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

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Will an object falling into Earth's orbit start spinning?

Assume an object falls towards Earth (I've drawn a hyperbolic orbit, but this would apply to any orbit). The object starts at $A$, and at this point it is not rotating i.e. an observer on the object ...
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Prove that orbits are conic sections

How does one prove that an orbit of a satellite around a planet of significantly greater mass than the satellite is a conic section (i.e. an ellipse, circle, hyperbola, or parabola)? Also, there is ...
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Why are heavy things harder to lift?

According to multiple websites, any object in free-fall (no air resistance) on earth will accelerate towards the Earth at 9.8 m/s. If all objects fall towards the Earth at the same rate, regardless of ...
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How can we prove simply that acceleration for every freely falling body is equal to $g$? [duplicate]

If I allow two bodies of different masses to fall freely from same height towards the earth, how can I prove that the acceleration produced in both was constant and equal to gravity.
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What physics concepts support the observation of the book and paper falling together?

you place a sheet of paper on a book, it falls with it rather than being separated & slowed by air resistance. What physics concepts support the observation of the book and paper falling together? ...
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Do all thing move against gravity with -9.8 meter per second squared acceleration?

If I throw a ball to height h above the earth's surface and then shoot a bullet that reaches the same height but would there be same quantity of acceleration produced in both?
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What is the meaning of the negative sign in $W = -\Delta U$?

What is the meaning of the negative sign in $W = -\Delta U$ ? As far as I understand, $W = -\Delta U = -(U_f - U_i) = U_i - U_f$. While $U_i$ is the initial potential energy (before applying the ...
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Differential Equations for Two-Dimensional N-Body Simulation

So I recently asked a question about improving the stability of a two-dimensional orbital simulation (as before I was using Euler integration). I was told to use Runge-Kutta 4 for a more stable ...
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How much time would it take for a free-falling ghost-like object to cross the entire Earth? [duplicate]

We have an object of mass $m$ which can go through matter like a ghost. It's only affected by gravity, not by any other force, so it's in free fall. At the instant $t=0$ it is at the surface of the ...
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Air Drag in orbit

Artificial satellites don't orbit the earth forever. Eventually the Earth's atmosphere, thin as it may be up there, will bring them down. But did you know the linear speed of a satellite in a near ...
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Understanding the different kinds of mass in gravity

On this site, the Phys.SE question Is there a fundamental reason why gravitational mass is the same as inertial mass? has been asked. See also this Phys.SE question. The 'answer' provided on this ...
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Accelerating elevator?

If your in an elevator accelerating downwards faster than gravity, would you be pushed up to the ceiling? Since gravity cannot match the acceleration of the elevator, you're wouldn't be able to move ...
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weightlessness and forces conceptional question

I am currently learning about forces and newton's laws of motion. I have a question in my book which I don't understand though... Here it is: (note: I dont want the answer I just want to understand ...
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Motion in the gravitational field along a trajectory [closed]

A point particle of mass $m$ is moving in the gravitational field along some trajectory which is described by the function $y=y(x)$, which is in a vertical plane and is continuous. Initial ...
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Two body problem with given start positions and velocities [duplicate]

I am trying to program a $n$-body problem simulation. To calculate the position and velocity after a time-step I want to split it in multiple 2 body problems. Now I am stuck, trying to find the ...
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Coexistence at Lagrange points

I was wondering how precise the location of an object in a Lagrange point needs to be to maintain stability, since it seems that several natural objects (asteroids) exists together in some of these ...
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How do I correctly introduce time into this equation?

So, for the past few years it's been my goal to create an equation that would give me the position of an object in a gravitational field at time $t$, given it's initial position and velocity. At first ...
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Can a balloon float into space? (+orbital velocity)

After watching the recent "space jump" a question arose. Why can a balloon not float into space? Can one be made/designed to do this? Next, everything in orbit is falling back to earth. It only ...
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Minimum Distance for “Speed of Light Approach”

I tried to calculate the minimum distance between a planet and a test mass for the mass to attain the speed of light on colliding with the planet's surface if it were released from rest at the initial ...
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Pressure and Tall Buildings

Does living in tall buildings somehow exert more pressure on our bodies? I remember reading something about this once but I'm not sure if its true.
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Calculating a two-dimensional orbital path with infinite granularity (non-Euler integration)

For a game I am making, I am trying to calculate the position of an orbiting object around one or more bodies. I have successfully implemented this gravity simulation by calculating the force, then ...
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For $N$ particles acting under gravity, how long until they settle into a virial equilibrium?

As the title says, if I have a system of particles interacting only due to gravity, over what timescale do we expect them to fall into a virial equilibrium? By virial equilibrium I mean a system that ...
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Infinity problem: Why is gravity $g=0$ zero at the center of Earth if according to Newton gravity formula $g=GM/R^2$? [duplicate]

It is said that value of $g=0$ at the centre of the Earth. $g$ is calculated using the formula $$ g=G*M/R^2.$$ When $R = 0$, $g$ approaches infinity. I have two ...
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Intuitive understanding of Lagrange point L3

I learned about Lagrange points today and the physics behind L1, L2, L4 and L5 make intuitive sense to me. But I'm stumped by L3. Wikipedia says "L3 in the Sun–Earth system exists on the opposite ...
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What is gravity and what causes objects to act against it?

So I understand the concept of gravity, in that it's not actually a force, but more of a displacement in the spacetime grid. An object with a big enough mass will bend the spacetime, causing smaller ...
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What is a reasonably accurate but simple model of the Milky Way's gravitational field?

I am putting together a toy program which shows how stars move around in the galaxy. To run the simulation I need to know strength of the Milky Way's gravitational field at any location in it. I'm ...
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Is it correct to say that falling object are standing still?

As I was browsing youtube I came across the BBC video "Brian Cox visits the world's biggest vacuum chamber - Human Universe: Episode 4 Preview - BBC Two" He drops a bowling ball and a feather in a ...
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Galaxy rotation curve and dark matter

I am reading "The Essential Cosmic Perspective" by Jeffrey O. Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit. In Chapter 14, it is stated that an evidence of the presence of dark matter in ...
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The stability of falling through a planet [duplicate]

Let's say that you were standing on Earth, and stepped into a hole that went perfectly straight down through the entire planet to the other side. Would the terminal velocity of your fall, and the ...
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Might a planet perform figure-8 orbits around two stars?

Might a planet perform figure-8 orbits around two stars? I'm thinking that if the two stars were equal mass (and not orbiting each other) then a planet that were to go right between them would ...
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Can Newton's Law of gravity be deduced using dimensional analysis?

I tried using dimensional analysis to deduce Newton's law of gravity but I wasn't able to do so as one of the equations were $0=-2$ which is a contradiction. But I thought that we can't do that ...
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How does gravitational potential energy increase, if field decreases as $h$ increases?

(In the following constants are ommitted) Let $ M = 50, m = 5, h = 5$. Then $$ \text{Potential Energy} = \frac{50\cdot5}{5} = 50.$$ While after increasing the height $h$: $ M = 50 , m =5, h =10 ...
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Is the method of images applicable to gravity?

It is well known that the method of images is a useful tool for solving electrostatics problems. I was wondering why this technique is not applied when considering newtonian gravity? Obviously there ...
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How gently could a comet/asteroid/meteorite “hit” Earth?

Could an object from outer-space with the right velocity and orbit come into contact with the surface of our planet in a manner that wouldn't cause it to burn in our atmosphere?
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What starts the conversion between GPE and KE?

When researching GPE and KE conversion, lots of websites say that as an object with GPE (Gravitational Potential Energy) falls, that GPE is converted into KE (Kinetic Energy), so there is less GPE and ...
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What is the shape of a gravitation field for a square or cubed mass (say, size of a planet)?

most gravitation models assume a round object as most large masses in space (planets) are more or less round. It is simple to envision that it gravitation pull is also [nicely spherical and diminishes ...
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What would be the photon's effective mass in Newton's Law of Gravitation?

If we equalize the force from the Newton's Law of Gravitation to Force on a photon in a gravitional field (I don't know if there is an equation for it). What would be the photon's effective mass? (I ...
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Why is the gravitational potential energy of ideal uniform massive spring $mgx/2$, not $mgx$?

In this Wikipedia page, $$L= T-V = \frac{1}{2}\frac{m}{3}\dot{x}^2 + \frac{1}{2}M \dot{x}^2 - \frac{1}{2} k x^2 - \frac{m g x}{2} - M g x$$ where $mgx/2$ refers to gravitational potential energy of ...
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Orbital speed for a circular orbit?

I wanted to look up the formula for orbital speed for a circular orbit on Wikipedia, and I found 2 formulas: All bounded orbits where the gravity of a central body dominates are elliptical in ...
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Correlation between equations of elliptical orbits and pendulums

The equation for the period of a pendulum is: $$T=2π\sqrt{\frac{L}{g}}$$ Where 'g' is the acceleration due to the gravitational field and 'L' is the length. The equation for the period in of a body ...
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What is the force required to move a raindrop?

I'm doing some research on how much force is required to move a typical raindrop (assuming that it is falling straight down) off to the side of X distance. This is for a school project on creating our ...
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Integrate the law of universal gravitation to get position [closed]

I'm trying to write Physics simulation software which simulates gravitational and electric forces between $n$ bodies. I know how constant acceleration is integrated to get distance, but I have no ...
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Thought Experiment: An object falling indefinitely under gravity?

So the other day, I devised this thought experiment: Consider an infinite tunnel, and you drop a coin of mass $m$ into it. Considering the effect of gravity to be applicable and neglecting air ...
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Throwing an object around the Earth. Is it possible?

Some of you might be familiar with the cartoon called Astérix. In one of the episodes, Obelix (the really strong fat guy in the stylish striped pants) enters a spear throwing competition. He beats the ...
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Gravitational Force units

In the formula $F=mg$, does the mass $m$ needs to be in $kg$? And what is exact value of $g$? I've tried with both and didn't worked.
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How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?

The force of gravity is constantly being applied to an orbiting object. And therefore the object is constantly accelerating. Why doesn't gravity eventually "win" over the object's momentum, like a ...
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Why do planets not stop revolving around the Sun? [duplicate]

Why do planets revolving around the Sun not stop revolving? Note I am not asking why planets do not collapse with Sun.
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Traveling to Mars in 24 Days

I am trying to calculate an electromagnetic rail launch from the Moon but I need to know if humans can survive the launch. Please see the specs below. 150 miles of track Proposed final launch speed ...
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What is potential energy truly?

I have a problematic question for which I have been unable to attain a satisfactory answer. What is potential energy truly? - I have read about how potential energy can be seen as the "highering" ...