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

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How does gravity work underground?

Would the effect of gravity on me change if I were to dig a very deep hole and stand in it? If so, how would it change? Am I more likely to be pulled downwards, or pulled towards the edges of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is gravitational potential energy negative, and what does that mean?

I usually think of gravitational potential energy as representing just what it sounds like: the energy that we could potentially gain, using gravity. However, the equation for it (derived by ...
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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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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 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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Is it possible to derive the formula of the gravitational potential energy without using the formula for the force

Clearly one can derive the formula for the gravitational potential Energy by just integrating the force $F_{\mathrm{G}} = \gamma \frac{m_1 m_2}{r^2}$, i.e. $$ E_{\mathrm{pot}} = \gamma m_1 m_2 ...
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Calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object

I have simple question: is it possible to calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object? Let's say I have an object with mass $5\text{ kg}$. I drop that object in height 1 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How about an exact solution for the position of a planet as a function of time?

Recently I was surprised to discover that no exact solution for the position of a planet as a function of time exists. I am referring to the two-body problem in a gravitational field where Newtons law ...
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Gauss law from Gauss divergence theorem [duplicate]

Apply Gauss divergence theorem to the gravitational field due to a spherical object of mass M and uniform density located at origin. Obtain Gauss law for gravitation in integral and differential ...
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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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How does Kepler's laws and Newtons universal gravitation for two bodies come together?

Does Newton's laws of gravitation and Kepler's laws give exactly the same orbit for two bodies? Could someone please explain the derivation if so?
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Apollo and orbital mechanics: orbital decay if the Trans Earth Injection (TEI) burn had failed

I'm reading Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13) and Jeffrey Kluger's book Apollo 13, which is a fantastic read about a long past era I only have kindergarten memories of. On page 54 there is a paragraph that ...
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Velocity distribution in Plummer's models and others mass distributions

The Plummer's sphere is an model for the mass density in a globular cluster of stars. For an $N$-body simulation I have initialized the position of $N$ masses with a Monte-Carlo technique but cannot ...
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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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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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Differences between the gravitational constants $G$ and $g$?

There's a formula (described by Sir Isaac Newton) that gives the force acting between two objects: $$F = \frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}$$ And then there's a formula for weight of an object $$w = mg$$ My ...
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Determinstic implementation Sphere of Influence change using Patched conic approximation

wasn't 100% sure which StackExchange to ask this on, as it could be related to Gamedev (as it's for a game), maths (as it's a approximation model rather than a physical description) or StackOverflow ...
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Does an object slow down after acquiring terminal velocity?

Once an object reaches terminal velocity in free fall, is there a point in time when the object actually starts slowing down due to resistance, or does it stay constant?
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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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How long will it take to fill a bath tub with oil compared to water?

As everyone knows, the oil is more viscous than water. But, I've been wondering how long it will take to fill a bath tub compared to water. It is quite obvious that oil will take longer. But, how much ...
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Where's the best place to add weight to a Pinewood Derby car?

A little background: a Pinewood Derby car is a small wooden car that races down an inclined track, powered only by gravity. You are allowed to add weight to the car up to a certain limit. Here is a ...
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How to find positions of $n$ masses in Newton mechanics?

I ran into a problem while doing research. The problem can be described as: consider the original $n$-body problem, and if we fix the position of them(unknowns), no interaction among them, they don't ...
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Do we still need Newtonian G in General Relativity?

I believe we can use Newtonian Physics to make incredibly good predictions about the movement of celestial bodies as long as they are not too fast/massive and there are only two of them (well, we can ...
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Gravitational potential inside a solid sphere

To calculate the gravitational potential at any point inside a solid sphere, why do we need to separately integrate gravitational field from infinity to radius and then from radius to the point? Why ...
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Mathematical model for this graph of a simplified binary star system?

Unnecessary background for question: I had a school assignment asking us to relate a quadratic equation to a real life example relating to our future dream career, making sure to express the accuracy ...
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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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Using centre of mass in gravitational field calculation

When calculating the gravitational field of a continuous mass, like a rod, at some point outside it, why can't we just use the centre of mass of the rod and then directly plug in the distance between ...
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Is Galilei's reasoning on free fall valid?

Galileo Galilei discovered by experiments that all bodies tend to fall with the same rapidity (I use it in an intuitive sense, you can replace it by 'acceleration' used in today's physics language), ...
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Were there any efforts made by early physicists to discover and explain how composite bodies fall?

At the dawn of the modern era, Galileo discovered and described how composite bodies fall through the air (or at least the discovery is usually attributed to him). I'm interested in whether this had ...
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Did Galileo offer an explanation why his law of falling bodies is independent of mass?

Naively, (and endorsed by Aristotle) one expects heavier things to fall more quickly, Galileo Galilei showed in fact this is not correct, and that in fact how they fell as independent of mass (if air ...
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How to find a hyperbolic escape orbit with a starting point and a desired velocity after sphere exit

How would you find an escape orbit which includes a given starting point (not assuming a circular starting orbit) and escapes the sphere of influence of the current body with a given remaining ...
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Interpretation of a quantity from the reduced three body problem [closed]

Consider two bodies $S$ and $J$ that gravitate about their center of mass $O$, under the influence of mutual attraction. A third massless body $P$ is moving in the same plane. What is the ...