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Universal gravitation HTML5

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Summary

Animated version of Newton's famous drawing dealing the free fall of a body. Free fall and the launching of an object into orbit are both governed by the same theory of gravity.

The '+' and '-' buttons enable you to observe different cases, from free fall (initial velocity zero) to escape velocity (11.3 km/s starting from  the ground.)

Frictional effects are negligable and only the force due to gravity is acting. 

Click on 'Plus' or 'Minus' to set the initial speed of the cannon ball.

Learning goals

  • To understand how to place an object in orbit.
  • To show that circular motion is a special case of an elliptical orbit.

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Gravity is a force.  Two bodies of mass posses a mutual attraction for each other.

The intensity of the attractive force (in N) depends on the values of the masses (in kg) and the distance (r)…

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