# Questions tagged [inertia]

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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### 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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### Why bikes are made lightweight?

From Wikipedia: The most important characteristics about a racing bicycle are its weight and stiffness. If I understand correctly, the greater the weight of the body, the greater its inertia (...
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### Does a box containing photons have more inertia than an empty box?

A box containing photons gravitates more strongly than an empty box, and thus the equivalence principle dictates that a box containing photons has more inertia than an empty box. The inescapable ...
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### Centripetal and Centrifugal force

If water stays in a pail of water that is whirled around a circular path, the water stays in the pail. But is it because of centripetal force or inertia? I'm getting confused by all the different ...
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### Moment of inertia and gravity

Would the objects have moment of Inertia if there was no gravity? Because imagine a bar, if I put my hand at the center of the bar and rotate it, it would be easier than rotate the bar picking one ...
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### What is the meaning of “moment”?

What is the meaning of moment? I'm little confused about the word as there are some terms like moment of momentum, moment of mass, moment of force, etc. I want to know what exactly is meant by the ...
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### What is the minimal G-force curve in 2-dimensional space?

Given two parallel roads, which need to be connected, what shape of curve would produce the minimum overall horizontal G-force(s) on travelers? Is it a $sin$ or $cos$ wave? Is it a basic cubic ...
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### What is the relationship between potential energy and inertia?

It seems to me that the two are very similar! Potential energy seems to either explain, or partially explain, directly or indirectly, the law of inertia. I already know that bodies do not move because ...
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### Does stretching a spring with a relatively high spring constant value require more force because of its inertia?

Other than the fact that a spring has a relatively high spring constant (say 1000 N/m) and therefore requires more force per meter to stretch (not bend or twist).
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### The principle behind Inertia and it's connection to Equilibrium

Inertia is the tendency of a force-free body to remain in that state or it is something that opposes any act of changing its equilibrium state. Mass is a measure of inertia. I have some questions ...
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### Can you lift heavy objects in zero gravity? [closed]

I'm not someone who majored in physics and i never took the subject seriously when i was in school and im regretting that alot, there's so many things going in my mind that i cannot answer because i ...
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### Question about friction in rolling without slipping?

I was under the impression that for a ball/cylinder to roll without slip, there must be a static friction force that opposes the direction of motion. Why, in this case, does the friction act in the ...
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### Why charge is not a measure of inertia?

We know that mass is the measure of inertia of rest. Then why charge is not a measure of inertia? What causes the difference between charge and mass?
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### How to compensate a top-heavy platform [closed]

I have a small four-wheeled platform weighing 1.3kg with a height of 30cm. Its center-of-mass is located at 75% of the height, making it a little top-heavy. I empirically measured the angle at which ...
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### Could an asteroid land slowly on Earth's surface?

The concept in my mind is that an asteroid is on a vector similar to Earth's, but slightly slower (e.g., 50kmh slower). As Earth passes it, it enters the atmosphere at a sharp angle, and since Earth ...
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### Does mass as a measure of inertia have a meaning in zero gravity? [duplicate]

Mass apart from the amount of material, is also a measure of the inertia of an object, ie. the resistance to change its motion. In zero gravity, does still mass count as the amount of inertia? In ...
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### Newton's second law of motion and viscosity [closed]

In a Coutte flow, the applied force on one of the plates can be expressed by $F = \eta A \frac{dv}{dz}$. F here can also be defined using Newton's second law of motion, $F = m \frac{dv}{dt}$. The ...
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### Does inertia have anything to do with conservation of energy? [closed]

I have googled this and not found anything. It seems to me that if objects at rest did not resist being accelerated (which is what I once thought was the case in outside of gravity like in outer space)...
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### Friction Resulting from Differing Masses

A friend and I are curious about something. We created a ramp from some wood (like a skate ramp) that's not purely circular in nature. We did so with the intent to test how the mass of an object can ...
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### Reason behind Inertia

Has any physicist work on the reason behind Inertia? Why do we have inertia only during acceleration? No inertia during constant velocity.
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### Concept of mass

In classical mechanics, there seems to be a need to distinguish between inertial and gravitational mass. Some texts show how the concept of mass may be defined with some mathematical rigor. There is ...
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### Does the Inertia of a Cue Ball Affect its Reflection Angle off a Resting Billiard Ball?

Consider the following Diagram in which a Cue Ball (A) of mass M is shot twice at another pool ball with identical mass M. When the force with which the cue ball (A) is hit (v1) is increased (v2) it ...
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### When is the direction of the static friction negative?

i thought that the force of static friction exerted on an object is always going in the opposite direction of any other force exerted on the same object. however, this problem seems to disregard that ...
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### How does an atom's electric field overcome an electron's inertia?

An electron has mass, and therefore has inertia. How does an atom's electric field perpetually overcome an electron's inertia, necessary to hold it in its shell? Does this require continual work to be ...
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### “Mass is a measure of an object’s ability to resist motion or movement of any kind”

This statement is presented as wrong, but I dont understand why. Specifically, what is the diff between motion and "movement of any kind"? Its to do with a question about inertia. I understand that ...
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### Mass, velocity and inertia [closed]

If 5 ozs of weight is my engine, and this weight starts in the back of a four wheeled vehicle traveling down a decline gaining speed due to the engine mass to allow its inertia to carry it across a ...
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### Doubts About Force and Inertia!

But then what does inertia mean at all!? Cant we calculate how much it resists the applied force? I mean considering an imaginary plane with no friction but gravity as of Earth and an enormous mass of ...
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### What causes the skidding of the wheels of a moving car? Momentum or inertia?

In a moving car, when brakes are applied suddenly the wheels skid.I have these two explanations in my mind and both seems correct to me.1. The momentum of the car must be conserved so the car ...
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### How to sensor Jerk=$d^3{\bf r}/dt^3$, or higher derivatives (4th, 5th, 6th order) when applied in the equation of motion of a ballistic missile?

Given a 6th order differential equation of motion as usually used in ballastic missile dynamic models. What kind of sensors are usually used to measure Jerk, (or higher order derivatives in kinematics)...
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### How do I calculate the moment of inertia with velocity? [closed]

How do I calculate a total moment of inertia when I have point mass with velocity? It looks like this: If I understand correctly, firstly I have to find a center of mass. What do I do next?
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### How do momentum get transferred?

Simple Question , Consider two objects namely $A$ and $B$ where $B$ is stationary and $A$ is moving towards $B$ with velocity $v$. When the two objects touch each other what does actually happen ...
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### Double the mass in the universe, double the inertia

If I double (halve) the mass in the visible universe, will my inertia double (halve)? I think it should, at least as soon ''I have received the news of this doubling''. But what does the General ...
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### The Inertial theory of Sciama and an electromagnetic analogue

In 1952 D. W. Sciama introduced a paper On the origin of inertia. It presents a method in which inertia could arise from other mass in the universe. It goes along these lines: If you try to ...
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### Difference between first newton's law and second newton's law ? [duplicate]

the first and second laws of newton are both similar, so why do we need the first law if it is the same as the second? what is the big difference between these?
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### Is there a gravitational radiation reaction force?

As you may know, the linearized relativity theory (or gravitoelectromagnetism), obeys equations analogous to Maxwell's equations in electrodynamics. These equations in ED result in the troubling ...
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### What makes energy content of a body harder to accelerate it?

There was this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo232kyTsO0 where the host explains the "Real meaning of $E=mc^2$" by saying that even at the most microscopic level even the fundamental particles ...
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### An apparent contradiction to $m = m_0/\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}$ [duplicate]

Using theoretical framework of the special relativity, we can show that the quantity that we classically regard as energy does have a property of inertia. And particularly, if the total energy of a ...
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### Where this relation for general non rigid motion comes from?

In Goldstein's Classical Mechanics book in the chapter about the dynamics of rigid bodies the equation $$\dfrac{dL_i}{dt}+\epsilon_{ijk}\omega_jL_k = N_i$$ is presented. Now, in one exercise, we are ...
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### Law of inertia, Frames of reference

Ok, we all know that an Inertial frame of reference is defined like this: "An inertial frame of reference is one frame where Newton's First Law holds, therefore, a body has a constant velocity or ...
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### Htting the brakes with a pickup truck full of water

I am looking to settle a bet. My friend and I were discussing truck bed pools, which are pick-up trucks with their beds tarped and filled with water converting them into small temporary swimming pools....
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### Can an object spinning near the speed of light be accelerated significantly in any direction?

This question made me curious. It refers to a ball which is rotating so that its equator is approaching the speed of light, then talks about what it would look like if the observer moved. What I'm ...
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### Does a rotating object have more inertia, mass and gravitational pull?

When an object is rotating on an axis, it has stored rotational energy in it. Since energy and mass are related, does this stored rotation increase the mass of the object? And if so, will it be harder ...
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### Can we catch a bullet in a gun barrel? If not, why not?

I have looked through various questions about guns and bullets but I haven't found this one. If someone fires a handgun there is a recoil. Shooters learn to control this, the gun does not fly out of ...
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### Inertia on relativistic mass when particle is near speed of light

Inertia is directly proportional to mass but what happens when something travel to speed near to light. Its relativistic mass tends to infinity but that is false mass so I want to know if inertia is ...
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### How is inertia related to friction? [closed]

Inertia is the tendency for moving object to continue to move at constant velocity. My book says In order to initiate motion in an object, inertia must be overcome to start the movement. But ...
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### Is it experimentally verified that the neutrinos are affected by gravity?

If neutrinos (or any other particles) wasn't affected by gravity that would contradict the general theory of relativity. I'm convinced that the postulate of the equivalence between inertial mass and ...
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### What is inertia of a body?

The definition of inertia is "Inertia is the resistance offered by the body whenever its state of motion is changed." What is inertia of a body? Is inertia actually a force exerted by the body? If ...
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### Warship cannons influence on speed/direction [closed]

I've been looking at great warships like the Iowa or equivalent ww2 warships, and I raised question. This kind of war is pretty much only about strategic placements, accuracy and fire power. Hence ...
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### Are Fluted Barrels More Rigid Than Standard Ones?

This seems to be quite a debated topic in the shooting community and is something I'm not sure about. A fluted barrel is a barrel that has grooves milled into it to reduce weight, help it cool faster ...
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### Clarification on inertial mass

I was talking to my friend the other day about the origin of inertia and it pondered both of our brains. I would like to know if the concept of inertia exists at the quantum level? I realize that ...