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

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Victorian cosmology after the second law of thermodynamics but before relativity?

In the 19th century, most astronomers adopted an island universe model, in which our galaxy was the only object in an infinite space. They didn't know that the "spiral nebulae" were other galaxies. ...
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Nine Planets in the Solar System?

I just discovered that there is a Caltech team1 that suggests that there is "Evidence of a Ninth Planet": The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about $10$ times ...
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How can escape velocity be independent of the direction of projection of a body?

I read that the escape velocity of a body is independent of the direction of projection. For example, I could throw a ball at $11.2$ km/s velocity horizontally, and it would still leave earth. I am ...
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From Newton to Kepler without infinitesimals

I've read some interesting calculus-free proofs of at least parts of the derivation of Kepler's Laws from Newton's gravitational force. One is of course Feyman's "Lost Lecture" (which was already ...
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Can one verify the Earth tide in his yard?

The ocean tide you can see on the coast. But the Earth tide beneath our feet is hardly perceivable. Is there any way to verify it in one's yard?
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Calculation of a Gravity Resonance Keyhole

Can anyone describe the mathematics behind the calculation of a resonance keyhole (for a two-body model)? It seems like the size and position of the keyhole should be a function only of mass and ...
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Can a Set of “Maxwell's Equations” for Newtonian Gravitation be Derived from Newton's Force + Special Relativity?

When I learned about electromagnetism in my first year of undergraduate school, Maxwell's equations were derived roughly in the following way (see also here or in [1]): Gauss's law for a static ...
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Can we calculate the gravitation radiation using the similar method in electrodynamics?

Let's just forget GR for the moment. Newton's theory of gravity and Maxwell's theory of electrodynamics are very similar,i.e both Columb type interaction, can we just use the method develop there to ...
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Initial conditions for a massive objects to follow a path

Suppose I have a path, such as the one traced out by $r^2 = \cos(2\theta)$, and $n$ objects with mass $m$ at equidistant points on this path. What velocities should each object initially have in order ...
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Trouble with geometric proof of gravitational force inside a sphere

In Newton's superb theorem: An elementary geometric proof (Argument on Page 4, accompanying diagram on Page 11), the author attempts to prove Proposition 70 in Newton's Principia (gravitational force ...
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If the field concept was invented by Faraday, then how did Newton interpret the $g$?

This is Newton's law of universal gravitation. $F=G\frac{m_1.m_2}{r^2}$ Gravitational field $g$ is derived from this formula $g=G\frac{m_1}{r^2}$ This is named gravitational "field" strength. If ...
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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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How to calculate launch angle for tangentially launched satellites?

What is the value of theta for a satellite not falling back to the Earth if it is launched from the direction tangent to the surface of the Earth? I have found the escape velocity which is 11.18km/s, ...
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Only gravitation and Newton's $2^{\mathrm{nd}}$ law needed to derive Kepler's laws?

It is known that Kepler's laws of planetary motion can be derived from Newton's laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation. However, are all of Newton's laws of motion necessary? According ...
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Where are the L3, L4, and L5 points of a hyperbolic orbit?

Do the L3, L4, L5 points exist in hyperbolic orbits? If yes, then where do they lie?
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Projectile motion equations @ very (!) high starting velocity

I've already searched Physics StackExchange for some similar question but I didn't find anything about this. Assumptions: Earth is a perfect sphere with it's core (X,Y,Z) -> (0,0,0) as a ...
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Derivation Poisson's gravity equation by divergence theorem

I'm trying deduce the poisson's equation $\nabla^2\Phi (x)=-4\pi G\sigma(x)$ by divergence theorem Let $D:x^2+y^2+z^2\leq 1$ and $\sigma:D\to \mathbb{R}$ be the mass density function of $D$ (suppose ...
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Center of gravity of a hollow tank

I have to find the center of Gravity of a hollow oblong tank with 1 side missing. For installing lifting lugs x 4 on top which must align with the intersection point. (the tank will be lifted off the ...
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Misbehaving singular isothermal sphere potential

The singular isothermal sphere (SIS) is a useful simple model often used in astrophysics. It has density profile: $$\rho(r) = \frac{\rho_0 r_0^2}{r^2}$$ This is well known to have some quirks ...
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Eccentricity of planetary orbits: What information is contained?

I'm having a little trouble understanding what makes a planetary orbit explicitly elliptical. Is it simply that the initial velocity was different from the circular orbit case for a given starting ...
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Would a very long massive rod exhibit a large deviation from Newtonian gravity (specifically a deficit angle rather than 1/r force)?

In General Relativity the metric corresponding to an infinitely long massive rod is flat but with a deficit angle. It exhibits a very large deviation from Newtonian gravity in all regions of space in ...
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the torsion balance of the Cavendish experiment

I need to perform the Cavendish experiment and build a torsion balance but I can't find metallic spheres with enought mass so I was thinking about using a pair of dumbbells instead. My question is if ...
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Why do planets moving around our Sun lead to how stars move around the centre of a spiral galaxy?

We know that the speed with which the planets go around our sun decreases as a function of the distance they are from the sun. Since stars are not planets, and presumably do not behave like planets, ...
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Force of gravity at quantum level is indetermined?

Newton's law of Universal Gravitation states that any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional ...
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What is the particle distribution in Saturn's Ring System?

In watching the scientifically scream-inducing film/movie 'Interstellar', there was a shot of the spacecraft moving through the Rings of Saturn. In this shot, and in every graphical representation of ...
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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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Will relativistic glider cause lower gravitational force in Newtonian gravitation?

In the articles The relativistic glider and The relativistic glider revisited, the relativistic glider is proposed where a quasi-rigid body can slow down its fall under gravity without any reaction ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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How to show circular orbit as a precessing ellipse

A uniform distribution of dust in the solar system adds to the gravitational attraction of the sun on the planet an additional force linear in $r$ where m is the mass of the planet, k is a constant ...
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Application of trigonometry to the slingshot effect/gravity assist

I have been trying to understand the formula $$v_f^{2}=v_i^{2}+2V(V(1-\cos\beta)+v_i(\cos(\alpha-\beta)-\cos\alpha))$$ as it relates to Fig. 2 on page 5 of this exposition: ...
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The magnitude of spacecraft anomalous velocities?

That Voyager and several other spacecraft have had anomalous changes in speed is known. According to the news reports, the differences are unsettling. But just how large are these anomalies really? ...
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Formulation of the Three-Body Newtonian problem

I am trying to understand three body problem in Newtonian space. I want to make formulation of differential equations for known initial conditions for the case with: Identical three masses ...
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Why is there not always a force in the direction of motion?

This was a question on a physics competition. A girl throws a teddy bear straight up. Consider the motion of the bear only after it has left the girl’s hand but before it touches the ground, and ...
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Can you do an n-body simulation in terms of energy and momentum?

An N-body simulation typically works directly in terms of the gravitational forces and accelerations. If you can solve the equations exactly, this is fine, but there are many instances where this is ...
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Is it possible to determine perigee distance from distance recordings from a spacecraft to Earth?

If you are on a spacecraft orbiting earth in an elliptical orbit and were able to take measurements of the distance between the spacecraft and earth as well as the time intervals between those ...
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What is the gravitational potential at the centre of the earth?

Assuming the gravitational potential at infinity to be zero and ignoring the other celestial bodies, what is the gravitational potential at the centre of Earth? As no force acts at infinity the ...
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3-body system centre of mass

I have a three body system of point masses that represent mercury, earth and the sun. I want them to orbit about a common centre of mass, but I think the centre of mass will move. I need the centre of ...
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Point of zero gravity for fixed masses?

Given a number of fixed point masses in 3D space, is there necessarily one or more points where there is zero gravity (ie, the combined gravity of the masses cancels out), and, if so, how do I find ...
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What motion does this experience?

I have two Earths of $x$ distance away from each other. I place a spacecraft perpendicular to the centre of mass and the distance between the two Earths. If the Earths are fixed, then the spacecraft ...
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Why is normal force at a different location than its action forces (ie, seesaw)?

It seems very counterintuitive that the forces at the two ends also constitute the normal force at the pivot point. Does this principle apply even if the plank is tilted? (It would be good ...
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About a cloud of charged pallets fired toward the earth

We assume there is a spacecraft that points directly to the center of the earth and it is at about 1 mil. km away from out planet. The craft has a plastic gun filled with a lot of charged plastic ...
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Deriving Kepler's First Law from Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation: Interpretation of the $u = 1/r$ change of variable

I'm working through a somewhat unsatisfying derivation of Kepler's First Law from Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. The key to obtaining the equation of motion that you can solve lies in making ...
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Expression for the energy in the limit case of weak gravitational field

I'm trying to solve the following problem of General Relativity. Consider a particle of mass $m$ which moves following a geodesic in a space-time with metric $$ ds^2 = - ...
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Direction vector for gravity

I have co-ordinate axes on the earth's surface (and I've been told these are the axes I have to use). Ignoring z, I have x and y axes. The question asks me to calculate the acceleration due to ...
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A Magnetic Vortex in a Magnetic Vortex

This is not to scale. Can a magnetic vortex be compressed into a flat disk using magnetic entrapment? Can a magnetic vortex happen inside another magnetic vortex?
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Lunar orbit homework question

So what I did was find the potential energy of the lander at the 50km orbit and the 300km orbit, then I took the difference between the 2 potential energies and I though that would be the work done ...
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Finding position with respect to time along a trajectory across a sphere (orbital mechanics)

When trying to find an object's position with respect to time on a ballistic trajectory along a curved surface, what equation should I use? I know that when adding force to an object to achieve ...
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Gravitation Field Lines (amount) and Size of a body

Let's say there were two planets, planet A, and planet B. If they both had the same mass, but one was twice as massive as the other planet, how would the field lines of the two planets differ? I know ...
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How far inside a white dwarf Roche limit does the Earth have to be to start losing large chunks of rocks?

I have calculated that for a one solar mass white dwarf orbited by the Earth, the Roche limit is about 600,000 kilometers. I understand that any loose mass on the surface of the Earth would start ...
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The ratio of equators radiuse to polar radius

I want to calculate (Re/Rp) where (Re) is the rediuse of earth in the equator and (Rp) is the rediuse of earth in poles. I want to use newtons laws, the eqution of gravity and centripetal force ...