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

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Vehicle Driving off Cliff (Thelma and Louise movie)

What is the slowest speed at which a vehicle driven off a cliff can clear the cliff without catching its underside between the wheels? In the usual frictionless vacuum, this would appear to depend on ...
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How does gravity work?

The math, I read, is $$F = G\frac{m_{1}m_{2}}{r^{2}}.$$ What I'm unclear about is how does it work in practice. Say there are two identical pebbles massing 1 kilogram each outside Sol's gravity ...
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How close to the surface of the Sun would one have to be to determine an 'upright' position relative to it's surface?

As we stand upon the surface of the earth we're able to establish a relative 'up' and 'down' direction due to gravitational forces. As we leave the confines of the earths gravitational attraction ...
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Deriving the velocity for circular orbital motion

I'm trying to derive the (circular) orbital velocity for a given height from the center of mass of a body, like Earth. First I used the equation of the circle $x^2 + y^2 = r^2$ to get $y = \pm ...
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Weight vector dependence

Does the weight of a person depend on the number of people or other bodies in say a room? If so,why? Was thinking about it earlier and want to find out from others.
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Do the planets really orbit the Sun?

This is a duplicate of this question on Space Exploration.SE. So why would I ask it again here? Read below. The question reads We often say that the planets orbit the Sun, which is usually a ...
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Gauss law for gravitational field

Gauss's law is fundamental law of electrostatics. But Can we apply Gauss's law for Gravitational field also?
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Gravitational acceleration

'What is difference between free fall acceleration g and gravitational acceleration a?***a is with subscript g.In my textbook it is written that "free fall acceleration = gravitational acceleration - ...
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Exact trajectory of a ball projected vertically upward [duplicate]

Wht is the exact trajectory of a ball projected vertically upward at right angle to the earth's surface by a boy standing still on the surface.if observed by an observer 1. Standing on earth's surface ...
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Physical Meaning of Cone used in Conic Section for Orbital Mechanics

Does the polar angle (complement of $\theta$ below) of a cone which intersects a plane to yield a conic section have a physical meaning in orbital mechanics? Note that the angle of incident ...
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Motion of a ball in a tunnel along Earth's diameter [duplicate]

Suppose, a tunnel is made along the diameter of Earth and we drop a ball inside it. How will the ball behave? Please help me in the stand.
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How did Newton discover the universal law of gravitation?

I am having trouble comprehending how anyone could come up with this formula: $$F = \frac{GMm}{d^2}.$$ Could someone walk me through this?
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How did Newton figure out the law of gravity? [duplicate]

How did Newton figure out the law of gravity? I know there are two other questions answering the same question but I did not understand anything from the answers Is there a third way of knowing how ...
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Elliptical path of planets [duplicate]

Why are the planet's orbits in the form of an ellipse and what is the proof that earth moves in an elliptical path with the sun at its foci? Initially it was thought that earth moved in a circular ...
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Are all trajectories parabolic?

I've heard this before, and it makes sense. Is it true? This being: Due to the effects of gravity and inertia, an object in movement not being acted on by any other force will form a parabolic curve ...
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How often does the earth rotate around the common center of mass with the moon?

I could not find anywhere how long does it take for the earth to rotate around the center of mass of the earth moon system, which is located inside the earth but off-center. And does this motion have ...
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Would you be weightless at the center of the Earth?

If you could travel to the center of the Earth (or any planet), would you be weightless there?
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If I make a object enter a planet's gravity it hits the surface with huge velocity, where is it gaining k.e. from?

If I make a object enter a planet's gravity range,it hits the surface with huge velocity,where is it gaining k.e. from? If i keep sending more and more heavy things like above and some how harness the ...
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Is it possible to apply Newton's equation of gravitation to attractive force between the moon and the ocean? [closed]

Someone was asking me how much force is acting on the waves when the moon is closest to the earth. Of course the first thing I tried to do is apply Newton's equation for universal gravitation $$F = G ...
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Sphere of electric charge revisited

I am thinking about a sphere of homogeneous charge distribution (see Electric field due to a solid sphere of charge, for example). Here we use a Gaussian surface (blue area) to find the electric ...
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the torsion balance of the Cavendish experiment

I need to perform the Cavendish experiment and build a torsion balance but I can't find metallic spheres with enought mass so I was thinking about using a pair of dumbbells instead. My question is if ...
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How do grandfather clocks keep going?

How do grandfather clocks keep going? The pendulum is what makes the clock go. However, the pendulum will slow down due to friction. What energy source keeps the pendulum from eventually stopping?
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Is gravitation really a conservative force?

A rotating gyroscope that is mounted in a gimbal maintains its rotational axis relative to space when it is moved – and not to the surface of the earth, as illustrated below (the figure shows only the ...
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Why are L4 and L5 Lagrange points stable as points and not part of a circle?

I read this Phys.SE thread which is similar Why are L4 and L5 lagrangian points stable? but I did not want to necro that thread. It seems that most discussions of a three body problem are presented ...
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Why are L4 and L5 lagrangian points stable?

This diagram from wikipedia shows the gravitational potential energy of the sun-earth two body system, and demonstrates clearly the semi-stability of the L1, L2, and L3 lagrangian points. The blue ...
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Why doesn't an orbiting body keep accelerating?

As a physics newbie I'm trying to get a grip on basic orbital mechanics. I think I'm beginning to get grasp on how bodies interact with each other. When a body approaches another body it accelerates ...
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Would the Hubble Space Telescope be of benefit for optical astronomy at Lagrangian L5 point?

The Hubble Space Telescope will enter a decaying orbit in 2024. This is a physics based question, so I don't want to get into the engineering details more than necessary. Just for background, the ...
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What is the speed of Newtonian gravity?

I already read this Phys.SE question but my question is different. I'm well aware that the effect of gravity in GR gets transmitted from point to point at the speed of light. But let's ignore GR for ...
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Gravity effect on moving bodies

If we imagine two suns of equal mass, and a small object in their combined center of gravity, which is not moving, it will stay there forever. If the object is displaced a little bit towards one of ...
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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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Resolving General relativity and Newtonian mechanics to a computer [closed]

I know this is considered an old subject long ridiculed by many as the folly of layman. But I work in the field of computer simulation, specifically in producing fully functional 3D interactive ...
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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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How did Newton find out gravity is proportional to the product of two masses? [duplicate]

I am going to ask a really stupid question here. It is a very well known fact that gravity is inversely proportional to the distance squared between two masses. I understand how he arrived at this ...
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From Paris to … London [closed]

(Excuse the pun in the title, couldn't resist) Paris and London are connected by a straight underground tunnel, as shown in the diagram below. A train travels between the two cities powered only by ...
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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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A force opposing Gravity

Every Action Has An Equal and Opposite Reaction (Newton's Third Law.) If this is the case, does gravity have an equal-opposing force? From asking around I still haven't got a very clear answer; ...
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Understanding Millikan's oil-drop experiment

This is quoted from A.P. French's Newtonian Mechanicsabout Millikan's oil-drop experiment: The droplets randomly produced in a mist of oil vapor are of various sizes. The ones that Millikan found ...
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Gravity - change with altitude

Does acceleration due to gravity, $g$, which is calculated by Newton's equation, decrease with altitude? Forgive the silly question.
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Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity?

The common understanding is that, setting air resistance aside, all objects dropped to Earth fall at the same rate. This is often demonstrated through the thought experiment of cutting a large object ...
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Why does Earth accelerate every object toward itself with acceleration of $9.8\, m/s^2$ [closed]

Why Earth accelerates objects due to gravity with $9.8\,\mathrm{m/s}^2$. How to demonstrate that?
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Time to fall in a non-uniform gravitational field

In an uniform gravitational field the loss in potential energy (the work done) by gravity is given by $\text{-}mg\Delta h$ and the time to do so (assuming no friction and no initial velocity) is given ...
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What would be the rate of acceleration from gravity in a hollow sphere?

Lets say the Earth is hollow and you are in the center of it (Same mass except all of it is on the outside like a beach ball) If you move slightly to one side now your distance is closer to that side ...
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1. How is Newtonian calculations compatible with curved spacetime? and 2. multiple competing reference frames for gravity [duplicate]

Since spacetime is curved, and since the measurement of distance on a curve is along a geodesic, how is it that Newtonian (non-curved) physics can be successfully deployed to calculate distances, ...
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Deviation from Earth's orbit

How much orbital deviation is required for the Earth to get knocked out from current orbit so it either moves away from Sun or towards the Sun?
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Shell theorem using Gauss Law

Let me present you my problem: Two spherical shells with radius $R_1$ and $R_2$ ($R_1 < R_2$) and masses $M_1$, $M_2$ are concentric. Calculate the gravitational force $\vec{F_g}$ applied ...
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How would change force of gravity? [closed]

How would change force of gravity, impacting some object, when this object is lifted on height $h = 3 \cdot R_3$. The right answer stated as ("decrease 16 times"). I want to know why.
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Minimum energy required to roll a cuboid through $90^\circ$ [closed]

I'm stuck on this textbook question about the minimum energy required to roll a cuboid through $90^\circ$ from an upright position to a horizontal position (see image). I believe the correct answer is ...
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Parabolic slide [closed]

Can you give a big hint for this problem please? A material point is released at the end of a track in the form of a vertical arc of parabola $y = x^2$ in $[-1,1]$, the meter is selected as a unit ...
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How can I solve this differential eqution with IVP? [duplicate]

$$m\frac{d^2r}{dt^2}=-G\frac{Mm}{r^2}, \qquad r(0)=R ,\qquad \dot{r}=v_0>0$$ describes the free fall of an object of mass $m$. $r(t)$ is the distance of m to the center of the earth which is $R$ ...
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Why is Earth's gravity stronger at the poles?

Lots of places state that the Earth's gravity is stronger at the poles than the equator for two reasons: The centrifugal force cancels out the gravity minimally, more so at the equator than at the ...