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Gravitation investigates motion of objects under the force of gravity Here (all units see here):

M and m are masses of objects is gravitational force on m from M

- is gravitational force on M from m is position vector of m with respect to M is velocity vector of m is total acceleration vector of m

h is height of m above M

## General formulas

Gravitational force vector is defined by Newton's law of gravitation where G is universal gravitational constant

Magnitude of gravitational force Weight of object near the surface of the earth at height h where:

m is mass of the object

Weight of object on the surface on the earth Free-fall acceleration vector Magnitude of free-fall acceleration near the surface of the earth Magnitude of free-fall acceleration on the surface of the earth Relation between weigh and mass Gravitational potential energy with respect to infinitely far point Gravitational potential energy of object in the vicinity of the surface at height h ## Motion of object around the earth The total linear acceleration of the object Principle of conservation of energy for the object Law of conservation of angular momentum of the object Speed required for object to become artificial satellite near the surface Speed required for object to escape earth's gravity from the surface ## Kepler's laws for motion of planets around the sun Where d is length of major axis of elliptical orbit

Kepler's first law: all planets are moving around the sun in elliptical orbits with the sun at one of the focuses

Kepler's second law: for any planet the line joining the planet to the sun sweeps out the same amount of area in a given moment of time no matter where the plane is on its orbit. Which is defined by vector product equation Kepler's third law: the ratio of period of orbital motion of planet squared to length of major axis of its orbit cubed is the same for all planets where T is period of orbital motion home  |  physics online guide  |  physics help  |  my info  |  terms of use  |  contacts Dr. Nikitin © 2010       