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

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Why do heavier objects fall faster on hills but not in straight drops?

All other things being equal, if a heavier object will roll at a higher speed down hill than a lighter one, because it's heavier with more mass, then how is it that dropped objects fall at the same ...
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Sphere through Torus

In the following picture (it's awful) , What would happen if the sphere and the torus (the sphere can pass through the hole of the torus) are left in an empty space ? I assume (I am probably wrong) ...
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Can a satellite be put into orbit such that it will always remain directly over a city? [duplicate]

Isn't it possible if we just set it high enough so that it's angular speed matches with the earth's? I think that the city must be on the equator to make this happen. Am I correct? Please can anyone ...
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Can a body under weightlessness detect if it's under free fall or under a zero gravity field?

My first thought was to use an accelerometer. However, quoting from wikipedia, an accelerometer at rest on the surface of the Earth will measure an acceleration g= 9.81 m/s2 straight upwards. By ...
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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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Show that Newtonian orbits are closed and periodic

I want to prove to show that the change of the rotation angle of a body in a two-body-problem is exactly $\Delta \phi = 2\pi$. I know that the whole energy of the system is given by $$ E = \left(\...
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Can you lift heavy objects in zero gravity? [closed]

I'm not someone who majored in physics and i never took the subject seriously when i was in school and im regretting that alot, there's so many things going in my mind that i cannot answer because i ...
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Newton's law of gravitational attraction [closed]

My teacher would like us to use Newton's law of gravitational attraction to solve a question similar to this one: "Two objects exert a force of gravity of 20N. One object's mass is increased by a ...
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What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)?

What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)? What is difference between kg weight and gravity? I am not so good in physics so please explain in a lot of detail (but sorry for this silly ...
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Difference between gravity and standing on a platform accelerating upwards at 9.81 m/s^2

So, according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravity is not a force instead it is a consequence of objects with mass deforming spacetime, right? And so, according to him, there is no ...
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Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass?

Why do objects with mass have gravitational force that is proportional to their mass, i.e the larger the object the more gravitational force it has?
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Books on Celestial Mechanics [duplicate]

My background is mathematics. I would like to study celestial (not classical) mechanics and looking for an appropriate book. I found that somebody has already asked a similar question "How to learn ...
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Binding energy of a galaxy?

I'm a novice in physics and new to the forms, so please forgive me if this is a dumb question or if this is in the wrong section to be posted, but how would one find the gravitational binding energy ...
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Relations between Maxwell-Boltzmann's distribution and the n-body problem velocities distribution

Solving the n-body problem numerically and finding the velocities distribution, one finds that it's quite similar to Maxwell-Boltzmann's velocity distribution. This is quite suprising because of the ...
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Force of Gravity of a stationary object acting on another object moving through space

Story: I have x and y positions of a spaceship as it moves through space to some goal location at [1000, 700]. A record of its movement is given by: ...
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Explanation of a Mechanical Situation [closed]

The box sitting on the table top has some mass $m$ (I would refer to the weight of the box just as $\mathbf{W}$), and its net acceleration which I call $\mathbf{a}$ is zero, for the time being. This ...
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How to visualize gravity fields? [closed]

I'm creating a tool for intuitively prototyping routes through space. Part of this requires visualizing gravity. This is the formula for working at how much gravity is at a particular location: <...
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If two objects have the same drag coefficient, but one is much heavier, would it fall faster?

Not sure this is a good example but imagine we have two feathers, both with exactly the same drag coefficient, they have the exact same shape and everything, but the only difference is that one of ...
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What effect does the Moon and Sun have on gravity? [duplicate]

I know that every object has a gravitational pull regardless of how far or how small it is. It's just that generally this force is negligible. Does the force produced by the sun and moon have any non-...
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Do animals defy gravity? [closed]

I am a beginner and trying to understand the concept of gravity Do animals defy gravity? If yes, which animal defies and in what way it does? Sorry had I asked something wrong
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What would happen to the orbital radius of the Earth if the radius of the Sun is decreased but without any loss of its mass?

What would happen to the orbital radius of the Earth if the radius of the Sun is decreased but without any loss of its mass? According to Newtonian gravity the acceleration due to gravity will ...
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Satellite and gravitational acceleration

According to $0.5gt^2$ object will fall 5m in first second. Earth curve is 5m for 8km So if we can project object at 8000 m/s speed object will never fall into ground. Above scenario is correct ...
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Classical gravitational waves, again [duplicate]

I'm basically duplicating this question, because I'm not satisfied with the answer. Here's why I'm not satisfied. If we know that "gravity travels at a finite speed", then it seems obvious that it ...
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What Keeps a Pendulum Moving In a Circular Path?

From the figure, we know that $F_{net} = mg\sin\theta$. Now, this force $\vec{F_{net}}$ is in the direction of the velocity $\vec{v}$ of the bob, both are tangent to the path. Therefore, the net ...
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Can the constant $k$ from Kepler's third law be independent of the mass of the planet?

Consider Kepler's third law The square of the orbital period $\tau$ of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit $a$. $\frac{\tau^2}{a^3}=k$ The ...
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Why is Newtonian cosmology correct for curved space?

The Newtonian model of an expanding Universe gives Friedmann's equation exactly for non-zero spatial curvature $k$ (see http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/astro/expuni.html). Instead of using ...
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Mass required to prevent sign falling over with a set wind load - activity stations for disabled children

I'm currently working on my thesis and I'm stuck on a question. I'm designing activity stations for disabled children to be used for equine therapy. The stand is 9ft tall and I've calculated the the ...
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What is the Role of gravity?

I am new to physics and I understand gravity is a pulling force. Let's assume a ball has been placed on the ground. Does gravity has any role after I placed an object (e.g. ball) on ground? Sorry,...
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Why does the kinetic energy work theorem apply to inclined surfaces?

Work is supposed to be force x distance, how did we end up with work equaling the difference of hights x gravitational acceleration ? Sorry for my poor understanding :D
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A simple explanation of Kepler's Third Law

Is there a simple way to explain how Kepler's third law follows from the inverse square law that of gravity (and laws of motion) For example for Kepler's second law we can say it's because Gravity ...
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Is Keplers First Law a consequence of the conservation of angular momentum?

It would seem that once you have deduced that the angular momentum is conserved then you can deduce: $r^2\dot{\theta}=h$ is constant Combining this with the radial equation of motion then yeilds a ...
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Does surface tension play a role in planet's shape?

I'm thinking that when the planets and stars were forming along with gravity surface tension also could have played a role in making them spherical. Am I correct?
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Newtonian Gravity Simulator?

Could anyone suggest me a good (and possibly free) Newtonian Gravity Simulator software available on the web, where it might be possible to simulate the Solar System dynamics and playing with it, by ...
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Change in energy during orbital decay

Suppose we have a planet orbiting a star and the planet radiates away some amount of energy $\Delta E$. I want to find by how much the orbit decays (i.e the change in orbital radius). One way to do ...
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What is the reason for Earth's rotation and revolution?

Is it because of the gravitational effect of the other planets and the sun then why do the other planets rotate and revolve too? And well does the Sun rotate and revolve too?
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Why can't we put an object anywhere in the earth's orbit around the sun instead of Lagrangian points?

If we place an object in the earth's orbit around the sun, it should have the same orbital period right? For example, what would be the behavior of an object in orbit at point A1? It is at the ...
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Terminal Velocity in Water

Another question concerning classical physics. On Earth, the combination of air resistance and gravity interact in a way that creates the phenomenon of terminal velocity. Do other fluids (for example, ...
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What is the equation for the position of a falling body as a function of time? [duplicate]

I know that near the surface of the earth a projectile's position follows a parabolic curve in function of time because the acceleration is constant (about 9.8 m/s2). However, acceleration ...
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Would running along Earth's Surface at escape velocity cause you to get out of the Earth's gravitational pull? [duplicate]

If one were to run/drive/fly along the earth's surface (by this I mean tangential to the Earth) at escape velocity (about 7 miles per second), would that person escape the gravitational pull? If not, ...
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What does the $k_e$ in Coulomb's law and $G$ in Newton's Universal Gravitation Law mean?

I very well understand the proportionality relation that was used to derive these laws like $F$ is proportional to product of masses and inversely to radius squared and hence its proportional to the ...
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If a purely inductive circuit is started in presence of gravity, will the power source ever run out? [closed]

I have read that purely inductive circuits do no work. So if an Inductor with an AC source, coming from an inverter is set up, will the source of power ever run out due to work against gravity? This ...
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(Constant) Value Of Gravitational Pull $g$ Of Earth [closed]

I want to know How the value of $g$ was found and what experiments did Newton conduct to land upon the value that we use, which is 9.8 m/s^2. I tried to search for it but I couldn't find much ...
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Is it possible to 'push' a path to the Earth's core?

This may very well be a question for Earth Science SE, but as it is very hypothetical, maybe pure physics is more appropriate... Question: Imagine we have have a wedge that tapers down into an ...
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Is there an underlying reason why some forces are inversely proportional to the square of the distance? [duplicate]

This is the first time I'm studying those subjects (I'm still in high school) and my teacher couldn't give me an answer. I'm referring specially to Newton's law of gravitation and Coulomb's law of ...
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Power Generation Via 2 connected objects below distinct orbits

As an example: Large weight A sits just below Earth's orbit Large weight B sits just below Moon's orbit A, B are connected by sufficiently strong material (may not exist, and if so how much ...
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Why does gravity make objects spherical? [duplicate]

Why is it that gravity tends to make large objects spherical? I'm looking for reasons that are based on the laws of physics.
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Throwing a Football. Is it truly parabolic?

Driving into work, I started thinking about the arc of something being thrown and was puzzled about how gravity's affect is squared per second for falling bodies. Intuitively that implies the shape ...
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Gauss law in gravitation

Is it possible to use Gauss's law of electromagnetism, (The net electric flux through any closed surface is equal to $1⁄\epsilon$ times the net electric charge enclosed within that surface.) to ...
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Would a non-rotating Earth collapse on the Sun?

If the earth stopped rotating on its axis, would this influence its revolution motion? In particular, could it collapse on the sun? I ask this because on the one hand I thought the two degrees of ...
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Will the Earth ever show synchronous rotation? Why and when?

In this answer to the question "why does the moon have the same rotation and revolution periods?", we read: The mass and speed of rotation of the Earth influence the moon in that some of its ...