Physics Tutorial 8.1 - Newton's Law of Gravitation

There are 5 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Newton's Law of Gravitation. The tutorial starts with an introduction to Newton's Law of Gravitation and is then followed with a list of the separate lessons, the tutorial is designed to be read in order but you can skip to a specific lesson or return to recover a specific physics lesson as required to build your physics knowledge of Newton's Law of Gravitation. you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

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In this Physics tutorial, you will learn:

  • What is gravitation?
  • Where does gravitation differ from gravity, gravitational force and centre of gravity?
  • What does the Newton's Law of Gravitation say?
  • What are orbits?
  • What makes objects rotate in orbits?
  • How gravity affects our daily life?
  • What are artificial satellites?
  • How many types of artificial satellites are there? How do they differ from each other?


Have you ever thought why we stick on the ground but not to each other in normal conditions?

Why satellites do not fall on the ground?

Why the Moon stays always at the same distance from the Earth? Why these two celestial bodies do not collapse?

These questions and many others will get answer in this tutorial. It is an extension of our Physics tutorial "Types of Forces I. Gravitational Force and Weight." However, unlike the abovementioned tutorial, this tutorial deals only with celestial (macroscopic) bodies, not with normal ones we encounter in daily life.

Please select a specific "Newton's Law of Gravitation" lesson from the table below, review the video tutorial, print the revision notes or use the practice question to improve your knowledge of this physics topic.

Gravitation Learning Material
Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
8.1Newton's Law of Gravitation
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
8.1.1Gravity, Centre of Gravity and Gravitation
8.1.2Recap on Gravitational Force. Newton's Law of Gravitation
8.1.3What Makes Objects Rotating in Orbits?
8.1.4Gravity in Daily Life
8.1.5The Two Types of Artificial Satellites

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