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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no net force while moving in a unifom speed and smooth surface

if a body is moving with uniform speed in a particular direction on a perfectly smooth surface no net force acts on it.WHY?
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Are the arms of a hurricane along wind direction?

Within any tropical hurricane satellite photo we see a typical swirl pattern of clouds. Are the arms of clouds we see aligned on the winds vector field? Or are they on the contrary perpendiculars to ...
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Shape of a rotating fluid surface

I was going through fluid dynamics and I came upon this section on the shape of a liquid surface in a rotating cylindrical vessel. The working in the book is something like this: It considers a mass ...
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Morin's Spring Pendulum gravitational potential [duplicate]

I am trying to do Morin's Lagrangian example of a spring pendulum. I can't quite figure out how he derived the gravitational potential energy as $-mg(l+x)cos \theta$. The closest I could get was $mg( ...
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Accelerating a glass of a water across a table?

Suppose you have a glass of water on the table (the glass is half-filled, say). You accelerate the glass in a straight line across the table. The effect is that the water inside the glass rises up one ...
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Flaws of Broglie–Bohm pilot wave theory?

I recently learned about an oil drop experiment that showed how a classical object can produce quantum like behavior because its assisted by a pilot wave. How has this not gained more attention? What ...
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Is it possible to remove the last block from a the lowest layer of a Jenga tower?

A while back, my brother and I had a discussion about the possibility of removing the last block from the lowest layer of a Jenga tower with the layer immediately above it having only one block in it ...
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Undamped Resonance of a Classical Harmonic Oscillator

Consider an undamped harmonic oscillator. It may be driven at it's natural frequency, $\omega_0^2 = \frac{k}{m}$. According to Feynman, and other sources, were this to happen, the amplitude of the ...
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In what form is the energy stored in this situation?

Consider a hypothetical situation, A person is pushing a block of some arbitrary mass in vacuum (no external forces are involved) and due to this, if I am not mistaken, the person is doing work and ...
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Possible to make full loop on a swing only by “pumping legs”?

Is it possible to make a full $360^{\circ}$ loop on the type of swing in a children's playground if I power the swing only by "pumping" my legs? i.e. nobody pushes me?
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If one object, moving at a constant speed collides with another object - which is at rest - how much force has been applied?

This is one question for which an answer doesn't really make intuitive sense. In elementary school, we learn F=ma, but where's the "a" in a collision such as this? Edit: Plus, there has to be a force ...
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Driven oscillator with constant velocity

I am trying to simulate a driven oscillator of sorts on the computer. I have a 1D spring-mass system, attached to a point in space. To make the math easier, I'm assuming the attachment point is right ...
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Deriving the velocity for circular orbital motion

I'm trying to derive the (circular) orbital velocity for a given height from the center of mass of a body, like Earth. First I used the equation of the circle $x^2 + y^2 = r^2$ to get $y = \pm ...
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Is the Earth the center of the Solar System? [duplicate]

Alright guys, so I attracted you with the title. Now, to preface the question, I am fully aware of the work of Copernicus, as well as the concepts of Heliocentrism and Barycentric Coordinates. I have ...
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Two masses attached to a fixed vertical spring

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Two mass-less springs with spring constant k = 1000 N/m each have 1 block attached (Spring A is fixed to the ceiling and is attached to ...
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Get coefficient of friction given mass, forward force, and acceleration?

I'm aware that this is extremely basic but I've forgotten how to get the coefficient of friction when given a forward force and acceleration. Can someone describe to me the algorithm for solving the ...
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What is the acceleration due to Earth's rotational and orbital movements?

What are the accelerations due to earths spin and orbital motion around the sun? It must be negligible otherwise humans would have been feeling it, are there any instruments that can measure it? would ...
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Is it better to walk or run when there is rain? [duplicate]

When I was coming from school to my house, there was heavy rain. Then one of my friends said "Don't simply walk, run fast". Then the question came to my mind: how should I go so as to avoid wetting: ...
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The physics of tripping on a stone [closed]

You know, you are walking or running at a certain velocity, your foot gets stuck on an obstacle and you end up flat-faced to the ground. What is the physics behind it? How does the linear motion ...
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What is a good book to learn AP Physics C? [duplicate]

I am looking to learn AP Physics C (if you are not acquainted with the curriculum see here), both the mechanics part and the electricity/magnetism part. I have not had much exposure to an AP-style ...
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What would put a harddisk drive (HDD) under 350G's of force?

I always see the label and it says 350G's withstandable. What would put this over 350G's? Is it even possible to hit 350Gs of force to a hard drive?
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Do the planets really orbit the Sun?

This is a duplicate of this question on Space Exploration.SE. So why would I ask it again here? Read below. The question reads We often say that the planets orbit the Sun, which is usually a ...
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How to calculate friction on a spinning ball on the ground?

If there is a ball on the ground initially at rest, Assume that the plane xoy(cartesian) is the ground and that Z is the normal of the ground. If I spin the ball so that $\omega_x=\omega_y=0$ and ...
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Motion of a ball in a tunnel along Earth's diameter [duplicate]

Suppose, a tunnel is made along the diameter of Earth and we drop a ball inside it. How will the ball behave? Please help me in the stand.
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How did Newton figure out the law of gravity? [duplicate]

How did Newton figure out the law of gravity? I know there are two other questions answering the same question but I did not understand anything from the answers Is there a third way of knowing how ...
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Does quantum mechanics have any insight into why and how photons get adsorbed into atoms? [duplicate]

Relativity holds that energy and mass are equivalent via the equation $E=mc^2$ also I know in quantum mechanics we talk about electrons jumping into bigger orbitals if they gain just the right amount ...
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Physical Meaning of Cone used in Conic Section for Orbital Mechanics

Does the polar angle (complement of $\theta$ below) of a cone which intersects a plane to yield a conic section have a physical meaning in orbital mechanics? Note that the angle of incident ...
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Minimum distance between two bodies attached by a spring

Take two bodies of masses m and M attached by a spring of constant K on a smooth horizontal surface. The system is at rest. A constant force F acts on body M, horizontally. To study the motion of the ...
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Total Collapse in Understanding a Pulley

In the following system, the tension T is equal in magnitude to the weight W. But how can I set this up in a system of equations? This is my problem: $\Sigma F=0=\left( \begin{array}{c} 0\\ -W\\ ...
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Elliptical path of planets [duplicate]

Why are the planet's orbits in the form of an ellipse and what is the proof that earth moves in an elliptical path with the sun at its foci? Initially it was thought that earth moved in a circular ...
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Are all trajectories parabolic?

I've heard this before, and it makes sense. Is it true? This being: Due to the effects of gravity and inertia, an object in movement not being acted on by any other force will form a parabolic curve ...
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How to calculate impulse force on collision?

I've made a program which is supposed to simulate free fall of a ball on a ground. For collision with the ground I relied on calculating the impulse force with the answer in this Phys.SE question ...
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Why doesn't this magnetic perpetual motion machine work?

I know that this machine does not work, via thermodynamics. I am asking for an analysis in terms of mechanics and magnetism. Anyway, so here is the machine: The magnet (the red ball) pull the ball ...
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Direction of acceleration at highest point

When a ball is thrown vertically upwards, what will be the direction of acceleration at the highest point(where velocity is zero)? Upwards, downwards or arbitrary?
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If I make a object enter a planet's gravity it hits the surface with huge velocity, where is it gaining k.e. from?

If I make a object enter a planet's gravity range,it hits the surface with huge velocity,where is it gaining k.e. from? If i keep sending more and more heavy things like above and some how harness the ...
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How often does the earth rotate around the common center of mass with the moon?

I could not find anywhere how long does it take for the earth to rotate around the center of mass of the earth moon system, which is located inside the earth but off-center. And does this motion have ...
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Smooth collar sliding down smooth shaft [closed]

For part (a), we find that the acceleration of the collar is $6.94~\mathrm{m/s^2}$. In part (b), we say that the acceleration of B with respect to A is $6.94~\mathrm{m/s^2}$, which makes sense. ...
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Newton's law of restitution

Newton's law of restitution. Could someone tell me what the easiest form of this law to use is? I usually try to use e=(v(2)-v(1))/(u(1)-u(2)). Does the law also work if I don't know the direction of ...
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Find the force and the torque so that the cylinder is in balance

At the cylinder of the picture there are static pressures from environment fluid of density $\rho$. If we neglect the atmospheric pressure, calculate how much force and how much torque is needed so ...
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What is the meaning of SI unit $Ns$ (NEWTON.TIME)?

for ex: when i say newton per meter it mean that 1 newton is applied per 1 meter. but what i mean by saying N.s (s=time in sec) i.e Impulse or momentum. N.s does not mean that certain force is being ...
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Calculating time from energy [closed]

I am trying to calculate the time of a movement using the energy of the system. If $$E=\frac{m}{2}\dot{x}^2 + V(x)$$ where $V(x)$ is the potential energy (assuming the potential is time-independent) ...
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What is the use (/ meaning) of $F =ma$? [closed]

I have noticed that Euler's formula for force is useful with a couple of natural forces (at distance), like gravity, that can follow a body any length. If you consider the most common occurrences of ...
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Impact on car without energy dissipation

This must be a relative simple question, but the answer I am obtaining doesn't appear to be logical. Say a vehicle has a velocity of 15 m/s and an effective mass of 1000 kg including occupants. 1) ...
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Alternative ways of calculating the principal moment of inertia

Let's say I am given 2x2 masses ($m$ and $m'$ have the same mass, just different coordinates): $m_1: (-a,b,0)$ $m_1':(a,-b,0)$ $m_2: (a,b,0)$ $m_2': (-a,-b,0)$ Due to symmetry the center of mass ...
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Torque (in $Nm$) of a cyclist

We're discussing bicycles with a friend, and it came to safety, speed and power. Now the question we have is: how much torque do my legs provide to the bicycle? I'm no expert in physics sadly, and ...
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conservation of angular momentum/conservation of energy?

Perhaps a dumb question to ask, but I was given the following problem to solve: A 10 g bullet traveling at 400 m/s strikes a 10 kg, 1.0-m-wide door at the edge opposite the hinge. The bullet embeds ...
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Apparent weight vs. true weight

A question asks you to determine the relationship between true weight and apparent weight when an elevator that has descended from the 50th floor is coming to a halt at the first floor. I believe ...
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Force of an ideal spring

Suppose you have an ideal spring (constant of the spring $k$) attached to a uniform disc of radius $R$ as in the picture below: The force $F$ in red is from the spring. My question is the ...
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Calculating rise in water surface due to a charged capacitor

Two metal plates separated by a distance d & initially charged with charge +Q & -Q are kept so that it just touches the surface of a very large water tank as shown in figure a. Thus water ...
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Projectile motion with wind

I am trying to simulate a projectile motion with wind and gravity. (I'm a programmer so excuse my knowledge on the subject) I want to know launch rotation of a person in 3d to throw a ball forward ...