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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Is running in a zigzag helpful in avoiding being shot by an arrow? [on hold]

Two people A and B start at a certain point. B runs away from A to another point. A shoots arrows at B. Is it helpful for A to run in a zigzag rather than in a constant direction? To be more ...
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Force needed question [on hold]

I am standing on a ladder 24 ft. in the air,The angle of the ladder is 65 degrees and I weigh 200 lbs and the ladder weighs 65 lbs ,How much force would be needed to lift the ladder off the ground,...
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Why is the water still in the glass while rolling?

Pilot drinks glass of water while rolling the plane. The water stays in the glass, even if the plane is upside down. How is this possible? Why doesn't the water leave the glass, as it does when I ...
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Black hole gravity at bottom (deepest end) [on hold]

If black holes are hole in space and time then at bottom or below bottom there is no more gravity of black hole. As any hole has an end (Deepest end). Is this true ? ******** EDIT *********** http:/...
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Where does the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime really come from?

I have been searching for quite a while but mostly found the answer: Einstein's genius. Quite unsatisfactory. I know and understand that the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime works. Furthermore I ...
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Deriving the field equations for a dark energy / modified gravity effective field theory

Question I'm trying to derive the modified gravity EFT field equations and, from their 00 component, this Friedmann equation: \begin{equation} H^{2}+H\frac{\dot{\Omega}}{\Omega}=\frac{\kappa \rho_{m}+...
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Gravitational Lensing Example

Like this tomato wrapped underwater and how light is bent around it does the way a black whole bends space and light in the same way?
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Can we make a force which can oppose earth gravity? [duplicate]

If we are standing on earth, then some force (gravity of earth) is pulling us down. Can't we make a force which can oppose gravity? Can't we make an object of zero mass?
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What prevents the ball from falling down? [on hold]

A person runs on level ground as they hold on to a string. At the end of the string is a ball. The ball stays floating in the air. There is tension in the string pointing sideways, and gravity acts ...
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How to calculate orbit of a sphere around a bigger one in microgravity?

I don't have any knowledge in physics, but in a world building related question, I need to know how can I calculate the orbit or the distance in each point of the orbit around a spherical object in ...
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Does mass compress space-time?

My understanding of relativity explains that the presence of mass warps space-time so that light travelling through the warp follows at straight line but the warp itself is curved and therefore the ...
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Position of normal to the free surface of a liquid

If the free surface of a liquid resting in an inertial frame is horizontal. Does the normal to the free surface pass through the centre of the earth. I wonder what will be the outcome if the liquid is ...
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Is there a center of gravity in black hole?

I've come across this particular gif "http://i.imgur.com/AOCqg5j.gifv" If you can see the above gif, you can see the two perfectly spherical black holes merge together forming a single larger ...
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Energy Required to Rip Spacetime

I have heard that the presence of an extremely strong gravitational field possesses the capacity to warp or tear spacetime and to potentially create a wormhole. Is any energy lost when spacetime is ...
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Why can't we harness gravity? [closed]

We harness solar energy with constant supply of light but not with gravity. Why? What are the latest developments that can harness gravity? Why do Perpetual machines fail?
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Turbulent spacetime from Einstein equation?

It is well known that the fluid equations (Euler equation, Navier-Stokes, ...), being non-linear, may have highly turbulent solutions. Of course, these solutions are non-analytical. The laminar flow ...
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Is the Weitzenböck connection the only connection with Torsion but without Curvature?

In teleparallel gravity, the (local) connection coefficients of the Weitzenböck connection are given by $$ \Pi^{\beta}{}_{\mu\nu}= h^{\beta}_{i} \partial_{\nu}h^{i}_{\mu} - \Gamma^{\beta}{}_{\mu\nu}...
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Formula for implementing a simulated weighing scale

Background: I'm on the pledge drive committee for a non-profit group, and there is an issue that is always contentious within this group; thankfully the group is amicable, although competitive, about ...
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Does Dark Matter Exert The Same Gravitational Force As Ordinary Matter?

I have read through this Wikipedia article on Dark Matter and it contains references to the methods used to demonstrate the existence of dark matter. A galaxy rotation curve is a plot of the ...
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Could a “living planet” alter its own trajectory only by changing its shape?

In Stanislaw Lem's novel Solaris the planet is able to correct its own trajectory by some unspecified means. Assuming its momentum and angular momentum is conserved (it doesn't eject or absorb any ...
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Transfer of energy from gravity back to other “more familiar” forms of energy?

In this question I've mentioned an account of the recently reported 2nd observation of gravity waves, LIGO and Virgo Collaborations, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 241103, 15 June 2016, where 1 of the 22 ...
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Is spacetime flat inside a spherical shell?

In a perfectly symmetrical spherical hollow shell, there is a null net gravitational force according to Newton, since in his theory the force is exactly inversely proportional to the square of the ...
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Can two heavy objects circling around each other be separated because the speed of gravity?

Imagine two massive objects, with the same mass (M) circling around each other at equal distances from the centre of mass (C.M.). Their distance is 1 lightour. Don´t the two bodies get accelerated and ...
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Can I recirculate water from an open reservoir to the bottom of a bigger, closed one, without a pump?

A fountain head pumps water out of the main tank into a 'pond' reservoir. Can the water recirculate back into the main tank without the help of another pump? I'm sorry if this a dumb question. I'm ...
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Since there is no absolute reference frame, and if there were only two, how would the two bodies know whether to fall or orbit?

Imagine the earth and a satellite in geostationary orbit. Now subtract the rest of the universe, with nothing else to frame the velocity, and from a certain point of view the two bodies seem to be ...
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What is the uncertainty in the one solar mass radiated away as pure energy? (Gravitational waves)

edit: Thanks to the comment below - I learned that the PLR is available to read http://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.241103. In it, ref. 5 links to this preprint dated June15, 2016: ...
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Is a puffy object heavier than a contracted object?

From here, I know the spring becomes heavier when potential energy stores in it , how about gravitional potential energy? Is the case similar?consider a puffy object, eg, a gas giant, when it ...
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The inside of of a black hole

I am looking for a confirmation (or correction) of my thinking about the nature of the black holes. As I am not a physicist and only a physics enthusiast, my understanding is probably very simplified ...
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Initial velocity of particles in a 2D gravity simulation

In N-body simulations of protostellar clouds (or similar objects), each particle is has a set of characteristics: mass, size, position, velocity, and (if the object is large enough or if we want to be ...
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Balsa Wood Bridge Design Help [closed]

(sorry about ugly blueprints, was in a rush) So as a science project, we were give an assignment to build a bridge, 50 cm long, using 4 ~103cm 1x1cm pieces of balsa wood. We were also given a sheet of ...
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How does hot air act in zero gravity?

In an environment with gravity, hot air is less dense than cool air, so it rises. How does hot air interact with cold air in a zero gravity environment, in terms of movement? Does it just stay where ...
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What kind of fundamental interaction is gravitation?

Einstein showed that gravitation is not a force but a effect caused by curvature of space time. Then why does theories of quantum gravity treats gravitation as one of fundamental force?
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Synthetic Mass…?

If I take a sphere (Very dense- say Uranium or other heavy element...), and magnetically set this sphere into motion at a very high rate of speed, Can I get this object to generate a artifical gravity ...
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Do quantum leaps happen in random directions?

Regarding quantum "leaps" or "jumps" (also known as atomic electron transition) -- do these leaps happen in what would appear to be random directions, or do they happen according to some rule, such as ...
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How do we decode the image formed by a gravitational lens?

Using our own sun as a gravitational lens, we can scrutinize planetary surfaces in distant solar systems with a good deal of accuracy. How do we translate this smeared out and curved image into a ...
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Negative Gravity Fields and Time Dilation [duplicate]

Question: Some physicists believe that it is possible to have negative mass. My questions is would this negative mass create a negative gravity field, exerting a negative force on positive masses? And ...
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Behavior of an object in a region of uniform spacetime curvature

Let's say there is some spherical region of space. In this region, there is a large curvature of spacetime. This curvature is completely uniform throughout the region. I decide to stick some object ...
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Locally remove a gravitational field

Let $K$ be an inertial frame of reference on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $g=g(t,x)$ a nonuniform and nonstatic gravitational field. How I can choose a system of reference $\bar K$ such that mechanical effects ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three dimensional objects with a two dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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The cosmological constant as a Lagrange multiplier?

The cosmological constant $\Lambda$ can be introduced into the gravitational action like this : \begin{equation} S = \frac{1}{2 \kappa} \int_{\Omega} (R - 2 \Lambda) \sqrt{-g} \; d^4 x + \text{matter ...
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How does rotation of a mass affect the geometry of space? [closed]

I understand (or rather, I have been told, but do not understand) that a large mass can distort space by its rotation. While I am somewhat familiar with the concept of a mass distorting space and ...
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Simulations of Planetary Motions

I wrote a spreadsheet that simulates the trajectory of 3 planets in 2D space. The method is simple: for each moment in space, calculate the force felt and velocity of each planet, then for the next $\...
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Is the tide on Earth caused by curvature of spacetime

The tide on Earth appears absolutely whenever the moon is overhead. Is that tide caused by spacetime, re-curvature in space or attraction gravity?
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How does gravity truly work in the bend of spacetime?

If gravity is caused from the bend in space time from a large mass, why do all objects fall towards earths center and not strait down to below earth? Sorry i am not an expert in any fields just trying ...
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Does mass determine gravity or is it a predetermined quantity

If Earth were to gain large enough mass, would it have enough gravitational force to hold the extra mass, or is there a predetermined magnitude of gravitational force for earth due to its location in ...
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What is the additional gravitational term from general relativity given by?

Carroll gives the potential energy in general relativity by $$ V(r)=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon-\epsilon\frac{G\,M}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2r^{2}}-\frac{G M L^{2}}{r^{3}} $$ My first question is does $V(r)$ have ...
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Need a mass to accelerate to create gravitational waves?

For a charged particles which travels through an electric field it only emits photons when it is accelerated. It undergoes a change of momentum, and the law of conservation of momentum requires some ...
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Can an electron make quadrupole gravitational waves?

A gravitational wave is a quadrupole wave. Now when an electron is accelerated it usually emits a photon. But can an electron also emits an gravitational wave? If so how does it 'make' an quadrupole ...