# 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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### What is static mass increase effect predicted by General relativity?

According to wikipedia, static mass increase is predicted by Einstein's General Relativity. In the book 'The Meaning of Relativity' by Einstein, inertia will increase when the object is near a ...
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### What does it signify that electrostatic mass cannot exist without inertial mass?

From Coulomb's law and Newton's second law we can state that if there is electrostatic mass (charge) at any point of space then there has to exist inertial mass also at that point of space. Otherwise, ...
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### Do objects launched from Earth retain the Earth's lateral inertia (67,000mph)

We've probably all heard of the gun on a train theory. Fire a bullet that would normally travel 500mph on a train that's moving 200mph (in the same direction the train is moving) and you've now got a ...
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### Why is the Earth self-rotating? [duplicate]

What drives this happen? Would it be the internal energy or by an external force? I did try to Google the answer, but could not find a good one.
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### Parallel axis theorem

For this question we are working in 2-D space. Let's say that we have an arbitrary body. I know the inertia with respect to a perpendicular axis (to the body, that is) that passes through a point (A). ...
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### Angular velocity of disc from induced motion

I came across a question regarding linear momentum $L$ and it's conservation, however I tried and got confused. It reads: A $40kg$ girl stands on the very edge of a rotating disc of mass $50kg$ and ...
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### What role does inertia play in determining how long an egg rotates?

There are two identical eggs boiled egg and raw egg, both are rotated with same angular speed. Which one will come to rest earlier? I have read this question, but it discuss more about friction and ...
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### inertial pressure on in a rotating syringe

First question on stackexchange. Hopefully somebody can help me out. I'm struggling to express the following eloquently. I have a rotating syringe tipped with a needle. rotation speed w, with radius ...
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### What really is “inertial force”?

In Fluid Mechanics we often see the term inertial force when discussing Reynolds number. The problem is, I didn't really get what's this inertial force. Basically, the notion of inertia I have is that ...
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### How to account for inertia in kinematics?

Alright, I'm only in AP Physics and I asked my teacher and he couldn't help me... I'm making a 2D physics engine and I'm having problems when it comes to gravity between objects and I think its ...
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### Can we explain Newton's first law mathematically?

At constant speed there is no acceleration. $(f'(x)=v'=0=a)$ .If $a=0$ then $F=ma=0$ and therefore no force acts on the object so the object will continue in the same direction, if any. This is only ...
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### Have you ever seen in your car a mosquito? it's not capable of going 60 mph. How come it can still keep up with the car as if it weren't trying [duplicate]

For instance, a fly is staying at the same spot, then your car suddenly moves forward at a rate of 60 mph. The mosquito IS staying at the same spot but for some reason it moves along with the car as ...
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### How does electron spin change instantaneously without violating inertia principle?

The inertia in one of the main properties of matter. That is why all process in macro world do not happen instantaneously. What I do not understand is how we should apply this general idea of inertia ...
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### What is the definition of inertial mass?

What is the definition of inertial mass? I can see two options, either it's the coefficient associated with the object being accelerated in Newton's 2nd Law, or it's the coefficient relating momentum ...
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### Newton's first law: is his concept of (force of ) inertia still useful and used?

The force of inertia is the property common to all bodies that remain in their state, either at rest or in motion, unless some external cause is introduced to make them alter this state. That is ...
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### Will I be able to push a small object in front of me in the outer space?

Imagine I am standing on Earth, and pushing a tennis ball away from me. The ball moves. If it is very heavy, I will move back instead of the ball. Now consider the same scenario in outer space, where ...
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### Researching an automobile accident.Wondering if someone can help me as I never studied physics [closed]

I am trying do some independent research on a recent auto collision where the information released doesn't seem plausible based on the pictures that I have seen of the accidents aftermath. A 5,500lb(...
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### Alcubierre drive and inertia.

What is the inertia or velocity of a vehicle upon exiting or shutting down an Alcubierre bubble? Would the vehicle maintain the velocity it had in the bubble? I'm not sure I asked the question in a ...
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### Inertia and momentum

Question #1: Why does speed have nothing to do with inertia? Question #2: If a car hits a steel wall and stops, where did the momentum go?
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### Is inertia actually a property of the force rather than the mass?

I ask this because it occurred to me that the inertial property of mass only actually arises in the context of forces (such as the EM force) as a resistance to their accelerating effect. Inertia plays ...
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### Equilibrium: Inertia & Applied Force

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am lay and will understand if the question is closed. My understanding is that in a vacuum, a constant force of $n$ applied to an object of mass $m$, ...
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### Gravity vs inertia

As stated according to Newton laws of gravity, every object with mass attracts all other object with a force which produces acceleration. Basically there are several forces in the universe which ...
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### Do lawn mowers still cut the grasses if they aren't attached to the ground?

A rotary lawn mower cuts the grasses by rotating it's sharp blade on it but if the grasses aren't attached to the ground will they still cut them? What forces act on this system? I know the answer is ...
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### Electromagnetic factors affecting inertial mass of a body affect its gravitational mass or not?

We can see that when a charge sphere is at rest & we are to put it in motion with any desired velocity than we will have to apply the same force for a longer time as if it were applied to the ...
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### Work done or not in this case?

I have a very simple question. A motorboat directed upstream is seen to be at rest from the bank of a river. Is the engine doing any work? Is it right to say that since it is not causing any ...
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### What determines the speed required to pull a table cloth?

I was watching this show "Street Genius" on National Geographic and the host Tim Shaw demonstrated an experiment about Inertia, What he did was, He tied one end of a table cloth to a car through a ...
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### Does the unit of Inertia include radians? [duplicate]

The unit for angular acceleration $\alpha$ is: $$\mathrm{rad/s^2}$$ The unit for torque is $\mathrm{Nm}$: $$\mathrm{kg\ m^2/s^2}$$ And their relationship with Inertia is: $$I = \tau/\alpha$$ So ...
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### Why won't this reactionless drive idea work (motor with a moving weight in space)

I know people will say it violates many laws of motion and conservation but could anyone explain why it is so? It's NOT a question about free energy. Imagine a motor in space. It has an arm (rod) ...
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### Why is centrifugal 'force' perpendicular to line of inertia

I know that centrifugal is labeled a fictitious force only arising in a rotating reference frame, but I still struggle to understand the forces at play intuitively in tethered rotating bodies. I've ...
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### How Is the Inertial Mass Different From the Gravitational Mass? [duplicate]

I recently read that the mass that we deal with in the equation $F=M_{i}a$ is called the inertial mass and the mass that we deal with in $F=M_{g}g$ is called the gravitational mass. I find a hard ...
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### Block on an incline moving right with an acceleration [closed]

The situation looks as follows: The incline is moving rightwards with a constant acceleration The forces on the picture are: mg - weight, N - normal force, F - inertial force (already shown), since ...
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### How do I calculate the experimental and theoretical rotational inertia of a point mass?

I'm getting some weird results from a calculation I'm doing and quite honestly, I'm pretty sure it's due to human error. I do have an apparatus involved for the experimental process for my lab but I ...
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### Perceived sway difference between double-decked vs. single-decked buses?

Why is that when I'm standing in a moving double deck bus, my body doesn't move a lot; whereas, in a moving single deck bus, my body moves quite a bit? It seems like I swing a lot in single deck buses,...
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### Relative motion question [duplicate]

I'm sitting on my seat in a train and the train is moving at a very high speed, let's say 600 mph. If I throw a ball vertically up in the air (while still sitting on my seat), will the ball fall back ...
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### Will larger balls make a Newton's cradle swing more stable?

I got a rather small Netwon's cradle and when I start it, the effect is not very good since all the balls start to swing where the effect we want is obvious. The balls are small and I wonder if larger ...
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### Inertia and Rocket Propulsion

We were taught in school that the law of inertia indicates that an object tend to stay the way it is, so if you throw something in space it will tend to go on forever and ever. The reason an object ...
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### If there is no gravity, does that mean there's no mass as well? [duplicate]

I have demonstrated that weight only is measured based on the gravitational pull of where you live. For example, the gravity on the surface of Mars is three times smaller than the gravity on the ...
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### “Weight” of moving object in a car collision

From time to time I see safety warning about keeping loose items in your car. The last warning used a 2kg object, and claimed that if a collision occurred at $50{km\over h}$ it would have a weight ...
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### Is inertia present in a body while in state of motion?

According to Newton's law of inertia (written in book:The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy**) it is said that in all objects having mass, have always inertia included in their property ...
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### Doubt in law of mutual interaction

Book: Classical mechanics (textbook) by Douglas Gregory (cambridge publications) Law of mutual interaction states that when two particle (let it be P1 and P2) interacts, the particle (P1) induces an ...
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### Can inertia be explained by Bremsstrahlung?

Considering that on the atomic level objects consists of densely spaced positively and negatively charged particles, does not the acceleration of those objects lead to Bremsstrahlung of those ...
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### Velocity of 2 balls with different masses on a moving train after the train brakes

Question This is from my textbook: There are 2 balls of the same size made of rubber and iron respectively kept on the smooth surface of a moving train. Which ball will move faster when the train ...
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### Does trade affect Earth's rotation? [duplicate]

Every country is trading with other countries around the world, some more than others. I was wondering if there would be any change to the Earth's rotation because of the imbalance of trade between ...
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### Why does inertia happen?

In this video R P Feynman relates a story where his father told him that, even though we know the word "inertia" and what it means, nobody knows why inertia happens. Is that still true?
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### Can someone explain to me inertia? [closed]

I'm a little new to physics and I'm not quite getting the concept of inertia. Can someone help me?
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### Does inertia increase with speed? [duplicate]

I have heard that when the speed of the object increase, the mass of the object also increase. (Why does an object with higher speed gain more (relativistic) mass?) So inertia which is related to ...
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### Closed-form equation for orientation and angular velocity over time

If a rigid body, rotating freely in 3d, experiences no friction or other external forces and has an initially diagonal inertia matrix $\mathbf{I}_0$ (with $I_{11}>I_{22}>I_{33}>0$) and ...
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### What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...