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

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Question on acceleration of gravity

In pre-calculus last week my teacher explained a scenario in which a man throws a rock down a well and takes 4 seconds for you to hear the rock hit the bottom. How far downs the well? Last years I ...
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Do we weigh less in the morning? [duplicate]

A question on Biology SE got me thinking, ignoring weight naturally lost during the night, "Do we weigh less in the morning?" During the night, the sun is above us, and the earth below us. ...
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Why are orbits elliptical? [duplicate]

Just wanted to know why planetary orbits get to be elliptical? I'm not debating how stable these orbits are (obviously almost completely stable), but why don't planets revolve in the special ellipse ...
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What if there was a hole between earth poles [duplicate]

Imagine if there was a hole between two earth poles, let's say 100 meters wide, as deep as the Earth's height between north and south poles - what would happen if we threw an object from the North ...
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Why is gravitational potential energy negative? [duplicate]

Why is gravitational potential energy negative? How is it different from other forms of energy? I recently saw a video by Dr. Michio Kaku, he said that the total energy content of the universe is ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of “hanging off” a motorcycle when leaning

The closest question I could find with regards to this subject was this one: Countersteering a motorcycle However, it does not address the specific physics of what I would like to know. There are 3 ...
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Satellite Collision Problem

I'm stuck on a problem of two satellites going towards each other. The mass of the first satellite is 400kg and the mass of the second satellite is 100kg. The altitude of the satellites is 1000km. I ...
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How does escape velocity relate to energy and speed?

I have several confusions regarding escape velocity. I am sure I am missing something(s) obvious or maybe I am taught wrong. Lets say we throw an object of any mass at exactly escape velocity of ...
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Weight held by jet stream of water

Consider a bucket of weight $W$, held in air by a jet stream of water from the ground (moving vertically upwards) at height $h$. The water is fired from the ground at the rate of $\mu$ (units ...
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Why doesn't gravity bend everything equally?

If gravity is the curvature of spacetime it should bend everything equally. To clarify my point I would like you to imagine two scenarios. Think of a bird flying in the storm while the wind is blowing ...
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What causes the unexpected change in acceleration for flybys of spacecraft?

If the vehicle is not operating on RTG, then thermal recoils of photons shouldn't be considered as in the case of PIONEER. Then what actually accelerate the spacecraft from expected value (expected by ...
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Work done by gravity on a ball & the ball on earth

I have studied today that if a ball was to fall a certain height, then the work done by gravity on the ball would equal the work done by the ball's equal and opposite gravitational pull. By $W=Fd$, ...
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How far has a black hole to be in order for its tidal forces to disintegrate earth?

I don't know if this question can be answered to honest but I though I might try ask just in case someone can calculate that. What I need to know here is how strong should the tidal forces be to start ...
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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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Having trouble weighing the sun

So I gather the way you (and Vera Rubin) calculate a galaxy's mass is by measuring a star's orbital velocity $v$ and its distance $R$ from the galactic center, and then plugging them into this ...
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What is the “associated scalar equation” of equations of motion?

In an essay I am reading on celestial mechanics the equations of motion for a 2 body problem is given as: $$\mathbf{r}''=\nabla(\frac{\mu}{r})=-\frac{\mu \mathbf{r}}{r^3}$$ Fine. Then it says the ...
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What does an $n$-body system with constant $T$ and $U$ look like?

Can someone give an example of a system where the kinetic $T$ and potential $U$ energy are constant (but not zero)? Here's what I have in mind: Say you have $n-1$ satellites of negligible mass ...
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Gravity on a upward moving object

I know I should have listened to my teacher in physics class but I didn't. I need help on a thing I am trying to do for a game. I want to be able to calculate Gravity pushing down on a object over a ...
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What is the intuition behind $gt^2/2$ equalling the distance something falls after $t$ seconds?

Let's say $g=10\ \text{m/s}^2$ and it drops for $3$ seconds. For the first second it will drop $10\ \text{m}$, the second it will drop $20\ \text{m}$ ($10 + 10$) and the third second it will drop $30\ ...
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why the force of earth on a object is different from the force of object on earth [closed]

I have a doubt in gravitation lesson about masses and forces. I have a doubt in gravitation lesson about masses and forces.
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Reduced mass and harmonic mean

In two-body problems, a reduced mass has the form: $\frac{m_1 m_2}{m_1+m_2}$, which by appearance, is half of the harmonic mean of $m_1$ and $m_2$: ...
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Why is the range for a particle thrown at 90 degree same as that of a particle thrown at 0 degree?

There is a derivation given in my book which concludes to the fact that the range is same for two angles of projection, provided they are complementary. I fail to understand this fact. For example, ...
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What's the biggest cube you could have before gravity rounded it?

I took this question from Quora because it seems interesting and this community would have some fun with it. I would assume that one would use the modulus formulas for force to counteract the gravity, ...
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Put a bullet into orbit around the moon

While I was watching this beautiful video, the absence of air friction pushed me to ask myself: While standing on the surface of the moon, what is the initial velocity by which you can fire a bullet ...
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Has gravity ever been experimentally measured between two atoms?

Has there been any experiments, or are there any references, demonstrating gravity between atoms? If so, what are the key experiments/papers? Or if not, what is the smallest thing that has actually ...
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When you breath in a helium balloon, do you lose weight?

We all know the trick of breathing in a helium balloon to get a funny squeaky voice! When you do this, would it be correct to say you lose weight? On the one hand, the helium should make you more ...
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Gravity and Mass

Two bodies of equal size and mass meet in space. My question is: will they attract each other equally or will their attraction cancel each other out?. Also: how long does it take for the two bodies ...
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Calculate Potential Gravity Energy converted when star collapses [closed]

We want to calculate how much gravitational potential energy converts to heat, when the star has no nuclear fusion, the gravity will cause the star to shrink in nano seconds. Now assuming the Sun ...
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Is there an analogous Gauss' law which is applicable for a gravitational field?

Consider the Earth to be a flat infinite plane having linear mass density equal to the mass density of the actual earth. Can there be an analogous Gauss' law that can give the gravitational field ...
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What is the terminal velocity of a sheep?

Inspired by this question on Gaming.SE Using actual in-real-life physics, what would the terminal velocity of a sheep actually be? I would assume it would be around 50m/s, but I might be wrong. ...
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How can I describe an equation for multiple objects over time?

Lets say i have $n$ different objects that effects each other only by the classic gravity force. I have their initial locations, masses and velocity's: $$ x_1(0),\cdots,x_n(0) $$ $$ m_1,\cdots,m_n ...
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Black Hole gravity pull [duplicate]

Please I want to Know that if the radius of the black hole = 0 then how it have its surface and how it absorbs things? $$\begin{align} g &= \frac{Gm}{0^2} \\ &= \infty \end{align}$$ then ...
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How does angular momentum transfer between a planet and its moon?

Could you explain how a moon draws angular momentum from a planet? I know that the gravitational force transfers momentum, but I don't understand the mechanics behind it.
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Leading-order cause of diurnal (not semidiurnal) variations in $g$?

The following graph shows the result of a very impressive differential measurement of the gravitational field in Boulder, Colorado, over a period of a couple of days. Floris got it from a ...
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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 ...