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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Can forces in N be thought of as a length?

A solid uniform 45.0 kg ball of diameter 32.0 cm is supported against a vertical friction-less wall using a thin 30 cm wire of negligible mass. (a)make a free body diagram for the ball and use it to ...
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Does the outflowing water create a thrust on the bucket?

Let's consider the the bucket with water, which has a small hole at the bottom. Let the bucket lift up with a constant force $\vec F$. Water in the bucket, of course, flows out of it. Questions are ...
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Why are force, momentum, and kinetic energy derivatives of each other

Force $ma$ is the rate of change of momentum, or the derivative of momentum with respect to time $$\frac{d}{dt} mv = ma = F$$. Kinetic energy is the integral of momentum with respect to velocity: ...
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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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Free fall into circular motion

If I'm on a roller coaster free falling from height $h$ and then suddenly start going into horizontal motion with a radius $r$ of turn what is the $g$-force I experience? I worked out the equation ...
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In general, why do smaller guns have more felt recoil?

Why is recoil easier to control on a more massive gun compared to a smaller gun with the same bullet. Presumably the bullet leaves both guns with the same momentum, but the larger gun seems easier to ...
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When is work done on or by something?

An example, here what my textbook says: When charges are released In electric fields charges experience the force causing them to accelerate along electric field vectors. Positive charges ...
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Can mass-less spring system be solved?

Suppose we have typical chain of strings with masses, attached to the walls (W) at each side W-----m-----m--------W x=0 x=6 x=12 x=21 So if we let ...
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How to solve this pendulum problem using kinematics, not the principles of conservation of energy?

I have this question, because typically problems that can be solve using conservation of energy or just energy-related principles, can usually be solved sing kinematic equations. (At least is what I ...
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Whether the horizontal momentum vanishes when a rope sliping from a desk?

I meet this question in Thornton and Marion's Classical Dynamics of Partical and Systems, 5th ed, chapter 7: An extremely limber rope of uniform mass density, mass $m$ and total length $b$ lies on ...
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Question based on friction force [on hold]

How will you solve this question using high school physics? It is based on friction force (as you can see, obviously). I have problem determining the direction of friction.
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Reaction Force on String Wrapped Around Circular Peg

A massless inextensible string is wrapped around a frictionless circular peg. The string is taut, with tension $T_2$ and $T_1$ at the points where it leaves of the pg as shown. The segment wrapped ...
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Can you help me with physics homework please? [on hold]

An object with a mass M is suspended from an elastic spring with a spring constant k. The object oscillates with period T on the surface of Earth. If the oscillating system is moved to the ...
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Calculating deceleration time - help! [on hold]

I'm struggling with a question due to not having the correct formula, so I hope someone can help! A 10000kg object is travelling at 15m/s, and a force of 600N is applied in the opposite direction to ...
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Isn't a physical frame of reference useless for calculating speed?

Please ignore relativistic effects and the effects of the expansion of space-time due to the expanding universe theory for the purposes of this question. Whenever someone asks what is the speed of X, ...
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Natural frequencies of a torsion system

Find the angular displacement $\theta_1(t)$ and $\theta_2(t)$ of the system shown in figure below for the initial conditions $\theta_1(0)$, $\theta_2(0)$, and $\dot{\theta}_1(0) = \dot{\theta}_2(0) ...
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Torsional spring and Euler angles

I have a question about the moments generated by torsional springs. Consider an inertial reference frame A and a body fixed reference frame B. The frames are connected by 3 rotational springs acting ...
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What is force of static and kinetic friction? [on hold]

While I am asking more than one question in this thread they are all small concept tests that you can answer with a yes or no, and is all related to me understanding kinetic and static friction. ...
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What happens to that energy?

If we want to drop a ball from a height, we calculated that potential energy at bottom is zero and we say it is converted into kinetic energy. At that movement, if it is a kind of sand, we find it ...
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When will a ball running between two downwards slopes stop going back and forth?

Two angles $a$ and $b$ meet at a point, making an angle $c$ between them. $a$ and $b$ are all $0 < \theta < π/2$. $c$ is $π/2 < \theta < π$ $a$ is to the left and opens to the left, $b$ ...
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Why is it harder to stand still than to walk? [on hold]

I can walk for miles, but I'm exhausted after an hour of standing. I think it is not psychological. Is there any explanation according to physics?
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How does the Pluto-Charon orbital 'dance' affect Pluto's elliptical orbit around the Sun?

Like many Scientists (and people in general), I have been watching the New Horizons mission results with great interest. One aspect in particular caught my attention - the Pluto-Charon orbital ...
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Confused about elasticity and collisions

I was solving the following problem and the explanation to it confused me. There are two objects with mass $m$ and $M$, respectively. The object with mass $m$ has a velocity of $\sqrt{2gl}$ and ...
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Tension in a massless string as it bends around a concave shape

I understand that tension in a massless string must be the same throughout when the string is straight, to prevent any section of it from accelerating at an infinite rate. However, I fail to see how ...
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Finding the tension/acceleration of a pulley

I redid the entire thread with pictures. Please click the link to see a picture of pulley with it weights. You see the equation at the bottom of the picture. ...
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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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Finding minimum time to raise a bucket

First of all, I wonder: in $F=ma$ does the acceleration have to be constant? I believe so but, just as confirmation. Problem: A 4.80 kg bucket of water is accelerated upward by a cord of ...
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Degrees of freedom of a two particle rigid system

we have two particles and the distance between them is fixed, lets suppose we know the coordinates of one particle (2,1) and other particle (x,2). So using distance formula(lets suppose the fixed ...
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My physics question is about dynamics of a particle [on hold]

A body of mass $2$ kg is acted upon by two forces each of magnitude $1$ Newton, making an angle of $60^{\circ} \simeq 100^{\circ}$ with each other. The net acceleration of the body (in ...
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independent characteristics of force [on hold]

I would like to know whether there exists independent characteristics of force or not. I read somewhere that the force does not posses independent characteristics. Is it correct? Support your answer ...
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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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What happens to a radioactive element or isotope's electrons when it undergoes alpha decay? [duplicate]

It seems to make sense that when an atom loses two protons, it would lose two electrons as well, but I don't actually know what happens.
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Spring balance: what will be the reading? [duplicate]

There are two cases: When the two forces say L (for left) and R (for right) are equal. F=L=R What will be the reading? I know the reading would be F but why? When the two forces are unequal that ...
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What exactly is work?

What exactly is work? My book confuses me: a force can lift an object to a height h, or it can accelerate an object through gravity. In all these cases, a force displaces an object and change the ...
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Hourglass on the Moon

Someone asked me this, and I was surprised to find I couldn't answer it: suppose I have an hourglass / egg timer that times two minutes in Earth's gravity. If I used it on the Moon, how long would it ...
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Can we theoretically balance a perfectly symmetrical pencil on its one-atom tip?

I was asked by an undergrad student about this question. I think if we were to take away air molecules around the pencil and cool it to absolute zero, that pencil would theoretically balance. Am I ...
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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 55 g is sliding down a ramp of 35 degrees of inclination. The hypotenuse of the ramp is 63 cm and the height is 36 cm. vi = 0 as the block starts at rest. I did 3 trials of letting the ...
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Lagrange's equation implying Newton's 2nd law? [duplicate]

The typical first application of Lagrange's equation is showing that it implies Newton's law for a particle whose Lagrangian is $L=\frac{1}{2}mv^2-V(x)$. Plugging this Lagrangian into Lagrange's ...
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A simple model for vehicles on different surfaces? [on hold]

Just to let you know my level of knowledge/ability, I studied a degree that included some dynamics, but that was nearly 15 years ago, so I'm rusty. I'm a games programmer, and I tend to understand ...
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Why is friction force negative in ice skater problem?

A 68.5 kg skater moving initially at 2.40m/s on rough horizontal ice comes to rest uniformly in 3.52s due to friction from the ice. What force does friction exert on the skater? I am not really ...
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Build a ring around Earth, then remove the supports

What would happen if we decided to build a giant ring that managed to wrap around the whole world, end to end that was supported with pillars all along the ring and then the supports all suddenly ...
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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 is this kind of rolling motion possible?

I was solving this problem : Suppose you put a sphere in a rough ground with velocity of center of mass $v_{cm}= v_o$ in the positive $x$ axis and with anticlockwise angular momentum $\omega_o$ so ...
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Why frequency and tension doesn't change in the two medium?

I am reading a book about wave mechanics. There are two different cord (one light and one heavy) connected together, one person waving the lighter one, the wave transverse to the right from the ...
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Work-energy theorem? [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How ...
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Work energy theorem problems [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How do ...
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Solving kinetic energy without numbers [closed]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How ...
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Is there a general rule for determining the direction of tension force?

Tension, for me, is a tricky thing. After finishing a related chapter of my book and watching a video, I still can't get a hang of it. Here is a situation: My knowledge is that tension, just like ...
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What is the work done?

A painter uses 1.93kJ of mechanical energy to pull on the rope and lift a 20kg paint barrel at constant speed to a height of 7.5m above the ground. How much work was done lifting the paint barrel? ...
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Time period of simple pendulum with varying mass

How do you find time period as a function of time for a simple pendulum that is in the form of a hollow sphere that is filled with mercury and there is a hole in the bottom through which the mercury ...