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Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass?

Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass, i.e the larger the object the more gravitational force it has?
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Interaction pairs- how they can cause movement

Back to basics with this question but I really want to make sure I understand this concept. Newton's third law states that 'every action has an opposite and equal reaction', which we can see through ...
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Why isn't the entire force we apply on two objects transmitted to the second object?

When we exert a force of X N on a box in contact with another identical box on a frictionless surface, the resultant force on both boxes is 0.5X N. My question is, why doesn't the first box push the ...
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Rising glass in xkcd what if

In http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/, Around this time, the glass on the left starts to visibly lift into the air. The air pressure is trying to squeeze the glass and water together. This is the ...
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Confused about the direction of friction force

I'm really confused about the direction of friction force. I think about collision of two balls and think that "friction force is opposite to the relative speed of the contact point of the two ...
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The force exerted by a ~10 Tesla magnet on a C13 isotope?

How much force would a ~10 Tesla magnet exert on a weakly magnetic C13 isotope? If I made a molecule of diamond with $N$ C13 atoms, how large would $N$ need to be for me to pull on it with something ...
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Force on a charge due to charged sheet

I want to find the force on a positive charge placed at a distance $d$ from a positively charged infinite plate. Of course, it can simply be done by finding the electric field due the plate using ...
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How to model analytical expression for spring constant $k$ for certain structure?

In the deflection of beam, I learned that $$ \delta y=\frac{FL^3}{3EI} $$ where $$ I=\frac{h^3w}{12} $$ Together they comprise $$ F=\frac{Eh^3w}{4L^3}\delta y $$ How do I apply to four beams? ...
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Is tension always constant throughout a rope of mass in equilibrium?

Let's say we have a meter stick with a single rope attached to it. One end of the rope is attached to one end of the meter stick, the other end of the rope is attached to the opposite end of the meter ...
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Why is a book on a table not an example of Newton's third law?

My textbook explains Newton's Third Law like this: If an object A exterts a force on object B, then object B exerts an equal but opposite force on object A It then says: Newton's 3rd law ...
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How to measure the properties of a non-newtonian fluid?

We have made non-newtonian fluid by mixing water (or Tonic) and starch. We can't figure out the link between the amount of water and starch and the viscosity of the fluid. What we can figure out is ...
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Superstring mass between 2 D-branes

The mass of a superstring between 2 parallel D-branes of dimension $p$ and $q$ is $$m^2=(N−a)+(y/2π)^2$$ But what is the value of the normal ordering constant $a$?
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Forces & Pressure

So, today I learnt that P=F/A. For something with a flat surface, it is easy to grab. Then came to my mind, how about the pressure exerted by a curved surface? How do you calculate the pressure? To ...
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Force exerted on carseats?

Can anyone explain how force is exerted on car seats during a crash? I am being told in car seat safety forums that $force=mass \times acceleration$. So if a $2000 \;\text{lb}$ vehicle bumps you at ...
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Helium Lift Potential [closed]

A particular mass of helium is required to lift a particular weight. If the weight stays the same and the mass of helium is decreased can the same lift force be achieved by increasing the ...
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Normal force on vertical circular motion

I have a couple of questions concerning vertical circular motion. The object shown in the diagram moves with constant speed on the inside of a circle. In point A the normal force points to the ...
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Torque and Force of Pulley fixed on side

If you had only 1 pulley that is connected to a rotating shaft, and which has a rope circled around it once, with a mass M on one side and with the rope fixed on the other end, how would you then ...
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Explanation of a Mechanical Situation [closed]

The box sitting on the table top has some mass $m$ (I would refer to the weight of the box just as $\mathbf{W}$), and its net acceleration which I call $\mathbf{a}$ is zero, for the time being. This ...
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What is the difference between the Lorentz force and the ponderomotive force? [closed]

I understand that Lorentz force is due to motion of moving charged particle in a magnetic field, and I imagine that ponderomotive force is mechanical version analogy to a person surfing on a wave ...
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Dynamics: Forces in a closed system

I need help with the following question: There is painter in a crate which hangs alongside a building. When the painter pulls on the rope, the force he exerts on the floor of the crate is 300N. The ...
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Axial loaded bars problem

I completely disagree with the following calculations: Based on my understanding, there is no force either internal or external applied to the Green bar, so it should be 0N. The reaction (internal) ...
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Is polar coordinates frame non-inertial?

Consider the acceleration expressed in polar coordinates. $ \left( \ddot r - r\dot\varphi^2 \right) \hat{\mathbf r} + \left( r\ddot\varphi + 2\dot r \dot\varphi \right) \hat{\boldsymbol{\varphi}} ...
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In rotating frames, particles do not travel at constant velocity?

If we measure a particle's trajectory in a rotating frame of reference as $\vec x=\vec x(t)$, then $\frac{d^2\vec x}{dt^2}=0$ could be zero? I'm trying to explain why the Newton's first law of ...
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Structure of force table

In school, they asked us to do a force table and to search about it on internet to know what to do. The problem is that I searched for hours but I didn't understand the concept 100% since I am not ...
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What is the space-time medium? [closed]

What is the space-time medium? According to this answer: "... fields are a fundamental part of the universe." Then why do we describe a gravity as being depressions in space-time? And why don't we ...
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Force with different distance dependence

Recently, I have learnt about the central force motion. I came across some forces with different distance dependence, for example, k/r^2(common) one, k/r^4, or even the combined one k/r^2 + k'/r^4 (k, ...
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Modelling an Airplane Question

For an assignment of mine I am creating a very basic model of an airplane, where I choose to consider a fixed amount of parameters that affect flight and to disregard others which I find too difficult ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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Is work done by a pseudo force?

If a body is viewed from the frame of another body which is itself accelerating, will work be done by the pseudo force acting on the first body in the frame of second body ( provided the first body ...
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Forces and moments on Massless link

I am the TA for a dynamics class, and I've come across an odd problem where I can't explain/don't remember how to look up the answer to the problem. I have the following problem from an old solution ...
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Is a laminated padlock really stronger than a solid one, and if so, why?

I used to think that the padlock design of using many layers of metal stacked to form the main body was a cost-cutting consideration. This was my assumption before I came across the idea that it was ...
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Distance from Earth where gravity becomes negligible

This is a basic little problem I thought up when trying to remember some physics, and I wanted to see if it's at all correct: trying to figure out the distance from earth where gravity becomes ...
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Why is less force required to open a door when we apply a force at a greater distance from the hinge?

I know that the magnitude of a torque increases with the distance from the axis of rotation. What is the reason of that : how can a force exert a greater torque when the force is applied at a ...
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What is the Role of gravity?

I am new to physics and I understand gravity is a pulling force. Let's assume a ball has been placed on the ground. Does gravity has any role after I placed an object (e.g. ball) on ground? ...
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How to explain the force applied on this object? [closed]

Sorry for posting such a simple problem but I'm having trouble understanding this concept. In the picture below, we have a force, $ \vec F_{app}$ acting on two objects, A and B. Mass of block A: $ ...
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About reference frame in Newton's second law?

Classical physics models events occuring in the spacetime $\mathcal E\times \mathcal T$ where $\mathcal E$ is a dimension 3 euclidean point space and $\mathcal T$ is an interval of $(\mathbb R, ...
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Condition for a force to be conservative

I get that a force dependent on path is non-conservative or a force which does non-zero work in completing a cycle. But how do you prove that mathematically. Let's assume I have a force F= 2yi + ...
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Do electric and magnetic lines of force physically exist?

As per my imagination any thing can't impose force on the other by not giving even a touch(i,e action at a distance). So I thought there must be some physical existence of lines of force. Although ...
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If $F=ma$, how do can we experience both gravity and a normal force even though we are not accelerating

So as I sit in my chair, I experience a gravitational force pushing me into the chair and I'm also experiencing the normal force of the chair pushing back at me so I don't fall. According to Newton's ...
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What Keeps a Pendulum Moving In a Circular Path?

From the figure, we know that $F_{net} = mg\sin\theta$. Now, this force $\vec{F_{net}}$ is in the direction of the velocity $\vec{v}$ of the bob, both are tangent to the path. Therefore, the net ...
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Question about force in transverse waves on a string

In deriving wave equation or power transmission of wave transmitted by a string, it is usually stated (with some assumptions) that the transverse force on a point of the string is proportional to the ...
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laws of motion while climbing a rope

I'm a little confused with the application of laws of motion on a man climbing a rope. Suppose a man of mass Mg is climbing a rope with an acceleration a. Rope is massless. Now if look through the ...
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Calculating force with two fulcrums and many forces [closed]

I may not be wording the question the right way. I have a lever. About 2/3 the way back there is a pivot point. We'll call this B On the very front (end of the lever) there is a block that the lever ...
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Does a central force have to be independent of angle?

When defining a central force, some sources, like Wikipedia, say that the magnitude of the force only depends on the distance $r$: In classical mechanics, a central force on an object is a force ...
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The Physics Behind the American Death Triangle [closed]

I've heard a lot about the American Death Triangle and how it is awful for belaying. The Death Triangle is set up as such: you have two anchor points with a single rope or line running through both ...
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How does placing objects in liquids affect the mass?

I was dazing off in my physics class when I came up with this question and I was wondering about it all day. I could not provide myself with an adequate solution, so here I am asking the forum about ...
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Mass required to prevent sign falling over with a set wind load - activity stations for disabled children

I'm currently working on my thesis and I'm stuck on a question. I'm designing activity stations for disabled children to be used for equine therapy. The stand is 9ft tall and I've calculated the the ...
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Force between two point dipoles

What would the force between two parallel point dipoles be? I was thinking of doing it the way force between two point charges is found out, by finding the field and then the force but I am not able ...
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Find the relation between length of pulley and strings

A pulley is pulled with external force $F$. $x$ and $y$ denote the displacement of two ends of strings of the pulley and $z$ is the displacement of the pulley. Prove That $$z = ...
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Free body diagram with forces of friction

I'm reallizing that I'm very confused on how to make a free body diagram of forces in some situations where there is friction between two objects. I'll make an example where I cannot figure out what's ...