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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Why meet at the center of mass?

If two objects of different masses are held at a distance $d$ and then I let them go, they will meet at the center of mass of the particle system due to mutual gravitational attraction My question ...
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Light & Observer moving perpendicular to each other

Light is the yellow arrow. Observer is the black arrow. Observer is moving at a constant speed of v, w.r.t to a Galilean frame of reference. Now from the point of view of the observer (O), how ...
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The problem of self-force on point charges

Allow me to preface this by stating that I am a high school student interested in physics and self-studying using a variety of resources, both on- and off-line, primarily GSU's HyperPhysics website, ...
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How much weight can a person carry to avoid being blown over by wind?

I wonder if there is a certain amount of weight that I could carry in a rolling bag to help prevent me from being knocked over by the wind. I have balance problems and some lack of muscle strength in ...
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Find the Earlier time at half maximum height and Later time at half maximum height [closed]

You throw a baseball directly upward at time t = 0 at an initial speed of 12.1 m/s. What is the maximum height the ball reaches above where it leaves your hand? At what times does the ball pass ...
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Helium Balloon Experiment

We tied a helium filled balloon to a counterweight and it floats aimlessly in the room. I asked if the balloon were to be outside the building (all things considered no wind same temperature) would ...
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Using 2D position, velocity, and mass to determine the parametric position equations for an orbiting body

I have a gravity-related question. I am programming an orbit simulator. I have everything up and running, but I would like to render the smaller body's orbital path (the larger body is fixed). To do ...
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How do I measure the total weight of a container with scales on four corners?

I have a very large movable trash container, and I have mounted four scales, one on each corner. How do I get the total weight of the entire container? Is it simply a sum of the four weights, or is it ...
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The speed of light as it approaches a massive body

No matter how fast you go, you will aways perceive the speed of light as constant. Taking that as a fact, the special relativity theory was formulated. Now, for what I understand about general ...
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Is there a delay in the effect of gravitational force?

Let's suppose there is a very massive object and a small object that are 1 lightyear apart. The massive object is large enough that the gravitational force pulling the small object is easily ...
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What is the constant $g_0$ used for calculating the specific impulse in seconds?

Wikipedia defines specific impulse as: $$ I_\mathrm{sp} = \frac{F_\mathrm{thrust}}{\dot{m} \cdot g_0} $$ The $g_0$ is said to be the acceleration at the Earth's surface. So is it actually the ...
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Does gravity cause spacetime to bend? [closed]

Does gravity cause spacetime to bend even though space has no mass?
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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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Does Gravity / curved space cause rotation?

Does Gravity / curved space cause rotation? Meaning, if a spaceship is heading not directly toward Earth, but slightly off to one side, and when finally being close to the Earth it falls into earth ...
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Why does a star collapse under its own gravity when the gravity at its centre is zero?

The gravity at the centre of a star is zero as in the case of any uniform solid sphere with some mass. When a massive star dies, why does it give rise to a black hole at it's centre? I know how to ...
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Gravity and objects at 0K

Let's say I put 2 objects at rest relative to each other with 0 Kelvin. Will they move towards each other because of gravity? Where they will get energy to move? I don't have education in this field, ...
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Would not gravity negate entropy?

Back in high school, I asked my teacher gave us a quick explanation of relativity. Specifically, he told us what $E=mc^2$ meant. He explained that, at least as far as we needed to be concerned, matter ...
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Acceleration at two points on a rigid body

The rod AB is falling while sliding on the friction-less wall and the floor. I need to find the acceleration of the points A and B. I am sure that the point A is freely falling, so its acceleration ...
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How does water falling down a waterfall gain energy?

I'm kind of a noob in the physics area. But I know that energy cannot be created, it can only be transferred. So how and what "type" of energy does water get when free-falling?
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How long does an object experience motionlessness at the beginning of its descent?

When a rubber ball bounces, it first accelerates in the positive direction (downward) then it bounces (hits the floor) .The velocity then becomes negative as the ball declerates while travelling ...
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Non-Constant Acceleration due to Gravity

Recently, I had the first physics lab for my university physics course. This lab was fairly simple, as we were merely using a computer and a distance sensor to graph the position, velocity, and ...
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Calculating gravity with inclometer?

How would one calculate the gravity vector for [X,Y,Z] by using an inclinometer which gives Pitch, Yaw and Roll. A little explanation of the goal: I have a accelerometer I was planning to use to map ...
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Can gravity be reversed?

I'm wondering if any set of hypothetical conditions could result in us gravitating in a different direction. Specifically a reversal of gravity on the surface of Earth (or at least part of it), so ...
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Effect of spin on gravitational field?

If a large sphere of uniform density is spinning around one axis, is its gravitational field uniform? If yes, then what if it's not a sphere or not uniform? For example if we remove a chunk of the ...
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Breaking ocean waves on other planets possible?

I have always wondered if there were an ocean on another planet with stronger or weaker gravity, would it be possible to have breaking waves?
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Two small objects are placed at rest in an empty universe a great distance apart. Given an infinite amount of time will gravity cause them to meet? [closed]

Let's say the objects are marble size or even single atoms or quarks. They are placed in an otherwise empty universe(expanding or non-expanding) at opposite ends of the universe with an arbitrarily ...
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Has anyone checked whether the speed of light varies according to gravitation

My physics is fairly basic, but I hope someone can answer without being too rude. A transparent medium such as water or glass refracts light and also reduces its speed, so I was wondering whether ...
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Is it possible to affect the trajectory of a black hole?

Basically is the black hole itself affected by the matter going into it? Does it either get pulled by gravity toward things or have its own velocity affected by matter that "impacts" it?
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Could each non-dependent physical contant represent dimentions, and our universe be a point on this n-dimentional structure?

For example say the gravitation constant instead of equaling G, was actually a range bounded between 0 and infinity. Our Universe would be at a point on this range (equal to our G value) where ...
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How long would it take for a galaxy to collapse without dark matter?

I am trying to understand the effects of gravity in the Cosmos without complications of Dark Matter/Dark energy issues. So my question is, assuming that a galaxy (for example, the Milky Way) does not ...
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Effect of sun turning into a black hole on earth [duplicate]

Suppose the sun would turn into a black hole. Now neglecting the effect on the living beings on the earth. would the sun suck up the earth or the earth's revolution would not be affected?
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Does rotation cause gravity?

I want to ask that what causes gravity. My opinion is that it is the rotation that causes gravity, when we see a whirlpool in water it takes anything that comes near to it in to the center of it. I ...
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Law of attraction

Could you please explain that since we know Newton's law of Universal Gravitation says all masses attract each other. Thus, we humans should be attracted as well or any other daily life objects. Why ...
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Gravitational collapse and free fall time (spherical, pressure-free)

A very large number of small particles forms a spherical cloud. Initially they are at rest, have uniform mass density per unit volume $\rho_0$, and occupy a region of radius $r_0$. The cloud collapses ...
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Perpetual motion in spaces of different gravity?

Imagine two locations with different amounts of gravity. I carry up a weight in low gravity, move it on this height over to the other place, and let it fall down there with higher gravity. Wouldn't ...
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Gravitational field has no curl? What about gas discs around stars, black holes, etc.?

So everybody says the gravitational field has no curl, and is not comparable to a liquid swirling around a drain. Observationally, of course, there are many examples of vector fields (which I think ...
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Does Super Mario physics work in reality? [duplicate]

This illustration summarizes my question: Please assume no air resistance (unless that makes a large difference). Here's what we concluded, but I could use both confirmation and also help with the ...
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How do I explain to a six year old why people on the other side of the Earth don't fall off? [closed]

Today a friend's six year old sister asked me the question "why don't people on the other side of the earth fall off?". I tried to explain that the Earth is a huge sphere and there's a special force ...
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Do photons feel gravity of approaching objects only?

I have read that photons while travelling near massive objects such as the sun experience gravitational pull which is why we see some stars at different positions than they are when seen towards the ...
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Repulsive forces at large distances

I'm currently writing a 3D $n$-body simulator (similar to what you see here to simulate the evolution of a system of n particles under the force of gravity. It works fine for "smaller" scale ...
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Dropping an object from a plane [closed]

I've done this before, but it's been a long time. Using trigonometric functions, I've been asked to solve the following problem. However, I'm at a complete loss as to how to do it. I have 5 questions ...
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Blimp challenge. Doubts about volume at different heights [closed]

I want to design and build a small semi-rigid airship/dirigible. It will be controlled with RC so I will install motors, arduino, battery etc. Filled with helium. Weight of the equipment is about 2kg ...
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Why does dark matter form walls and filaments

Related: How are galaxy filaments formed? And do they have any analogues in stellar formation? But I want to come at this from a different angle. Like the user asking that other question, I was a bit ...
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Why the galaxies forms 2D plane (or spiral-like) instead of 3D ball (or spherical-like)?

Question: As we know, (1) the macroscopic spatial dimension of our universe is 3 dimension, and (2) gravity attracts massive objects together and the gravitational force is isotropic without ...
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Time Delays in General Relativity

If gravity propagates at, or less than, the speed of light, and is therefore not instantaneous, does that introduce time delays to gravity? For example: suppose that we, the observer, sit within the ...
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Squashed 3-sphere?

What is a squashed 3-sphere? In context of quantum gravity. I stumbled upon a term 'squashed 7 sphere' but that's concerning supersymmetry. Is it just normal 3-sphere metric, that is just 'squashed' ...
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Why can't I calculate center of mass via torque? Results off by a few percent

Why do I keep getting a slightly different result from the following two ways of determining the center of mass of a rigid, geometrically simple object? The object is a rectangular 5(x) by 7(y) ...
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The physical interpretation of Newton's constant $G$

It is well known that the speed of light $c$ can be interpreted as the speed limit for information propagation. Similarly, the Planck's constant $h$ is interpreted as the minimum quantum package of ...
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What is the 1/2 spin analog of the graviton called?

In some supergravities you have the gravition, gravitino, graviphoton and graviscalar. Each is analogous to each other in only sharing gravitational properties and nothing else. They differ by spin ...
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Gravity change as a function of time only

Is it possible to find how gravity changes with time? That is, height is not part of the equation. For example, $g$ can be expressed as a function of height that does not involve time with this ...