Gravitation

Physics Part I

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Suppose there existed a planet that went around the sun twice as fast as the earth.What would be its orbital size as compared to that of the earth?

Time taken by the Earth to complete one revolution around the Sun,Â

Orbital radius of the Earth in its orbit,Â

Time taken by the planet to complete one revolution around the Sun,Â

Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â = Â½ yearÂ

Orbital radius of the planet =Â

From Keplerâ€™s third law of planetary motion,

Â Â

Hence, the orbital radius of the planet will be 0.63 times smaller than that of the Earth.

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The position co-ordinates of two particles of masses m_{1}Â and m_{2}are (x_{1}, y_{1}, z_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}, z_{2}) respectively. Find the coordinates of the centre of mass.

The position vectors of masses m

Let the position coordinates of the centre of mass be (X, Y, Z).

Therefore the position vector of centre of mass is,

Since, Â Â

Â

Comparing the coefficients of Â , we get

Â

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Is Geodesic always a straight line?

No, Geodesic is a straight line if and only if, Â the two points lie on the flat surface. If the two points lie on the curved surface then it is a curved line.

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What is Heliocentric theory?

According to the Heliocentric theory, the sun is at the centre and various planets revolve around the sun at their axis.Â

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What is the celestial sphere?

At night, if we see the planets and the stars in the sky, all appear to lie in the hemisphere (rest of the hemisphere we are unable to see because of being on the other side of the earth). This sphere is called theÂ celestial sphere.

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