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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100 lbs of drag? Really? Chain running physics

Recently came across this video of an endurance technique involving the strapping of a 100lb chain to one's back and running along the grass dragging it behind. What is the true force experienced by ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [on hold]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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Is gravity the current limitation to laser cooling?

This is something I've been wondering for a while. I've read about the experiment with NASA to reach unprecedented cold temperatures in space because of the microgravity environment not being such a ...
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How would a BEC respond to the gravitional force of a small mass so sensitively?

Recently I watched a BBC programme on anti-gravity, most of which was wishful thinking by NASA and BAe Systems 20 years ago. At the end of the program through, they did show what appeared to be a ...
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How does the shattering of an amorphous solid change in lower gravity?

This is a question that's been bothering me for a while. If I were to stand on the moon, holding a pane of glass, what would happen if I smashed it? Glass is an amorphous solid, which is why it is ...
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Could a black hole maintain a stable orbit around the Earth?

Could a rotating Black Hole of mass $1.24\times 10^{10}$ kg maintain a stable orbit around Earth, without significantly altering the path of the Earth or Moon? In addition to this, would the presence ...
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Can the density of a black hole be altered (if at all) by absorption?

If a black hole is an object of sufficient density that it distorts spacetime, when a black hole absorbs mass, does the dense material that constitutes the black hole become less dense if the absorbed ...
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Can Gravity be used as an energy source?

Let's say there is a planet that is in the middle of nowhere so it isn't moving all the time like a planet in a solar system. The pressure caused by gravity pulling down towards the centre of mass ...
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Gravity vs Gravitational Waves

I thought I had a reasonable understanding of relativity, the speed of light speed limit, and how this stuff related to gravity. Then I read through all the answers/comments for this question: How ...
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Explanation of the waves on the water planet in the movie Interstellar?

We will ignore some of the more obvious issues with the movie and assume all other things are consistent to have fun with some of these questions. Simple [hopefully] Pre-questions: 1) If the water ...
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Non equilibrium black hole radiating away energy and angular momentum, with total energy and angular momentum conserved

The question refers to whether mass (i.e., energy) and angular momentum can be considered to have been carried away by the gravitational radiation in the hole settling down. And whether those entities ...
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Potential energy of springs and gravity, and work of a force

I am currently really stuck on this problem and I am not sure how to actually solve it, I think I can reason it out logically but I do not know how to show it. Here it is and under I will show what I ...
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Black hole gravity vs parent star gravity

In the cases of black holes that form from supernova and collapse of a massive star, I understand that in most of these cases, the star loses significant amounts of mass from the explosion. ...
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At an instant, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges?

Question: In principle, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges? (At a single instance in time?) Additional Notes: I am ...
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How is a result of no time variation in the gravitational constant $G$ related to a measurement of no local expansion?

In this answer @PhillS linked to the paper Progress in Lunar Laser Ranging Tests of Relativistic Gravity which has given me a great start. While its main focus is on the Equivalence Principle (EP) ...
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Find the tension in each segment of rope suspending two hanging masses

I have the situation in the image where two masses are suspended along a piece of rope (resulting in three segments of rope). I need to find the tension in each of the three segments of rope. I ...
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Tension and friction. Cool question

I had an exercise like the image, where block A is pulled by a force F, there is that rope(tension) attached to the block B and the wall, and there is friction between A and B, and A and the ground, ...
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What are the accelerations of blocks? [closed]

I've talked with 2 teachers about this situation: one teacher said he was completely sure that B have twice the acceleration of A, the other said he was completely sure they have same acceleration. ...
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How did gravity exist before mass?

I'm brushing up on my Big Bang, and I noticed that, apparently, although gravity is the first force to split from the original "superforce", mass does not appear on the scene until after the second ...
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Why should mass be attractive in nature?

Why does a mass attract all the masses around it? Why should't it repel or just stay calm? Why should it be like that?
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How does acceleration feel compared to gravitational pull?

I was debating a variation of this Phys.SE question with a friend. The original question is: "If you had your eyes closed, could you distinguish between standing still on earth and being in a ...
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GR and my journey to the centre of the Earth

[General Relativity] basically says that the reason you are sticking to the floor right now is that the shortest distance between today and tomorrow is through the center of the Earth. ...
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Is force exerted by Earth different for different mass?

We know Earth pulls every object by the same acceleration $g$ (say). force exerted by earth $F=m\cdot g$ (with $m$ the mass of the body), so, if $g$ is constant then $F$ is directly proportional to ...
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Would Gravitational Time Dilation still apply between two gravitational sources?

As explained on this Wikipedia page, when an object is experiencing strong gravitational forces, time passes slower for it. If, in theory, you had two objects exerting the same amount of gravitational ...
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How does Hawking radiation grow as a black hole evaporates?

The temperature of Hawking radiation is inversely proportional to the mass of a black hole, $T_{\rm H}\propto M_{\rm BH}^{-1}$, and so as the black hole shrinks the temperature of the radiation should ...
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Which comes first for gravity: mass or space-time? [closed]

According to current theory, matter warps space-time and creates gravity. The Einstein field equations EFE describe the fundamental interaction of gravitation as a result of spacetime being curved by ...
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Would a world filled with water collapse?

I don't know if this is considered off-topic but, If you took a planet (assumed solid) and filled it with water continuously/non-stop what would eventually happen to the water? Would gravity at ...
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$f^{\prime}(R)=0$ in $f(R)$ gravity

Suppose in a certain $f(R)$ gravity theory, $f^{\prime}(R)=0$ for some finite value of $R$. (e.g. let $f(R)=R+\alpha R^2$ with $\alpha<0$. $f^{\prime}(R)=0$ at $R=-\frac{1}{2\alpha}$.) Also ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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What's the evidence, if any, for some local concentration(s) of dark matter in some region(s) smaller than a galaxy?

What's the evidence, if any, for some local concentration(s) of dark matter in some region(s) smaller than a galaxy? Galactic-sized - or larger - gravitating halos seem to get all the attention. I'm ...
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Space time curvature and gravity [duplicate]

Is Space time curvature responsible for gravity or Gravity responsible for the curvature in space-time.
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Atmospheric pressure

What is the significance of atmospheric pressure being referenced as 100 kPa ? Does that really mean 10000 kg/m$^2$ acting upon us ? If we are measuring only collision force on the surface and not ...
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Distorting the space-time fabric

If point masses could be generated in a controlled manner distorting the fabric of space-time objects could be made to move in any direction relative to each other and not simply attract as is ...
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Two spherically symmetric shells of matter collapsing into a black hole

Suppose I have a thin spherically symmetric shell of matter of (rest) mass $M$ that collapses to form a black hole, and later a second thin spherical shell of mass (rest) $M'$, concentric to the ...
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What happened to the black hole firewall theory?

What happened to the black hole firewall theory? Back in 2012, some physicists apparently came up with strong evidence that one of three things must be wrong for black holes to work the way we thought ...
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Assuming there is no wind, do two raindrops of different sizes fall at the same speed?

Assuming there is no wind, do two raindrops of different sizes fall at the same speed? Simple enough question. Look forward to your answers.
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Gravothermal catastrophe: looking for simple explanation

I am beginning to try to understand the gravothermal catastrophe. I was hoping someone could provide an explanation to help me understand what the gravothermal catastrophe is and why it is important, ...
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Gravity Theory Question [closed]

Three Questions: Is the Modern Five Dimension Theory of gravity an adaptation of Einstein's relativity theory? If so, can it allow us to accurately predict the movement, speed and direction of ...
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Why is graviton not found yet? [duplicate]

Why is graviton not found yet? Newton said gravity pulls us, Einstein said space is bent and it pushes us, hawking predicts the existence of graviton and 'hawking radiation'. How far are we from ...
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If matter and antimatter repel, how do we know other galaxies aren't made of antimatter? [duplicate]

Wikipedia's article on antimatter says this: There is considerable speculation as to why the observable universe is composed almost entirely of ordinary matter, as opposed to a more even mixture ...
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C60 Macro Ojects

What would happen if you could make a ball or hollowed geometric shaped say the size of a basketball made out of C60.. due to its superconductivity could it have exotic or anti- effects on gravity and ...
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Why doesn't a swing make a full revolution on a swingset in a park? [closed]

I'm familiar with the concept of swinging of a swing in a park, but I'm confused why it doesn't it swing at a complete circle around the center bar?
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Active gravitational mass of the electron

In PSE here electrons are added to a sphere and gravitational modifications are expected. My question is: Is there any experiment that show that a negatively charged object is source of a stronger ...
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Why does astronauts hair stick up, and not in other directions?

I understand that in microgravity it doesn't have to fall down, but why does it stick up, instead of each hair-strand going in a random direction?
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Why does the 'sticky bead argument' for (gravitational waves carrying energy) work?

Throughout much of the 20th century there was debate about whether Gravitational Waves were real, and whether or not they carrier energy and could be detected. It is often presented that Feynman's ...
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What´s the physical foundation of the assumption that the curvature of spacetime can be quantised? [duplicate]

At the moment different paths (by percentual very few people in the world) are taken to arrive (that is, if an arrival exists) at a theory that can quantise the curvature of spacetime. Considering the ...
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How Far Does Gravity Extend? [duplicate]

How far does gravity's influence extend? I've recently (re-)seen 'The Universe' season 1 where it's said that 'take these two dice, place them perfectly still in empty space 1 inch apart and within ...
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What might be the nature of gravitational force produced by the antimatters? [duplicate]

The proton and the electron is replaced by the anti-proton and the positron respectively from the conventional hydrogen atom in anti-hydrogen atom.
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Proportionality Constant in Einstein Field Equations

The Einstein Field Equations: $$G_{ab}~=~8\pi T_{ab}.$$ I am familiar with how to obtain the $8\pi$ proportionality factor through correspondence with Newtonian gravity, but am wondering if this ...
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Does the mass of a star change as it collapses into a black hole?

I know (I think!) that when a really big star collapses on itself it creates a black hole. My question: When a star collapses, is the mass equal to the mass of the star when it's not a black hole? Or ...