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Mystery Spot and Physics

Mystery spot is a tourist attraction located near Santa Cruz , California. It is a place where the laws of physics and gravity do not apply.
The Mystery Spot is a gravity hill, a tilt indused visual illusion. In the tilted room of the mystery spot , misperceptions of the height and orientation of objects occur. Explain.

(Asked by G Saranya)

Answer:

The question on gravity hills (also called magnetic hills) is already answered. Please refer to http://askphysics.com/gravitation/magnetic-hills-gravity-hills/

Spaceship and gravity – a problem

A spaceship is launched and starts moving directly towards the Moon. At what distance from the earth will the pull of the Moon on the spaceship exceed the pll of the Earth? Ignore the effect of the sun in this calculation

Nature of light, relativity and blackholes

Prasanna asked:

we know light has got dual nature. & blackholes has got enormous gravity from which even light cant escape. how can gravity can influence a mass less stream of particles like gravity?

Ans:

Do you know why solar eclipse is watched with great importance by the scientific community?

OK

Einstein’s theory of General Relativity was proved right(?) when bending of light by masses was observed in reality.

Please go through the links below and hope that you’ll find an answer there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity

http://www.suite101.com/

The Physics of “Touching toes with back and heels against a wall”

If you are standing with your heels against a wall, you cannot touch your toes.Why?

(Asked Camille )

Answer:

When you are standing against a wall or otherwise, the centre of gravity (the point through which the weight of the body acts; vertically downwards) lies within the area covered by feet, the base.

Normally when we lean forward, the body is so adjusted that the centre of gravity lies within the base.

But when we are standing against a wall, the body cannot adjust itself to adjust the centre of gravity within the base as the backward motion is restricted by the wall. Therefore when we try to lean forward, the CG is shifted out of the base and we tend to fall.

Motion under gravity and time of fall

A body of mass m1 and another body of mass m2 are dropped from wqual heights.If time taken by the balls are t1 and t2 respectively then t1=t2. How ?

Answer:

The acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass of body. When two different masses  are dropped from the  same height, they will take same time  to reach the surface of earth.

Motion under gravity

Two stones of mass 5 kg and 10 kg are dropped from the same height above the ground level. Which one will hit the ground first? Why?

Answer: Both the stones will reach the ground simultaneously (provided we neglect the air resistance (the viscosity) and buoyant force.

This is because acceleration due to gravity is independent of mass of the freely falling body.

How the value of acceleration due to gravity will change if the radius of earth is doubled keeping its density constant?

How the value of acceleration due to gravity will change if the radius of earth is doubled keeping its density constant?

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