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I know I found this similar question and answer: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/1999-03/922410914.As.r.html However I would like to know the exact equation / function that describes the motion of the two masses. Two masses M1 and M2 are released at rest in a vacuum, and the only force acting on them is their own gravity. Using only F=ma and F=Gm1m2/r^2 solve for the function x1=f1(t) and x2=f2(t) ... position of mass 1, x1, as a function, f1, of time, and position of mass 2, x2, as a function, f2, of time. I start out with: F=m1a2, F=m2a2, F=Gm1m2/(x2-x1)^2 ... Then notice that a1=v1'=x1" and a2=v2'=x2" ... so you get a set of differential equations: x1"(x2-x1)^2=Gm2 and x2"(x2-x1)^2=Gm1 But I don't know where to go from there, mathematically. Thanks.
Re: Solution for motion of two masses under gravity
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