# Tagged Questions

The Newtonian model of gravity in which the force between two objects is given by GMm/r^2.

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### Would an object falling on the surface of the Sun look like this? [on hold]

I've been playing around with some rustic animation and then I came to simulating gravity over squishy objects, I simulated a squishy ball of unknown "squishiness" (I'm sorry I don't know a lot of ...
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### What in nature causes Newton's gravitation constant to have it's given value?

Does the value of Newton's universal gravitational constant $G$ remain a mystery? Why does it have the value that it has?
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### Find displacement/time function of an object towards a point mass

I'm not sure if it's a point mass so make the edit if necessary. So I have two Earths a distance of $x$ away from each other. Their force of gravity will cause them to collide at the centre of ...
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### Le Sage's Theory of Gravitation, is “drag” the only reason why this theory fails? [on hold]

Le Sage's Theory of Gravitation was originally proposed allready 1690 by Nicolas Fatio, and has ever since been studied by remarkable scientists; Leonhard Eluer once remarked that it was "infinitely ...
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### Why is normal force at a different location than its action forces (ie, seesaw)?

It seems very counterintuitive that the forces at the two ends also constitute the normal force at the pivot point. Does this principle apply even if the plank is tilted? (It would be good ...
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### What is exactly gravitational potential energy and explain P.E. $= -GMm/r$? [duplicate]

I was studying gravity and I came to know about $P.E.= -\frac{GMm}{r}$ which is derived by $GMm(\frac{1}{\infty} - \frac{1}{r})$ which the work done by the body to displace it from infinity to $r$. ...
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### About a cloud of charged pallets fired toward the earth

We assume there is a spacecraft that points directly to the center of the earth and it is at about 1 mil. km away from out planet. The craft has a plastic gun filled with a lot of charged plastic ...
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### Does Newtonian physics work on a galactic scale?

I'm currently working on a simulation that aims to use Newton's Law of Gravitation to simulate how a galaxy behaves gravitationally. While I haven't gotten the simulation finished yet, I have had a ...
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### Are these two equations correct? [on hold]

I know this is a pretty simple question, but like there should be room for those as well. I have the following two formulas describing how long it'll take for an object to decelerate. For example if ...
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### Can a Set of “Maxwell's Equations” for Newtonian Gravitation be Derived from Newton's Force + Special Relativity?

When I learned about electromagnetism in my first year of undergraduate school, Maxwell's equations were derived roughly in the following way (see also here or in [1]): Gauss's law for a static ...
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### Deriving Kepler's First Law from Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: Interpretation of the $u = 1/r$ change of variable

I'm working through a somewhat unsatisfying derivation of Kepler's First Law from Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. The key to obtaining the equation of motion that you can solve lies in making ...
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### Gravity between two unequal masses. Do both masses move?

I've been watching videos about gravity and I have a question My understanding is that mass have gravity and gravity is a force which attract other object with mass. For example, I jump up and the ...
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### Why can center of mass be used in calculating gravity?

Why can gravitational forces be based on the center of mass. Due to the fact that gravity is related to the square of the distance should not the gravitational sum of every particle exceed the force ...
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### Hammer will fall faster than the feather on the moon. 10 second thought experiment! [duplicate]

Please explain where my logic is wrong. a) Ignoring air, the same bowling ball will fall faster on Earth than on the Moon. b) Now, for the feather and hammer on the Moon, reverse your point of view ...
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### Why is the acceleration due to gravity $g$ quoted as if it were constant?

In elementary physics courses the value $g=9.8\:\mathrm{m/s^2}$ is used almost universally. But surely this value must depend to some extent upon one's location on the Earth. Why do we assume a ...
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### A Magnetic Vortex in a Magnetic Vortex

This is not to scale. Can a magnetic vortex be compressed into a flat disk using magnetic entrapment? Can a magnetic vortex happen inside another magnetic vortex?
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### Does gravity acting on a resting object produce any heat?

Let's compare two systems. System 1: A box is completely isolated. There are no forces acting on that object, and no interactions of any kind with other objects, waves, etc.. System 2: The same box ...
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### Lunar orbit homework question

So what I did was find the potential energy of the lander at the 50km orbit and the 300km orbit, then I took the difference between the 2 potential energies and I though that would be the work done ...
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### Is gravitational potential always defined for a system?

I have studied about Gravitational potential energy ($GPE$) and Gravitational potential ($GP$). ..while everywhere it is said that $GPE$ is always of a system as it depends on the configuration of the ...
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### Does an object decelerate when reaching terminal velocity

I'll take the sky diver example. Right when a sky diver jumps out of the plane the net force of the diver is greatest. Then the diver begins to reach terminal velocity where the force of resistance = ...
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### What general relativity predicts in such a situation?

If there's a system of a point mass or point particle with mass 'm' and a structure such that - The structure is made of many concentric spheres (shells) with certain thickness and the radius of those ...
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### What is the distance between two objects in space as a function of time, considering only the force of gravity? [duplicate]

What is the distance between two objects in space as a function of time, considering only the force of gravity? To be specific, there are no other objects to be considered and the objects in question ...
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### Why does Goldstein's derivation of orbits from Newton's law not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line thru center of Sun?

Why does Goldstein's derivation of Keplerian orbits from Newton's law of gravity not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line passing thru the center of the Sun? The fact that ...
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### Defining gravitational potential

I recently came across the definition of gravitational potential where ..... Suppose a particle of mass $m$ is taken from a point $A$ to $B$. Let $U(A)$ and $U(B)$ denote the gravitational ...
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### Confused by gravity and weight [closed]

I know that $F = mg$ so $2,00 \textrm{ KG m} \cdot 9,81 \textrm{ N g} = 19,62 \textrm{ N F}$ Why does my book say that the weight of a $2,00 \textrm{ KG}$ object is $19,62\textrm{ N}$, the mass is ...
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### Center of mass chaotic in n-body gravitational interactions?

I wrote a gravitational particle simulation. To prevent the particles flinging off out of the screen, I added a bit of friction (it also makes the animation prettier as particles spiral into one ...
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### Calculating position of a particle at time $t$ in a gravitational field

I'm working on a piece of code that is supposed to visualize a particle bouncing up and down from the ground (somehow magically we can give it velocity upwards when it is on the ground). I figured ...
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### Finding position with respect to time along a trajectory across a sphere (orbital mechanics)

When trying to find an object's position with respect to time on a ballistic trajectory along a curved surface, what equation should I use? I know that when adding force to an object to achieve ...
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### Compute the gravitational force between two vertical rods [closed]

My AP physics teacher posed this problem at the end of his lecture today and I want to be sure my physical set up is correct (I've already done the math, but just double checking!). The situation is ...
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### How do gravity anomalies on Earth comply with conservation of energy?

Gravitational acceleration varies from place to place on Earth in a range of about 0.02 percent and is caused by density distributions within the Earth. Imagine an experiment where you move around the ...
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### How is hydrostatic pressure overcome when a star is formed?

If stars are formed by the collapse of dust clouds under gravity, how is the pressure of the dust cloud overcome? As more material gathers together, gravity will increase, but pressure will also ...
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### Do I need to have a force acting in an opposite direction to feel the force of acceleration?

Suppose I'm in a rocket, accelerating away from the Earth. While I'm accelerating away from the Earth in the rocket, I can feel the force of acceleration. Now, let's suppose we take away the Earth, ...
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### Gravitational binding energy of 2D circle [closed]

I'm interested in calculating the gravitational binding energy for an object modelled by 2D circle for a small collision simulator. In the simulation, I'm using a 2D equivalents of 3D properties (e.g ...
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### Can we use the planets and Sun to fling out a craft at relativistic speeds? [duplicate]

E.g. The Voyager crafts took various assists from the planets. Sun being much more massive, wouldn't a spacecraft gain much more energy from such a flyby on the correct trajectory? If so then what ...
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### Impact on landing with forward motion vs straight down

A skateboarder ollies down a set of stair. Is the impact when landing less than if dropped straight down from the same height?
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### What would be the minimum size of a planet which would allow a human being to walk around without falling out in the open space?

On the Earth you can walk - of course we all know it - in the southern hemisphere without falling out in the open space, and you feel no difference between being at the North Pole or on the Equator. ...
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### From Newton to Kepler without infinitesimals

I've read some interesting calculus-free proofs of at least parts of the derivation of Kepler's Laws from Newton's gravitational force. One is of course Feyman's "Lost Lecture" (which was already ...
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### What's wrong with this derivation of velocity of an object in a gravitational field?

Since a mass (say a piece of satellite) falling towards a significantly bigger mass (say the earth) experiences an acceleration g=GM/x^2, and since g is an acceleration and you differentiate with ...