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

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Problem with derivation of potential enery of two body in Gravitational energy

Maybe what I'm going to ask sounds stupid but it means a lot to me that's why I'm asking. I've problem with just a single step in derivation. Let's start. I'm keeping in mind the direction of each ...
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Equation for a falling body including terminal velocity

I'm making an app that times how long it takes a pebble to fall, then calculates the distance it fell. I noticed that the simple $f(t) = \frac{1}{2}gt^2$ was becoming increasingly inaccurate as the ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three dimensional objects with a two dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Where does gravity get it's energy to cause tides? [duplicate]

The moon's orbital radius is fixed as a function of its velocity (I know it is actually drifting..). Since there is nothing in space to resist this velocity, it will continue orbiting "forever". Now ...
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Inertia and Rocket Propulsion

We were taught in school that the law of inertia indicates that an object tend to stay the way it is, so if you throw something in space it will tend to go on forever and ever. The reason an object ...
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Average of the velocity vector along a Keplerian orbit

I would like to show that the average of the velocity vector $\mathbf{v}$ along one Keplerian orbit vanishes, i.e. $$ \frac{1}{2 \pi}\int_{0}^{2 \pi} \!\!\!\! \mathrm{d} M \, \mathbf{v} = \frac{1}{T}\...
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Rolling motion of a rigid object

I have the situation described in this picture I know the speed of the ball at the top of the loop ($v_{top} = 2.38 m/s$), and I have to demonstrate that the ball does not fall from the track at ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Are elliptical orbits really elliptical?

I have wondered for a long time how elliptical orbits can work. It seems awkward for a freely-moving object to come very close to a source of gravity and then return to the exact point where it ...
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Forces on a ball thrown upwards

When a ball is thrown up in upward direction, it is said that force is in downward direction. Why we don't we consider the force given to the ball to throw up in the upward direction? Is there is no ...
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Gravity and angular momentum

When a mass moves towards a bigger mass at a constant velocity, they will be attracted to each other such that the smaller mass will revolve around the bigger mass with the same speed as before. ...
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Why does a velocity that gives gravity's centripetal acceleration make you stay in orbit?

Explanations of basic orbital mechanics that I can find all go, $$\frac{v_{satellite}^2}{r} = a_c = \frac{F_{gravity}}{M_{planet}} = \frac{(\frac{G M_a M_s}{r^2})}{M_{planet}}$$ , and so you get a ...
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Solving the Three-body problem numerically

I want to create a program in $Mathematica$ that solves numerically the Three-body problem by Euler-Lagrange's equations. I was searching some methods to sucessfully do it. So I found a way to solve ...
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If maximum speed limit $c$ is made infinite, will general theory of relativity become equivalent to Newton's gravitational theory?

We know that special relativity tends to become equivalent to classical theory of relativity as the speed limit of nature becomes infinite. If this happens, clock will tick at the same rate ...
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Balanced and Unbalanced Forces Help

I am a newbie pondering in Physics concepts. I just had a question about Newtonian physics. The reason why "everyday" objects come to a rest is because there are unbalanced forces working against ...
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Derivation Poisson's gravity equation by divergence theorem [closed]

I'm trying deduce the poisson's equation $\nabla^2\Phi (x)=-4\pi G\sigma(x)$ by divergence theorem Let $D:x^2+y^2+z^2\leq 1$ and $\sigma:D\to \mathbb{R}$ be the mass density function of $D$ (suppose ...
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Why Poisson's equation is important?

The Poisson equation can be deduced by Newton's mechanics: $$\Delta \Phi =-4\pi G\sigma$$ Einstein tried to give a "Poisson's equation" that works with his theory. This equation seems to be ...
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Orbits for dummies [duplicate]

In a certain universe a perfectly spherical, uniformly dense planet is found to be in a stable orbit around a stable star. The rest of the universe is empty space with no silly stuff like dark matter. ...
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Why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation? [duplicate]

I'm learning about astrodynamics on my own and I was wondering why the $r$ is cubed in the vector notation for of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: $$\vec{F}_g=\frac{Gm_1m_2}{|\vec{r}|^3}\vec{r}$...
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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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Why doesn't the gravitational force have a permittivity in its formula? [duplicate]

We know that the electrostatic force between two charges depends on the medium between the charges and its permittivity. Why, then, doesn't the gravitational force depend on the medium?
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Can Newton's Law of gravity be deduced using dimensional analysis?

I tried using dimensional analysis to deduce Newton's law of gravity but I wasn't able to do so as one of the equations were $0=-2$ which is a contradiction. But I thought that we can't do that ...
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Trouble understanding the concept of true and apparent weight

I need help understanding the concept of true weight vs apparent weight. I understand this much: if someone is standing in an elevator on a scale, the further up they go the less the reading on the ...
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If water is essentially incompressible, why are there tides?

So recently we were taught in school that tides are formed because the moon 'cancels out' some of the earth's gravity, and so the water rises because of the weaker force. But if water is not ...
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What is the gravitational/electric/inverse-square field inside a cylinder?

I've read from the shell theorem that an inverse-square potential has zero field inside a spherical shell. What about the field inside a cylinder? Are objects inside a long cylinder attracted to the ...
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Are tides just very very very weak spaghettification?

I was wondering as to why there are two tidal bulges instead of just one on Earth, and then I saw this diagram: The oval shape that the Earth's water is transformed into in this image reminded me of ...
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Terminal velocity after vertical launch

If an object is launched directly up at its terminal velocity, will it have enough time/energy to reach its terminal velocity again before it hits the ground, or will drag prevent this? In this case, ...
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Question about inertial mass and gravitational mass

I know that inertial mass $m_i$ is the quantity that appears in Newton's second law: $F=m_ia$ and that gravitational mass $m_{g_1}$ is the quantity that appears in Newton's gravitational law: $F_g=Gm_{...
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Expression for Atmospheric Pressure with Altitude, including Tidal Forces

Is this simple to obtain? I've tried to modify the constant-gravity model to use the $GM/r^2$ form instead, but my result was shown to be wrong with some testing. Constant Gravity Model You can ...
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Which timestep should I use for a $N$-body simulation of the Solar system?

I am trying to implement a $N$-body simulation of the Solar system and I am stuck on the issue of the simulation timestep size. At first I would like to use a simple Euler stepping scheme. Knowing ...
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How are the theoretical properties of a gravity train linked to orbital properties?

Whilst perusing a question on WorldBuilding, a link was given to an article about Gravity Trains. Some of the answers on the question, and the Wikipedia article, state a travel time of 42 minutes ...
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Unification of Newtonian gravity and electrostatic force [closed]

Can we not unify Newtonian gravity & electrostatic force? All properties are almost same. We can imagine the atoms of the Earth's core to become dipoles when a body is freely-falling. Thus, due to ...
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Proportional acceleration due to changing density of the Earth

My question has to to do with a recent video Minutephysics posted about the time it takes for a person to fall through the earth, found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQCmMiHKQk At around 4:05,...
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Would a planet in a binary star system follow Kepler's Laws?

I'm thinking it would not. I am thinking Kepler's Laws were a simplification that were possible with a simple two body (sun, planet) but would not apply for something more complex (sun1, sun2, planet)...
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How does one measure Earth's speed of revolution around the sun?

I know that there are several formulae that one can plug numbers into to arrive an estimate of Earth's speed around the sun (Kepler's third law for instance), but I'm wondering how these things are ...
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Rocket launch from a mountain

If we were to build a high speed rail up the side of a mountain like in some Science Fiction movies, what is the velocity needed at the point of leaving the mountain excluding angular momentum from ...
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Why does earth have a minimum orbital period?

Using the equation for Kepler's constant for Earth $K$: $$K = \frac{GM}{4\pi^2}$$ $$K = 1.01 \times 10^{13} \;\rm m^3/s^2$$ Finding time ($r = 6.4 \times 10^{6} \;\rm m$ (radius of Earth)): $$K = \...
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Why do some location on Earth have only one tidal maximum per day instead of two?

Most places in the ocean have two high tides and two low tides per "day" (~25 hours). But I remember reading that some locations only have one of each per day. This answer has some great explanations ...
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Reference frame, gravitation and kinetic energy

English is not my primary language. I apologize (and would like corrections) if the terms I use are not the right ones. In a geocentric reference frame, the moon rotates around the Earth. So its ...
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Does Earth really have two high-tide bulges on opposite sides?

The bit that makes sense – tidal forces My physics teacher explained that most tidal effect is caused by the Moon rotating around the Earth, and some also by the Sun. They said that in the Earth and ...
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Potential of an axisymmetric disc with constant rotation velocity

I am having trouble understanding why the form of the 3D potential for a disc with a constant rotation velocity for circular orbits of stars within the disc \begin{equation} v(R) = v_0, \tag{1} \end{...
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Can the gravitational constant $G$ be calculated theoretically?

We know all that the gravitational constant is $$G=6.67428±0.00067\times 10^{-11}\mathrm{m^{3} \:kg^{-1} s^{-2}}.$$ But can we calculate it theoretically?
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Period of a pendulum [closed]

In the book 'Calculus the Early Transcendetals' at page 776 (7th edition) they give that the period of a pendulum with length $\text{L}$ that makes a maximum angle $\theta_0$ with the vertical is: $$\...
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As planets orbit around the Sun, does the force of gravity due to the Sun remain constant?

I know that the force of gravity is: $$F = GMm/R^2$$ Where $G$ is gravitational constant, $M$ is mass of sun, $m$ is mass of the orbiting planet and $R$ is the distance between the center of their ...
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Does gravity slow down a horizontally thrown baseball?

I have a simple question: Does gravity slow down a horizontally thrown baseball? Assuming when a baseball is thrown it has a vertical velocity as well, does it slow does the ball? Any help is much ...
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Does a ball bearing cause bigger tides than the moon?

As per the answer to this question it is suggested the relative tidal pull of objects of equal angular area is equal to their relative density. Which lead me to the click-baity question: Does a ball ...
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Would an astronaut floating in space at zero speed get drawn to the Earth?

The question came to mind after watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY1Kje0yLg If the Earth and Moon can bend space-time, and if the Earth's gravity is strong enough to reach the ...
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Why didn't I beat the avalanche?

Yesterday, while skiing out of bounds on the south west canyons of Mt. Hood, I experienced a small and extremely mild quake. This, combined with the melting conditions caused an extremely small ...
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Calculate gravity between two points

I am trying to build a simulation of gravity in LibGDX using Bullet physics. To simplify it, I just want to apply a force on some body towered a (0,0,0) point. I got my body mass and it's location ...