Newton's Gravity

An Introductory Guide to the Mechanics of the Universe

  • Douglas W. MacDougal

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 419-432

About this book


“Newton’s Gravity” conveys the power of simple mathematics to tell the fundamental truth about nature. Many people know the tides are caused by the pull of the Moon and to a lesser extent the Sun. But very few can explain exactly how and why that happens. Fewer still can calculate the  actual pulls of the Moon and Sun on the oceans. This book shows in clear detail how to do this with simple tools. It uniquely crosses disciplines – history, astronomy, physics and mathematics – and takes pains to explain things frequently passed over or taken for granted in other books. Using a problem-based approach, “Newton’s Gravity” explores the surprisingly basic mathematics behind gravity, the most fundamental force that governs the movements of satellites, planets, and the stars.


Celestial mechanics Celestial motion History of astronomy Inverse square laq Kepler's laws Law of Planetary motion Laws of gravity Newton's laws Orbital motion Orbital plane

Authors and affiliations

  • Douglas W. MacDougal
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  1. 1.PortlandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5443-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5444-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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