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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Does the law of Universal Gravitation apply to every matter?

If I have a big ball of 20,000,000kg and another of 100g, does it mean that the big ball will pull the small ball towards it?
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Does the earth really move round the sun? [duplicate]

Is there really any empirical proof that the earth moves round the sun? I've read simple explanations using mass-gravity relation. But then some questions remain, is gravity a function of mass alone? ...
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A block on a wedge

The system is as follows - Friction exists only between the 2 blocks. I am trying to find out the accelerations of $m_1$ and $m_2$. Let $a_2$ be acceleration of $m_2$, and $a_x$ and $a_y$ be the ...
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A question about speed [closed]

A object with mass 0.5 kg slides in straight line for 200 m, where the friction act on it is 0.4 times the normal reaction acting on it. Find its initial speed. I let $u$ be the speed. ...
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Bertrand's theorem

I found in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics that the condition for closed orbits is given by $\frac{d^2 V_{eff}}{dr^2}>0$.(bertrand's theorem). Can somebody explain to me, how this inequality is ...
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does matter radiate energy? [duplicate]

Since we know that all accelerated charges radiate energy and we also know that all matter is made up of protons and electrons which are all the while doing accelerated motion.So from this can i ...
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Time taken for collision [closed]

We have three particles at the vertices of equilateral triangle of side $d$. At $t=0$ they start moving in such away that at all instant of time each of them has a speed $v$ towards adjacent one. We ...
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How to calculate the velocity of fluid at the outlet when density and the pressure drop are known?

I have a U- like pipe. Its inlet has atmospheric pressure $p_o=10^{5} \, Pa$. Vacuum is applied to the other end with a pressure gradient $\nabla p_v=-30 \cdot 10^{3} \, kPa/s$. The total time of the ...
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Having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively

I'm having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively. This is what I'm solid on so far: If you have a ball rolling down a hill, it loses potential energy and gains kinetic energy. ...
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Can you lift a basket up while standing inside it? [closed]

Suppose you stand in a basket and you try to pull the handles of the basket. Will you be able to lift the basket from ground? Similarly, Baron Münchhausen allegedly pulled himself and the horse on ...
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Two balls falling one above the other [closed]

Two balls, first with the mass $m_1$ and the second with the mass $m_2$ are falling from the heigh $h$. Suppose all the collisions are perfectly elastic and do not consider the size of the balls. $m_1 ...
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Question on static friction [closed]

This is the question, and the answer is given as 2). Now my basic doubt is, are they asking us the direction of the total contact force on the object by the floor? Or, are they asking the direction ...
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Mechanics question (a block on top of a block) [closed]

This question is very similar to this one here. A block of mass $m_1$ is placed on another block of mass $m_2$ lying on a smooth horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction (static and ...
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In Newtonian pressure, what type of function is force?

This is pressure in Newtonian mechanics: $$P=\frac {dF}{dA}.$$ What does this mean? (Doesn't it mean that force is a function of area?) What type of function is force?
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Energy in a wind instrument?

My physics teacher said that he saw a guy playing a very large wind instrument on TV, and the guy apparently calculated that the total energy present in the instrument when he was playing was almost ...
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The secret behind the spinning, asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top?

When you spin an asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top, the heavy part actually rises to the top. Why is this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0SZZTBQmEs ...
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Tension in parallel springs [closed]

A block of mass $200$kg is connected to a horizontal ceiling by four identical light elastic ropes, each having natural length $7$m and stiffness $180$N/m. It is also connected to the floor by a ...
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Confusion with derivation of fictitious forces

I read the mathematical derivation of fictitious forces on Wikipedia and I'm having trouble understanding it. I went on a few other sites looking for a better derivation, but they're all basically the ...
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Stability of rotation of a rectangular prism

I've noticed something curious about the rotation of a rectangular prism. If I take a box with height $\neq$ width $\neq$ depth and flip it into the air around different axes of rotation, some motions ...
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History of Newtons law of gravitation

I have some questions about the history of Newtons law of universal gravitation. Did Newton discover his three laws of motion before he discovered the universal law of gravitation? I know two ...
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Newton Laws of Motion + Effective spring Constant [closed]

! Can someone please help me in solving this question: What is the effective spring constant for the system of the two springs, perfect pulley, and string shown on the left for it to be modeled ...
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Tension in a massless string around a pulley [closed]

A pulley having some mass has a massless string around it, with two unequal masses at the end of the string. Sufficient friction is present between pulley and the string such that the string does not ...
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Why do whips hurt so much?

What exactly is the mechanism that makes a whip deliver such a strong impact? Elasticity, torque, or pressure? Just hitting something with a plank doesn't deal nearly as much damage. What's the ...
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Is it possible to find a “replacement pendulum” for a system of two equal but perpendicular pendulums?

I ask this question, because at the end of this long day I'm just too dazed to derive the proofs myself (even though I know that I should feel ashamed for this). So, the question: Given two ...
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Vaporizing ethanol from liquid

What is going on here http://youtu.be/LQFmKPA-iAg Is ethanol leaving the liquid? If so, why? Does the pressure add energy to the ethanol molecules causing them to gasify and move rapidly near border ...
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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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Understanding centripetal force vs frictional force diagrams?

I have an actual physics problem and also a conceptual question to go with it. From some test prep I was presented with this straight-forward question: What is the minimum radius that a cyclist can ...
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Solving differential Equation for the Two-Body Problem

So, I'm following the derivation in D. Morin, Introduction to Classical Mechanics, of the equations for a two-body system. I understand all of it, aside from this one step. When he's talking about ...
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Newton's third law of motion, and the collapse of objects under heavier weight

Suppose a table is placed on earth. The weight of the table exerts a force on the earth say $10N$, then the earth will also exert a force of $10N$ on the table. If we place a truck on the table ...
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Calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object

I have simple question: is it possible to calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object? Let's say I have an object with mass $5\text{ kg}$. I drop that object in height 1 ...
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Proving Simple Harmonic Motion (direction of acceleration)

A particle of mass $m=0.5kg$, is attached to a spring of natural length $l=0.6m$ and modulus of elasticity $\lambda=60N$, and the setup is on a horizontal smooth table. The other end of the spring is ...
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How to derive the velocity in the double ball drop problem?

The double ball drop problem is as follows: A ball of mass $m$ is placed on top of a ball of mass $M$ (where $m < M$), and the balls are dropped simultaneously from some height $h$. When the ...
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Is any work done when I walk?

I am trying to figure out the amount of work done when I walk X miles or for X minutes. So I got Work=Force x Distance and Force=Mass x Acceleration and Acceleration=(change in velocity)/time. I am ...
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How many points are required to make a black box

I have a black box with an arbitrary mass distribution inside it. I want to replace that object with n point masses without changing any mechanical properties of the box (center of mass, total mass, ...
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Static as opposed to Kinetic Friction in Rolling Motion

During analysis of rolling motion, why do we consider coefficient of friction as that of static friction and not kinetic friction?
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Velocity in a turning reference frame

I often see the relation that $\vec v=\vec v_0+ \vec \omega \times \vec r$ in a turning reference frame, but where does it actually come from and how do I arrive at the acceleration being $$\vec ...
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Newtons Cannon ball problem [closed]

Let's I have a Newton's Cannon ball of 15 kg and want to fire so it will round the earth and back to me. My query is which law can evaluate the speed that cannon ball will revolve round the sun ...
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Understanding Kepler's problem

I wanted to know a few things about elliptical motion, that I do not understand so far. Let's imagine that we have an attractive gravitational two body problem where both bodies carry out elliptical ...
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How to reconcile the two definitions of work? (mechanical and thermodynamical)

When studying classical mechanics, work is defined as: $W_M=\int F_{tot} \hspace{2 mm} dx$. However, for thermodynamics, work is defined as: $W_T=\int -F_{ext} \hspace{2 mm} dx$. I'm having trouble ...
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Simple pendulum and planet mass [closed]

A simple pendulum, $20cm$ in length, has the period of $2.7s$ on a certain planet. Find the mass of the planet if its diameter is $18000km$. $G=6.67\times10^{-11}Nm^2/kg^2 $ I have no idea how to get ...
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Forces involved in a climbing jet aircraft

I have a problem with which I need help. The question is: A jet aircraft is climbing at an angle of 45° above the horizontal and is accelerating at 4.5m/s2. What is the total force that the cockpit ...
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Action Reaction when I pushing a trolley? [duplicate]

I tried to explain how those force work but I can hardly figure it out. I exerted a force on the trolley and there will be a force on trolley on me as well. This is the newton's third law. But why the ...
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Bouncing ball simulation computer science

In my Computer science class I was given a problem where I have to simulate a bouncing ball using "real physics". I have been trying to find a equation that will simulate the height of the bounce ...
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Two masses on rope spinning around

Two balls of the same mass $m$ are connected to each other with rope of length $l$. One of the balls is also connected to the ceiling with a rope of the same length $l$. The balls are spinning ...
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Derivation of Universal Variables

Does anyone know of link to the derivation of the Universal Variables? This is in regards to Kepler's equations. The Wikipedia link didn't have enough information for me, and the Colorado page ...
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A block, a string and Newton's third law

So this is a general force diagram of the system shown. My question is, according to the third law, if the block is exerting a force of magnitude mg on the thread in the down direction, then the ...
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Delivered/Reflected Power by Drive on a Hamiltonian System

Imagine a SHO with a drive F(t). (or in general a Hamiltonian system) What is the power delivered to the system and can we talk about the power reflected? is i am imagining say a MW oscillator ...
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What is the sensation by man carrying a water bucker with an object floating in it? [closed]

A man is carrying a bucket with water. If a object is kept in it which floats in water, man will feel 1) heavier 2) lighter 3) none I think when the body floats its weight is balanced by upthrust ...
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Extension to continuous in proofs of rigid body mechanics

I'm studying rigid body mechanics and I've seen several proofs of properties related to total angular momentum, kinetic energy, etc. that all regard discrete set of points. For example, to show that ...
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No closed orbits for a Newtonian gravitational field in 4 spatial dimensions

We are supposed to show that orbits in 4D are not closed. Therefore I derived a Lagrangian in hyperspherical coordinates $$L=\frac{m}{2}(\dot{r}^2+\sin^2(\gamma)(\sin^2(\theta)r^2 \dot{\phi}^2+r^2 ...