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

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The shortest path among two points inside Earth [closed]

I have this idea and I don't know how to process, explain or question it. I hope you can understand these images and help me formulating a good question. This is like a gravitational train but it ...
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Gravity and force

I have a question and am not able to answer it. Suppose you drop two objects from different heights. They are exactly the same shape, size and weight. Now we know that the gravitational acceleration ...
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Distance from Earth where gravity becomes negligible

This is a basic little problem I thought up when trying to remember some physics, and I wanted to see if it's at all correct: trying to figure out the distance from earth where gravity becomes ...
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Gravity changes at the equator due to Earth's spin [duplicate]

If an object weights 100 kilos at the equator how much would it weight if the earth spun twice as fast?
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How does a spinning object “know” that it is spinning?

I am constructing a thought experiment about a spinning object that is floating in intergalactic space. I assume that this object is about the size of a planet so that it will have enough gravity so ...
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Where is the space elevator falling? And the cable holding it?

I guess the concept of a space elevator is pretty well known. The idea, first published by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1895, and popularized (among others) by Arthur C. Clarke in The Fountains of ...
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Blackhole and light [duplicate]

I was talking with my friend about blackholes and I asked him "Why blackhole 'sucks' the photons?" He had no deeper understanding so he answered that "I dont know, may the light is affected, because ...
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Forces in a body falling with air resistance

I would like to know why when a body falls with air resistance, we have that the drag caused by the air is -kv and the acceleration is -mg. What I don't understand is how they both have the same sign ...
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Relation between gravitational field and gravitational potential

gravitational field is the negative differential of gravitational potential . now gravitational potential due to a particle at a distance r is -Gm/r where m is the mass of the particle . If i take the ...
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Using normal rules of gravity, How would gravity work on a flat “world”?

The question is a bit vague, so let me provide some more context. Imagine we have a world like Middle-earth (prior to the end of the Second Age), or any of many fictional Fantasy worlds (Glorantha, ...
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How to calculate the force of pull when a high speed rotating wheel is braked suddenly and immediately accord to angular momentum?

According to angular/circular momentum, how can I calculate the force of pull when a high speed turning wheel is stopped suddenly and immediately (I mean stop to 0 m/s within 0.1 sec). As I know, this ...
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When a rocket or car is accelerating is the air in it going backwards or not?

I'm not sure but when a car is accelerating is the air in the car pushed backwards or not? If so why did Einstein say that there is no way of finding out (besides tidal effects) the difference ...
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Centripetal Force Solving

I was recently learning about centripetal force when I came across a problem, I felt with my calculations. I re-watched the video, and the answer seems inadequate. The problem involves a bicyclist ...
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Why is it called “escape velocity” and not “escape acceleration”?

As we know, velocity to escape from an orbit is in proportional with the orbital velocity: $$v_\mathrm{escape}=\sqrt{2}v_\mathrm{orbit}$$ Since, orbital velocity decreases as we move away so should ...
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What is the connection between Newton's laws of motion and his law of gravitation?

What is the connection between Newton's laws of motion and his law of gravitation? Is there a connection where one suggests the other, or are they just two separate ideas that are assumed to be true? ...
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Ignoring orders of magnitude in a problem

I am so lost in this solution to a physics problem. In the problem I find the gravitational force on the Moon due to Earth and the gravitational force on the Moon due to the Sun They are about ...
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Universal Law of Gravitation

Suppose that there are two bodies A and B in a vacuum with equal rest mass M and at a distance D apart. The universal law of gravitation states that, if each is at rest relative to the other, the ...
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Speed of satellite when it falls freely on the surface of the earth [closed]

I am a high school student in my final two years before university. I have a question which I do not know how to approach. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! "If an artificial satellite is ...
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Gravity and Newton's 2nd law

I started to wonder what would be different when opening e.g. a very heavy door (e.g.m=10 tons) of a safe here on Earth and on the Moon. Lifting (!) the door (taken of its hinges) straight up here on ...
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Can the value of $c$ be calculated from Relativity? [duplicate]

I have three related questions about what theories or equations can calculate and what is an input parameter/constant to the theories. This question is not about parameter units (as another similar ...
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Solidifying understanding of centrifugal force at the equator vs poles

I'm just trying to get my head around the physics here and understand exactly what's going on, because there's a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Viewed from an inertial reference ...
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Calculating orbits with varying laws of physics? [closed]

The general way planets orbit stars in our universe is determined by the inverse square law and the three laws of motion. Both the inverse square law and the three laws of motion are the reason that ...
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Momentum when a people fall down to ground (Related to momentum, gravity, lever)

According to the Newton's laws, free fall is subjected to the pull of gravity at acceleration of 9.8 m/s per second. (Something like this) But I don't think the principle of "free fall" is applicable ...
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Why can't we say that moon attracts the earth?

We know that the Gravitational force at which earth attracts moon is also equal to the force in which moon attracts earth as the distance and the G and the masses are same then why can't we say that ...
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Can Newton's law of gravitation and Einstein's GR be considered true and complete laws of gravitation? [closed]

Newton's law of gravitation and Einstein's general relativity (GR) are empirical laws of gravitation that are strong on description and prediction but lack deterministic and/or causal rigor, which ...
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Speed of pinewood derby car

If I drop a pinewood derby car from 4 feet I know it hits the ground in half a second at about 10.6 mph. If it rolls down the track (starting at 4 feet) it takes longer, but is it possible for it to ...
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People went down two different length slides end up at the bottom at the same time [closed]

Discussion I am having: If there are two slides that are at the same height. One slide is 100m long and the other slide is 200m long. The endpoint and start point are the same displacement. In ...
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Why do stellar boundaries exist?

What theorems or insights are available to decide wether a star with some given interdependence between its density, pressure and temperature distributions ought to have a boundary at a finite ...
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Gravitational force between rod and mass $m$

Why do we integrate along the whole length while finding the gravitational force between a object of mass ($m$) and a rod of length $L$ and mass $M\,?$ Can't we simply use $F=\frac{GmM}{r^2} \, ?$
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Do you say it right? [closed]

If someone asks you your WEIGHT what would you answer in SI Units. My weight is x 'kilogram' My weight is x 'Newton'. As we know that weight is a force due to local acceleration and still most ...
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How can I clarify the difference between free falling and Newton's law?

After I have viewed two experiments the first about Newton's law which involves a brick block and feather letting them fall one time in a vacuumed room they fall at the same time and another time in ...
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Why does electric force depend on the medium?

Comparing the equations for the gravitational and electric force $$\vec{F}_g=-\frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}$$ and $$\vec{F}_e=\frac{Kq_1q_2}{r^2}$$ I noticed the only major difference between them is that ...
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Path of a swinging object on a rope [closed]

With my lanyard in hand (weighted by my keys), a gentle swinging motion will put the keys in pendulum motion, swinging back and forth. Pendulum motion is relatively easy to model since it is ...
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What is my real weight? [duplicate]

My weighting machines notes my weight to be 65. Should I read it 65N or 65kg. PS: I only need a correct comment. This question is different, since, I know very clearly what mass and weight are. But ...
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2 airplanes same size and shap different mass

2 identical balls of different mass dropped from same height reach the ground at the same time due to the acceleration of gravity being constant. If I understand correctly the ball with more mass ...
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Fired a bullet upwards, can it fall down and kill me?

I know that if something is thrown up with a velocity v, it comes down with the same velocity as long as its motion faces no resistance. So is it possible for me to fire a bullet and be killed if it ...
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What forces act on a caravan being towed by a car? [closed]

What forces act on a caravan that is being towed by a car? How does this compare to a simple car travelling at a constant speed?
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Optimal time for satellite rocket launch considering moon gravity [closed]

As per this The Gravitational Force of the Earth and Moon on Each Other Moon is pulling us with a force equal to 1/300,000th of our weight. I have read this Is the fuel burn for a satellite launch ...
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Do we feel 0.4% less body weight on mount everest?

Weight of the object at surface of earth(where $g=9.8066$). considering Weight=$100~\rm kg$ ,Weight ($W_1$)=$mg$ , mass=$10.1972~\rm kg$ At mount Everest top: Height of Mount Everest = $8.848\rm ...
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Shapes of planets? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was a general explanation as to why it is that all the planets we observe are roughly spherical, and never flat/planar like galaxies. Could there potentially be flat or ...
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A hollow planet [duplicate]

Consider a planet with the same mass and diameter as Earth, except that it is 1) perfectly spherical. 2) a hollow shell 1 meter thick, so the planet is almost like a massive ping-pong ball. ...
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Physics newb: Why can't I plug $E=mc^{2}$ into $W=mg$?

Starting with $E=mc^{2}$, I solved for $m$ and plugged the result into $W=mg$. Which was very confusing, as objects at rest had no weight: $$W = (e/c²)\cdot g \implies W = (0/c²)\cdot g \implies W ...
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Couple of questions about Gravitational field of an infinite plane

Is it possible to find the gravitationaal field without using infinite integrals or Gauss's law? I would like to know if so because I haven't learnt doing infinite integrals or using Gauss's law yet. ...
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Solution to gravitational two-body problem in case of hyperbolic orbits [closed]

Given two bodies and their positions and velocities at a given time $t_0$, as well as their masses, and the knowledge that their relative velocity is high enough that they will not be gravitationally ...
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Solving for big $G$ in a Cavendish's torsion balance [closed]

I'm having trouble with determining gravity in a Cavendish experiment (torsion balance): I don't really get one question in my textbook regarding this torsion balance. The question asked if one of ...
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What influence has the distance of the moon on the height of the tides?

As the Moon recedes from the Earth, are the tides getting taller or shorter? If the Moon is, someday, twice as far from the Earth, how many high tides will be there be each day?
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Confusion with $F=-\nabla V$, $F$ conservative

I am rather confused by the relationship $F=-\nabla V$. If a pen drops from a height it loses potential energy so $\nabla V$ is negative. From the above equation this means that the gravitational ...
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Prove that time for planet to fall into the Sun equals $\left( \frac { 1 }{ 4\sqrt { 2 } } \right)$ of the planet's period [closed]

If a planet was suddenly stopped in its orbit supposed to be circular, show that it would fall onto the sun in a time $\left( \frac { 1 }{ 4\sqrt { 2 } } \right) $ times its time period. I am ...
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Second Kepler's law implies that constant velocity

I was trying deduce that if we suppose that the planet's orbits are circular and de Kepler's secong law is true: A line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of ...
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How can one prove mathematically using a thought experiment that a simple pendulum will vibrate forever in an ideal condition (no friction) [duplicate]

Let's say I have a simple vibrating pendulum, if there is no friction in the space, will it vibrate forever or will it stop? How can one prove this mathematically? I tried but failed, can somebody ...