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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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If a cart hits a wall, does the weight of it affect how it moves, when the center of gravity is constant?

I have a model that represents a bicycle (a wood block with wheels), and I'm balancing the center of gravity so it's the same as a real bike. However, when the center of mass is kept constant, does ...
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Direction of friction on particle placed on a rotating turntable

If a particle is placed on a rotating turntable then the particle has a tendency to slip tangentially with respect to the underneath surface... So the friction should act tangentially to the particle.....
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How can the torque a bicycle experiences be calculated based on the center of gravity, weight and a force?

The position center of gravity of a bicycle and its rider is known, and the distance from it to the point of contact of the front wheel with the ground, in terms of horizontal and vertical distance (x ...
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Basic classical mechanics question [closed]

A and B are in a lift. The mass of the lift is 250kg. As it moves upward, the floor of the lift exerts a force of 678N and 452N on A and B, respectively. The tension in the cable of the lift is 3955N. ...
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Estimating atmospheric friction by measuring the change in velocity of a ball thrown straight upwards

Imagine I throw a ball straight upwards with some velocity $v_1$, and filming the ball with a camera, I can estimate a velocity $v_2$ (along the same vector) after the ball has moved a distance $D$. ...
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exercise concerning the inclined plane

I have an exercise to ask yourself. A ball of mass m = 5 g starts at rest and travels 50 cm along a ramp inclined at 45 ° to the horizontal. a) If we imagine frictionless motion of the ball along the ...
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Equation for the trajectory of a frisbee?

I'm the lead programmer on a FIRST robotics team, and this year's competition is about throwing Frisbees. I was wondering if there was some sort of "grand unified equation" for Frisbee trajectory that ...
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what is the translational motion with the velocity of the center of mass?

and that is the internal motion relative to the center of mass? could give me some examples? desire to relate since I need to find out what is the kinetic energy in the center-of-mass of two particles,...
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How do I account for the direction of friction acting on a spring?

I would like to set up the equations of motion for a simple spring oscillator. Let's have a spring lying horizontally; we attach a small mass $m$ to the (massless) spring. The force of the spring ...
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Inelastic Collision and incident angle

This problem is puzzling me. Scenario 1: A certain sphere is having an innelastic collision with a plane of a very large mass. Let the angle between the sphere's velocity and the surface be 90 ...
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How Felix Baumgartner has reached the speed of sound quickly

I have watched Felix Baumgartner freefall; but I wonder how Felix has reached the speed of sound quickly, in a matter of some seconds, then we had no idea of its speed? Any explanation please.
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Do we exert more force when we walk?

When we walk, is the magnitude of the earth's force on us greater than if we were standing still?
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How long would a lever have to be to move the planet Earth?

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. -Archimedes How long would that lever have to be? That is to say, how long a lever ...
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Why are orbits elliptical? [duplicate]

Almost all of the orbits of planets and other celestial bodies are elliptical, not circular. Is this due to gravitational pull by other nearby massive bodies? If this was the case a two body system ...
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Does Kepler's law only apply to planets?

Does Kepler's law only apply to planets? If so why doesn't it apply to other objects undergoing circular motion? By Kepler's law I'm referring to $T^2 \propto r^3$
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Vertical Load Reactions On A Ramp

Hello, I'm working on a small hardware project. I have two load sensors located at distance $S_1$ ($x=0$) and $S_2$. Assuming we ignore the weight of the ramp ... What is the load on $S_1$ and $S_2$...
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Doubts with levers

I'm studying for a test of static rigid body and I'm having doubts on how to solve problems involving levers with weight. If I have, for example, a lever 10 kilograms and 3 meters long and one support ...
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Rolling bowling ball with slipping

If a bowling ball is moving with some initial velocity while slipping, how far will it move before it begins to roll once it experiences static friction? $\ddot{x} = \mu_{kf}g$ And there is also a ...
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Dynamics of a Rocket

I am interested in modelling the trajectory of a rocket from the Earth to the Moon by solving a differential equation numerically. Below are some key facts and assumptions I am using. I want to make ...
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Is resistance to motion directly proportional to the speed of a moving object?

Power is known to be equal to the force x velocity (P=FV). Im solving a question that states the following : Car with engine working at 32 kW, mass of 1 tonne, travels at a constant speed of 40m/s ...
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Bowling ball on a rubber sheet

After reading a layman's guide to general relativity, I began to wonder what shape a bowling ball on a large rubber sheet would produce. For simplicity, I would like to assume that Hooke's law applies ...
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Research on galaxy “stiffness”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are galactic stars spiraling inwards? Has there been any research on the effects of interstellar gravitational attraction that would make collective star motion in a galaxy ...
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How do I express the Kepler general orbit $r(\phi)$ in rectangular coordinates?

How do I express the Kepler general orbit $r(\phi)$ in rectangular coordinates? I use the identities $x=r\cos\phi$, $y=r\sin\phi$, and $r^2 = x^2 + y^2$, but I block at some point.
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The two faces of $F = m*a$

As I have understood, $F(t)=m \cdot a(t)$ can have 2 different meanings: When applying an external force $F$ on a point mass of mass $m$, the resulting acceleration of that mass at time $t$ is $a$....
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Which kinds of Physics laws do and don't comply with the principle of relativity?

In Physics, the principle of relativity is the requirement that the equations describing the laws of physics have the same form in all admissible frames of reference. However, according to this and ...
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Does Bernoulli's principle hold in moving reference frames? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bernoulli’s equation and reference frames Sometimes in train, when setting behind opening window, I can feel strong gale blowing in. The closer to the window the stronger wind ...
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Tidal force on far side

I have a question about tidal forces on the far side of a body experiencing gravitational attraction from another body. Let's assume we have two spherical bodies $A$ and $B$ whose centers are $D$ ...
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Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving surface

I've been looking at examples of a ball rolling without slipping down an inclined surface. What happens if the incline angle changes as the ball is rolling? More precisely I've been trying to find ...
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Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving surface 2 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving surface Apparently I didn't log in properly when I asked a question this morning: Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving ...
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Why do the stars in the galaxy core move so fast?

There are a bunch of stars orbiting the black hole in the center of our galaxy. These stars move at huge speed. Why do we see this? Why do the black hole not impose any noticeable time dilation on ...
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How does the Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator Pendulum-Lever System work?

See http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Milkovic_Two-Stage_Mechanical_Oscillator The Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator Pendulum-Lever System is very simple, yet very puzzling because it appears ...
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Why is a cycloid path the fastest way to roll a ball downward? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Path to obtain the shortest traveling time I've been told that if one would want to make a ramp to get a ball from point A to a lower point B (at a certain horizontal distance ...
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How does weight/mass affect angular momentum?

How does weight/mass affect angular momentum? For my 8th gr science fair project I have to do an experiment on angular momentum. My problem is that we have not been taught any of that in physics yet, ...
There is a set called Vitali Set which is not Lebesgue measurable. Analogously, there also exists a Vitali set $Y$ in $\mathbb R^3$ which is a subset of $[0,1]^3$ and $|Y\cap q|=1$ for all $q\in \... 1answer 332 views Finding the acceleration of Block attached using tricky string setup Below shown is a setup, and block B starts from rest and moves towards right with a constant acceleration. Does the acceleration differ for the blocks ? I am a bit confused because of the tricky ... 1answer 4k views Elastic collision in two dimensions Suppose a particle with mass$m_1$and speed$v_{1i}$undergoes an elastic collision with stationary particle of mass$m_2$. After the collision, particle of mass$m_1$moves with speed$v_{1f}$in a ... 2answers 8k views Determine the acceleration and angular acceleration of a disc The question is: A 90kg disc is floating in a frictionless vacuum. A 150N force is applied to the outer rim of the disc. The disc has a radius of 0.25m and a radius of gyration of 0.16m. What ... 1answer 4k views One strategy in a snowball fight Here's a common college physics problem: One strategy in a snowball fight is to throw a first snowball at a high angle over level ground. While your opponent is watching the first one, you ... 3answers 472 views Displacement with zero velocity I know that we can rotate a deformable object using internal forces only in space. Thus we can cause an angular displacement without the use of any external forces. The following youtube video shows ... 4answers 8k views Which direction will the yoyo move? This question has been around the net for a while, and I haven't seen a good explanation for it: A yo-yo is initially at rest on a horizontal surface. A string is pulled in the direction shown in the ... 3answers 986 views Why is$F = mg - T$in this case? The situation is as follows: I am told that$F_{net} = mg - T$in this case, but doesn't that not take into account that$T$isn't applied to the center of mass? Newton's second law is defined for ... 2answers 139 views Energy problem: What's wrong here? A car ($m=540\,\text{kg}$) engine, has a power of$60\,\text{kW}$. The static friction coefficient between wheels and road is$k=0.6$. How long does it take to reach the speed of$27.7\,\text{m/s}$, ... 2answers 3k views How do I approach this conservation of energy problem, symbolically In the absence of nonconservative forces such as friction and air resistance, the total mechanical energy in a closed system is conserved. This is why that when I toss an object directly upwards, the ... 2answers 2k views Ice skater increase of energy This may be a very basic question but I am not seeing how it works. Consider the standard example of an ice skate rotating about his/her center of mass and pulling in his/her arms. The torque is zero ... 1answer 3k views Mass-Spring Damper system - moving surface I need help with a physics problem, I don't know much about dampers, how can this be solved? we have$y_0(x)=\mu\sin(\Omega x)$We arrive at this equation for motion (where we define$b$and$w_0$... 2answers 9k views Tensions And Pulleys With Masses The problem I am working on is: "A block of mass m1 = 1.80 kg and a block of mass m2 = 6.30 kg are connected by a massless string over a pulley in the shape of a solid disk having radius R = 0.250 m ... 5answers 2k views Is there a mathematical derivation of potential energy that is *not* rooted in the conservation of energy? For simplicity I'll consider only gravity, but in general this question only applies to conservative forces. As per my understanding, the way one gets to the equation for gravitational potential ... 2answers 77 views How do I know the position of some mass in space (starting at rest) over time when applying earth's gravitational force to it? I know how to use Newton's law of universal gravitation. But I'm not sure where to go from there. This is for my understanding while working on a game. I'm not trying to do anything fancy here. 1answer 70 views Is this$W_{r} = \frac{1}{2}kx^2 $procedure correct [closed] I have a$0.40 Kg$of mass that has$v= 0.5 m/s$, and then crashes with a spring with constant$k = 750N/m$Whats the distance that the spring was compressed? I was using the equation$W_{r} = \...
I have a troubles. Can you help me? I have a task, called "slippery activity". Boy (he has $m=45kg$) Stands at ice and tries to move a big box ($M=90kg$) with a string (rope). Boy's Slip ratio is 0....