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Post by Jamal Tischler on December 7, 2015

I made this graph for the gravitational acceleration(using Desmos calculator) as a function of the altitude: g(h)=g0*R^2/(R+h)^2, where g0=9.81 m/s^2 and R=6370 km , the radius of the earth.
Link: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/61g6qoekxe

Universal Gravitation

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Newton's Law of Gravity 0:09
    • Two Particles of Mass m1,m2
    • Force of Attraction
    • Sphere and Small Particle of Mass m
    • Two Spheres
  • Variation of g With Altitude 7:24
    • Consider Earth as an Object
    • Force Applied To Object
    • At or Near Surface of Earth
  • Satellites 15:39
    • Earth and Satellite
    • Geosynchronous Satellite
  • Gravitational Potential Energy 27:32
    • Object and Earth Potential Energy=mgh
    • P.E=0 When Objects are Infinitely Separated
    • Total Energy
    • If Object is Very Far From Earth, R=Infinity
  • Escape 42:33
    • Shoot an Object Which Should Not Come Back Down
    • Conservation of Energy
    • Object at Maximum Height (K.E=0)
    • Escape Velocity (Rmax = Infinity)
  • Extra Example 1: Density of Earth and Moon
  • Extra Example 2: Satellite Orbiting Earth