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

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Bertrand's theorem

I found in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics that the condition for closed orbits is given by $\frac{d^2 V_{eff}}{dr^2}>0$.(bertrand's theorem). Can somebody explain to me, how this inequality is ...
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How to find gravitational acceleration given $k$ in a power function

I have a problem that has been bugging me for a week, and I can't figure it out. We know the power function: $$ y=kx^n $$ I also have a set of data: I took the natural log of both of these data ...
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Gravity and free fall

In Wikipedia it's stated that "[..] gravity, is the natural phenomenon by which physical bodies appear to attract each other with a force proportional to their masses". Then I found many examples ...
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From escape velocity to gravitational acceleration

If all you are given is the escape velocity from the surface of Earth can you back calculate to Earths 9.8 m/s^2 gravitational acceleration? In the end what I am looking for is a formula with Escape ...
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Relation of gravitational pull with no air friction [duplicate]

I am confused between the gravitational pull and the air friction on the moon. Let me give you an example, I have learned that the greater the mass of the body the more gravitational force it ...
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How do we explain accelerated motion in Newtonian physics and in modern physics?

Maybe my question will seem stupid, but I am not a physicist so I have some problems understanding a classic Newtonian experiment: in the bucket experiment, why does he have to introduce the absolute ...
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Calculating the velocity of an elliptical orbit

I need an explanation as to why my solution to this problem doesn't work (please do not give me an answer or tell me exactly how to do it as this is a homework question that I need to do myself, hints ...
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Radius of a falling object [duplicate]

I have asked this previously, with a very useful answer but I was not able to solve my problem. I'll try to make it more simple, basically: Find the radius, r of an object after a time, t if the ...
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A falling object's position [duplicate]

I have asked this previously, with a very useful answer but I was not able to solve my problem. I'll try to make it more simple, basically: Find the radius, $r$ of an object after a time, $t$ if ...
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Gravitational field intensity inside a hollow sphere

It is quite easy to derive the gravitational field intensity at a point within a hollow sphere. However, the result is quite surprising. The field intensity at any point within a hollow sphere is ...
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Why does tossing a coin in a train and on a train differ?

Suppose that I am inside of a moving train. I have a coin in my hand and I am standing still. If I toss this coin straight up, it will fall back into my hand. Now, suppose that I am on that moving ...
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A Special Case About Projectile Motion [closed]

There is a common fact about projectile motion. Let me remind you with an example: Assume that you are aiming at a hanging banana on a tree. If there were no gravitational force, the bullet would ...
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Is this scene from the A Team explainable by Physics?

This scene (youtube link) from the movie The A-team, the four members are in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it slows the tank from falling for a moment before falling ...
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Is $F = G\dfrac{{m_1}{m_2}}{r^2}$ really true?

My book (Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma) writes: It has been reported (Phys. Rev. Lett. Jan 6, 1986) that the force between two masses is better represented by: $$F = \frac{G_{\infty} m_{1} ...
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Is there always an equilibrium point in space for gravity?

For instance, for a two-body system, there will always be a point in-between the two in which the forces of gravity completely cancel, and if I were there then I would experience no net force. I ...
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What is the precise definition of Gravitational Sphere of Influence (SOI)?

I am trying to understand the gravitational sphere of influence (SOI), but all I get by searching is the formula that you can find on Wikipedia, that is $$ r_{SOI} = a \left( \frac{m}{M} ...
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Why is there no permittivity-type constant for gravitation?

When I look at electric or magnetic fields, each of them has a constant that defines how a field affects or is affected by a medium. For example, electric fields in vacuum have a permittivity constant ...
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Projectile motion where gravity is a function of $y$

I know what are the laws that describe the projectile motion, and in particular I need to compute the vertical displacement of the projectile at any time $t$: $$ y = y_0 + v_0\sin(\theta)\,t - ...
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Gravitational law [closed]

Newtons gravitational law is $$\ F = \frac{G m M} { r^2 }$$ But I have seen in some cases where they take an angle like $\cos\theta$ Find the force of attraction between the masses $ m $ and $ M ...
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Newton's law of resistance [closed]

Anyone can give me some clues on how this can be proved? What kind of drag force is used? A particle is projected vertically upward with an initial speed $v_0$ near the Earth's surface. Show that ...
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Finding the potential energy of a geosynchronous satellite above earth [closed]

I am trying to find the gravitational potential energy of a 1kg geostationary satellite above the earth. So far: $E=mgh$, and $g=GM/r^2$ so substitution of $g$ into the energy equation gives: ...
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Was Aristotle Actually Correct About Gravitation? [duplicate]

Apparently, Aristotle reasoned (without experimentation) that heavier objects must fall to Earth faster than lighter objects. For example, a 1,000 kg ball of iron would fall faster than a 1 kg ball ...
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Falling dominoes

I have been attempting to determine the maximum velocity a line of dominoes can reach. I have found that there are two forces which act upon it: Initial impulse and gravitational force. As kinetic ...
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If mass is added to a toy car does it affect its speed making it faster

If mass is added to a toy car (29.7g) and dropped down a wooden ramp would it affect its speed making it go faster? I know friction comes in to play to, so if you could give me an answer or an ...
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Link between Special relativity and Newtons gravitational law

If I make the two statements: General relativity is an extension of special relativity that accounts for gravity. Newton's law of gravitation is a special case of general relativity for when the ...
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Why don't we consider centrifugal force on a mass placed on earth?

Let us say a block of mass is placed on the surface of earth. Then while drawing the forces on that body, we say: Force $F = mg$ acting towards the center of Earth. Normal reaction $N$ offered by ...
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“Falling upward” - how far you have to be from Earth to start falling to the Moon?

Talking about gravity with my 9 y/o she asked when do we start "falling upward" to the Moon. What is the distance at which the Moon's gravitational attraction is higher than that of the Earth and thus ...
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How can Rosetta spacecraft orbit an object with such a low mass?

Comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko's mass is 11 orders of magnitude lower than Earth's. That means that the comet's gravity force is also weaker than Earth's in the same proportion. Provided that also ...
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Could one make steel balloons? [duplicate]

Reading this question reminded me of an idea I once had, and I wonder whether it's feasible. Imagine a hollow ball made of something strong, like steel. Imagine there is nothing inside; only vacuum. ...
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Car driving / falling off of a cliff - will it land upright?

In a recent episode of The Walking Dead, a van was pushed off of a bridge and flipped once and landed upright, on all four wheels. Assumption: the ground and cliff are both flat. Will a vehicle ...
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How fast would someone have to run to travel vertically up a wall?

I am currently doing a physics project on the effects of so-called 'super-speed'. I was wondering how fast you would have to run to vertically travel up a wall? That is, to negate the force of ...
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How accurately can I expect to measure the gravitational constant with a club of college students?

I am a math instructor with almost no experimental physics background, but I run a math and engineering club that is interested in doing some experiments. I have read up a bit and see some obvious ...
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Rate of acceleration for two hanging masses in two experiments

I conducted an experiment where two masses of different weight were attached by a string and fed through a pulley. The difference between the masses was $0.025\: \mathrm{kg}$. The lighter mass was ...
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What is the weight of the Philae lander on the Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet compared to earth?

We know the payload mass of the Philae lander was 21kg. We know the mass of the Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet is roughly 1 x 10^13kg. We know the mass of Earth is roughly 5.9x10^24kg. I've heard ...
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Distribution of Gravitational Force on a non-rotating oblate spheroid

Suppose a person is standing on a non-rotating oblate spheroid. He first stands on one of the poles, then on the equator. In which case is the gravitational force greater? In Case 1, the distance ...
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Newton's gravity formulas for ellipses

A few times I've come across formulas, which are identical for circular and elliptical orbits, except that for the second ones you substitute $r$ with $a$, where $r$ is the radius of a circular orbit ...
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Effect of Earth's rotation on apparent weight (acceleration due to gravity) [duplicate]

What would be reason for change in weight due to rotation of Earth? How can the direction of $g'$ (The value of $g$ at any point on Earth) be the apparent vertical direction? Why isn't $g$ the ...
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How the apparent weight varies due to the rotational motion of Earth?

I learned that as the earth rotates about its axis, the bodies on the earth also follow a circular path. In most books I read, they give the example of a person standing on a weight balance at the ...
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Direction of gravitational field in Hemisphere

Supposing we have a uniformly mass distributed hemisphere of some radius, so what will be direction of gravitational field throughout the flat surface of hemisphere? And why?
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Philae lander simulation off by factor of ~3

I'm trying to simulate the Philae landing by writing a program to compute the position of the lander vs time. According to various mission websites, the orbiter will match its orbit to the rotation of ...
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How would the Sun's gravity affect us if we weren't in orbit?

So since we're in orbit around the sun, we are basically in free-fall. From what I understand, this means that we don't feel the gravity of the Sun like we do the Earth. Just like astronauts on the ...
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How can I measure the mass of the Earth at home?

How can I measure the mass of the Earth at home? How was the mass of the Earth first measured?
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Platform diving: How deep does one go into the water?

I am a platform diver. I am trying to figure out how deep in the water I go depending on which platform I dive from. The platforms are 1m, 3m, 5m, 7.5m and 10m above the water surface. By ignoring ...
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Is it possible that 5 planets can revolve around a single star in a single orbit?

I'm writing a novel and I'm quite confused if this system could be possible in the real universe. Is it possible that a system exist, where 5 identical planets which could be of same characteristics ...
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Is there anything interesting about an n-body system whose potential energy is constant?

I am curious about a system of gravitating bodies with particular characteristics. Before describing the characteristics of the system, let me say what I want to know about it: Can this be a ...
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Why do we have to use an integral in this scenario to figure out $v_{max}$? [duplicate]

$$\int_0^R mg\frac{r}{2}dr=\frac{m}{2}v_{max}$$ and can't write $$\frac{m}{2}v_{max}=mgR$$ don't we usually equal potential energy to kinetic energy? A stone is falling through a tunnel towards the ...
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If you could ride an elevator through the earth [duplicate]

What if it was possible to ride an elevator straight through earth. If we take all the heat and pressure problems away, and assume it would be possible: What would happen with gravity? Would gravity ...
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Human between two bodies of large mass

What if a person is put between two identical dense spherical bodies (well, not as dense as black holes, but definitely 100 times more than earth) with mass $M_1=M_2=10^{30}kg$, exactly in the middle ...
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Calculating semi-major axis of binary stars from velocity, position and mass [closed]

I'm trying to calculate the 'instantaneous' semi-major axis of a binary system with two equal (known) mass stars for an $N$-body simulation. I know their velocities and positions at a given time, but ...