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

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Gravity - What happens when two objects of unequal masses fall freely towards the ground? (Revisited)

The common perception regarding what happens when two objects of equal sizes but unequal mass are allowed to fall freely towards the ground is that - both the objects make contact with the ground at ...
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Is acceleration due to gravity constant?

I was taught in school that acceleration due to gravity is constant. But recently, when I checked Physics textbook, I noted that $$F = \dfrac{G \cdot m_1 \cdot m_2}{r^2} $$ So, as the body falls ...
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What will be the force on any point on a ring of Mass $M$ and Radius $R$ in space? [on hold]

Me and my small brother were playing halo, he said wouldn't it be cool to live on a ring like that? I said that I highly doubt it will be possible as such a massive object in space will collapse to ...
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Before Einstein came up with General Relativity, were there serious reasons to doubt Newton's theory?

Before Einstein came up with General Relativity, was there any serious reason to doubt Newton's theory (and its various developments)? I only know about the discrepancy in Mercury's orbit, which may ...
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What is the particle distribution in Saturn's Ring System?

In watching the scientifically scream-inducing film 'Interstellar', there was a shot of the spacecraft moving through the Rings of Saturn. In this shot, and in every graphical representation of the ...
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How to find the nature of an orbit knowing 2 altitudes and the time interval? [on hold]

A body was observed at an altitude of $366 km$ and then at $633 km$, after $12.5$ minutes. Angular separation between the 2 measurements is 45 degrees: find nature of orbit and true anomalies at 2 ...
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The square in the Newton's law of universal gravitation is really a square?

When I was in the university (in the late 90s, circa 1995) I was told there had been research investigating the $2$ (the square of distance) in the Newton's law of universal gravitation. ...
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Centre of Mass and tangential velocity star and planet

We have two objects - one massive star, and one planet which has a considerably smaller, but non-negligible mass, in a circular orbit about a common centre of mass. Using equation $F$=$GMm$/$r^2$ ...
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Calculate orbit height from tangential velocity

Is it possible to calculate the altitude of a satellite orbiting a planet, just from the planet's mass and the satellite's velocity, assuming that the satellite is in a perfect circular orbit? If so, ...
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Why is the potential energy for a body raised up by a height negative?

I tried deriving the potential energy of a body when raised at a height $h$ above the earths surface, using the formula: $$PE = -W_\text{conservative}$$ where $W_\text{conservative}$ is the work ...
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Two bodies of equal mass thrown from a height-Practical physics question

I have a doubt about this question: Two bodies of masses $M$ and $m$ are allowed to fall from the same height. If the air resistance be the same for each of the bodies, will the two bodies reach ...
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Gravitational force of a ring [on hold]

Given a ring with mass $m_1$, radius $R$ and a point mass $m_2$ with distance $x$ regarding the center of the ring. How can I calculate the gravitational force of this ring ? At first glance I'd say ...
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What is total force in this context?

One site said the total forces is the sum of the vectors. My homework question is "A skydiver of mass 90 kg is falling with a terminal speed of 60 ms-1. What does that mean? What is the total force ...
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Kepler's Laws to Determine Radius of Circular Orbit

"In nonrelativistic limit of general relativity there is a correction to the Newtonian gravitational potential energy $−h/r^3$ with $h = αL^2/(mc)^2$, where c is the speed of light, α = GMm and L is ...
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What's my $dM$? Gravitational Potential inside a circle of mass

I'm trying to find the gravitational potential for an arbitrary point within a ring of uniform mass density. The point is constrained to be in the same plane as the ring. So we start with: ...
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How to find an equation for $x$ in terms of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$? [on hold]

Okay so I have determine the velocity $v$ and displacement $x$ as functions of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$. I have set up the equation of motion divided ...
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Is it possible to prove that planets should be approximately spherical using the calculus of variations?

Is it possible to use the Lagrangian formalism involving physical terms to answer the question of why all planets are approximately spherical? Lets assume that a planet is 'born' when lots of ...
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Explaining why planets are round [duplicate]

is it possible to prove that planets (and/or stars) are always round (elliptical if you consider the spin)? Is there a set of equation that demonstrate that fluids (after all, molten rocks "floating" ...
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What is the general proof of Earths “True gravity”?

What is the proof that while calculating gravity, the experiment was not affect by the following factors: Earths Centripetal Force Moons Gravity Centripetal Force due to Sun Earths Rotational ...
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Apollo and orbital mechanics: orbital decay if the Trans Earth Injection (TEI) burn had failed

I'm reading Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13) and Jeffrey Kluger's book Apollo 13, which is a fantastic read about a long past era I only have kindergarten memories of. On page 54 there is a paragraph that ...
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Question on Gravitation and Time Period [closed]

The time period of revolution of satellite is $T$. The kinetic energy of the satellite is proportional to A) $T$ B) $T^2$ C) $T^3$ D) $T^{-2/3}$
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Change of value of $g$ due to rotation [closed]

A body stretches a spring by a particular length at the earth's surface at the equator. At height $3x$ kilometre above the South Pole it will stretch the same spring by the same length. Assume the ...
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Homework question help [closed]

This is the homework question: When a springbok is startled, it will leap $2.5$ m into the air. solve for the time to rise $2.5$ m, taking $g$ as $10 \frac{m}{s^2}$. Knowing the time, ...
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Calculating the first cosmic velocity / velocity for a circular orbit

Today in class we calculated first cosmic velocity using this equation $$G\frac{mM}{(R+h)^2}=\frac{mV^2}{R+h},$$ where $m$ = mass of the body, $M$ = mass of the Earth, $R$ = radius of the Earth, $h$ = ...
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How to solve the inverse square law equation of motion

From $$m\boldsymbol{\ddot{r}}=\boldsymbol{\hat{r}} f(r)$$ I can get $$r''-r \theta '^2=-\frac{k}{m r^2}$$ $$2 r' \theta '+r \theta ''=0$$ Now it seems that all the books tells me the method to solve ...
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Could we send a man safely to the Moon in a rocket without knowledge of general relativity?

I'm wondering if it's possible to send a man to the Moon using equations consistent with Newtonian gravity and without the elaborate tools of Einstein gravity. Are the predictions made by Newtonian ...
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Why do space crafts take off with rockets instead of just ascending like an aircraft until they reach space?

I guess it's not a very educated question, but I never quite understood why spacecrafts have to shoot up and can't just reach space by simply continuing an upwards ascent like an airplane.
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The mass/energy of an $H$-atom and the gravitational force between it and another particle of mass $m$

The gravitational force between an $H$-atom and another particle of mass $m$ will be given by Newton's law: $$F=\frac{GMm}{r^2}$$ The question is, what is $M$ here? I thought the answer would be ...
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Collision of two satellites

In a theoretical situation in which two identical satellites travelling around the Earth in opposite directions collided head on so that there velocities relative to the earth both became 0, would ...
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Capillary action meniscus height in a tube fitted inside another tube?

I was thinking about how would capillary action change in a tube (classic example) and in a tube fitted inside another tube (considering water as the liquid involved). Height of liquid column: ...
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If the gravity at the center of the Earth is zero, why are heavy elements like iron there?

If gravity is zero at the center of the earth, why is there a core of heavy elements, such as iron? Alternate question for the opposite hypothesis: If gravity is greatest at the center of the ...
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What is the Jacobian matrix of Newton's law of gravity? [on hold]

I am trying to come up with the gradient of a vector (Jacobian matrix) for Newton's Law of Gravity. In other words, the differential gravitational field in 3-dimension. Here's the initial Law. ...
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Discrepancy between integrating over a continuous mass and intuition

Looking at the first problem on the page, Physics LAB: Advanced Gravitational Forces, and I have a little confusion: I totally follow and agree with the solution presented, but I'm wondering why I ...
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Why don't planets have Circular orbits?

This might be a completely wrong question, but this is bothering me since many days ago. Given the mass (Sun) curves the space around it, gravitation is the result of such curved space (Correct me if ...
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Tangential and radial acceleration in projectile motion

I'm currently learing kinematics, specifically projectile motion and as an example in my textbook is a bullet fired at some angle. I understand the derivation of formulas to describe that motion and ...
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In this particular problem: Is the mass of the system the mass of the person?

I am doing this problem: The upward normal force exerted by the floor is 620 N on an elevator passenger who weighs 650 N. What is the magnitude of the acceleration? This is how I solved ...
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Find the center of gravity of a system with three spheres [closed]

Three spheres are put on a table. The first sphere, whose mass is 1 kg is 20 cm away from the second whose mass is 2 kg and the third sphere is 100 cm away from the first sphere and has a mass of 5 ...
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How to Model Differential Gravitational Field from Vectors?

The tides are caused by differences in the gravitational field of the moon on the near side and far side of the earth. If I set this gravitational field as a vector field using Newton's Law of ...
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Finding sphere of influence in multibody system

I would like to draw a boundary illustrating the sphere of influence of each body in a 3 body system. What is the best way to find such a boundary? My understanding is at the edge an SoI is the ...
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Is the mathematics in my answer valid? (C is the right answer) [closed]

I have a good understanding of the concepts at hand, but I'm not so good at the mathematics part. I know the answer already (C), but would like to understand the mathematical way of determining it. ...
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Wouldn't dark matter throw off the calculation of Earth's 'light' mass and estimates of its composition?

The Cavendish experiment first determined the mass of the Earth and (arguably) the gravitational constant. However, given the ubiquitous nature of dark matter, it seems reasonable that at least some ...
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General Relativity view of Newton's apple

If one considers the free fall of an object of mass $m$ from a hight $h$ in the Earth's gravitational field (neglecting air friction) from the point of view of GR, what would be the main corrections ...
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Create a star system fit to conic equation

For simulation purposes, I'm trying to create a binary star system. If I have a conic equation such as $ax^2 + by^2 = c$, and the masses of two stars, how would I find the $x$- and $y$- velocity ...
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Orbits of binary pulsars. How to calculate? [duplicate]

If I may ask: How can the orbits of binary pulsar stars, with similar mass, be calculated from Kepler's laws? Considering that both large central masses must be located at their mutual foci. Also, how ...
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Why is $\pi$ used when calculating the value of $g$ in pendulum motion?

I am trying to intuitively understand why $\pi$ is used when calculating the value of $g$ using the harmonic motion of a pendulum: $$g ~=~\frac{4\pi^2L}{T^2}.$$ Does it have something to do with the ...
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Escape velocity from Earth

We know the escape velocity from the Earth is 11.2km/s. Isn't it the velocity required to escape from earth if we go normal to the surface of earth? i.e while we derive the formula for the escape ...
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Can $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?

Can Newton's second law of motion $F=ma$ be used to calculate ground reaction force of someone walking/running?
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Why does weight affect acceleration with gravity

I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my question is different, because it can't be answered with some formulae. My question is, why do heavier objects decelerate faster when moving away ...
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Using Kepler's law to calculate time to Mars [closed]

Suppose a mangalyan is sent to mars by launching it into a transfer orbit eom around the sun. It leaves the earth at E and meets mars at M. If semi-major axis of Earth's orbit is $a_e$ and that of ...
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Origin of cusps in simulated dark matter halos

I keep reading that cusps are one of the most "robust" predictions of N-body simulations of dark matter halos. But papers I've found on the topic make it sound like these simulations are complicated ...