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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Would a fast moving (approaching c) stream of particles be affected by the gravitational pull of a gas giant?

I was inspired by this question. Would the gravitational field of a gas giant (such as Yavin IV) have an effect on the super laser (i.e. slow it down, change the direction), or is the mass so ...
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Physics of a cold and hot top

Imagine two tops made up of exactly one thousand atoms. One is kept at 4 degrees Kelvin, the other at room temperature. 1. Would they weigh the same given an arbitrarily precise scale in the Earth's ...
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Where to use acceleration due to gravity $g\propto\frac{1}{r^2}$

I (and we all) know that acceleration due to gravity $g\propto\frac{1}{r^2}$.Now my question is can I use this for depth.If not,why?If we can use it for depth or not struck me when I was trying to ...
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Does a flying bullet get KE from gravity?

A projectile P is shot horizontally at 9.8 m/s from a height of 4.9 m, considering no air friction, after a second it will have v = 9.8 m/s on the x-axis and v = -9.8 on the y-axis. Because of ...
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Why don't lakes have tides?

There's a tidal effect that we can clearly observe in oceans, which is the effect of gravity from the Sun and the Moon. If gravity affects everything equally, why don't lakes have tides?
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Gravity and centre of mass

Does gravity act entirely as if on the centre of mass? Often I have heard this, but it seems more realistic (even if less practical) if it acts on individual bits of matter, therefore weaker further ...
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Before we realized that supermassive black holes were at the center of large galaxies, how did the models explain galaxies?

So, I was watching this show on Netflix about supermassive black holes. I didn't realize that astronomers were surprised to find these black holes at the center of galaxies, because I cannot imagine ...
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How to calculate backreaction in AdS space?

This might be a very straight forward and basic question in GR. I am interested in calculating backreaction due to certain matter field (say, scalar) in AdS space. Should I put the energy-momentum ...
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Could black holes interact with dark matter at distances far greater than matter?

I watched this Nova episode on super massive black holes and learned that the speed at which the outer stars in a galaxy orbit correspond to the size of the black hole at the galaxy's center. They ...
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Why the Yang-Mills ansatz is able to describe every interaction we know?

All interactions which seem to rule the microscopic world we have access to are described by the standard model, which is a Yang-Mills theory for the SU(2) x SU(3) x U(1) group. Also, gravity can be ...
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Gravity in 2d space and inverse linear law

In our three-dimensional universe, gravity obeys the inverse square law. In a four-dimensional universe, gravity would be expected to obey the inverse cube law et cetera. In a two-dimensional ...
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Expanding Electric Field, Magnetic Field in post-Newtonian Gravitational Potential

I've cross-posted this question from Mathematics since Physics is probably better suited for the nature of the question. I've ...
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Controlling the flow of powder from a container, based on grams selected [on hold]

was wondering how you would control the flow of powder from a container (with a small cylindrical dispenser at the bottom). The container is filled with powder. As the container drains, less ...
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How is the value of Standard gravitational parameter for Earth derived?

Its been a while since I've done any physics, I'm working on some orbital programs. I'm using this formula $\mu = MG$ where $M$ is the mass of the body and $G$ is the gravitational constant. The ...
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Books on Spin-2 Gravity / Fierz-Pauli theory

I am trying to find a good pedagogical book/set of notes on Gravity as a spin-2 particle. I have been reading through Gravity & Strings by Ortin but it's very brief and offers little ...
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Lagrangian point or dark matter?

We know that spiral galaxies spin in a way such that we have to assume that dark matter is responsible for the extra mass required to do so. My question is, can Lagrangian points (L1 and L2) be used ...
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Are there tides in the atmosphere?

Analogous to the tides of Earths oceans, do the Moon and Sun cause our atmosphere to bulge in what could be described as a low and high tide?
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Why are gravitational forces always attractive? [duplicate]

In my curiosity, gravitational forces, unlike electric forces, is always attractive, because of the empirical evidence. However, why is it so? In what model or theory can this phenomena be explained ...
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water pressure for various pipe diameter if water tank pressure is known [on hold]

can anyone help me out please.. I have a water tank which is 20ft from the outlet and the capacity is 1000lt. pressure from this water tank is 8.66psi. Now how to calculate the water pressure for ...
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Gravitational intensity [on hold]

I calculated the gravitational intensity and potential at a point P due to a horizontal linear mass distribution of length '$L$', mass '$M$' and uniform linear density at a distance '$R$' apart from ...
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Unruh radiation and conservation of energy

Consider the Minkowski spacetime filled by some fields in their Minkowskian vaccum state. Now consider a Rindler observer carrying with him, say, one liter of water. According to Unruh formula, the ...
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Fundamental paradox with Newton's Law of Gravity?

This is my first post here, but I've been struggling with this problem in my head since I studied physics at school when I was 14 (30 years ago!). There seems to be a fundamental paradox with ...
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Why is it effectively impossible to balance this rectangle block on a triangle block? (See photo)

I've always wondered why it's basically impossible to balance a rectangle block on top of a triangle one like this. This is my nine-year-old giving it a try. I have never in my life gotten it to ...
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What causes gravity in M-Theory?

New and updated, because people were misunderstanding what I meant! General relativity describes gravity as the result of....(very roughly) spacetime curvature Newtonian gravity describes gravity as ...
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Meaning of “physical” and “gravitational” metrics

I've recently been reading some notes (following a paper by J.D. Bekenstein, titled "The Relation between Physical and Gravitational Geometry": http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/9211017v1.pdf) on alternative ...
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gravity delayed by speed of information transfer

A few months ago I had the pleasure of listening to an episode of RadioLab (a very informative podcast I would recommend to everyone) when they had Neil deGrasse Tyson on. He was discussing the very ...
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The pressure in a container of water is based on depth. So what happens if I remove the bottom of the container?

So I understand that if we have a system that involves a container of water the pressure will equal atmospheric pressure at the top and as we go further down the container the pressure will increase ...
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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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Why does gravity affect time?

So Special Relativity states that for all non-accelerating objects of matter the laws of physics are the same. I'm confused on why this law of physic applies to objects in acceleration and gravity ...
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What are the photon/electron consequences of matter in a gravitational time dilation?

So I saw the movie Interstellar, and it got me thinking. I won't even mention all the plot holes, but I wanted to ask about a planet orbiting a black hole. I always thought you had to travel near the ...
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Why is sometimes more difficult to lift a baby?

I have a small cousin and she enjoys when I pick her up, which I can do pretty easily. Sometimes though she decides she wants to make my life difficult, and when she decides so, she tells me she is ...
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Am I attracting Pluto?

My question is simple: as the title says, am I exerting a force over for example Pluto, although it is a very small force, it is there, right? Or maybe let's go further: Am I exerting a gravity force ...
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Singular isothermal density distribution

Does anyone know where the Singular isothermal density distribution $$ \rho(r)=\frac{\sigma_{V}^{2}}{2\pi\,G\,r^{2}} $$ or how it was derived. Are there any good references on how this equation was ...
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How relativity affects projectile motion?

If For example; I'm in a train traveling on earth at .99c, and I drop a ball from a 1m height inside that train how long would it take to hit the ground from the ball's frame of reference? I can see ...
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Has the speed of gravity been measured experimentally? How? [duplicate]

In Newtonian physics, changes in gravity propagate instantly. In general and special relativity, gravity propagates at the speed of light, $c$. From reading answers to questions about gravity on this ...
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Alcubierre warp bubble effect on gravity and space

I read the question Faster-than-light communication using Alcubierre warp drive metric around a single qubit?, and these questions came to mind: What kind of impact would an Alcubierre warp bubble ...
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What does gravitational mass mean if (weak) equivalence principle invalid? [closed]

As equivalence principle states Mass and weight are locally in identical ratio for all bodies. --Newton This implies that the gravitational mass does only depends on its inertial mass. Suppose ...
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2D space-time curvature

Actually, why is the space-time curvature considered 2D plane. As 2-D dimensional space-time curve is used to explain why moon revolves around the earth stating because the massive objects wraps the ...
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If there were two equal masses with one mass in the middle which way would gravity pull it?

If there were two masses with a third exactly in the middle of those two, which way would the middle mass be pulled?
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Can a Skydiver Land On a Large Slide and Survive?

Please forgive my lack of artistic ability, but here's my question: Consider that a skydiver, without using his parachute, were to fall exactly parallel to a giant curved slide that starts at ...
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Is there a way to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1 through Gravity alone?

I am a newbie in water system design but I am currently faced with the exact situation below on my land, and I need to know whether gravity alone is sufficient in order to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1, as ...
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Why won't protons revolve around the nucleus containing electrons and neutrons?

In case of solar system,we can explain "Why Sun would not revolve around any other planet?",by giving the reason that Sun is heavier than any other planets. Heavier the body,greater will be the ...
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Infinite Accelatation

Before I ask my question, let me just say, I know very little about particle physics and general relativity, so I may ask a obvious question or a question that makes little or no sense. Now, what ...
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Generalized gravitational entropy and entanglement entropy

What are the differences (if any) between Generalized gravitational entropy (Lewkowycz-Maldacena) and holographic entanglement entropy (Ryu-Takayanagi)? More specifically, I was wondering following ...
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Why Can a Skydiver Hit the Ground and Be Killed? [duplicate]

This is a follow on question from Physics SE Question "Can a Skydiver Land On a Large Slide and Survive?". User Steeven gives this answer here. User Dargscisyhp asks: What is it exactly that ...
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If a spaceship accelerates enough can it overcome spaghettification?

If a spaceship accelerates at the right amount would that counteract the spaghettification caused by falling into a black hole?
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Do black holes have a puff pastry point?

If a person falls into a certain sized black hole they accelerate very fast, which increases the g forces on them. These g forces flatten the person out into a pancake. As the person falls further ...
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What is the consequence of “infinite” gravitational force?

Introduction I am a mathematically minded individual. I do not intuitively comprehend physics, and as a sophomore in high school who has only taken Intro to Physics in his freshman year, I may very ...
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Stand on a black hole

Is there an theoretical possibility that an black hole rotates so fast that the acceleration pushing you out of the black hole is nearly equal to the gravity?
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If the universe is expanding will gravitational attraction eventually go to zero?

Let's assume that we prove that dark matter exists (after all, only about 4 percent of the entire universal mass is atoms, and 22% dark matter, 74% dark energy (I think I got the numbers right)). ...