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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Gravitation is not force?

Einstein said that gravity can be looked at as curvature in space- time and not as a force that is acting between bodies. (Actually what Einstein said was that gravity was curvature in space-time and ...
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Electro-gravitation - is it real?

I came across an article claiming that if you charge two plates, one positive and one negative, and fasten them together (assuming they are insulated from each other), they will float in the air. I ...
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If one were to move withing a tesseract, would the direction of gravity be different within each cell

If you unfold a tesseract into 3D space you get a cross shape (basically). Animated, it looks like the bottom most cube becomes inverted from it's 4D orientation. Would that mean that the pull of ...
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What is the shortest run needed for a “dropped skateboard” rider to reach 160 mph?

I just saw a great clip on the fastest skateboarder to date. He wants to reach 160 mph from a dropped board, but says his speed is limited by the roads currently available. What is the shortest run ...
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The theory of moon creation when a Mars size planet hit Earth

As we know the predominant theory where does the moon come from is that a Mars size planet hit the earth and took a chunk out of it which eventually materialized into moon. My question is that if a ...
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Can gravity be absent?

Can gravity be absent? Not weightlessness as an astronaut experiences it because the astronaut's body still has gravity which will probably manifest in the presence of another smaller/larger body. For ...
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Do rotating bodies emit gravitational waves?

Suppose we have a cylinder of mass $m$, radius $R$ and height $h$ in rotation with speed $\omega$ around its symmetry axis with no friction (ideal situation). I'd expect this cylinder to emit ...
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Are there still Big Bang Gravitational effects

If all matter was concentrated at one point before the big bang, I assume that the gravity was at a huge scale. For a long time many believed that the universe would eventually collapse back upon ...
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vector-scalar gravity

Has anyone developed a vector-scalar theory of gravity using an acceleration field equation that is based on a ratio in which the numerator is the familiar Newtonian vector sum of all masses times the ...
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Can extremely charged objects simulate some black hole effects?

If we had a positive point charge of incredible quantity, does there exist an imaginary sphere about it, such that regardless of the initial speed and direction of any electron, that electron could ...
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The trajectory of a projectile launched from a hilltop

Here is the problem: A boy stands at the peak of a hill which slopes downward uniformly at angle $\phi$. At what angle $\theta$ from the horizontal should he throw a rock so that it has the greatest ...
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Why is Gravitational force proportional to the masses?.

We know that two mass particles attract each other with a force $$F~=~\frac{G M_1 M_2}{r^2}.$$ But what is the reason behind that? Why does this happen?
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Confused about indices of the Ricci tensor

In an intro to GR book the Ricci tensor is given as: $$R_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\lambda}\Gamma_{\mu \nu}^{\lambda}-\Gamma_{\lambda \sigma}^{\lambda}\Gamma_{\mu \nu}^{\sigma}-[\partial_{\nu}\Gamma_{\mu ...
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Has anyone else thought about gravity in this way?

Picture yourself standing on a ball that is expanding at such a rate that it makes you stick to the ball. Everything in the universe is expanding at this same rate. To escape the earths gravitational ...
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Laws of gravity for a universe that only consists of two objects?

So, we know that when two objects of normal matter get away from each other, the gravitational pull they feel from each other, decreases. I wanted to see how that would work. And in my ...
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What entities create a gravitational field?

It is well known that masses create a gravitational field. Photons are affected by gravitation, but do they generate a gravitational field as well? What about the other gauge bosons? Do gravitons ...
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Determining Orbital Velocity

Is there any way to determine the orbital velocity of a point around another stationary point, if I don't know the mass of either of the points but know the force that gravity exerts and the distance ...
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Concave Sphere Habitat characteristics

I'm writing a short story set in an artificial planet-sized sphere with an ecosystem in its inner surface, whose "gravity" is created through spinning. Energy sources aside, what other interesting ...
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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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What parameters determine the acceleration a spacecraft can acquire using the gravity of a celestial body?

Contemporary spacecraft frequently rely upon gravity to accelerate/decelerate. Given a spacecraft already in space - What factors determine the acceleration it can acquire from the gravity of another ...
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Why does water flow out of an upside-down bottle? (Rayleigh Taylor Instability)

I am currently reading the excellent book An Indispensable Truth: How Fusion Power Can Save the Planet by Francis F. Chen and I came across this explanation. The Rayleigh–Taylor Instability ...
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How do we end up with a gravity-dominant macroscopic universe from a quantum world having weakest gravity?

At quantum scale, gravity is the weakest force. Its even negligible in front of weak force, electromagnetic force, strong force. At macroscopic scale, we see gravity everywhere. Its actually ruling ...
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How can I calculate the flow rate necessary for a given cross sectional area, angle, and length

I'm making a toy for my kids and this problem came up. I have a channel on a slight angle (angle is between ground and length of channel) and I'm pouring water into it. I want to know how quickly I ...
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Can a huge gravitational force cause visible distortions on an object

In space, would it be possible to have an object generating such a huge gravitational force so it would be possible for an observer (not affected directly by gravitational force and the space time ...
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Why did Standard Model never sense a requirement to include gravitational quantum? [closed]

Standard Model is advanced (lorentz invariant) version of Quantum physics. It tried to include everything which came in the way while understanding quantum world. It even didn't bother to include ...
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Why is Higgs Boson given the name “The God Particle”?

Higgs Boson (messenger particle of Higgs field) accounts for inertial mass, not gravitational mass. So, how could it account for formation of universe as we know it today? I think, gravity accounts ...
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What is gravitational speed for a black hole? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the escape velocity of a Black Hole? This is gravitational speed for earth: $$v=\sqrt {g_{e}r}.$$ What is gravitational speed for a black hole? I want an ...
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Can a photon be made to orbit a known (or undiscovered theoretical) body?

Can a photon through some process be made to orbit a celestial or any other object? Two follow-up questions. Can this orbit be described as the photon crossing its own path. Will this ...
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What happens to matter in extremely high gravity?

Though I am a software engineer, I have bit interest in sciences as well. I was reading about black holes and I thought if there is any existing research results on How matter gets affected because of ...
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What happens if an object has more kinetic energy than the Gravitational Binding Energy?

So the binding energy of an object is the amount of energy needed to move it an infinite distance away from another mass to essentially “escape” its gravitational field. But what happens if you give ...
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Electric Force is to Magnetic Force as Gravitational Force is to …?

One can no nothing about the magnetic force and yet arrive at it by taking the relativistic effects of a current and a moving charge system into account. I ask whether there exists such an inherent ...
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If gravity is a bend in Space-time then what is magnetism?

Einstein postulated that gravity bends the geometry of space-time then what does magnetism do in to the geometry of space-time, or is there even a correlation between space-time geometry and ...
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Continuum model of the n-body problem?

Consider a collection of $n$ point masses evolving under the influence of gravity. For very large $n$, one might be interested in making a continuum approximation of this system (for cosmology, say). ...
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Do objects with mass “suck in” spacetime?

I don't really understand the general theory of relativity (GTR) really deeply, but according to my understanding, the GTR say that gravitation is caused by the curvature of spacetime by objects with ...
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Space station gains enough mass to lose orbit?

I.S.S is constantly being improved (add-ons). Will the space station need to be moved to a higher orbit at some point?
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What would gravity be like on a hemispherical planet?

On a hemispherical world half the size of Earth (ignoring that the planet should break apart and become a smaller sphere) what would the gravity be like? How would it change as you traveled from pole ...
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Is this a quaternion representation of the equations of motion of General Relativity?

In The Quaternion Group and Modern Physics by P.R. Girard, the quaternion form of the general relativistic equation of motion is derived from $du'/ds = (d a / d s ) u {a_c}^* + a u ( d {a_c}^* / ...
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The measurement of $g$ and air resistance

Suppose I am trying to determine the value of the acceleration due to gravity by simply dropping objects from a ledge. If I did not account for air resistance, would the acceleration due to gravity ...
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Does the mass of an object change as it moves away from the earth?

The mass of a helium nucleus is less than the mass of two isolated protons and two isolated neutrons. When the component hadrons are assembled, this mass is lost as energy ($E=mc^2$). This makes it ...
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How do gravitational waves sustain and propagate large scale spacetime curvature?

I understand that gravity in GR is a manifestation spacetime curvature dictated by the field equations by the principle that objects follow the geodesic path in spacetime. And, I get how ...
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Understanding the E=MC2 for multiple objects

Im actually not a very good at physics, but I was playing with this functions (just for fun and education, so this question might end at the Scifi forum), and would like to know if this logic is ...
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Theory that gets rid of dark matter/energy

Is there any physics theory that either groups together gravity and dark energy/dark matter or eliminates dark energy/dark matter by modifying standard understanding of gravity or any force? If so, ...
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Computing gravitational deflection of light knowing $\phi$ and $-\nabla \phi$?

I have a 3D cartesian grid an in each grid I know the gravitational potential $\phi$ and the 3D gravitational field $-\nabla \phi$ (with a Newtonian approach). How to compute the path of a photon in ...
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Calculating a Deflection of Light Integral from Einstein's 1907 paper on Gravity and Light

$\frac{1}{c^2}\int_{\theta=-\pi/2}^{\theta=\pi/2} \frac{kM}{r^2}cos\theta ds=2\frac{kM}{c^2\Delta}$ An observation: $\cos\theta=\frac{\Delta}{r}$
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Does the Relative density of water change based on the state it is in

Will Relative density of water change based on the state it is in? Ie solid, liquid, gas. What causes this change(if any) in Rd?
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Can a charged black hole interact via electromagnetism? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Detection of the Electric Charge of a Black Hole Light cannot escape from a black hole. However light is also interpreted as the carrier of the electromagnetic force. So ...
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Does General Relativity require that Spacetime must be a orientable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can spacetime be non-orientable? Apart from the constraints put on the topology of spacetime by QFT (Parity For example), if the global topology of a universe is that of ...
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Will photon's energy be exactly same after million years?

If photon will travel for million years without collisions, what subtle effects can be accumulated ? Gravity fields affect trajectory, but is energy completely intact after fly by ? Photon has its ...
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Combined Gravitational Force Vectors in a Spherical Coordinate System

Asking a question here is quite intimidating for me -- while I love Physics, my high-school understanding only allows me to go so far... I've been trying to solve this problem for the last couple of ...
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Grain of sand attracting the sun?

My friend keeps telling me that according to physics... "The sun attracts a grain of sand on the earth with the same force that the grain of sand attracts the sun" or "A grain of sand on the earth ...