The Universal Law of Gravitation
Newton’s Law of gravitation states that every object in the universe attracts every other object by a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
⇒F=GMmr2 where G is the universal gravitation constant.
⇒ Value of G = 6.673∗10−11Nm2Kg−2
Acceleration due to Gravity
⇒Plug the values of G = 6.673∗10−11Nm2Kg−2
⇒ M(mass of Earth) = 6 * 1024 kg and R= 6 * 106 m , to get the value of gas ≈ 9.8ms−2.
This is the acceleration due to gravity and the acceleration felt by any freely falling body towards Earth.
Value of g keeps changing due to the variation of Earth’s radius.
The Moon’s Falling – Moon’s revolution around Earth
The moon revolves around Earth due to centripetal force, which is the force of gravity of the Earth. If the force of attraction between Earth and moon ceases, then the moon will continue to travel in a straight line path tangential to its orbit around Earth.
When a body undergoes circular motion, it experiences a force that acts towards the centre of the circle. This centre-seeking force is called a centripetal force.
Freefall and Motion
When an object is under free fall, acceleration due to gravity is constant at g = 9.8ms−2.
Value of g does not depend on mass i.e any object big or small experiences the same acceleration due to gravity under free fall. All three equations of motion are valid for freely falling objects as it is under uniform motion.
The sign of convention → towards earth g is +ve / away from earth g is -ve.
Weight and Mass
Mass of an object is the measure of its inertia and is constant throughout the universe. Weight of an object keeps changing as the value of g changes. Weight is nothing but a force of attraction of the Earth on an object = mg.
Weight of an object on the Moon is 16 times the weight on Earth.
Thrust and Pressure
Force acting on an object perpendicular to the surface is called thrust. Effect of thrust depends on the area of contact. The pressure is thrust per unit area. SI unit is the pascal (Pa). Force acting on a smaller area applies more pressure than the same force acting on a larger area.
Pressure in fluids
The pressure exerted by a fluid in a container is transmitted undiminished in all directions on the walls of the container.
Archimedes’ Principle – Why objects float or sink
The upward force exerted by a fluid on an object is known as upthrust or buoyant force.
The magnitude of buoyancy depends on the density of the fluid. If the density of an object is less than the fluid, it will float. If the density of the object greater than the fluid, it will sink.
According to the Archimedes’ principle, when a body is immersed fully or partially in a fluid, it experiences an upward force that is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by it.
The Story of Gravity – Introduction to Gravitation: Kepler’s laws
The orbit of a planet is an ellipse with the sun as its foci. The line joining the planets and the sun sweeps equal areas in equal intervals of time. Cube of a mean distance of a planet from the sun ∝ Square of orbital time period T.
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