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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Find the relation between length of pulley and strings

A pulley is pulled with external force $F$. $x$ and $y$ denote the displacement of two ends of strings of the pulley and $z$ is the displacement of the pulley. Prove That $$z = ...
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Why would a spinning space station create a centrifugal force on an astronaut rather than simply spinning around him/her?

We often see films with spinning space station that create artificial gravity by having the astronauts pulled outwards by centrifugal force. I'd like to know if this would really happen, and if so, ...
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normal force on a physical pendulum

I have read and understood that a normal force has got nothing to do with torque on a physical pendulum. But I can't understand in which direction the normal force points to. Can someone help? This ...
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Which timestep should I use for a n-body simulation of the Solar system?

I am trying to implement a n-body simulation of the Solar system and I am stuck on the issue of the simulation timestep size. At first I would like to use a simple Euler stepping scheme. Knowing that ...
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Question about inertial mass and gravitational mass

I know that inertial mass $m_i$ is the quantity that appears in Newton's second law: $F=m_ia$ and that gravitational mass $m_{g_1}$ is the quantity that appears in Newton's gravitational law: ...
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Question about levers

Suppose we have a lever $AB$ of length $1m$ and that the fixed point is $O$ and $AO=0,3m$. If in $B$ I have a down vertical force of $F_1=5N$, find the force $F_2$ applied in A that guarantees the ...
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Matching Gravity with Centripetal Force

I was wondering if I'm correct in thinking that to determine the tangential velocity necessary to create the same gravitational force on a spaceship as on Earth you would use the formula ...
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Does Newton's third law apply to fundamental forces?

The acceleration between two electrons A, B at 1 cm distance is a = 2533 km/s^2, therefore each of them will experience it, so they will distance each other with an acceleration of 5066 Km/s^2, ...
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Find the Work Done in this system [on hold]

In Inclined plane if friction force = the weight of the object. What is the total work done by this system?
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How can tangential acceleration from a radial force be explained?

A mass is attached to a rope, and put into a circular motion. If I pull the string from the center, the tangential speed of the mass will increase (by conservation of angular momentum). I am ...
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Proportional acceleration due to changing density of the Earth

My question has to to do with a recent video Minutephysics posted about the time it takes for a person to fall through the earth, found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQCmMiHKQk At around ...
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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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How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force?

How does a mobile phone vibrate without any external force? By Newton's law, any body can't move without any external force
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Infinite pulley system

http://www.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/sol43.pdf Hi, I've been trying to solve this question for a while, I understand the first solution and also the solution to the second ...
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Centrifugal force acting on Spacecraft

This Question may sound very naive. Still somebody can explain the basics in simple words. As I understand, when we equate the centrifugal force acting on spacecraft in circular orbit with ...
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Impulse of two different objects

I was running over a question, A collision occurs between particles A and B which are moving in opposite directions in the same straight line. The impulse on each particle in the collision is 2N.s, ...
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Cavendish Experiment [on hold]

Would the earth’s gravity overpower the gravity of the much smaller and less dense lead spheres?
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Supergun Launching of Satellites

I should say first that I don't believe this is a feasible launch method, otherwise NASA and other space agencies would be using it by now. It's based on this BBC news story Saddam Hussein's Supergun ...
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Force against mg when block is connected to block and held horizontally

In the image attached, what would be the force that would balance out the gravitational force $mg$? The block is also not accelerating downwards so there should be some force acting on the block to ...
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Rotating the bucket in circular motion without spilling water

In the bucket experiment when the bucket reaches the top of the circle why will it have a normal force acting on the water downwards? Doesn't normal force oppose any other force? There is no force ...
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A body acting by zero net external force

I wonder, for a rigid body, if the vector sum of all external forces acting on it equals zero (Fnet = 0), does it also leads to the vector sum of all external torques acting on it about any point ...
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Interaction Potential for Damped Driven Pendulum

I'm trying to use the velocity Verlet integrator to simulate a damped driven pendulum (with unit mass) described by $\ddot{\phi}+\gamma \dot{\phi}+\omega_0^2 sin\phi=Acos(\Omega t)$ The Verlet ...
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Mass is put on top of springs in series. Acceleration between springs? [on hold]

I am quite stuck with following problem: Two springs are in series. Let's call them spring 1 and spring 2. Spring 1 is connected to ground. Springs are connected with each other. Mass is added on top ...
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Collision between a “spring” and a particle

I am currently attempting to create a simple 2D physics engine, and I just need to know how to solve a certain collision. I have particles, and between any two particles, springs can be connected. ...
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Energy needed for Superman to take off and fly at the speed of sound

I just watched "Man of Steel", and I'm wondering if my logic is correct. Let's assume Superman is 80 kg. The energy required to take off from the rest to reach the speed of sound in air (if I neglect ...
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Would a planet in a binary star system follow Kepler's Laws?

I'm thinking it would not. I am thinking Kepler's Laws were a simplification that were possible with a simple two body (sun, planet) but would not apply for something more complex (sun1, sun2, ...
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Calculate Pendulum force [on hold]

I would like to calculate the impact force of a free fall 16kg Pendulum ball hitting the wall at 1.5m away. Please help. Thanks
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Newton's Cradle: why does it stay symmetric? [duplicate]

How is it that always the same number of balls leave at the other end in Newton's cradle. I understand that the momentum needs to be conserved, but as momentum is defined as p=m*v couldn't you have a ...
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Rotating platform with pulleys and stacked blocks

This was a practice test question. Consider the following figure. (If the frictional coefficients are unclear, between A and B we have $k_1 = 0.3$, B and platform is $k_2 = 0.2$. If you further ...
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External and internal resistance to airflow

If an aircraft was travelling at 100mph an hole was opened to allow 100mph into the cabin,then the airflow is feed into an amplifier like a ramjet and the airflow out of the ramjet was increased to ...
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Springs, elastic potential energy, kinetic energy

If a ball with some kinetic energy collides with a spring, the ball doesn't lose its kinetic energy in an instant, right? it loses kinetic energy as the spring gains potential elastic energy. Right? ...
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Pendulum acceleration vector [on hold]

I'll make this quick, I want the acceleration vector for a pendulum WITHOUT using angle acceleration and angle velocity, just using the tension and gravity forces. I tried to use the formula for the ...
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Dropping a bolt in an accelerated lift [on hold]

Here's the problem given to me: A lift starts from rest with an acceleration of $a$. At the time it starts, a bolt is dropped from the top of the lift. If the height of the lift is $h$, find ...
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If a space ship accelerated constantly, would its astronauts constantly feel the forward movement?

I know that if a space ship suddenly traveled very fast, its astronauts would be fly against the back wall, potentially getting hurt. If the space ship suddenly stopped, they would also fly against ...
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Rocket launch from a mountain

If we were to build a high speed rail up the side of a mountain like in some Science Fiction movies, what is the velocity needed at the point of leaving the mountain excluding angular momentum from ...
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Can two bodies of different mass attached at ends of string passed over a frictionless pulley produce equal tension on both sides?

In my textbook there is given a case that to calculate acceleration and tension produced in string when string is attached at it's ends with two bodies of masses such that $m1>m2$ and the tension ...
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How can you find the impact necessary to change the direction of Earth's spin?

If an object the mass of the moon was to hit earth's surface at an angle that would be in the opposite direction of earth's spin, how can you find how much momentum the object needs to cause earth to ...
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Model/formula for bouncing ball

I'm programming an animation of a bouncing ball, and I want it to be as realistic as possible. I fully understand the physics while the ball is rising and falling: It accelerates downward at 9.8 ...
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Average Force vs Net Force

The F in $$Impulse = F*t$$ is said to be the average force. For a ball dropped vertically onto a horizontal surface, the average force, F, on the ball from the floor is: $$F = \frac{\Delta{p}}{t}$$ ...
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Why does earth have a minimum orbital period?

Using the equation for Kepler's constant for Earth $K$: $$K = \frac{GM}{4\pi^2}$$ $$K = 1.01 \times 10^{13} \;\rm m^3/s^2$$ Finding time ($r = 6.4 \times 10^{6} \;\rm m$ (radius of Earth)): $$K = ...
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Pendulum in Accelerating Elevator

I have been looking for this for quite some time now. A simple pendulum behaves in SHM. Let's put that pendulum in an upward accelerating elevator. The component of the force that acts in SHM ...
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Find force centroid from forces and moments [closed]

A force $\vec F = (F_x,F_y,F_z)$ is applied to a point that its position vector is $\vec r = (x,y,z)$ generating a moment $\vec M = (M_x,M_y,M_z)$. Find position vector of the point ($\vec r$) if ...
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Barycenter correction for inner planets in solar system?

I want to run simulations of the solar system, and I've read in some papers that to speed up the simulations it is useful to use the barycenter correction of the inner planets (from Mercury to Mars), ...
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How the standard units for length force and time are defined in US Customary Units as standard units are defined in SI?

I'm much confused about US customary units so I want to ask a lot more questions under single question.First how standard units ,in US customary Units,of force time and length are defined as second or ...
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Why do some stars become end up as black holes? [on hold]

The answer involves the gravity and the internal pressure within the star. These two things oppose each other -- the gravitational force of the star acting on a chunk of matter at the star's surface ...
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Can two bodies move with equal acceleration if forces acting on both are unequal?

In my textbook there is a case given that is to find acceleration and tension produced in a string passed over a frictionless pulley and attached with bodies of different masses at its ends. Now below ...
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Accelerations of Cylinders

I got a box hanging from a rope that passes through an ideal pulley that attaches to the superior part of a Cilynder and makes it rotate. An exercise asks me two things: a) determine the magnitude of ...
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Are mechanical energy of an element of a rope and energy density constant in the case of mechanical waves?

I'm confused about energy driven by a wave. Consider a sinousoidal wave moving in a rope. In my view each element $dm$ of the rope follows a simple harmonic motion in time. That means that the ...
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Does anybody know how much heat an otto ic engine produces? [on hold]

When the engine is working, it produces torque(useful) and heat(not really). Does anybody know the proportion of torque/heat an average gasoline engine produces? Thank you.