Gravity is an attractive force that affects and is effected by all mass and - in general relativity - energy, pressure and stress. Prefer newtonian-gravity or general-relativity if sensible.

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How come we talk about gravitational potential energy and not gravitational potential?

With regards to gravity the equation learned is $$U=-\frac{GMm}{r}$$ And the relationship to force is $$F=-\frac{dU}{dr}$$ In electrostatics we instead talk about electric field and electric ...
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Radiometric dating of lithosphere and the Schwarzchild's critical radius

It is reported that the earth's lithosphere is constantly recycling over time. If that is so, then would this alter the validity of radiometric dating? It is theorized that a singularity the size ...
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How does gravity's space time distortion access energy to induce freefall?

An observer, standing on top of a building, has a gravity switch (use your imagination) which allows him to turn gravity on and off. He turns the switch off, then releases a pool ball over the edge ...
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Is the Moon freely falling towards the Earth?

The Moon is revolving around the Earth and its centripetal acceleration is towards the Earth. Does it mean that the Moon is freely falling towards Earth? What is the cause of the Moon orbiting around ...
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surface tension versus gravity in a zero-gravity environment, size limit of water and air bubble [on hold]

surface tension versus gravity in a zero-gravity environment, size limit of water and air bubble. When do the forces balance?
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Is there, and if there is, what is the name of the concept that matter is made out of void/space?

I can't recall where I heard about this, but it was rather intriguing. I recall the notion that matter is compressed void/space, where I remember an example of a bedsheet representing space, and the ...
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Finding equation for acceleration using mass1, mass2, gravity, theta, and Mu [on hold]

So, the only question I could not solve in this chapter for AP Physics, and I really want to understand it. We have a situation like this: There is a box sitting on an incline. We are trying to ...
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Does the distance two weights are from you alter the difficulty of lifting them?

If I am weightlifting and I choose to do the deadlift, does it matter how far away from me the weights are on the bar, given that they are equally distance from me on both sides. E.g. I am deadlifting ...
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Why does unequal mass distribution cause orbital decay?

It's well known that in low orbits around astronomical bodies with uneven mass distribution, orbits will shift around, and the orbiting object may crash into the surface. Why is this the case? ...
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How big could a bubble of air and water be in zero gravity? Assume air surrounds and fills a bubble of water

I am designing an all water planetoid for a new science fiction novel I am writing. The Planetoid is a spherical bubble of water filled with air, and covered by a sufficiently thick atmosphere to ...
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Calculating change in gravitational potential energy [closed]

A satellite mass $500\ kg$ is elevated from altitude $10000\ km$ to altitude $20000\ km$. Radius of earth is $6378\ km$. Mass of earth is $5.97 \cdot 10^{24}\ kg$. Gravity is given to be $9.81\ m/s $ ...
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What physical conditions would allow for this kind of perpetual seesaw

I'm working with a simulator(Box2D) and need to create these conditions. I have a perpetual seesaw with two objects on either side. I'd like for the following conditions to be met. The first ...
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An alternate approach to find variation of gravitational acceleration with respect to depth of an object in Earth

As we go down the Earth, assuming it to be a uniform sphere abiding only to Newtonian physics, the gravitational acceleration imparted to an object by the Earth goes on decreasing, and decreases to 0 ...
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Expansion of the universe [on hold]

If matter cannot be created nor destroyed, I would assume that the universe expands only to the point that energy is expressed from the objects inside it until it collapses onto itself, given as the ...
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Spaceship Doppler frequency

A spaceship starts falling under gravity with an acceleration $g$ as measured by an observer Barry at rest on Earth. At the instant that the ship starts to fall, an astronaut Harry at the base of the ...
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Does Newton's first law apply also to non-newtonian physics?

I think I understand than an example of Newton's first law (intertial frames) would be a single asteroid in vaccum with no other bodies around, a comet in such free space or likewise. Then I think the ...
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Can a scalar field model gravity? How accurate would be the results? Are there any difficulties with such a model?

Newtonian gravity can be described by the equation: $$ \nabla^2 \phi = 4 \pi \rho G $$ where $\rho$ is the mass density, $\phi$ is the gravitational potential, and G is the universal gravitational ...
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Materials with different gravitomagnetic permeability?

If you start with general relativity, and assume small perturbations around a nearly flat metric, it is possible to obtain linearized equations of gravity that look a lot like Maxwell's equations, ...
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Is it possible to create artificial gravity by magnetizing iron in the blood stream?

I have been thinking is it possible that using a rather strong magnet on the human body's blood stream we could enact a small case of artificial gravity on the human body via the iron in the ...
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Standard gravitational parameter - different formulas

Why we have two formulas for Standard Gravitational Parameter: $$\mu=GM \ \,{\rm and}\, \mu = rv^2 \ .$$ I don't see any direct connection between the two formulas. How can we derive the second from ...
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Gravity of the accelerated particle in General relativity?

Suppose heavy particle or body ("billiard ball") is accelerated with very thin and very rigid (not absolutely rigid) rod of infinitesimal (not zero) mass ("cue stick") Acceleration is constant in ...
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Why is ski jumping not suicidal?

At least on television, ski jumpers seem to fall great vertical distances before they hit the ground - at least a few dozen meters, though I couldn't find exact distances via a quick search. And yet ...
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Spiral Galaxies and Gravity Lenses

Spiral Galaxies must have a great deal more mass than elliptical galaxies of the same size in order to account for the flat velocity curve. I've seen references of eight to ten times the visible ...
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Can one model a spiral galaxy with a similar manifold to one for a whirlpool?

My question is more of a phenomenological question than literal, since the forces involved are very different. When one looks at the distortions (or wrinkles or whatever you wish to call them) in the ...
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Does gravity affect magnetism, vice-versa, or do they “ignore” each other?

I am suddenly struck by the question of whether gravitation affects magnetism in some way. On the other hand, gravity is a weak force, but magnetism seems to be a strong force, so would magnetism ...
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Forces on objects orbiting a black hole?

Firstly, please excuse my elementary knowledge and lack of eloquence when writing about astrophysics. I am a dentist, who occasionally thinks about the how the universe works. I'm both fascinated and ...
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Are retrograde capture orbits “easier” than prograde capture orbits?

After reading up on irregular moons in the solar system - moons that are thought to be captured, most seem to be in retrograde orbit around their parent body. That led me to wonder if retrograde ...
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Why does gravitational lensing bend light rather than absorbing it?

I've read that gravitational lensing bends the light; I am a little confused about black holes and why lensing produces different results. Black holes absorb light whereas lensing should have also ...
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Does gravity slow the expansion of the universe?

Does gravity slow the expansion of the universe? I read through the thread http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=322633 and I have the same question. I know that the universe is not being ...
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Why airports are generally near sea? [closed]

The generic way to measure the height is from the sea-level. If the airport is near the sea i.e. not at a very height from the sea, then the fuel required to make the air-plane above the sea level ...
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Principle of locality and forces

I have a silly confusion about the statement written in the link Einstein and Locality ''external influence on A has no direct influence on B; this is known as the Principle of Local Action.'' ...
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Can a bullet really fly through space forever?

Some people says that if it would be possible to shoot a bullet so high that it would get over the Earth gravitational pull, the bullet could fly through space forever, because of no deceleration of ...
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Finding the velocity of a ball thrown upwards [closed]

A ball is thrown upwards with a speed of 16.1 m/s. What is the ball's velocity 1.6 seconds after it is released? I tried to solve this using the equation: $v = u+at$, substituting u for 16.1, a for ...
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Add weight in front or behind the moving wheel?

Consider a wheel with bearing and axle bar rolling on level ground. If I want to help the wheel continue moving longer(or faster speed), should I add weight by moving the rider body in front or ...
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Does decreasing the length of the line between a harness and zip wire increase the velocity at which you travel?

My friend is an instructor at an outdoor adventure centre which has lots of zip wires. The instructor's harness has a shorter line that attaches to the zip wire than the normal harness does and she ...
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Gravitational potential energy and Center of Mass

I've been reading about the Nordtvedt effect, and how Gravitational Binding Energy (GBE) affects total mass. According to the WP article, experimental evidence rules out the existence of this effect. ...
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Energy of gravitation

EDIT: As some confusion has appeared, I want to make another clear question. If gravitational energy is meaningless in general relativity (since it is the geometry), how can one come up with the ...
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How to prove the energy of gravity in general relativity is non-local?

Every textbook in general relativity containing the energy of gravity all says that the energy of gravity is non-local and every energy-momemtum density received is pseudo-tensor, but "having not ...
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At what speed would you die upon impact with water?

If we hit the water at great speeds, we die. This is because the water has no time to "move out of the way" and acts as a "solid" surface. At what falling speed can we consider the water as a ...
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Velocity of satellites greater than required velocity

We often find velocity required to keep a satellite in orbit by the formula $v=\sqrt{\frac{GM}{r}}$ where $v$ is perpendicular to the gravitational force. It is very intuitive that the object will go ...
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Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets?

Given: Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum. Reverse spinning with dense atmosphere (92 times > Earth & CO2 dominant sulphur based). Surface same degree of aging all over. Hypothetical large ...
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Recommendation on ADM mass and Bondi mass

I want to learn some advanced topics in GR, such as ADM 4-momentum and Bondi 4-momentum. However nearly no textbooks on GR contain this area, such as Wald, MTW, Hawking, Carroll and Zee's. Can anyone ...
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Numerical tests of Titius–Bode formula for artificial planetary orbits [duplicate]

Titius–Bode law is an empirical formula stating that positions of planets in Solar system is described by: $$a=0.4+0.3 \times 2^m [AU],$$ where $m$ are natural numbers. All planets, with exception ...
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Bose Einstein condensates and gravity

Are Bose Einstein condensates affected by gravitational attraction ? In sufficient quantity, do Bose Einstein condensates exert a gravitational force ?
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How do objects even move due to gravity?

I am an newbie general relativistic learner and I learnt that gravity is bending of space-time and since objects move in straight-lines but since its curved they follow curved movement through space ...
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DO the condensed photon particles-waves-longitudinal-waves exist? [closed]

This is kind of hard to explain, because weird as it sounds, i have experienced a phenomenon that i would like to see if it exists and if i can explain it mathematically. The longitudinal waves of ...
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What happens to objects pulled in by black hole? [closed]

What happens to the particles/elements/objects that sink into the gravitational pull and ultimately go to the interior part of a black hole? If, according to popular notion, it is crushed by the ...
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Are there models/simulations of antigravitational antimatter-galaxies?

In the comments to another question's answer, I started wondering: Assuming antimatter possessed negative gravitational mass§ (which is not proven impossible to date, though deemed unlikely), ...
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How to calculate the Wald functional?

I want to calculate the Wald functional for arbitrary higher curvature Lagrangians - like getting equation 6.31 from 6.30 in this paper. A priori the above looks like an extremely complicated ...
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Can a number of gravitational slingshot stop a planet?

The answers to Where does the extra kinetic energy come from in a gravitational slingshot? state that in a gravitational slingshot the object being accelerated "steal" speed from the planet (or moon). ...