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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Units in gravitational $N$ body simulations

I am trying to write a code in Python to simulate $N$ bodies interacting through gravity. In particular I am trying to see whether a system of particles with random initial positions and zero velocity ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you are on Earth, are your mass and weight the same?

I was wondering how mass and weight are different so I Googled it. I found that mass is constant no matter where you are because it is the amount of matter in an object and weight changes because it's ...
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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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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 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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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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How the Moon causes the tides?

I am considering the following question but I con't quite figure it out... I have looked up differential gravity but I cannot derive the equation for the effect on earth, and I haven't found any ...
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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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Clearing up confusion about orbital mechanics

When I see an orbital mechanics problem, I recall the following things from my "toolbox": Angular momentum is conserved for a body orbiting a planet, since the torque due to gravity is 0. Kinetic ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is gravitation really a conservative force?

A rotating gyroscope that is mounted in a gimbal maintains its rotational axis relative to space when it is moved – and not to the surface of the earth, as illustrated below (the figure shows only the ...
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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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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 ...