Gravitational Physics View more

Explore Newton's law of gravity and unpack its universe of consequences.

Book 26 Lessons

Course description

Here we lay out Newton's law of gravity and crack open the universe of consequences that spring from it. On the journey we'll come to understand planetary phenomena like tides and atmospheres, the rich geometry of heavenly bodies and their motion, and the engineering considerations of space travel.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to code simulations to explore applied problems using Python, derive pieces of general relativity, and understand where Newton’s law starts to buckle.

Topics covered

  • Angular Momentum
  • Black Holes
  • Equivalence Principle
  • Gauss’ Law
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Gravitational Lensing
  • Kepler’s Laws
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • Slingshot Effect
  • Tides

Prerequisites and next steps

You’ll need an understanding of mathematics and physics at the level of Classical Mechanics.