHO), and I thought about a horizontal situation with two springs with the test mass oscillating in between. If we are to manually stretch ...
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Reaction force of the ground beyond the equator

Let's imagine a person standing somewhere on Earth, but not on the equator, i.e. somewhere with a positive net value of latitude. Since the Earth spins around its axis and the person spins along, the ...
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Measuring energy when no work is done — comparing push-ups to planks

tl;dr Is there any meaningful (physical) way to compare the energy expended in the exercise of doing $x$ pushups in $t_1$ seconds, vs the exercise of doing the plank for $t_2$ seconds? I'm ...
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Problem with horizontal projectile motion questions

I don't really understand horizontal projectile motion. Suppose I throw a ball horizontally. Given $\theta$ = 0 degrees, time = 0.5 seconds, horizontal range = 15.5 metres, the "initial horizontal ...
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The Shell Theorem and A Problem Related to it

The shell theorem states that: A uniform spherical shell of matter attracts a particle that is outside the shell as if all the shells mass were concentrated at its center. Now, I have to solve a ...
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Obtain rate as a function of position for a force $F=-b\left( \frac{\partial x}{\partial t} \right)^{2}$

I have trouble getting the speed as a function of position for a force of the form: $$F=-b\left( \frac{\partial x}{\partial t} \right)^{2}$$ I had thought to use Newton's second law, so: ...
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Does our current notion of velocity/acceleration (based on calculus) require absolute time?

When people explain special relativity, they say that a velocity in one frame leads to time dilation in that frame relative to a stationary frame. When we say something like ...