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Newton's second law: I'm I right that a bowling ball and a tennis ball fall at the same rate because of the force of gravity and the mass of the two objects does not matter?
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Newton's second law: I'm I right that a bowling ball and a tennis ball fall at the same rate because of the force of gravity and the mass of the two objects does not matter?
 2 years ago
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stanBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.4
From the universal law of gravitation\[F _{g} = ma = GM _{earth} m/r^{2} \]Notice that the mass of the object, m, cancels leaving\[a = GM _{earth} /r^{2} =g\]
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TomLikesPhysicsBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You are right  but keep in mind that you are neglecting airdrag (which is often the case and not). On the moon there is no airdrag  therefore a feather and hammer touch the ground at the same time if the fall from the same height  proof > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_15_feather_and_hammer_drop.ogg  pretty cool huh? ;) seeing is believing
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ZivkoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
What about the other object (Earth,Moon...)? Don't they accelarate towards the 'falling body' as well? In that case, mass of the 'falling object' does matter.
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stanBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.4
The forces felt by each object is the same, namely Fg from above, but of course the accelerations felt are very different... a = F/m. Masses are different so the accelerations are different but the forces are the same. The mass of whatever body you are calculating the acceleration of is the one that doesn't matter in the calculation (cancels out)
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ZivkoBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yes, but doesn't the Earth accelerates more towards the body with higher mass? Of course, then we would have to drop one body at a time and I doubt that we could measure the difference. But, exactly speaking, Earth will meet with higher mass object sooner.
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stanBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.4
the point is that it doesn't accelerate at a rate which depends it ITS mass
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efreny12Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
this was Galileo's theory no Newton.
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