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I'm just confused... I know that magnetic fields can do work only on pure magnetic dipoles like a bar magnet. Based...
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I came across this Wikipedia article about Reactive Centrifugal Force. It seems to be saying that this is not the...
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So I just watched Walter Lewin's lecture titled "complete breakdown of intuition". If you google it you can find it...
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Hallo everyone, Can a magnet do work on another magnet? (I believe it can. Just wanted to make sure.) What...
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It is known that a voltage must be applied around a closed circuit to make current pass through it. So thats why a...
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Hi, I would like to calculate the torque on a color square screw full with water like the drawing show. All grey...
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The version of Faraday's Law which purports to include both motional EMF and transformer EMF for circuits is false. ...
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This is a simple question, and I'm sure it has a trivial answer, but this thought occured to me just now. How is...
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Mod note: This thread on the reactive centrifugal force was split from this thread on the (fictitious) centrifugal...
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I had an interesting challenge earlier this year in physics class, and I got a good grade on my answer, but I'd like...
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Hypothesis A contained body of gas that is within a field of gravity will have differing temperature in differing...
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I've been having a huge debate about this, some people are saying "air resistance" and that just makes zero sense to...
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If they're orbiting Earth, then they're in uniform circular motion. And if they're in uniform circular motion, then...
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Hello physics forum crew, I would like some help coming up with one of those "is this possible" type questions. ...
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I think that there is no such thing as centrifugal force . Am I right ? is this force fictitious ?
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I am re-posting this question here in a new thread as Humber mistakenly posted it in a two year old thread.
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If I were to attempt to prove that the dot product of an electric and magnetic field is invariant under the conditions...
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Ok, I have a general question about centrifugal force. Lets say I have an object who moves in a circular path, we...
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Hello, For a reversible heat engine between temperatures T_1 and T_2, the ratio of heat going in and out the engine...
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I've just got some small problems this time. The first being,do the particles at the axis of a rotating body really...
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Thread split from this thread. Not true. The spray can is generating a constant force, not a constant power....
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I am new here and have always loved the history of science as much as the science itself. I have been intrigued by...
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We have some unbelievable discussions regarding the acceleration of race cars. At first glance, many just look at...
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I never really thought about this until the other day when someone asked me why something accelerating towards a...
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I know very little about physics, so I hope this is a pretty easy question. Action is always acting and reaction is...
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hi, I'm having trouble understanding what the difference is between the B and H fields. What my understanding is, if...
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The following discussion emerged under the topic "at rest" in Einsteinian relativity, and while out of place there it...
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Why does the air flow faster over the wing? In my fluid mechanics course we used streamlines and a half body to show...
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Today we did an experiment with a solenoid through which we varied the current. Around this solenoid, was a different...
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Then what makes an airplane fly?
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I'm confused about Maxwell's Equations. 1) does an electrical charge (say, an electron) traveling with a constant...
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Trying this again from a different angle... Let's say we have a 120 Volt AC source. We'll call it a generator. ...
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I'm afraid I need some help on this one. We are studying rotational dynamics and I read in my textbook, the...
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I would like to start a discussion involving how sound works. I've read plenty of websites but none can satisfy the...
Feb25-11 07:34 AM
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I have a classical mechanics problem related to the constrained motion of a mass: as per the attached graphics,...
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Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. What is energy?. ability to do work. what is work ? work = force x...
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I have trouble understanding and visualizing this concept because I want to think of something tangible. I am not sure...
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I understand that objects of different masses will accelerate equally in a vacuum. This is because the force of...
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