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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To prove uniqueness of the rotation tensor associated with rotation of a rigid body

Suppose there are $N$ particles embedded in a rigid body which undergoes some random rotation such that: $$ \overline{\overline {R}}_{ij} \otimes \vec{a}_{ij} = \vec{b}_{ij}$$ where, $i$ and ...
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Can a submarine be powered by a wind turbine?

This is not intended as a realistic way for propulsion of submarines, it is just an interesting thought experiment. Say I want to travel directly towards the wind, only powered by the wind. This is ...
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Helpful tutorials on force [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: List of good classical physics books I'm having a hard time understanding force in my highschool AP physics class, i looked through youtube but without luck. Could ...
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Momentum when a people fall down to ground (Related to momentum, gravity, lever)

According to the Newton's laws, free fall is subjected to the pull of gravity at acceleration of 9.8 m/s per second. (Something like this) But I don't think the principle of "free fall" is applicable ...
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Figuring out the time period of an Atwood system

SO I was working on Atwoods, when I came up with the following problem, It is more complicated but i should understand this simpler scenario first. As shown in the diagram above, (Atwood machine), ...
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Proper explanation of the hydraulic lift

How is hydraulic lift useful? According to energy conservation it is not possible. Can somebody please explain how a hydraulic lift works?
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Explaining faster spinning without using conservation of angular momentum

Lets take a very big rotating star ,after the finish of the nuclear fuel the star is going to contract under its own gravity.Now to conserve its angular momentum the star is going to rotate faster. ...
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Solving for the initial height of a projectile

The problem is stated as follows; A cannon is placed at the edge of a cliff at an angle of $30^o$ (With respect to the x-axis) and fires a projectile with initial velocity of $20 m/s$. The ...
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What will be final velocity of three charges $q$, $q$, $2q$? [on hold]

What will be final velocity of three charges q, q and 2q kept along an eqilateral triangle of side r at infinite distance. All three masses are equal. I tried to conserve Total Energy ...
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A car with mass 840 Kg is rolling at 50ms^-1 and is suddenly opposed by a friction force of 120N

A car with mass 840 Kg is rolling at 50ms^-1 and is suddenly opposed by a friction force of 120N. a) Find the Acceleration. b) How long does it take the car to stop. c) How far does ...
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A block sliding down a ramp lab (with friction), I keep getting a higher final energy than initial

A block of $\rm55g$ is sliding down a ramp of $35^o$ of inclination. The hypotenuse of the ramp is $\rm63cm$ and the height is $\rm36cm$. $v_i=0$ as the block starts at rest. I did 3 trials of ...
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When I kik a ball at velocity Vo, angle alpha, from the ground..(no air resistance)

I have the force acting on the ball equals to F = (Fx,Fy) = (0, -mg)? I mean I understand that I have the mg force on the y axis, pointing down, and I understand that there is no additional force on ...
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Which requires less energy, complete mechanical breaking or vaporization of matter?

Let's say we have a one kilogram piece of rock. Now if we want to separate each molecule from the other molecules making this piece of rock, which method requires the least energy while neglecting ...
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Why does spinning a golf ball one way make it go further than spinning it the other way?

In golf, you'll often hear people say that one person hits the ball further than another because the one person "draws" the ball while the other "fades" it. I want to know why the direction of ...
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Ball flying towards me - Newton's third law is violated?

I was trying to answer the question of the flying ball here on the basis of Newton's third law and momentum conservation. Here is what I have tried. Lets take a ball mass of $m_1$ (index 1 is the ...
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Car wheel's “slip ratio” equation for game

Some of you may know about slip ratio. It is specific ratio that kind of depends on wheel rotation speed, radius etc. and affects friction. Car has the most friction at around 0.05-0.1 slip ratio ...
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Why does the co-efficent of friction between plane and body does change depending on the angle of the plane?

First of all I know there is a similar question to this one. However, it didn't help me resolve my problem. Let's say there is a body on a angled plane and the system is in equilibrium (the body ...
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How to solve Kinematics: two objects meeting in the air

A water balloon is dropped from the top of a 200m high tower. An alert archer at the base of the tower sees the balloon being dropped, waits for 5s, then shoots an arrow at 40m/s straight up towards ...
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Why potential energy of external force on particle attached to spring is equal to full force multiplied by full displacement?

I am having quite difficult time to understand the meaning of total potential energy on spring. All references I read say that the total potential energy on particle attached to spring is: ...
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How to find the position of a particle in a vector (force) field? [on hold]

Let's say that we have two dimensional space and in it a particle. This space has a vector field which is defined as: $$F = x^2$$ For every 1 unit of displacement in the x direction, the force vector ...
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Two Dimensional Momentum [on hold]

[2] []3> A tennis player receives a ball of mass $60\ \mathrm g$ travelling horizontally at $55\ \mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ perpendicular to the net, and returns it at $28\ \mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ in a direction at ...
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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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If I push or hit an object in space will it rotate or move along a straight line?

If I push or hit an object in space (vacuum and no gravitation) in direction what is not going trough its centroid, will it rotate or move along in straight line? I expect that on earth it will ...
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People went down two different length slides end up at the bottom at the same time

Discussion I am having: If there are two slides that are at the same height. One slide is 100m long and the other slide is 200m long. The endpoint and start point are the same displacement. In ...
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Question on Law of Conservation of energy? [on hold]

A body of mass $m$ is thrown upwards with a velocity $u$. At a point $x$ metre above the ground, the ratio between kinetic energy and potential energy is 1:5. What will be the new ratio at $x$, if the ...
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Why quantum field theory is never used in engineering? [on hold]

Serious question: Why quantum field theory is never used in engineering? I know quantum mechanics plays a role in things such as lasers but I think laser engineers will only use tables and diagrams ...
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Speed of pinewood derby car

If I drop a pinewood derby car from 4 feet I know it hits the ground in half a second at about 10.6 mph. If it rolls down the track (starting at 4 feet) it takes longer, but is it possible for it to ...
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How is water falling from a tap an example of the conservation of mass?

In a book, Conceptual Physics by Benjamin Corral, it was given that when water falls down from a tap, it is a case of conservation of mass. They said that this is because water is thick when just ...
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What happens when two balls collide? [on hold]

What happens when ball traveling at constant speed hit resting ball with same mass more mass less mass (ie. how diagram of balls speeds looks like) Balls are made of same material and they ...
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Trajectory of rolling billiard ball after collision with another billiard ball with same mass

So, according to this article http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-billiards.html , the trajectory of white (cue) ball is always perpendicular to the line connecting center of ball ...
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Intro Mechanics: Finding ball speeds after collision

So I'm reading about conservation of energy, momentum, balls colliding etc. and unsurprisingly there are hundreds of questions in my textbook where essentially they give me some of the variables (m1, ...
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Optimal speed for the water wheel

The hydroelectricity plants extract the potential energy of highly deployed massive object (water) as it falls down. Without turbine, all that energy would be converted into speed (kinetic energy) at ...
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How can angular velocity be constant even when there is a torque by friction?

A cylinder at rest lying on a rough ground is given an impulse which imparts a translational velocity (no angular velocity) to it. The question goes ahead with finding time after which rolling starts ...
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Gravitational force between rod and mass $m$

Why do we integrate along the whole length while finding the gravitational force between a object of mass ($m$) and a rod of length $L$ and mass $M\,?$ Can't we simply use $F=\frac{GmM}{r^2} \, ?$
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Confusion over basis sets in quantum mechanics

In a sense, I feel like I understand every step in the following (fairly typical) calculation, but I don't understand the conclusion. I consider a vector space spanned by two basis vectors ...
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Simple harmonic oscillators [on hold]

A block whose mass m is $680$ g is fastened to a spring whose constant k is $65$ N/m . The block is pulled a distnce $x=11$ cm from its equilibrium postion at $x=0$ cm on a frictionless surface and ...
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Confusion in understanding the derivation of wave speed from Newton's Second Law

In the book 'Principles of Physics' by Resnick,Halliday and Jearl Walker,the opening para of derivation of wave speed from Newton's Second Law is such: Let us consider a symmetrical pulse moving ...
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Animating an Acceleration Vector - Acceleration of object on a crested path in gravitational field

So I was reading in Chapter 3 of my textbook, Sears & Zemanksky's University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th Edition, and the discussion took us to a definition of the ...
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Coriolis deflection:- is it 4 times if the object is thrown up, compared to a drop?

A particle is thrown up vertically with initial speed, reaches a maximum height and falls back to ground. Show that the Coriolis deflection when it again reaches the ground is opposite in ...
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Angular momentum with respect to the centre of mass

I have been told [Warning: I leave this because it's what I asked and allows to understand the dialogues in the comments, but Azad, whom I thank, has pointed that the formula does not hold in general ...
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circular motion pf hc verma [on hold]

a particle of mass m rotates with a uniform angular speed 'w' . It is viewed from a frame rotating about the Z-axis with a uniform angular speed 'z' the centrifugal force on the particle is
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Free falling object with air resistance, what's the velocity as a function of time?

So, I'm looking into how velocity can be represented as a function of time when the air resistance is also function of velocity. The force of drag is $$ F_d = C||\vec{v}||\vec{v} $$ where $C$ is an ...
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Why is the mechanical advantage of a wedge = length of slope/ width?

Mechanical advantage is defined as Force Output/Force Input For a symmetrical wedge with the length of the slopes being equal and the width being the distance between the end points, the articles ...
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What is the cause of rolling friction? & why is it less than sliding friction?

Rolling friction is the resistance to motion experienced by a body when it rolls upon another. It is much less than sliding friction for same pair of bodies. When one body rolls upon another, there ...
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Navier Stokes : what about angular momentum?

I play with CFD for a while, and suddenly, a transcendantal question raises: :-) Navier Stokes is basically Newton applied on a continuum in Eulerian. For solids, we would consider linear, but also ...
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Does a potential of interaction produce also torque?

I have a system of particles (spheres with masses and radii), with $6$ degree of freedom (they are free to move and rotate as they wish). Between each couple there is an interaction potential $V(d)$, ...
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Applicable force at constant velocity [on hold]

For a body moving at a constant velocity, the force $F_{net}=ma$ Since acceleration is 0, $F_{net}=0$ (i.e force applied = resisting force) Since force applied and resisting force are equal, will ...
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Problem in statics [on hold]

This is a problem I've been trying to solve for the past days without success. I tried the mathematics forum, since the whole problem consists in finding the value $\beta$ which produces a maximum $P$ ...
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What information does kinetic energy and work give us about a body?

When I studied momentum I learned that momentum says about a body how hard is it to stop it. In addition, I learned that impulse tells us in some way how much time would I need to stop the object. If ...
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Newton's laws of motion! [duplicate]

The first law says that Every body continues to be in its state if rest or of uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled by some external force or otherwise. The second law says that The ...