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

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Calculating Gravity: Small scale vs Large scale

In some calculations I've ran, I've noticed that when the gravitational forces between individual particles are calculated and when the gravitational force between bodies are calculated there tend to ...
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Why do stellar boundaries exist?

What theorems or insights are available to decide wether a star with some given interdependence between its density, pressure and temperature distributions ought to have a boundary at a finite ...
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Gravitational force between rod and mass $m$

Why do we integrate along the whole length while finding the gravitational force between a object of mass ($m$) and a rod of length $L$ and mass $M\,?$ Can't we simply use $F=\frac{GmM}{r^2} \, ?$
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Do you say it right? [on hold]

If someone asks you your WEIGHT what would you answer in SI Units. My weight is x 'kilogram' My weight is x 'Newton'. As we know that weight is a force due to local acceleration and still most ...
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How can I clarify the difference between free falling and Newton's law?

After I have viewed two experiments the first about Newton's law which involves a brick block and feather letting them fall one time in a vacuumed room they fall at the same time and another time in ...
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Why does electric force depend on the medium?

Comparing the equations for the gravitational and electric force $$\vec{F}_g=-\frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}$$ and $$\vec{F}_e=\frac{Kq_1q_2}{r^2}$$ I noticed the only major difference between them is that ...
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Why is there not always a force in the direction of motion?

This was a question on a physics competition. A girl throws a teddy bear straight up. Consider the motion of the bear only after it has left the girl’s hand but before it touches the ground, and ...
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Vector Addition and Gravitational Forces [on hold]

I was given the following question in my Physics class :- Four particles of masses m, 2m, 3m and 4m are kept in sequence at the corners of a square of side a. What will be the magnitude of the ...
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Path of a swinging object on a rope [closed]

With my lanyard in hand (weighted by my keys), a gentle swinging motion will put the keys in pendulum motion, swinging back and forth. Pendulum motion is relatively easy to model since it is ...
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What is my real weight? [duplicate]

My weighting machines notes my weight to be 65. Should I read it 65N or 65kg. PS: I only need a correct comment. This question is different, since, I know very clearly what mass and weight are. But ...
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2 airplanes same size and shap different mass

2 identical balls of different mass dropped from same height reach the ground at the same time due to the acceleration of gravity being constant. If I understand correctly the ball with more mass ...
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Fired a bullet upwards, can it fall down and kill me?

I know that if something is thrown up with a velocity v, it comes down with the same velocity as long as its motion faces no resistance. So is it possible for me to fire a bullet and be killed if it ...
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Find Time it Takes For an Object in Free Fall To Hit Ground With Given Gravity [closed]

Sorry if this seems like a simple question. I'm not that good with physics but I'm willing to learn! So my question is, how can I find the time it takes for an object at "h" height to hit the ground ...
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Do gravitational waves emit a frequency that can be detected by the shielded object and be transmitted creating a void in gravity? [closed]

Is it possible to create a void in gravity using the same gravitational wave energy? Same principles used in sound cancellation.
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What forces act on a caravan being towed by a car? [closed]

What forces act on a caravan that is being towed by a car? How does this compare to a simple car travelling at a constant speed?
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Optimal time for satellite rocket launch considering moon gravity [closed]

As per this The Gravitational Force of the Earth and Moon on Each Other Moon is pulling us with a force equal to 1/300,000th of our weight. I have read this Is the fuel burn for a satellite launch ...
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Do we feel 0.4% less body weight on mount everest?

Weight of the object at surface of earth(where $g=9.8066$). considering Weight=$100~\rm kg$ ,Weight ($W_1$)=$mg$ , mass=$10.1972~\rm kg$ At mount Everest top: Height of Mount Everest = $8.848\rm ...
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Shapes of planets? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was a general explanation as to why it is that all the planets we observe are roughly spherical, and never flat/planar like galaxies. Could there potentially be flat or ...
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A hollow planet [duplicate]

Consider a planet with the same mass and diameter as Earth, except that it is 1) perfectly spherical. 2) a hollow shell 1 meter thick, so the planet is almost like a massive ping-pong ball. ...
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Physics newb: Why can't I plug $E=mc^{2}$ into $W=mg$?

Starting with $E=mc^{2}$, I solved for $m$ and plugged the result into $W=mg$. Which was very confusing, as objects at rest had no weight: $$W = (e/c²)\cdot g \implies W = (0/c²)\cdot g \implies W ...
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Couple of questions about Gravitational field of an infinite plane

Is it possible to find the gravitationaal field without using infinite integrals or Gauss's law? I would like to know if so because I haven't learnt doing infinite integrals or using Gauss's law yet. ...
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Solution to gravitational two-body problem in case of hyperbolic orbits [closed]

Given two bodies and their positions and velocities at a given time $t_0$, as well as their masses, and the knowledge that their relative velocity is high enough that they will not be gravitationally ...
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Solving for big $G$ in a Cavendish's torsion balance [closed]

I'm having trouble with determining gravity in a Cavendish experiment (torsion balance): I don't really get one question in my textbook regarding this torsion balance. The question asked if one of ...
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What influence has the distance of the moon on the height of the tides?

As the Moon recedes from the Earth, are the tides getting taller or shorter? If the Moon is, someday, twice as far from the Earth, how many high tides will be there be each day?
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Confusion with $F=-\nabla V$, $F$ conservative

I am rather confused by the relationship $F=-\nabla V$. If a pen drops from a height it loses potential energy so $\nabla V$ is negative. From the above equation this means that the gravitational ...
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Prove that time for planet to fall into the Sun equals $\left( \frac { 1 }{ 4\sqrt { 2 } } \right)$ of the planet's period [closed]

If a planet was suddenly stopped in its orbit supposed to be circular, show that it would fall onto the sun in a time $\left( \frac { 1 }{ 4\sqrt { 2 } } \right) $ times its time period. I am ...
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Second Kepler's law implies that constant velocity

I was trying deduce that if we suppose that the planet's orbits are circular and de Kepler's secong law is true: A line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of ...
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How can one prove mathematically using a thought experiment that a simple pendulum will vibrate forever in an ideal condition (no friction) [duplicate]

Let's say I have a simple vibrating pendulum, if there is no friction in the space, will it vibrate forever or will it stop? How can one prove this mathematically? I tried but failed, can somebody ...
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A projectile is shot straight up from (non-rotating) Earth's surface at a speed of 10,000 km/h. How “high” does it go (to 2 s.f, in m)? [closed]

What is wrong with my work? It continuously gives me an incorrect error, but I can't identify the step at which I made a mistake. My work is shown as follows: let the height be h radius of earth , r ...
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Terminal velocity of mentos [closed]

If somebody throws a mentos downwards (vertically) faster than the terminal velocity of a mentos, from the height at which the terminal velocity is reached from a falling mentos, will the mentos hit ...
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A gravity question [closed]

Does gravity have a unit like length is metres?
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Doesn't some of Earth's gravity pull you sideways? Why doesn't this throw off calculations? [duplicate]

So, there's the gravity formula we all know, Fg=(Gm1m2)/r2. But not all of Earth's mass is directly below you, much of it is actually pulling you sideways. Yet, when doing calculations, the formula ...
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How do individual masses 'add up' to create a gravitational field?

The combined mass of the Earth is responsible for its local gravitational force. However, this combined mass is made up from of lots and lots (and lots) of atoms, each with their own individual mass ...
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Gravity effects when deleting stars or planets

In one of the latest SCIFI movies, they collect a star absorving it entirely in a kind of planet size gun/machine. As mass cannot disappear, I assume it was just concentrated inside their machine ...
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Nine Planets in the Solar System?

I just discovered that there is a Caltech team1 that suggests that there is "Evidence of a Ninth Planet": The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about $10$ times ...
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Why is the gravitational multipole expansion taken with the origin at the centre of mass instead of the centre of gravity?

Wikipedia's article on the multipole expansion of the gravitational potential expands it as $$ V(\mathbf{x}) = - \frac{GM}{|\mathbf{x}|} - \frac{G}{|\mathbf{x}|} \int ...
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Why is the Taylor expansion of the gravitational potential cut off after first term?

In this answer to a question on this site, the gravitational potential of the Earth is expanded as $$U(r) \approx U(r_0) + \left.\frac {dU(r)}{dr}\right|_{r=r_0}(r-r_0),$$ keeping only the linear ...
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Relation between eccentric and true anomalies

If $v$ is the true anomaly and $E$ the eccentric anomaly, how can I show that $$\frac{dv}{dE}=\frac{b}{r}=\frac{\sin v}{\sin E}~?$$
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Tunnel through center of the earth, how to find period using $ adx=vdv$?

Suppose the boulder enters a tunnel dug through the center of the Earth along a diameter starting at rest. How would one calculate the time it takes for the boulder to reach the other end of the ...
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What powers a comet? [closed]

I know that a comet is a ball of ice, and I have tried the NASA page. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-solar-system/en/#/review/dr-marc-solar-system/comet-power.html but they swerve around the ...
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Effect of air resistance on maximum height of thrown stone

Suppose a stone is thrown upwards from the surface of the Earth in a (very large) vacuum chamber and reaches a maximum height of 1km. If the same stone is thrown upwards at the same velocity outside ...
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Why do the stars in a binary system, revolve diametrically opposite to each other?

I encountered this question, as I was reading up on Gravity. The author of my textbook says that the stars orbit a common centre which is their center of mass. I somehow think that this fact might ...
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Does gravity turn itself off when it has nothing to work with?

The formula tells us that the force of gravity is equal to the mass of Object 1 multiplied by the mass of Object 2 multiplied by the Gravitational Constant and then divided by the distance between the ...
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How to model terminal velocity as a function of gravitational acceleration?

Taking the most simplistic form of terminal velocity, $v=\sqrt{\frac{mg}{c}}$ I want to try and derive an equation that models the velocity as g changes in height.. Because obviously the terminal ...
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Does Mass affect Speed of a Sliding Object With friction

Sorry if this has been already asked, but I've been looking around google for a while and couldn't find an answer suitable. I'm a beginning physics student so pardon the dumb question. Let's say we ...
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What size particle would be attracted to this 340 ton sculpture's gravitational field?

I know that gravity is a weak force, but this rock has mass, so it has gravity. The Levitated Mass sculpture is big enough to attract something. What is the largest particle that would "stick" to the ...
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Can a planet's orbit around a star be simulated? [closed]

Say I know all parameters like density, size, rotational velocity of a planet, could I predict its orbit around a star where I also know parameters of it? I want to design a simple model of the solar ...
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How to predict the location of a planet at a given time? [closed]

I am trying to create a simple two-dimensional computer simulation of a planetary system. While I've been able to understand Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, I do not know enough about the formulas ...
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What is the direction of the planet if we launch a rocket from it? [closed]

If we launch a rocket from a rest planet, then what is the direction of the planet after the rocket is launched ?I guess there are 2 possible answers: Move opposite the rocket because the planet is ...
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Are parts of objects part of that object's mass?

Disclosure: I'm not a physicist or a scientist, so there is a chance that this will seem like a silly question for some of you. But I'm really curious about this and I want to know the answer. ...