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# Questions tagged [newtonian-mechanics]

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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### Creating a fair 3 sided coin

I want to make a cylindrical three sided fair coin, with sides: heads, tails, and edge. What should the area of the edge be in relation to the area of the head of the coin? Assume it is all made of ...
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### What is the mechanical explanation for obstruction of motion by an object?

A large box (1) is on a flat surface and is towed by a constant force in the horizontal direction, left to right, but it is not moving due to the presence of a little box (2) in front of the larger ...
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### Why are there two ways to solve for energy of a spring?

I can find the energy of a spring using $F = -kx$, or by using the formula $e = 1/2mv^2 + 1/2I\omega^2 + mgh + 1/2kx^2$. The first way, I get $mg/k = x$, but the second way, I get $2mg/k = x$. Which ...
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### Static plane in an inertial frame of reference

Suppose we are given a mechanical frame consisting of two points. How can we prove that assuming any initial conditions there is an inertial frame of reference in which these points will be in a ...
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### Can a fly pierce itself onto a cactus needle?

Somebody on reddit posted a ridiculous picture today of a fly pierced onto a needle of a cactus: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/xarue/what_are_the_odds_of_this_accident/ Whilst the OP claims ...
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### Hooke's Law and the shape of coils

I've learned in school that the force in a coil is $F=kx$, linear on how much the coil is stretched. Two questions: Is it always linear for every shape of a coil? Does it remain linear if we increase ...
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### What is the Lie algebra of the Galilean group and what is the structure of it?

I read Freeman Dyson's article Missed Opportunities, in which he talked about the mathematical attractiveness of the Lorenz group compared to the Galilean group. I am reading Florian Scheck's book on ...
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### How to calculate cord tension in a vertical circle?

Mass m is connected to the end of a cord at length R above its rotational axis (the axis is parallel to the horizon, the position of the mass is perpendicular to the horizon). It is given an initial ...
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I'm trying to solve this elementary problem. I'm studying mathematics, but there is a compulsory course in physics that has to be passed. I'm having an exam in 5 days and I have some doubts on ...
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### Say we're driving a bike and suddenly hold the brakes?

It's easy for me to imagine that if we brake the front wheel then there is a chance that I'll flip. On the other hand if I brake the back wheel, there is no way it'll happen no matter how fast I ...
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### Hurricanes and bathtubs

Why do hurricane winds rotate? I know it´s about Coriolis force but how can I be quantitative? My problem is that I can´t imagine the direction velocity of wind and the angle with earth angular ...
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### What is the function of the top point of a bouncing ball?

A ball is thrown away as parallel to x axis from M(0,h) point with speed V . After each jumping on x axis , it can reach half of previous height as shown in the figure.(Assume that no any air ...
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### Pedestrian hit by small vs. big car

We have been discussing whether or not bigger cars are more dangerous to pedestrians. I will reduce it to a simpler question. Imagine two cars, which are exactly identical in shape, but have ...
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### Carrying water on person, or on the frame when bicycling

So, the question is as follows: What is the difference in work exerted by the rider in the two following scenarios? a) Rider + bike. Water carried in a holder on the frame b) Rider + bike. Water ...
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### Does wind speed things up or accelerate things?

This question may seem odd, but I can't think of anything better. So I'll go straight to the point. Let's say there's a projectile in air going east, shot at a certain angle, with a certain speed. ...
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### Please explain this circular movement problem [closed]

I was working over some problems from my physics textbook, and I came across this one, it involves circular movement: A car with the mass of 1t is moving over a hill with the velocity of 20 m/s. The ...
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### Does a slinky hanging downward double in length if gravity doubles?

Also would a spring under tension greater than the force of gravity pulling the spring downward shrink in both directions until it has depleted it's stored energy while in free fall?
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### Is it possible to have a self-balancing system?

I am trying to create a machine that moves on two points (Wheels or legs). Because of the extremely difficult nature of perfectly balancing the parts, I am wondering is there any way to create a ...
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### Is energy “destroyed” when walking?

Conservation of energy states energy can't be destroyed, but isn't energy used up when walking in a straight line? If your not walking up a slope, kinetic energy isn't converted to gravitational ...
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### Is it safe for astronaut to do this “dangerous” movement?

So, if the astronaut is working outside the space station in thew space, could he not tie himself onto the space station and if he is going further away of the space station, i think he could just ...
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### How calculate the angle to launch an object at the maximum distance?

Suppose that you want to launch an object that travels the longest distance, given the starting speed (or the force applied). You have to determine the angle that al you to reach the longest distance, ...
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### How should I be thinking about tides?

I am working on a project for physics that involves tides. This is my current mind set when thinking about tides: The earth applies a gravitational force on some mass ...
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### Control system with equation C = A*x + B*dx/dt

This question came up in a computer science / robotics exam and I still don't know the solution for it. I figured out that it's classical mechanics related, so I thought this might be the best place ...
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### Does friction act in the same way in different directions?

A physics textbook is launched up a rough incline with a kinetic energy of $X$ joules. When the book comes momentarily to rest near the top of the incline, it has only gained ($X-20$) joules of ...
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### A freefalling body problem, only partial distance and time known

Well, I've been trying to figure out a problem which I imposed on myself, so no literal values included. Unfortunately, my brain is not cooperating. The problem states: What is the height from ...
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### Force in relation to stationary and non stationary objects

Say you have two situations with an object interacting with the ground. In the first situation the object has been sitting on the ground for a while so the force will be mg. In the second situation ...