Newton's Law of Gravitation

Explains concepts and derivation of Gravitation, Kepler's Laws.

5.1Newton's Law of Gravitation

We have already studied the effects of gravity through the consideration of the gravitational acceleration on earth g and the associated potential gravitational energy Ugrav.

We now broaden our study and consider gravitation in a more general manner through the Law of Gravitation enunciated by Newton in 1687 Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force that is directly proportional to the product of the masses of the particles and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.