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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How does Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) violate Newton's laws?

I have read some articles on MOND which indicate that a modification of gravity violate Newton's third law, but I don't know how exactly that works. I do know that if Newtonian acceleration is smaller ...
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Gravity vs Vacuum: what's the difference? [on hold]

It is taught that there is no gravity in a vacuum. However, there is no where in the observable Universe where there is perfect vacuum. Vacuum is SUCTION POWER...and all energies (powers) need A ...
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Why are black holes black? [duplicate]

If heard two explanations for this. One explanation is that the gravity is so strong that space is being stretched inward faster than the speed of light and thus no photons could possibly escape. The ...
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Does curved spacetime arise from inhomogeneity of gravitational field?

In general relativity textbooks such as Sean Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry, there is often a line of reasoning that goes like this: Strong equivalence principle states that free falling frames ...
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Centripetal and Centrifugal force

If water stays in a pail of water that is whirled around a circular path, the water stays in the pail. But is it because of centripetal force or inertia? I'm getting confused by all the different ...
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Is 0.1 bar (hydrostatic pressure) equivalent to 0.1 bar vacuum pressure (absolute pressure)?

Suppose we would like to test the ability of an objec to withstand the pressure under 1 meter of whater. I would like to understand how to simulate this situation using vacuum. Is the 0.1 bar (for 1 ...
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Tidal effect on pressure at sea floor

The tidal movement of water is explained by the gravitational changes due to the movement of earth, sun and moon. So simply thought, sea water climbs higher in areas where the sum gravitation is ...
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Why does the centrifuge work backwards? [on hold]

Let's suppose, there is a big round recipient spinning in the air. If we throw some dirt in it, all the dirt will fly around in the recipient until all the heavy parts will stick on the walls of the ...
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Why doesn't a fly fall off the wall?

Pretty simple question, but not an obvious answer at least not to me. I mean you can't just place a dead fly on the wall and expect it to stay there, he will fall off due to gravity. At first I ...
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How does the inclusion of vacuum energy modify Newtonian gravity equation of motion?

The equation of motion (in the center of mass frame) due only to gravitational forces between two point masses is: $$\frac{d^2r}{dt^2} = -\frac{GM}{r^2}$$ How does the equation get modified when a ...
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Generalized spin connection and dreibein in higher spin gravity

I am studying 3D higher spin gravity and I would like to know the mathematical and physical meaning of generalized spin connection and generalized dreibein that appear in this theory. It is well known ...
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Is this video's notion of general relativity correct? [duplicate]

In this video it explains the path of the apple in the general relativity version of gravity as being a straight line on a curved surface. Is this valid? Edit: this isn't a duplicate of the supposed ...
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Any method to determine the gravitational constant $G$ from observations in cosmological scale?

By the observations in cosmological scale, I mean observations by astrophysicists like motions of quasars in far distance from us, relative motions of our galaxy to others, etc. I know the famous ...
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Conditions for free fall

What are the conditions at which free fall occurs? If a body is falling freely under the effect of gravity only without external resistance, the motion is called free fall. This definition gives me ...
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What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...
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How does Einstein's curved space time produce acceleration in a free falling object? [duplicate]

I never really thought much about all of this before so I'm definitely a newbie. Please excuse my ignorance. If I understand what I have read so far: if spacetime is curved time would click by at a ...
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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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Is it possible to find the G forces of one of the axis rather than the total?

I am investigating the g-forces and acceleration experienced on roller coasters and have data for $x$, $y$ and $z$ acceleration every $0.2$ seconds of the ride as well as the total acceleration and ...
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Acceleration due to gravity at Centre

Why is the acceleration due to gravity at the center of the earth $0$? My Attempt actually at the center distance from the surface is equal to the radius so the formula $$g'=(1-\frac{d}{R})\times ...
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Lenghthwise center of gravity of a boat based on flotation angle

I am trying to determine the center of gravity horizontally along the length of a pontoon boat so I can properly position the load on my lift. Approximate will do. It seems like an impossible question ...
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Displacement of an object dropped from a cliff [closed]

An object is dropped from a cliff. How far does the object fall in the third second? Assume that $g = 10 \, \mathrm{m/s^2}$. A: 10 m B: 20 m C: 25 m D: 45 m
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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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Can a theoretical object exist as such that its mass overcomes gravitational collapse

A daydream the other day led me to the question if "a universe filled with water (or any other substance for that matter), instead of being mostly void" could exist within the rules of our current ...
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Could there be a “massive gravity” theory?

If we talk about a "quantum theory" of General Relativity, we know that the particle that mediates the gravitational force would be the so called Graviton, a massless particle with spin $2$. I ...
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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? [closed]

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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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? [on hold]

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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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 ...