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
M. The moon & sun apply a gravitational forces on the mass
M away from the earth. The bodies of water on the earth have some acceleration towards the moon & sun due to their forces (F=ma). The bodies of water accelerate till they reach a sort of equilibrium between forces.
I would like you to poke holes in my understanding of tides and try and answer my naive questions bellow.