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

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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 ...
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Calculating pendulum rate variation due to change in force of gravity over arc of swing

Hi all and thank you in advance for any insight into this problem. I'm a journalist working on a story on precision pendulum clocks and specifically on the isochronism of pendulums. I note that the ...
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Weight distributions [duplicate]

If a man is standing on two weighing machines (scales), with one foot on each, Will both machines show equal weight or his weight will be distributed in two machines?
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Maximum range of projectile launched from an inclined plane [closed]

As we already know the max range if we launch it from any flat surface or from any height but I was wondering what will be maximum range if we launch it from inclined plane. I have made on figure of ...
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What is the particle distribution in Saturn's Ring System?

In watching the scientifically scream-inducing film/movie 'Interstellar', there was a shot of the spacecraft moving through the Rings of Saturn. In this shot, and in every graphical representation of ...
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Can adding weight to something make it tilt slower?

Let's say we have 2 sticks, both a meter long. We put both of them on the ground vertically. To the top of one of them we attach a weight. Then we tip both of them over and let them fall. Assume ...
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Why inverse square not inverse cube law? [duplicate]

So as I understand, the inverse-square law which shows up in a variety of physical laws (Newton's universal law of gravitation, Coulomb's law, etc.) is a mathematical consequence of point-like ...
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Since the gravitational force is only attractive, why does matter not just concentrate into a small sphere?

This doubt has been wandering in my head for a long time. The gravitational force is only attractive force not a repulsive force. Since gravitational force is only attractive force, why not the ...
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What would be the shape of a candle in a zero gravity environment? [duplicate]

What would be the exact shape of a burning candle if it is placed in a zero gravity environment...I am not able to determine the way the fire and the candle aligns.. Please help me out!
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Why does the gravitation potential in a uniform field have negative values?

As we know the gravitational potential is the work done per unit mass in taking a point mass from zero potential (at infinity distance) to a point in a gravitational field. But why is the work ...
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Why does it hurt more to fall from 10 stories, than 1?

$F=ma$. Falling from any distance, mass stays the same, and acceleration due to gravity stays the same. So, why does it hurt more, the longer you fall?
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What would happen if I were to fall into a massive hollow planet?

Imagine, if you will, there exists somewhere out there a supermassive planet. For some reason, this planet is only a shell of its former existence and all that is left is a crust of substantial size ...
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Gravitational potential difference

in my revision guide it defines gravitational potential difference as: The gravitational potential difference is work done in moving a unit mass. It then goes on to explain the gravitational ...
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What does this sentence mean?

"The acceleration of free fall on the surface of the Earth is 6 times its value on the surface of the Moon." I interpreted it as: "The acceleration of free fall due to the Earth's ...
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How can a planet gravitationally capture objects?

I would expect that any asteroid or other object originating far away but passing near a planet would pick up speed and energy as it approaches, but unless it comes into contact with the atmosphere ...
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How did the Moon survive next to the Earth since earth and Moon came into existence?

What mechanism(s) prevented the gravitational effect of the earth on the moon from shattering the moon when it was closer to the earth than the Roche Limit some 4.5 billion years ago?
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Free-Falling Object

How does the presence of air affect the rate at which a body falls? What is the rule for falling objects, when there is little or no air resistance?
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What is third cosmic velocity?

I have been studying Gravitation chapter and there I found one term : Third cosmic velocity which is also known as interstellar speed. So what is it ? What it really tells about? I tried to gather ...
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Gravitational field strength and potential different signs

In my revision guide the gravitational field strength is given as $g=GM/r^2$ whereas gravitational potential is $V=-GM/r$. Why does potential have a minus sign but field strength doesn't?
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Is the acceleration of a soap bubble the standard value of gravitational acceleration?

Is the acceleration of a basic soap bubble the same as the standard value of gravitational acceleration 9.81 m/s^2 when it is dropping in a windless space? I have used the Newton's 2nd law to prove ...
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Graph of electric potential

In my AP physics guide the graph for electric potential (for a radial field, i.e. point charge) and gravitational potential (for radial field, i.e. point mass) slightly differ from each other and I ...
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Pendulum at an angle

A pendulum has a period of $T$ when swinging from a string. The pendulum is now placed on a frictionless incline at a 30 degree angle. What is the new period of the pendulum?
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Why can't a rope be pulled completely straight?

I have found several discussions on how to calculate the sag of rope that is tied off at two points (like a tightrope), and I understand it to a certain extent. What I can't wrap my head around is how ...
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Why do planets moving around our Sun lead to how stars move around the centre of a spiral galaxy?

We know that the speed with which the planets go around our sun decreases as a function of the distance they are from the sun. Since stars are not planets, and presumably do not behave like planets, ...
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Force of Gravitational attraction between the ring and the sphere? [closed]

Let us say a uniform ring of mass m and radius 3a is kept above a sphere of mass M and radius 3a at a distance of 4a such that line joining the centres of ring and sphere is perpendicular to the plane ...