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

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When/Where will the planets colide?

Given N bodies of known position, mass, speed and direction, if they were to collide, where it will happen and when? PS: this is not a homework... im working on a physics simulation engine... ...
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Variation in measurements of $g$ on the Earth's surface due to the Moon's gravity

A book, Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics, has recently been published. It consists of homework problems to provide practice with the techniques and concepts used in the famous Feynman ...
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How to show that the gravitational potential energy of a two particle system is -2 times the total kinetic energy, without using the virial theorem?

Consider a two-particle system with identical masses, orbiting in circles about their center of mass. I'm supposed to prove that: $$U_p = -2U_k$$ With $U_p$ potential energy of the system, and $U_k$ ...
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Why does Pluto's orbit cross Neptune's orbit?

Why does Pluto's orbit cross Neptune's orbit? Is this a fault in Newton's law of gravitation?
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Classical mechanics; gravitation question [closed]

There is a crater of depth $R/100$ on the surface of the moon (radius $R$). A projectile is fired vertically upward from the crater with a velocity, which is equal to the escape velocity from the ...
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Please explain these equations relating to Newtonian gravity [closed]

Here is an extract from some badly-written slides: A planet in an orbit with radius $R$ having a period $T$ falls through a distance of $R$ in a time $T/4$. A planet has a speed of $R/T$ and an ...
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Gravitational slingshot maximum

I have recently read an article about gravitation slingshot assist used by Voyagers 1-2, and was thinking on why this hasn't been used for travel between solar and other systems. I mean sligshot can ...
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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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How was Newton able to guess that gravitational force is inversely proportional to distance squared?

This question is puzzling me since I learnt about the gravitation law in school. Why did Newton guess/assume that gravitational force is inversely proportional to the square of distance? Did he ...
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Why does the earth have to feel a pull when something falls?

Heck, I'm not even worried about the speed of a reaction. But remember that if I fall towards the earth, with a force, the earth has the same force exerted upon it in the opposite direction. I was ...
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Could two identical stars revolve around each other in a common orbit if we only account for Newtonian physics?

Both a parent star and its planet revolve around the center of mass of the system, the reason we see stellar wobble. But if we take this to be true, which it is, there can be a configuration in which ...
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Which ball touches the ground first?

This is a very well known problem, but I can't find an answer in the specific case I'm looking for. Let's consider two balls : Ball 1 weighs 10 kg Ball 2 weighs 1 kg Balls have identical volumes ...
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How strong can tidal forces get?

I am imagining a planet the size of Earth being in close proximity to something of high mass such as a gas giant or a star, but ultimately I'd be more interested in how to figure this out myself. So ...
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Gravity: Why is the inverse square law exactly $1/r^2$ instead of just close to 2? [duplicate]

Is there something intrinsic about the structure of space that gravity is proportional to 1/r^2 instead of, for example, 1/r^2.143 ? What makes the exponent turn out to be a nice even number?
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Torque due to Gravity

I have learned that a torque on an object due to the gravity can be calculated as if the gravity acts on the center of mass of the object when the object is near the surface of the earth. Now I want ...
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Can someone explain to me how to solve $6.6738410*10^{-11}\ \text{m}^3\text{kg}^{-1}\text{s}^{-2}$, the formula to find the gravitational constant? [closed]

Can someone explain to me how to solve $6.6738410\times 10^{-11}\ \text{m}^3\ \text{kg}^{-1}\ \text{s}^{-2}$, the formula to find the gravitational constant? I'm writing a bunch of reports about the ...
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How to find the force to cause certain trajectory? [closed]

So I got a little board today and decided to do some physics. What I came up with is confusing me alot. Say someone throws a rock and when this happens you get the known's of. From here is there a way ...
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How would an earth-spanning ring around the equator behave?

If a ring/belt would be constructed of a sufficiently strong material around the entire equator at 100m height from the surface assuming the land/water beneath is flat (no mountains get in the way), ...
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Gravity on flat object [duplicate]

I was wondering how gravity would behave on object of different shapes. If the Earth was squeezed into a thin disk what would the gravitional acceleration be at the center of the flat surface? Would ...
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What is the value of $g$ at centre? [duplicate]

What is the value of $g$ at the centre of the Earth? Is it zero or infinity? My attempt: I know it's zero but applying law made me on fused.
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What will be the acceleration of an object $A$ when its released by another object $B$ moving with an upward acceleration $a$?

What will be the acceleration of an object $A$ when its released by another object $B$ moving with an upward acceleration $a$? Will the acceleration of the object $A$ be more than the acceleration due ...
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Singularity in Newton's gravitational law [duplicate]

If $r=0$ in the well know equation $F= G\dfrac{m_1\cdot m_2}{r^2}$, it will not follow that the force will be infinite? May someone please clarify it to me?
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Does the weight of fluid in a conical container act entirely on the base?

Scenario description Lets assume both containers have a capacity of 300 litres. One is a vertical tube as shown in pic 1 Other one is more or less a V shaped containers as shown in pic 2 Both are ...
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Dropping a ball in a fast moving train

If I drop a ball in a train moving at a constant speed, will it land on the spot I aimed it at or a little away as the train has moved while it was in air? If it lands away, will the observer not know ...
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Gravitational force due to asymmetric Earth shell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_theorem According to above link the gravitational force inside a symmetrical shell due to itself is zero. Is it also true for an asymmetrical shell?
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Why are these periods the same: a low earth orbit and oscillations through the center of the earth?

Related: Why does earth have a minimum orbital period? I was learning about GPS satellite orbits and came across that Low Earth Orbits (LEO) have a period of about 88 minutes at an altitude of 160 ...
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How to calculate launch angle for tangentially launched satellites?

What is the value of theta for a satellite not falling back to the Earth if it is launched from the direction tangent to the surface of the Earth? I have found the escape velocity which is 11.18km/s, ...
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Effect of small variable transverse force on satellite orbital precession

Consider a small satellite which moves in a 2D elliptical orbit around a much larger body (e.g. the Sun) under the influence of Newtonian gravitational acceleration $$Ar = G.M/d^2 $$ Next imagine ...
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What is the mathematical definition of work?

I'm looking for the pure mathematical definition of work, but I haven't yet learned line integrals. My book says that the work due to a force ${\bf F}$ from point $A$ to point $B$ is $$ W= |AB|\cdot ...
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If a planetoid was wet and you spun it would the water move to the equator?

If the moon was alone in space and covered in X feet of water and it began to rotate would it displace to a bias along the equator?
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Is acceleration quadratic or linear outside of a gravity field? [duplicate]

So as I understand it: If you hit a wall at twice the speed you hit four times as hard? I often ask people this and everyone says "at twice the speed you hit twice as hard". $K=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ is ...
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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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Bomb trajectory from an airplane

If a plane is flying at a constant speed at some altitude like 5-6 km and it releases a bomb: does the bomb move forward at the same horizontal speed as the airplane? or does its horizontal speed ...
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Is gravitational potential energy proportional or inversely proportional to distance?

We know that if an object has been lifted a distance $h$ from the ground then it has a potential energy change: $$\Delta U = mgh $$ so $h$ is proportional to $\Delta U$. However, we have also the ...
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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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Difference in calculated and simulated ellipsies

My task here is to determine orbit parameters, using current values: $\mu=GM$ - standard gravitational parameter $r$ - distance to the object with Mass $M$ $v$ - speed of the object in the point $r$ ...
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Can an asteroid/meteroid/meteor/meteorite be stopped in its way to Earth?

I was just studying meteorology and had a doubt about the motion of meteors towards earth. Can a meteor be stopped while it is still under under the gravitational influence of Earth? As far as I know ...
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Bending of light - photon's inertia instead of mass

Using classical mechanics, the formula for gravitational attraction is $$F = G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}.$$ This formula does not work for photons, and we need to use Einstein's theory of gravity to ...
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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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Gravitational Force (conceptual) [duplicate]

Why is gravitational force always an attractive force? And is the Newtonian formula of gravitational force applicable for very small particles like electrons and protons etc.? From Formula of ...
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Will two perpendicular orbits settle into a disc?

Scenario: one "fixed" object (like the sun...) of mass X two "planets" (P1 and P2) of mass Y P1's orbit is perpendicular to P2's orbit, and the sun is the center of both orbits P1 and P2 will never ...
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Light and Gravity - bending of light around a massive body [duplicate]

Well, as I have read, a massive body can cause light to bend around itself due to its gravitational attraction. What I don't understand is how, as the Newtonian formula for the force of gravitational ...
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Orbital speed in an elliptic orbit [duplicate]

I want to have a general solution for calculating orbits. Wikipedia says how to put object on circle orbit. We must give it speed $v_1 = \sqrt{g(h_o +R)} $ Where $h_o$ - is the orbit height, and $R$ ...
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Gravity vs inertia

As stated according to Newton laws of gravity, every object with mass attracts all other object with a force which produces acceleration. Basically there are several forces in the universe which ...
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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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Are we slightly lighter during the day and slightly heavier at night, owing to the force of the Sun's gravity?

Using $g = \frac{Gm}{r^2}$, the force on a point mass located at 1 AU from the Sun ($m = 2 \cdot 10^{30} \text{ kg}$) is about ~0.006 N/kg. Does that mean that, e.g., a 70 kg person is ~42g lighter ...
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Is escape velocity the same for all objects?

Would a lighter-than-air craft in the mid atmosphere at 80,000 feet altitude need to achieve the same velocity to escape earth gravity as the space shuttle?
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Kinematics and Energy - Finding the work done in projectile motion

If you are asked to find the work done by gravity on a projectile, the force will obviously be the mass multiplied by gravitational acceleration. What will the displacement be, the horizontal or ...
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Gravitational effect of charged masses held apart by a rod?

Imagine two oppositely electrically charged masses held apart by a rigid rod of negligible mass. At some distance the gravitational field due to this system is proportional to the sum of the masses + ...
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Follow up question regarding: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise

My first question was answered here: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise . But based on that, here is a follow-up question (I also edited my first post with the ...