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Inertia is the tendency of a body to oppose changes to its state of motion. DO NOT USE THIS TAG for moment-of-inertia!

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Why is it impossible to start or stop an object instantaneously? In what ways can a non-accelerating object move? [closed]

Why is it impossible to start or stop an object instantaneously? In what ways can a non-accelerating object move? I think this has to do something with inertia, but I am not exactly sure I fully ...
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Equation for a falling coin tower

I'm referring to the following experiment- https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/coin-tower/ For a given mass of identical coins stacked upon the other, and a given impulse with which ...
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Why are you accelerating yet remaining at a constant speed while going around a curve? [duplicate]

We have to write a rap in physics, and it has to answer a prompt he gave us on this packet. The prompt for the verse I am writing is: Pretend you are driving a car on the freeway going 65 mph. The ...
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What do we mean by straight line in Inertia Law, autoparallel curve or extremal line?

As usually stated: Newton’s first law states that, if a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed ...
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Why does things travel in a straight line in inertial frames?

Why does physical entities travel in straight paths in a flat space-time and in geodesic in curved spacetime? Is it due to Inertia? If it is, then why does waves also follow the same pattern?
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Isn't inertia experience by person in moving bus is Torque

When a bus moves suddenly, the person standing in it tilts backwards. This concept is explained using inertia (tendency of body to resist change in its state of motion) but when the bus moves suddenly,...
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How would inertia work in an elevator?

If we imagine standing on a scale inside an elevator, the scale will project our weight. As the elevator starts to move downwards we will not start to move downwards immediately; because of inertia we ...
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What causes a rotating object to rotate forever without external force—inertia, or something else?

Someone told me that it is not inertia, but I think it is inertia, because it will rotate forever. In my understanding, inertia is the constant motion of an object without external force. Am I wrong?
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Mathematical model for transition from mass to energy put in layman's terms [closed]

Mass and inertia are interchangeable, but no intuitive explanation of mass being different for the various particles is known to me. The question I have is: since mass and energy are interchangeable, ...
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Weight and Inertia (are they related?)

R. Feynman wrote in his lecture (The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Chapter-9) "Weight and inertia are proportional, and on the earth’s surface are often taken to be numerically equal, which causes a ...
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Is there still no known origin of the law of inertia?

To quote Feynman at about the 21 minute mark of the first Messenger Lecture on The Character of Physical Law, ...that the motion to keep it going in a straight line has no known reason. The reason ...
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In zero gravity!

If spacecraft moving in a stable speed or acceleration suddenly stopped would an astronaut continue moving forward (such as a man in a train) ?
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How can a flywheel make engine run smoothly?

In the video Moment of Inertia Demo, a man states that moment of inertia will be higher if the masses are away from the axis of rotation. The engine take more power to spin the flywheel, because of ...
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Where exactly is inertia stored? [closed]

Suppose you have the power to take a snapshot of an object containing all its information. Say a ball was thrown to a direction to your right and you took a snapshot of it. This snapshot contains all ...
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Looking for ways to transform time-series data recorded from object movement into equation describing the movement direction of the object

Looking for some time-series data transformation advice! I want to know what's the best way to transform data of 9-tuples time series data of IMU (Inertia Measurement Unit) sensor, recorded from a ...
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Isn't inertia experience by person in moving bus same as torque

When a bus moves suddenly, the person standing in it tilts backwards. This concept is explained using inertia(tendency of body to resist change in its state of motion) but when the bus moves suddenly, ...
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What if Force was not Mass times Acceleration? [closed]

We know that Force equals Mass times Acceleration, $F = ma$. But what if we had a law like $$F=m^2a$$ or $$F = 2ma~?$$
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Why is the ratio of gravitational force and the inertia to resist it 1?

Is there a deeper meaning behind how things of different mass fall at the same acceleration? It feels so perfectly balanced...
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When do we illustrate inertial forces on inertial frames of reference?

I came across two practice questions wherein an object was attached to an accelerating vehicle, yet only one of these cases required an inertial force to be illustrated on the object's free body ...
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How does the inertia of granules within a rotating cylinder affect its inertia?

If a cylinder is partially filled with granules and is rolling down an inclined plane, is there any relationship between the rotational motion of the granules and the motion of the cylinder? I'm ...
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Why does mass cause resistance to acceleration?

If I were in a vacuum with no gravity or friction, why would it be harder to push a floating bowling ball than a marble? Is there anything happening on an subatomic level that makes matter act ...
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Why doesn't a ball thrown upwards fall behind us if we're moving forward?

If we consider ourselves traveling in a bus and if we a throw a ball upwards, the ball should fall behind us according to law of inertia, right? If so why doesn't the ball always fall behind us each ...
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Convert inertia formula to excel calculator

I've been looking at this question: "Weight" of moving object in a car collision but to be honest I can't get my head around how to work it out myself (I'm not a physics student!). What ...
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Spiral lamp chane state speed [closed]

Question is how fast halogen lamp reach it full temperature, going from cold (not light) state to full light emit state. how fast in milliseconds it takes, imagine: if led lamp work instantly like 0 ...
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Inertia of a falling weight

I use a standard device (penetrometer) that uses a 10 kg weight that is dropped a constant distance to cause a probe to penetrate soil. The penetration distance after 4 blows is recorded. If I were to ...
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Relation between Fisher Information Matrix and Inertia Matrix

I have been wondering whether there is a relation between the Fisher Information Matrix in a stochastic particle system and Inertia Matrix?
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Calculating inertia of motor

I'm currently working on a project, and for futher calculations down the road (the controller of the mechanical system) I need to calculate, as accurately as possible the interia of the system. I'm ...
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Which fundamental force underlies inertia? [closed]

We learn about the four fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetism, strong, weak). I am curious about how these four forces mediate/cause/drive everyday phenomena. In particular, it has never been ...
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Why is Quantized Inertia considered pseude-science? [closed]

In the criticism section of the Wikipedia article to Quantized Intertia it is stated that QI is considered pseudo-science. Unfortunately none of the linked but in none of the provided links can I find ...
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Cube tumbling over

When a moving cube hits a low step (the step is perpendicular to its velocity) and tumbles over, is its angular momentum conserved? It is implied that it is so, but certainly gravity produces a torque ...
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Calculate stroke force and angle for a ball rolling on a surface to reach a destination position (optimal golf putt)

I'm trying to find an algorithm which calculates the optimal golf putt (angle, force) given a 3D surface (obtained through Poisson reconstruction), start and destination position (hole). I guess that ...
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Transfer of momentum from a wave to it’s waveguide based on theta and the inertia of the wave?

Bit of a complicated one - I've been trying to understand how the energy in a wave dissipates or transfers it's energy to the walls of a wave guide as the angle of the wave guide changes. As the ...
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Couldn't we always redefine units so that inertial mass and gravitational mass are equal?

It is a known fact that inertial and gravitational masses are the same thing, and therefore are numerically equal. This is not an obvious thing, since there are even experiments trying to find a ...
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If centrifugal force is fictitious, what force is real in its stead?

Here's an example illustration: The way I understand it, when the car starts turning, the centrifugal force at first does not exceed the force of friction, which allows the car to stir. But at some ...
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What is meant in mass' definition 'resistance to acceleration'? [closed]

Wikipedia: Mass is both a property of a physical body and a measure of its resistance to acceleration What does this mean? I know of the $E=mc^2$ formula. I think, the energy required to '...
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Why is Disturbance Force Equal to Total Force in Stokes Flow?

So this step confuses me. Why is it true that the disturbance force is the total force in stokes flow? Any advice or guidance would be great! From Pozrikidis' book:
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Calculating weight needed for a fixed pole

Imagine a game of swing ball, where the rope is 1m long, and the ball weighs 1kg. How do you calculate the weight that the pole has to be so it does not get pulled over, assuming it is not burried in ...
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How does inertia work at the particle level?

I've read recently that the mass of a proton is mostly not given by the Higgs mechanism. But rather it's given by the energy of quarks moving around inside the proton and gluons and other internal ...
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What's the seconde moment of a T beam with a heel?

the seconde moment of area of a rectangle is Iy = (bh^3)/12 b : base h : height What is the second moment of area of a T beam like this one ?
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Centrifuge Artificial Gravity?

I just saw the following video: NASA centrifuge. In video, a person is walking on a huge spinning centrifuge. But his weight is still acting downwards and there is no supporting force which will keep ...
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Inertial and non-inertial frame

How to define an inertial frame of reference mathematically? I want a definition with proper chosen coordinate axis which will help me to differentiate it with the non inertial ones. I have been ...
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Do the inertial mass and gravitational mass of an object depend on the frame of reference?

My understanding is that the "relativistic mass" of an object means any of the following three quantities (which are all identical): The "mass-energy", as defined by the formula $m = E / c^2$. The ...
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Faraday's Law and the Law of Inertia

Faraday's Law can be stated qualitatively as : Any loop (of wire) opposes/resists the change of magnetic flux through it. The Law of Inertia states that any physical object resists its change in ...
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Does buoyant force become less effective as acceleration increases?

Lets say a balloon with a certain amount of buoyant lift has a 2 kg mass strapped to it (including engines) and accelerates enough that it perceives a positive 2.5 g inertial force (2.5g * weight) ...
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Does potential energy increase inertial mass of system?

For example, we have a ball with mass m lying on the Earth. Then we lift it to a height h. So, now system Earth-ball have potential energy $E_p = mgh$. From Mass–energy equivalence system got \$mass = \...
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Does the nucleus have less inertial mass than sum of inertial masses of constitute protons and neutrons?

In nuclear fusion part of nucleons' rest mass goes into radiation energy. Does it mean that inertial mass of result nucleus decreased?
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Does “Quantized Inertia Theory” violate conservation of momentum? [closed]

This recent news article reports that DARPA is doing work with "quantized inertia", despite their claim that it's not widely accepted by physicists: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (...
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What is “Radiation damping stronger than inertia.”

I'm reading a paper on creating gamma rays in a lab and I've come across a phrase I simply don't understand; "Radiation Damping Stronger Than Inertia". As I understand it radiation damping is just ...