What if you switched
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for use with the Force and velocity - what if? simulation
from the materialworlds Solar System simulations
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The Force and velocity - what if? simulation adds a control that allows you to experiment with switching gravity off and on.
Pressing the rewind button sets the simulation back to it's initial state with gravity active.
1. What happens when gravity is switched off?
2. How do the planets move?
3. What happens if you switch gravity on again? Do the planets return to their normal orbits?
4. What else would happen (something that isn't shown in this simulation) to the objects in the Solar System if gravity suddenly ceased to function?