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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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Two boxes connected by a rope

Two boxes, $A$ and $B$, are connected to each end of a light vertical rope. A constant force of $70.0N$ is applied to box $A$. Starting from rest, box $B$ descends $11.6m$ in $4.40s$ The tension ...
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What does it mean when physical theories are inconsistent?

I am hoping that someone can explain in layman terms why Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell's equations are inconsistent. Wikipedia says that this inconsistency is what led to the development of ...
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The forces acting on 2 boxes [closed]

Consider the following figure: The surface is not friction-less. When the force $F$ is applied on mass A: Is the force the mass A applies on mass B larger, smaller or equal then the Force that B ...
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What is the definition of inertial mass?

What is the definition of inertial mass? I can see two options, either it's the coefficient associated with the object being accelerated in Newton's 2nd Law, or it's the coefficient relating momentum ...
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If a truck collides with a car, can the truck experience a larger force?

I am confused, here is a question: A large truck and a mini bus both have same velocity V and they collide and stop. The collision lasts for 1 second. A) Which one of the two will experience ...
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If a body is floating in a static fluid, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the inmerse part of the object (proof)

Suppose an arbitrary body is floating in a static fluid, either totally or partially immersed in it, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the immersed fraction of the object. ...
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Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? [closed]

Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? Every time I write it down on paper I get the result $r\phi = R \theta$. I am not sure if I ...
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Force applied at the moment of hit

I have been thinking of this problem quite long time, but couldn't find the solution: Assume that we can measure only the velocity, v, of an object with mass, m, when it hits a rigid and stationary ...
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Why do we use sine/cosines in Simple Harmonic Motion? [duplicate]

For example, to calculate the displacement of the particle in an harmonic oscillator we do: $$x(t) = x_{\max} \cos(ωt+φ)$$ What do we find out taking the cosine of (ωt+φ)? Example Graph:
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Wasted energy applying a torque

In another question I asked how find a way to desucee wasted energy, but I did not get a satisfactory answer. I have changed the setting here which brings us more close to the solution. Instead of a ...
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Potential that is proportional to distance

Does anybody know of a treatment of the case where a potential field is proportional to the distance, i.e. in 3 dimensions: $$V(\vec{r}) ~\sim ~ |\vec{r}|~?$$ Essentially the question is: What are ...
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Vertical Travelling - Taking Advantage of Earth's Rotation [duplicate]

As per our current scientific knowledge the earth rotates on its axis and it rotates at a speed of 1670 kilometers/hour. This decreases by the cosine of your latitude so that at a latitude of 45 ...
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Solving equation of motion with exponential friction term

My friend's kid asked me this question. I have no idea how to solve it since I have stopped calculating mechanics for about 15 years since I graduated from high school. The question is: A boat that ...
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Advanced kinematics problem regarding $F = ma$ [closed]

I really need help with this problem. Thank you for your time. Question: Look at the figure below. Derive the formula for the magnitude of the force F⃗ exerted on the large block (mC) in the ...
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Is a causal relationship implied by Newton's 2nd Law?

Throughout my time learning physics I have been imbued with the notion that forces cause accelerations, period. Accelerations don't cause forces, and they aren't merely correlated phenomena. By ...
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Two-block system acceleration when applying a force in the $x$ direction

Two blocks are connected by a light-weight string that passes over a friction-less pulley (a.k.a. Atwood's machine). Block # 1 (called $m_1$) hangs from the edge of a friction-less table. Block # 2 ...
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Spring Powered Car - Which Design Is Best? [closed]

I'm in the preliminary stages of building a spring powered car to race over a distance of 10 metres. It is a yearly event held in my local area and so far we've only seen one spring powered car. I ...
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When is momentum not conserved?

What are some common examples where momentum is not conserved? This question arose in my mind when I read that a ball dropped from a height penetrates into a bed of sand and that momentum is ...
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Armageddon prevention

I was watching the movie Armageddon and it made me think of a few things. We would probably not need to send a crew to blow the asteroid in two, I think we could still send a warhead with enough power ...
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“Magic” Speed to Drive Over a Speed Bump: Myth or Reality?

A somewhat controversial aspect of speed bumps (sleeping policemen for those in the UK) is that they arguably cause more loss of life than they prevent by acting as a hindrance to emergency response ...
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Possiblity of predicting behavior of system when properties described as functions over space?

Suppose I am given a system that consists of a distribution of charged particles(which are all over space and are point-charges). They are described by a set of functions instead of variables. These ...
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Can you punch a hole in an A4 sheet of paper with your hand?

The Heading says it all. But let me explain it a little further. Suppose you hang a sheet of paper (A4 size), from one end leaving the other end free. Now practically it seems impossible to punch a ...
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Calculating time to reach certain velocity with drag force

I was given a problem for homework where we needed to calculate the time for a falling object to reach a certain velocity when accounting for drag force. I did it by setting up acceleration as a ...
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How torque and friction cause wheel to roll

I apologize if this question has been answered before, but I did not find the explanation that I needed. If a torque is applied to a wheel situated on a frictional surface, what forces cause the ...
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Tension Problem: Solve for T for two sliding blocks connected by a string [closed]

The problem: Two blocks made of different materials connected together by a thin cord, slide down a plane ramp inclined at an angle θ to the horizontal as shown in the figure (block B is above ...
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What causes a tall box to tip over on an inclined plane?

I'm wondering what makes a tall box rotate about its edge (the red point on the figure below) on a inclined plane (with or without slipping), when subjected to forces of gravity and friction only: ...
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Static and kinetic friction [closed]

Say you have block1 on top of block 2 and the whole system is accelerating toward the right at a certain acceleration. Due to inertia block 1 wants to move backward to the left so there has to be a ...
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General potential of rotating system

I'm new here at the physics site, and not really that deep into the area of which i'm going to ask a question about now. Therefore please feel free to ask clarifying questions. I'm trying to deal ...
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Movement of a cylinder filled with water

Not long ago I was pretty bored at a dinner and I started playing with a water bottle that was not empty: I've been quite interested in its behavior when putted on its side and pushed: the bottle of ...
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Electromagnet force equation clarification

So, from a previous previous question, I know what plane the force from an electromagnet will affect a ferromagnetic material in. I thought that would be enough, but working through some problems ...
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Diagram of forces exerted on objects

Assuming that there is an interaction between 1 and 3 (they attract each other), what are the forces between 1 and 2? I know it is as if the force acts on a different body (1+2), but I want to know ...
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Pulling apart two interleaved phone books

The TV show Mythbusters had an episode in which they interleaved two phone books and dramatized how hard it was to pull them apart. (A long time ago, a phone book was a book that had an index of phone ...
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Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
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Forces while squeezing a toothpaste tube

When I squeeze a tube of toothpaste, I am working with 2 squeeze forces toward tube. What causes the toothpaste to go out of the tube? (instead of remaining stationary)
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Calculate coefficient of friction from deceleration with and without conservation of energy

How can I solve the following problem? A block that moves at the speed of 120 cm / s keep going for 70 cm before stopping. What's the coefficient of friction between block and table calculated ...
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Can a ball stay still while laying on a inclined plane?

Suppose there is a ball on an inclined plane. So, there are three forces acting on it: normal force from the plane, gravity (which can be decomposed in the component of gravity perpendicular to the ...
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Why are some forces not included in the sum of forces?

I was given the following notes in class: 4.32 A skier of mass $65.0\text{ kg}$ is pulled up a snow-covered slope at constant speed by a tow rope that is parallel to the ground. The ground ...
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Why isn't work relative?

Acceleration and displacement can be defined relative inertial frames. For example, a body moving with constant velocity on top of another moving with the same velocity will have zero displacement ...
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If an asteroid were threatening the Earth, could I deviate it just by jumping on it?

An impact by a 10 kilometres asteroid on the Earth has historically caused an extinction-level event due to catastrophic damage to the biosphere. There is also the threat from comets coming ...
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How to calculate when wheels are better than legs?

We all know that it uses less energy to go by wheeled transport than walking if the terrain is smooth and there are not too many hills. We also all know that when going up steep hills we get off ...
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Restricted three body problem

I have the restricted three body problem, which corresponds, to the equation $ \ddot a-2\dot b -a= \displaystyle\frac{\partial U}{\partial a} $ $ \ddot b +2 \dot a-b = \displaystyle\frac{\partial ...
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Horizontal distance covered by an object from an initial height to the ground

We are given: An angle $\theta$ with respect to the ground, its initial height $h_0$ and the final distance $d$. How can we find the initial velocity from this information? I tried a bunch of things, ...
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Reflection - reaction force direction

Let's say object hits a wall. When the object is reflected does the direction of the reaction force caused on the wall looks like the red arrow ? Does that direction depends on how "strong" object is ...
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Action and Reaction on two bodies [duplicate]

If the action and reaction are both equal and opposite then why a body would move? The force exerted by me on the body must be counterbalanced by the force exerted by the body on me.
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How to calculate wasted energy

Suppose you are pulling a weight along a track at an angle (in the picture 45°). If the object is dislocated by a distance $D_{45}$ let's assume that the mechanical work done on/energy transmitted to ...
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Could $\int (\ddot\phi + \mu\dot\phi^2)d\phi$ ever be negative? How to show it?

I am working on the following problem: Given a mass $m$ at rest at the base of an incline surface shaped like 1/12th of a circle with radius $R$. The mass is pulled up the incline by a rope that ...
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Projectile under quadratic air resistance force

So here's the problem background: A projectile of mass m is shot straight up with initial velocity $v_0$ and feels a quadratic air resistance force of the form $F = −kv^2$, where $k ≡ mg/u^2$. ($k$ ...
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Acceleration: A ball sliding down the inside of a semicircular bowl

Edit: To clarify, this is a homework question. But I couldn't care less about getting the answer to this specific question as it's not even assigned yet. It looks interesting and I want to understand ...
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Confusion regarding a method of writing constraint equations

I came across a method for writing the constraint equations known as "The Virtual Work Method".I am quoting the exact language of the text(well,not exactly the exact)- Consider the atwood machine ...
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Giant leap of the space goat

This problem was inspired by this Math.SE post and similar problems involving tethered animals. A space goat is tethered to the north pole of a spherical asteroid of uniform density and radius $a$ ...