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

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What is potential energy truly?

I have a problematic question for which I have been unable to attain a satisfactory answer. What is potential energy truly? - I have read about how potential energy can be seen as the "highering" ...
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Was Einsteins work with relativity necessary for successful space travel?

So I know that Einstein and general relativity had huge impacts on the way we view the world, but how crucial were these scientific advancements to the success of our space programs? Would Newtonian ...
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Convert constant of gravitation to days and AUs

I'm working on a problem with celestial bodies and for my purpose days and AUs are more appropriate units than seconds and meters. So I tried to convert the constant of gravitation, $G$, like this: ...
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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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Position of two bodies as a function of time, special case [closed]

I'm looking for a closed equation like $x=f(t)$ (if there is) for a simplified case of the two bodies problem: Suppose that we have two point-like objects with the same mass, nothing more than their ...
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Could moving land mass alter Earths gravity?

This is potentially a very stupid question but I'm going to ask it anyway. With all these huge buildings such as the Abu Dhabi Mosque, where an unbelievable amount of materials such as marble was ...
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In how big percentage of gravity core does play role in?

If something would take whole core of earth and done this $(((coreearth)-(restofearth)):coreearth)*100=X$ What would X be? In short, which part of our planet ...
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In what situations do water levels not reach equilibrium?

I have been taught that water levels will always equal out. However, now I find that sumps and some other setups allow for water not to become equal. What other arrangements allow for the water levels ...
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Determining the horizontal position of an object [closed]

In my calc-physics class we were given the following question: A movie stuntwoman drops from a helicopter that is $30.0 m$ above the ground and moving with a constant velocity whose components are ...
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Inward Pressure of Gravity

We are looking at White Dwarfs in Quantum and specifically how they are stabilized between gravitation pressure inwards balanced by the Fermi pressure due to electrons. To start the problem off ...
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Confusion over the gravitational potential energy inside a sphere

I'm confused over the concept of gravitational potential energy inside a sphere. I understand that the gravitational potential energy inside the sphere is supposed to be a constant $U = ...
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Pouring water in an aircraft while upside down?

What is the physics behind the following photo? Someone had told me that this is because the aircraft might be moving towards a lower altitude, but I am still not sure.
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How many celestial bodies could be in stable orbit at roughly the same distance from a star?

How many planet-like celestial bodies of roughly the same mass (say within 50%) could orbit a star at roughly (say within 10%) the same distance from the star and be in stable orbits. By stable I ...
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Toroidal Planets

I have read online in numerous places about the possible existence of toroidal planets, and I most people seem to believe that they could exist, but they also have no evidence to support this claim. I ...
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Calculate gravitational force between a sphere and a uniform rod

I want to calculate the gravitational force between a uniform rod of mass 2 kg, length 1 meter and a uniform sphere of mass 0.2 kg. Distance between the sphere and the rod is 0.1 meter ( The sphere is ...
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Comparing predictions and reality for the gravitational attraction due to light beams

While doing some on-the-side reading, I stumbled across this question: Do two beams of light attract each other in general theory of relativity?. Great question and a great, easily understandable ...
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How do scientists place satellites into orbit?

How do scientists place satellites into orbit? How do they calculate the gravity acting on the spacecraft in order to generate exact opposite force by means of Kinetic energy to keep the satellite ...
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The Shell Theorem and A Problem Related to it

The shell theorem states that: A uniform spherical shell of matter attracts a particle that is outside the shell as if all the shells mass were concentrated at its center. Now, I have to solve a ...
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Pendulum in a Turning Airplane

My friend and I are having an argument over what happens with a pendulum hanging inside an airplane during a turn. Assuming that the airplane is making a standard 1 G coordinated turn, how does the ...
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Two suns, one moon, and one planet?

I have a question about how would seasons and the moon cycle be affected in a system where one planet orbits Sun #1, and Sun #1 orbits a second sun. Online I found this description: "Type II: ...
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Where does energy in a field come from?

Let us consider for example Earth's gravitational field. If we put a ball somewhere in this field, the ball starts to accelerate due to the gravitational force exerted on it. I understand the ...
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What will be the velocity of a comet is falling to the Earth from infinity at the time of impact if Earth had no atmosphere?

What will be the velocity of a comet is falling to the Earth from infinity at the time of impact if Earth had no atmosphere? the comet is falling radially towards the earth. Will this velocity be ...
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Where does the potential energy go when mass is lifted out of Earth's gravitational field?

There is a finite amount of energy needed to be spent on a rocket or a rock that is taken out of the Earth's gravitational field. Lets suppose the rock is taken far enough to have no effect of Earth's ...
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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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What's wrong with Schwarzschild equations?

I don't know much about black holes physics and so I find the Schwarzschild equations with a few contradictions. In particular I am trying to understand this little puzzle. The Schwarzschild ...
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Determining impact velocity over long distances [duplicate]

Everything I have found concerning impact velocity from a given height deals with constant acceleration due to gravity. I would like to know how to work in varying acceleration into the equation. So, ...
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Does the tension of a rope/cable change if acceleration/velocity changes?

For example, imagine an object of a certain mass which is attached to a rope and is dangling in the air. The rope needs to have a certain tension to be able to hold the object up, that is, negate the ...
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Simulating orbits using Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

I've been having a go at programming an orbital simulator from scratch (without using any existing libraries) using the formula below to find the acceleration first for particle A and then for ...
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Why doesn't the potential energy of any object equal 0

Consider a particle on the ground. This particle is raised by a force of magnitude $mg$ to a height $h$ above the ground. At this point, the work done on the particle by the force is $mgh$, which is ...
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Why gravity decreases as we go down into the earth? [duplicate]

We all know that gravity decreases as the distance b/w the two increases. Hence $$ g = G \frac{Mm}{r^2} $$ hence acceleration due to gravity is inversely proportional to the distance b/w the 2 ...
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Using 2D position, velocity, and mass to determine the parametric position equations for an orbiting body

I have a gravity-related question. I am programming an orbit simulator. I have everything up and running, but I would like to render the smaller body's orbital path (the larger body is fixed). To do ...
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Would a considerably big asteroid be disintegrated by the Earth's Roche limit?

If there was a big asteroid with a diameter of say 50km+ in a collision course with the Earth (not orbiting), would it disintegrate into smaller chunks due to the Earth's Roche limit, or the time it ...
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What are the correct initial conditions for the moon (in a simulation)?

So I've modeled the interactions between the sun and all the planets (and the interactions between the planets) using Verlet integration. I've used data from Wikipedia for masses, distance from the ...
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Regarding the centrifugal force in a 3-body system

In our lecture about general mechanics, we have treated the simplified 3-body system consisting of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. We assumed that the moon does not have any influence on the Sun or ...
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Does gravity cause spacetime to bend? [closed]

Does gravity cause spacetime to bend even though space has no mass?
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Can a very small portion of an ellipse be a parabola?

We consider that when a body is projected from any height from the earth surface with a speed lesser than the orbital speed ( tangentially to the earth surface at that point.) it follows an elliptical ...
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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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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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Can we feel our own weight (can we feel normal reaction)?

If we place something on our head, we can feel it's weight pushing us down. But we ourselves apply normal reaction which balances the weight of the object and stops it from actually pushing us down. ...
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What is the constant $K_1$ in these orbital equations?

I want to compute the derivatives of argument of periapsis and longitude of the ascending node of the orbit of a GPS satellite from the following formula. $$\frac{d\Omega}{dt} = -K \cos{i} \\ ...
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What is difference between Acceleration due to gravity and Gravitational field intensity near the Earth Surface?

I have read in so many standard books that Gravitational field intensity near the earth surface and acceleration due to gravity near the earth surface are Two Different physical quantities with same ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angular speed of the planets

Do all the planets in our solar system have the same angular speed? Physics teacher says yes, my research is not crystal clear. I want to make sure I have the right information for future reference. ...