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

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Acceleration at two points on a rigid body

The rod AB is falling while sliding on the friction-less wall and the floor. I need to find the acceleration of the points A and B. I am sure that the point A is freely falling, so its acceleration ...
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Is it possible to derive the formula of the gravitational potential energy without using the formula for the force

Clearly one can derive the formula for the gravitational potential Energy by just integrating the force $F_{\mathrm{G}} = \gamma \frac{m_1 m_2}{r^2}$, i.e. $$ E_{\mathrm{pot}} = \gamma m_1 m_2 ...
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Calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object

I have simple question: is it possible to calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object? Let's say I have an object with mass $5\text{ kg}$. I drop that object in height 1 ...
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Earth's graviational pull at the centre [duplicate]

Suppose, I somehow happen to dig a hole diametrically through the Earth (neglecting all constraints like molten core etc ) ... and I throw an object from one side of the hole, will it reach the other ...
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Is tripleaxis planet possible?

Imagine. Our solar system. Our sun. Then earth and moon orbiting it. And you have "powers" to create any planet you want, any size, any density, any weight and any velocity. Would it be possible for ...
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Does Galileo's Tower of Pisa argument contradict quantum mechanics?

(My questions are at the end, but they may not mean much without explanation below.) Galileo argued that because the mass of a falling object can always be redistributed in ways that asymptotically ...
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Can gravity be reversed?

I'm wondering if any set of hypothetical conditions could result in us gravitating in a different direction. Specifically a reversal of gravity on the surface of Earth (or at least part of it), so ...
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Why turning velocity of star towards point “A” makes it's satelites, change their apoapsis to side opposite of velocity vector?

Why turning velocity of star towards point "A" makes it's satelites, change their apoapsis to side opposite of velocity vector? Sentence above turned a bit crazy or not understandable (possible ...
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Forces: why are the theta's equal?

I found this figure in my physics book, the task says that the incline got a angle of theta. How do figure out that the gravity and the y-axis got the same angle as the incline? There is no ...
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How about an exact solution for the position of a planet as a function of time?

Recently I was surprised to discover that no exact solution for the position of a planet as a function of time exists. I am referring to the two-body problem in a gravitational field where Newtons law ...
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Gauss law from Gauss divergence theorem [duplicate]

Apply Gauss divergence theorem to the gravitational field due to a spherical object of mass M and uniform density located at origin. Obtain Gauss law for gravitation in integral and differential ...
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Two small objects are placed at rest in an empty universe a great distance apart. Given an infinite amount of time will gravity cause them to meet? [closed]

Let's say the objects are marble size or even single atoms or quarks. They are placed in an otherwise empty universe(expanding or non-expanding) at opposite ends of the universe with an arbitrarily ...
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How does Kepler's laws and Newtons universal gravitation for two bodies come together?

Does Newton's laws of gravitation and Kepler's laws give exactly the same orbit for two bodies? Could someone please explain the derivation if so?
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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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Velocity distribution in Plummer's models and others mass distributions

The Plummer's sphere is an model for the mass density in a globular cluster of stars. For an $N$-body simulation I have initialized the position of $N$ masses with a Monte-Carlo technique but cannot ...
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Spoon released out of a satelite moving with orbital velocity

Suppose we are in a satelite revolving around the earth with a velocity equal to orbital velocity. Now if we release a spoon from the satelite then will it reach the earth or will it just revolve ...
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Gravitational collapse and free fall time (spherical, pressure-free)

A very large number of small particles forms a spherical cloud. Initially they are at rest, have uniform mass density per unit volume $\rho_0$, and occupy a region of radius $r_0$. The cloud collapses ...
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Differences between the gravitational constants $G$ and $g$?

There's a formula (described by Sir Isaac Newton) that gives the force acting between two objects: $$F = \frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}$$ And then there's a formula for weight of an object $$w = mg$$ My ...
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Determinstic implementation Sphere of Influence change using Patched conic approximation

wasn't 100% sure which StackExchange to ask this on, as it could be related to Gamedev (as it's for a game), maths (as it's a approximation model rather than a physical description) or StackOverflow ...
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Does an object slow down after acquiring terminal velocity?

Once an object reaches terminal velocity in free fall, is there a point in time when the object actually starts slowing down due to resistance, or does it stay constant?
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How long will it take to fill a bath tub with oil compared to water?

As everyone knows, the oil is more viscous than water. But, I've been wondering how long it will take to fill a bath tub compared to water. It is quite obvious that oil will take longer. But, how much ...
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Where's the best place to add weight to a Pinewood Derby car?

A little background: a Pinewood Derby car is a small wooden car that races down an inclined track, powered only by gravity. You are allowed to add weight to the car up to a certain limit. Here is a ...
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How to find positions of $n$ masses in Newton mechanics?

I ran into a problem while doing research. The problem can be described as: consider the original $n$-body problem, and if we fix the position of them(unknowns), no interaction among them, they don't ...
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Do we still need Newtonian G in General Relativity?

I believe we can use Newtonian Physics to make incredibly good predictions about the movement of celestial bodies as long as they are not too fast/massive and there are only two of them (well, we can ...
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Gravitational potential inside a solid sphere

To calculate the gravitational potential at any point inside a solid sphere, why do we need to separately integrate gravitational field from infinity to radius and then from radius to the point? Why ...
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Mathematical model for this graph of a simplified binary star system?

Unnecessary background for question: I had a school assignment asking us to relate a quadratic equation to a real life example relating to our future dream career, making sure to express the accuracy ...
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How much up will an object of mass $m$ will be vertically lifted if a constant acceleration $a$ is given so that resulting force is more than weight?

Yesterday My friend asked me a question which put me into a confused state. If a body of mass m is given a vertical thrust of $F$ such that $F > mg$, and the $F$ is allowed to remain applied on ...
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Using centre of mass in gravitational field calculation

When calculating the gravitational field of a continuous mass, like a rod, at some point outside it, why can't we just use the centre of mass of the rod and then directly plug in the distance between ...
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Is Galilei's reasoning on free fall valid?

Galileo Galilei discovered by experiments that all bodies tend to fall with the same rapidity (I use it in an intuitive sense, you can replace it by 'acceleration' used in today's physics language), ...
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Were there any efforts made by early physicists to discover and explain how composite bodies fall?

At the dawn of the modern era, Galileo discovered and described how composite bodies fall through the air (or at least the discovery is usually attributed to him). I'm interested in whether this had ...
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Did Galileo offer an explanation why his law of falling bodies is independent of mass?

Naively, (and endorsed by Aristotle) one expects heavier things to fall more quickly, Galileo Galilei showed in fact this is not correct, and that in fact how they fell as independent of mass (if air ...
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How to find a hyperbolic escape orbit with a starting point and a desired velocity after sphere exit

How would you find an escape orbit which includes a given starting point (not assuming a circular starting orbit) and escapes the sphere of influence of the current body with a given remaining ...
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Interpretation of a quantity from the reduced three body problem [closed]

Consider two bodies $S$ and $J$ that gravitate about their center of mass $O$, under the influence of mutual attraction. A third massless body $P$ is moving in the same plane. What is the ...
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Is the center of mass in general relativity equal to the center of mass in newtonian gravity?

Consider 2 point masses $A,B$ a distance $d$ away from eachother without velocity or rotation spin. Is the center of mass in general relativity equal to the center of mass in newtonian gravity ? In ...
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Where does tidal energy come from?

Kind of an odd, random question that popped into my head. Tidal energy - earth's ocean movement, volcanism on some of Jupiter's moons, etc. - obviously comes from the gravitational interaction between ...
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Equilibrium - uniform circular motion

Maybe this is a bit of a silly question, but let us pretend we have a pendulum in a ideal universe with no friction, drag, or anomalous forces there to affect it. Additionally, our pendulum is ...
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Where did the energy come from?

Suppose there are two slopes. Imagine its just small slope and can be placed on your floor. One slope is made of a very smooth material and another which provides a lot of friction for example made ...
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Will pseudo force effect buoyant force in a liquid?

Imagine a body in a tub which is in a lift. When the lift is stationary, the body is floating. If the lift accelerates upwards with a constant acceleration, what will happen to the buoyancy? Will its ...
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Net acceleration felt by a body on Earth [duplicate]

For any body on earth will the only acceleration it has be gravity or should we take into consideration even centrifugal force due to rotation? Is there any precise formula to determine the net ...
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If a spaceship was pulled toward a sun, would it spin?

I was watching a movie. A spaceship was forced into "warp speed". The co-ordinates could not be set. The spaceships trajectory was that of a nearby sun. Forcing the spaceship to power down was the ...
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If it was possible to dig a hole that went from one side of the Earth to the other…

...And you jumped in. What would happen when you got to the middle of the Earth? Would you gradually slow down, until you got to the middle and once you were in middle would every direction feel like ...
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Center of mass and gravitational force

Say we have a two star system with both stars of equal mass $M$. The center of mass of this system is by definition in the center of the two stars. There is a small asteroid with mass m in orbit ...
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Kepler's law of periods question, application [closed]

I'm a year 12 student studying in Sydney Australia. I would like to ask about a physics question which I'm currently troubled on. I have made several attempts of answering the question but no luck. ...
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Placatory motion of more than two bodies

Recently in a documentary I heard that Newton's law of gravitation very well explains motion of two bodies such as sun and earth. And when applied to three bodies the answer is chaotic and not stable. ...
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Newtonian gravity vs. general relativity: exactly how wrong is Newton?

Is there a simple function I can use to describe the difference between simple Newtonian dynamics and the actual observed motion? Or maybe some ratios for common examples of, say, the motion of stars ...
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Integrating radial free fall in Newtonian gravity

I thought this would be a simple question, but I'm having trouble figuring it out. Not a homework assignment btw. I am a physics student and am just genuinely interested in physics problems involving ...
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What if the Earth stops in its orbit and instead falls straight towards the Sun? [closed]

The Earth orbits around the Sun because it has angular momentum. If we stopped the Earth in orbit and then let it fall straight towards the Sun, how long would it take to reach the Sun in seconds? ...
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Does the law of Universal Gravitation apply to every matter?

If I have a big ball of 20,000,000kg and another of 100g, does it mean that the big ball will pull the small ball towards it?
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The Time That 2 Masses Will Collide Due To Newtonian Gravity

My friend and I have been wracking our heads with this one for the past 3 hours... We have 2 point masses, $m$ and $M$ in a perfect world separated by radius r. Starting from rest, they both begin to ...
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Actual meaning of “Gravitational Potential”?

In a gravitational field, the gravitational force acting on a body (of mass m) at a point x metres away from the attracting body (of mass M) is $\frac{GMm}{x^2}$. Integrating this force from a point ...