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

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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" ...
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Why is there no gravity in the center of a celestial body, yet there is gravity on the surface? [duplicate]

I've heard few explanations, but none in good detail that make it clear to those with less mathematical knowledge on the equations of complex physics. I would like to think that since you are on the ...
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Why is there a difference when we measure the change of gravitational acceleration? [duplicate]

When we go up from the surface of the earth to measure the change of $g$, we use only height. But when we go down from the surface of the Earth, we use the density equation of the Earth. Why?
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Linear Gravity Inside Solid Sphere Derivation

I am currently taking a dynamics module at university and am revising for a midterm exam. One of the problems on a past paper was to consider a mass falling through a hole in the Earth (pole to ...
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How does the earth move?

My son who is 5 years old is asking me a question about how the earth moves around the sun. What answer should I give him?
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Why doesn't mass of bob affect time period?

Please correct me if I'm going wrong - By the gravitation formula: $F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} $, So if the mass of a bob is greater then the torque on it should increase because the Force increased ...
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Can we make a “Gravity Mill” based on principle(s) of Newton's cradle?

DISCLAIMER: Newbie/Wannabe Physicist. What's to stop us from making a "Gravity Mill" which is a bar/rod attached with weights on both ends and pivoted at the ...
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Physics Paradox about Newtons Second Law $F=ma$

If force equals mass times acceleration, wouldn't a basketball dropped from the top of the Eiffel tower exert the same force on the ground as a basketball dropped a foot off the ground? They both ...
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Evidence that stationary masses in space actually attract each other

I'm finding it rather difficult to find experimental evidence that two stationary masses in space (unaffected by external massive bodies or gravities) actually attract one another. For moving masses, ...
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If it was possible to dig a hole that went from one side of the Earth to the other…

...And you jumped in. What would happen when you got to the middle of the Earth? Would you gradually slow down, until you got to the middle and once you were in middle would every direction feel like ...
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newton's cradle with 2 balls dropped from same height at same time

I'm creating a logo and want it to be as exact as possible. The logo idea is a "Newtonian cradle", but with only 2 balls and on straight steel wire (can't be bend). What would happen if I dropped ...
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Are “echo” explosions near Earth realistic?

Watch the simulation below for better visualization. Suppose we create an explosion, for example at $2R_{Earth}$ from the center of Earth. Just before the explosion was set off, the explosive was at ...
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Why does General Relativity predict more light deflection than Netwonian Physics?

If one looks at the limit as light's mass approaches zero, Newtonian Physics predicts a deflection of light (this can be seen by the fact that all objects are accelerate the same due to gravity.) ...
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Is this xkcd comic feasible? [closed]

I was reading through some xkcd comics, and I came across this one (http://xkcd.com/620/). In the comic, one of the main characters harnesses 91% his weight in order to be able to 'fly' with the lift ...
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What would happen if you dropped iPhone from Outer Space? [closed]

I read this article where the title suggests the iPhone was dropped from space, but it looks more like it was dropped from an airplane I would think that if astronauts dropped an iPhone from space ...
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How to calculate the value of gravitational acceleration of my town

We normally consider the value of gravitational acceleration $g = 9.8 m/s^2$ while solving the problem. But that is the value of $g$ at poles (if I am not wrong). My teacher have given as homework ...
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How hard would I hit the ground on Mars?

How do you calculate with how much force a mass would hit the ground when falling from a certain height? In particular, I'm curious to know how the force of impact on Earth compares with Mars, so ...
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What is in the gravitational field that is making the work done independent of path taken?

I could not understand the same path independence in electric field. So I am trying to understand it first in gravitational field and then apply it to electric field.
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Reason for motion after terminal velocity

Let some object hang by a string. So no motion since weight was counter balanced no net force. Now string is cut. Object is falling under gravity and experiences air resistance. Terminal velocity is ...
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How to determine velocity vector direction with respect to acceleration.

I'm currently writing a program that attempts to simulate particle movement in a gravitational field with more than one object exerting a force on it. I decided that I'd have the particle move by ...
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How gravitation affects tides

I know that tide is caused by the gravitational pull of moon but what I don't know is how it affects water. I have actually these doubts. Why does gravity of the moon creates tides only in water? ...
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How many celestial bodies could be in stable orbit at roughly the same distance from a star?

How many planet-like celestial bodies of roughly the same mass (say within 50%) could orbit a star at roughly (say within 10%) the same distance from the star and be in stable orbits. By stable I ...
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Is the shell theorem only an approximation?

I've read the shell theorem during gravitation lectures, i.e. I know it states that the net gravitational field inside a 3D spherical shell or a uniform 2D ring is zero. Now, assume a thin spherical ...
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Orbital mechanics problem

Here is a problem from the 2009 $F=ma$ contest on orbital mechanics: Two stars, one of mass $M$, the other of mass $3M$, orbit their common center of mass. When the stars are collinear with the ...
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Can we manipulate gravitation? [closed]

When I studied general relativity, my teacher said that what we knew today about gravitation was no better than what we had already known since Newton's time, because so far we could only propose ...
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Why is the Moon considered the major cause of tides, even though it is weaker than the Sun?

You have likely read in books that tides are mainly caused by the Moon. When the Moon is high in the sky, it pulls the water on the Earth upward and a high-tide happens. There is some similar effect ...
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Can we escape Earth's gravity slowly?

I had a recent conversation with my girlfriend, who is a physics grad student. She was kind enough to listen to me rant about an idea concerning escape velocity. Unfortunately, I am still thinking ...
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How long must escape velocity be maintained?

Escape velocity from Earth's surface is 11.2 Kilometres/second. How long would one need to maintain this escape velocity to actually escape Earth's gravitational pull? Must this 11.2 km/s velocity ...
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Why are stars, planets and larger moons (approximately) spherical in shape (like, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, and other planets)?

Why are stars, planets and larger moons (approximately) spherical in shape (like, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, and other planets)?
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Reduced Three-body problem

I know that three-body problem in celestial mechanics can't be solved analytically in general. But suppose that the 3rd body is much smaller than the others, so it does not perturb their orbits. This ...
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If there is no gravity, does that mean there's no mass as well?

I have demonstrated that weight only is measured based on the gravitational pull of where you live. For example, the gravity on the surface of Mars is three times smaller than the gravity on the ...
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Gravitational potential energy of a system [closed]

I don't know how the gravitational potential energy of a system of particles is defined. For example, how would one calculate the potential energy of a system of two stars, one mass $M$, the other ...
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Do objects launched from Earth retain the Earth's lateral inertia (67,000mph)

We've probably all heard of the gun on a train theory. Fire a bullet that would normally travel 500mph on a train that's moving 200mph (in the same direction the train is moving) and you've now got ...
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Imagining to speed up the Earth's revolution around the Sun until we feel its motion

If the Earth were revolving around the Sun much faster than it does, let's say 100 or 1000 times faster or whatever big-enough multiple of its actual speed, would we feel it? What sensation would we ...
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Mountain and a feather dropped from same height. Which hits Earth first?

Let's assume: the feather has a mass of $0.006$kg the mountain has a mass of $6 \times 10^{15}$kg the earth has a mass of $6 \times 10^{24}$kg no air resistance both objects released at the same ...
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Will the bouncing particle exert greater force on the surface?

Imagine elastic collision and no energy is lost from the system. A particle is emitted from the bottom of a box. The box is in inertial motion. The particle hits the top of the box and travels in ...
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Work done by a homogeneous gravitational field on a system of particles

Perhaps this is trivial: how does one prove that the work done by a homogeneous gravitational field on a system of particles is equal to the work done on a point mass with the total mass of the ...