Friday, 25 April 2008

Space Math I Educator Guide

Audience: Educators
Grades: 7-9

These activities comprise a series of 20 practical mathematics applications in space science. This collection of activities is based on a weekly series of space science problems distributed to teachers during the 2004-2005 school year. The problems in this booklet investigate space weather phenomena and math applications such as solar flares, satellite orbit decay, magnetism, the Pythagorean Theorem, order of operations and probability. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word problem has background information providing insight into the basic phenomena of the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. The one-page assignments are accompanied by teacher pages with answer keys.

Note: This collection was formerly published as the Extra-Credit Problems in the Space Science Educator Guide.

Space Math I [3MB PDF file]

Individual sections:
Introductory Pages
Problem 1, Aurora Timeline
Problem 2, Aurora Drawing
Problem 3, Radiation Effects
Problem 4, Solar Flares and CMEs
Problem 5, Do big sunspots make big solar flares?
Problem 6, Solar Storms and Satellite Orbit Decay
Problem 7, Solar Electricity
Problem 8, Solar Power Decay
Problem 9, Space Weather Crossword
Problem 10, Bird's-eye Look at the Sun-Earth System
Problem 11, The Height of an Aurora
Problem 12, Earth's Wandering Magnetic Pole
Problem 13, The Plasmasphere
Problem 14, Magnetic Storms
Problem 15, The Coronal Mass Ejection
Problem 16, Plasma Clouds
Problem 17, Applications of Pythagorean Theorem to Magnetism
Problem 18, Magnetic Forces and Particle Motion
Problem 19, The Solar Wind and the Bow Shock
Problem 20, Kinetic Energy and Voltage

Source: NASA

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Misi Penjelajahan Mars

Add and Edited By:

Arip Nurahman Department of Physics, Faculty of sciences and Mathematics
Indonesia University of Education
Follower Open Course Ware at MIT-Harvard University, U.S.A.


Launched in August 2007, the Phoenix Mars Mission is the first in NASA's Scout Program. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil.
An introduction to what we know and hope to discover about Mars. Choose a chapter:



This portion of the website has been designed with content by kids and for kids. The pages feature music, artwork and projects by kids involved or interested in the mission.
Just for Kids


Download activities and materials to facilitate student understanding of fundamental concepts related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Phoenix Classroom


Spacecraft visiting Mars have returned intriguing images of the surface of the Red Planet for over forty years. Many of these images suggest liquid water once flowed on the surface of Mars. The ViewSpace program "Mars: The Search for Water, the Search for Life" looks at some of these images and compares them to similar features found on the Earth and addresses possible consequences of finding liquid water on Mars.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, launched on Aug. 4 and headed to Mars, fired its four trajectory correction thrusters Wednesday for only the second time. The 45.9-second burn nudged the spacecraft just the right amount to put it on a course to arrive at the red planet seven months from today.

At Mars, Phoenix will face a challenging 7-minute descent through the atmosphere to land in the far north on May 25, 2008. After landing, it will use a robotic digging arm and other instruments during a three-month period to investigate whether icy soil of the Martian arctic could have ever been a favorable environment for microbial life. The solar-powered lander will also look for clues about the history of the water in the ice and will monitor weather as northern Mars' summer progresses toward fall.

artist concept of Phoenix in spaceImage right: Artist concept of Phoenix in space. Image credit: NASA/JPL.

The second course adjustment had been postponed a week to allow time for carefully returning the spacecraft to full operations after a cosmic-ray strike disrupted a computer memory chip Oct. 6. Experiences with previous spacecraft have shown hits by cosmic rays are a known hazard in deep space. The Phoenix spacecraft properly followed its onboard safety programming by putting itself into a precautionary standby state when the event occurred. Mission controllers then followed step-by-step procedures to understand the cause and resume regular operations.

"Our engineers responded in a very careful and deliberate manner. Since this was a very well-understood anomaly, it was a good experience for the team," said Phoenix Project Manager Barry Goldstein of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

This week's trajectory correction maneuver, plus the flight's first one on Aug. 10, were planned in advance to adjust for a launch-day course that was intentionally designed to be slightly offset from Mars. The offset had prevented the possibility of the third stage of the launch vehicle hitting Mars.

Before the Oct. 24 maneuver, the spacecraft's planned trajectory would have missed Mars by about 95,000 kilometers (59,000 miles). Now, Phoenix is on track to intercept Mars in its orbit next year.

"The first and second trajectory correct maneuvers were designed together," said JPL's Brian Portock, chief of the navigation team for Phoenix. "We gain a more efficient use of fuel by splitting the necessary adjustment into two maneuvers." The second maneuver changed the velocity of the spacecraft by about 3.6 meters per second (8.05 miles per hour), about one-fifth as much as the first maneuver.

Four additional opportunities for trajectory corrections are scheduled in April and May 2008. "The remaining ones are really for fine tuning," Portock said. The landing site is a broad valley at about 68 degrees north latitude, 233 degrees east longitude.

Initial in-flight checks of all the science instruments were completed with Oct. 26 testing of the Canadian-provided weather station, which includes a laser-reflection device called a lidar. "With the activation of Canada's weather station, the testing of the precision lidar instrument and the temperature and pressure sensors, we will be receiving our first space weather report from Phoenix as it continues its voyage to Mars," said Alain Berinstain, Director of Planetary Exploration and Space Astronomy at the Canadian Space Agency.

In recent weeks, flight controllers have conducted two sessions of heating the spacecraft's Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer to drive off water vapor that was carried from Earth in the instrument. Results indicate that the process is successfully removing water vapor. Additional "bake-out" sessions for this instrument are planned prior to landing.

The Phoenix mission is led by Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, with project management at JPL and development partnership at Lockheed Martin, Denver. International contributions are provided by the Canadian Space Agency; the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; the Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Additional information on Phoenix is available online at: and at . Additional information on NASA's Mars program is available online at:

Media contacts: Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters

Sara Hammond 520-626-1974
University of Arizona, Tucson

Gary Napier 303-971-4012
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver

Semoga Bermanfaat!

Arip Nurahman

Friday, 18 April 2008

The United States Air Force (USAF) Studies and Research

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. Initially born as the United States Army Air Corps, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947.[2] It was the last branch of the U.S. military to be formed.
The USAF is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5778 manned aircraft in service (4,093 USAF; 1,289 Air National Guard; and 396 Air Force Reserve);[3] approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles,[4] and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The USAF has 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000 in the Selected and Individual Ready Reserves, and 106,000 in the Air National Guard. In addition, the Air Force employs 168,900 civilian personnel including indirect hire of foreign nationals.[5]
In 2007, the USAF implemented a large Reduction-in-Force (RIF). Because of budget constraints, the USAF will reduce the service's current size from 333,000 active duty personnel, to 316,000, which will be the smallest since the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to former Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley.[6] The current size of the active-duty force is roughly 70% of that of the USAF at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991.[7]
Not all of the United States' military combat aircraft are operated by the USAF. The Army operates its own helicopters, mostly for support of ground combatants; it as well maintains a small fleet of fixed wing aircraft (mostly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The Navy is responsible for a multitude of aircraft, including integrated air wing combat aircraft operating aboard its 11 aircraft carriers and also many maritime patrol and transport aircraft stationed at multiple Naval air stations around the world. The Marine Corps operates its own combat and transport aircraft in support of its ground mission and often in conjunction with Naval Aviation. The Coast Guard also maintains transport and search-and-rescue aircraft (SARA), which may be used in a combat and law enforcement role. All branches of the U.S. military operate helicopters.
The Department of the Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force who heads administrative affairs. The Department of the Air Force is a division of the Department of Defense, headed by the Secretary of Defense. The highest ranking military officer in the Department of the Air Force is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
On 5 June 2008, in a move called "unprecedented" by one Air Force-related journal, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, accepted the resignations of both the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael W. Wynne, and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, in effect firing both men for "systemic issues associated with declining Air Force nuclear mission focus and performance". The forced resignations followed an investigation ordered by Gates into two embarrassing incidents involving nuclear weapons, and were also the culmination of a long-running series of disputes between the Air Force leadership and Gates.[8]


Force structure

Headquarters, United States Air Force, The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Theoritical Astro Physics Research & Development (Finding The Final Theory)

Theoritical Astro Physics Research & Development (Finding The Final Theory)

The Final Theory

Author: Mark McCutcheon

Add and Edited by:

Arip Nurahman

Physics Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics

Indonesia University of Education

Today's Standard Theory vs. the Simplifying and Unifying Theory Of Everything

What is The Final Theory? Simply put, it is the famous Theory Of Everything finally made manifest in a book! The diagram below shows today's patchwork of unexplainable theories (Standard Theory), alongside the abstract concept of a final Theory Of Everything that rids us of all our mysterious beliefs by revealing the true nature of our universe -- a single, simple unifying principle that explains everything. This is the ultimate goal of science and one of humanity's greatest quests to understand our world. It has finally arrived. The Final Theory is here!

To my parents for their support, my father for his considered feedback throughout and many long hours of editing, and friends who offered their time and comments along the way
Love You All

This is Chapter to Explain The Final Theory
Investigating Gravity....................................................................
The Theory of Gravity................................................................
The Trouble with Gravity...........................................................
The Origin of Newton’s Gravitational Force.............................
Does the Evidence Support a Gravitational Force?..................
Encountering the New Principle.................................................
A New Property of the Atom.....................................................
Can it Be?..................................................................................
Mysteries and Violations Resolved...........................................
New Revelations and Possibilities.............................................
Rethinking Our Heavenly Observations...................................
The Gravitational Lens Effect..................................................
The Nature and Origin of Tidal Forces...................................
The Slingshot Effect.................................................................
Galactic Implications................................................................
The Origin of a Natural Constant Revealed............................
Rethinking the Atom and its Forces.........................................
Flaws in Current Atomic Theory.............................................
A New Atomic Model..............................................................
Chemical Bonding....................................................................
Radio Waves............................................................................
Rethinking Energy.....................................................................
Light and Electromagnetic Radiation......................................
Quantum Mechanics – is it all just a Misunderstanding?........
Special Relativity – is it all just a Mistake?.............................
The Big Questions......................................................................
What are Subatomic Particles?................................................
What is Antimatter?.................................................................
What is an Atom Bomb?..........................................................
E=mc2 : What is Energy-Matter Conversion?........................
What causes Inertia?...............................................................
What are Black Holes?............................................................
Did It Really Begin with a Big Bang?......................................
Is Our Universe Truly Expanding?.........................................
What is Time?..........................................................................
Is Time Travel Possible?.........................................................
The Theory Of Everything – Has it Finally Arrived?...............

We are all born into this universe and live out our lives within its laws and principles. From the inescapable law of gravity extending across the universe to the fundamental principles behind the tiniest atoms, our lives are immersed in the laws of nature. As intelligent beings it is only natural for us to wonder about the world around us, and as children of this universe it seems reasonable that we should be able to arrive at an understanding of it all – that this understanding is very much our birthright. In fact, to many it may seem as if we have already arrived at this understanding, with only a few loose ends remaining. Isaac Newton gave us an understanding of gravity as an attracting force in nature, and from there many others have contributed to our understanding of light, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure, etc. This process has finally brought us to a point where science today contains theories that cover every known observation, collectively known as Standard Theory. This age of understanding has made it possible to invent radio, television, and computers, even allowing us to build spacecraft that have visited distant planets. Although scientists continue to pursue deeper questions, it may seem that Standard Theory provides us with a fairly comprehensive scientific understanding of our universe. But is this really the case?

How much do we truly understand about gravity, for example? Do we know the physical reasons why gravity attracts objects together instead of repelling them away from one another? Newton gave us a compelling description of this observation as an apparent attracting force, but provided no explanation for the existence and nature of this force itself. Does it really make sense that a force holds objects to the surface of planets, and moons in orbit, all with no known power source? Do we know if it is possible to create some type of anti-gravity device, what principles might underlie such a device, or for that matter, even what principles underlie gravity itself? And despite Newton’s concept of gravity, Albert Einstein found it necessary to continue searching for answers, arriving at a very different description of gravity, while scientists continue to search for still other explanations. Why is it that we have two explanations for the same effect in our science today, and continue to search for still others – and do any of them truly answer our most basic questions about gravity?

Do we truly understand light? For centuries a debate raged back and forth as to whether light was composed of waves or particles. Today we have settled on a belief that somehow light is both a wave and a particle (the photon) – sometimes behaving as one and sometimes as the other, depending on the situation or experiment. Even today this remains a very mysterious and poorly understood characteristic of light as part of a theory known as Quantum Mechanics – a theory whose very creators and practitioners readily describe as bizarre and mysterious.
Do we truly understand magnetism? We know that two magnets will repel each other if both of their north poles or south poles face each other, but can we truly explain this? If we try to hold these two magnets together against this repelling force our muscles will tire as we continuously expend energy, but the repelling force from within the magnet does not. Is it reasonable that an apparently endless force from within magnets will continuously battle any external power source in this manner, eventually exhausting all external power sources without an equivalent weakening itself? In fact, there is no identifiable power source at all within these magnets to support this endless force from within. Do we even know what magnetic fields are, or have we simply discovered how to create them and learned to model their behavior with equations? That is, are we confusing practical know-how and abstract models with true knowledge and understanding?

A closer look shows that solid answers to these and many other questions about everyday occurrences are not to be found in today’s Standard Theory. Science has managed to model our observations rather well, but many of these models lack a clear physical explanation. Newton worked out a model of gravity as an attracting force but couldn’t tell us why it should attract and how matter does this endlessly simply by existing; in fact, we still lack these answers three hundred years later. We have equations that model magnetic fields, and theories that describe their obvious observed behaviors, but we have little clear physical explanation for why they behave as they do, leaving mysteries such as the apparently endless energy emanating from within a simple permanent magnet. In fact, many scientists recognize that we still lack a deep understanding of our universe, which is why there are ongoing efforts to further our knowledge using high-energy particle accelerators and powerful space telescopes. The hope is that these investigations will lead to a key breakthrough in understanding – perhaps through the discovery of a currently unknown fundamental subatomic particle or principle, or possibly via some new type of energy or cosmological phenomenon detected in the heavens. It is expected that if such a key fundamental discovery is made, it will have a ripple effect that runs through the patchwork of often poorly understood theories in our Standard Theory today, ideally transforming them into a single clear theory that simplifies and truly explains everything. This much-hoped-for theory is known by physicists as the Theory of Everything – and is considered the ultimate goal of much fundamental research in physics today.

A key expectation of the Theory of Everything is not only that it will finally explain all of physics – gravity, light, magnetism, etc. – with a clarity and simplicity that is unknown today, but that it will do so via one single unifying principle in nature that has so far eluded us. Once found, this theory is expected to provide a clarity and understanding akin to turning on a light to see the contents of a room at a glance, where current theory is like a flashlight in the dark, giving only disconnected glimpses here and there. A less comprehensive form of this theory, known as the Unified Field Theory, would explain and unify everything except gravity, since it is thought that gravity may have a very different nature than the other fields and forces once we come to truly understand them all. Both theories are sought after by physicists around the world today, with the ultimate goal being the arrival at an understanding that explains all the forces of nature including gravity – i.e. the all-encompassing Theory of Everything.

Although this fairly formal definition of the Theory of Everything has only taken shape within the last century, it has actually been the ultimate goal of science ever since the earliest times; even medieval alchemists were, in their own way, searching for this ultimate understanding of the physical world. Some of Newton’s many contributions to science were his descriptions of gravity, light, and the mechanics of moving objects, while Einstein provided quite different descriptions of these phenomena, with additional ideas about energy, mass, space and time. Both of these scientists were essentially in pursuit of the Theory of Everything, whether or not their efforts were formally presented as such, as are many scientists who pursue basic research in an attempt to discover fundamental truths about our universe.

So far, our efforts have not yielded the Theory of Everything, but rather a “theory of everything” known as Standard Theory. Although it isn’t typically represented this way, Standard Theory is indeed a “theory of everything” since it attempts to explain every known observation and phenomenon. It has evolved from many hypotheses presented over the centuries, with the most successful ones incorporated as sub-theories within Standard Theory. Even such radical and mysterious theories as Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity are not considered part of some other “theory of everything” but part of Standard Theory today. Therefore, Standard Theory is not only a “theory of everything,” but it is also the only one so far. In order for a new theory to truly form the basis of another “theory of everything” it would have to be based on a principle that lies entirely outside of known physics – and provide a sweeping rewrite of everything in Standard Theory based entirely on this new principle. Figure 1-1 shows the patchwork of theories within Standard Theory today that have resulted from our “flashlight-in-the-dark” approach to science over the past few centuries, as well as the single illuminating perspective of the Theory of Everything that is expected once the correct underlying principle is discovered.

The chapters to follow present just such a new principle in physics, showing that all matter may well possess this important new property that has so far been overlooked or misunderstood, and developing this principle into a second “theory of everything” for us to consider. This new theory begins with a clear physical explanation for gravity that resolves the many questions and mysteries surrounding it today, such as why it behaves as an attracting force and how it functions without a power source. Planetary orbits, ocean tides, and all other known gravitational observations are entirely explained by this new theory without relying on our current theories of gravity. New insights and possibilities are also suggested by this new theory that are unknown today and would not be predicted by our current gravitational theories.

This same new principle further explains the structure of the atom, as well as the nature of the individual electrons, protons, and neutrons composing atoms, with a physical simplicity and clarity that is unknown today. This new perspective on atomic structure shows how the gravity of objects can be directly related to the electricity and magnetism produced by the flow of electrons in wires, since this new principle underlies both atoms and electrons. The apparently endless energy within magnets mentioned earlier is also explained by this new principle, and a clear physical reason is given for why electricity and magnetism are so closely related. This principle also suggests an explanation of electron orbits within atoms that resolves this still mysterious aspect of atomic theory in our science today.

This same new principle is further shown to explain the nature of light, suggesting a resolution to the age-old question of whether light is a particle or a wave … or indeed something else entirely. Since the mysterious wave-particle beliefs about light in Standard Theory support a sizable portion of the theory of Quantum Mechanics, resolving this issue has serious implications for Quantum Theory. In fact, our current quantum mechanical descriptions of atomic structure, light, and energy are shown to be unnecessary once the new unifying principle is considered. This should be expected of any alternate “theory of everything” since, by definition, it would have to be entirely separate and self-sustaining without relying on any of the patchwork of theories that compose Standard Theory today – of which Quantum Mechanics is one. As might be further expected then, Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory is also shown to have serious problems, and is also replaced by this new principle. This means we can now replace the complexities and mysteries of Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity with one simple principle that runs throughout our science, dispelling some long-standing mysterious beliefs such as the speed-of-light limit that we accept as true today. All of the well-known thought experiments and real-world experiments that are used to support these mysterious theories and beliefs are re-examined and shown to have serious flaws, misunderstandings, or even clear errors upon closer examination.

Finally, the same simple principle is shown to explain the many mysterious phenomena and particles that have emerged from high-energy particle accelerator experiments in recent decades, such as virtual particles and antimatter, removing the mystique that surrounds them today. This new explanation of subatomic particle experiments also suggests a new interpretation for the increasing number of new particle types that are being discovered in ever more powerful particle accelerators. It also provides a new perspective on Einstein’s idea that matter and energy can be converted back and forth (according to his famous equation, E=mc2 ).

Rather than this mysterious conversion of matter into energy in the explosion of an atomic bomb, or energy into matter when subatomic particles apparently materialize out of pure energy in particle accelerators, this new unifying principle provides a clear, demystifying explanation for both effects. This principle also speaks to many of our celestial observations, suggesting simple alternate explanations for observations leading to today’s more mysterious theories about Black Holes, the “Big Bang” creation event, and the apparently accelerating expansion of our universe.

The alternate explanations presented throughout this book do not constitute a string of proposed new theories within Standard Theory, but belong to a new and entirely alternate theory – an alternate “theory of everything.” This parallel explanation of our universe provides answers to the many questions and mysteries in our science today with a clarity that allows even non-scientists to truly comprehend our universe – and does so via one simple unifying principle that is consistent with all known experiments and observations. It is worth noting that this last point is a claim that cannot be made even of Standard Theory today. That is, as shown in each of the following chapters, within many of our everyday experiences lie unanswered questions, unexplained mysteries, and even clear violations of our most elementary laws of physics when explained with Standard Theory. Therefore, as it stands today, our current body of scientific knowledge is not merely lacking some answers, but is actually a fatally flawed “theory of everything.” While it is possible that our ongoing search for answers will be able to resolve these flaws and turn Standard Theory into the much-sought-after Theory of Everything, it is equally possible that the answers can only be found in an entirely new “theory of everything.” It is suggested that the new theory presented in the following chapters does not merely provide an entirely alternate way of viewing our universe, but that it is the only one to meet the criteria of the Theory of Everything for which science has been searching for centuries. However, this will be up to the scientific community, as well as each individual reader, to decide for themselves. We now begin the journey toward discovery and understanding of this new principle with an exploration of gravity.
The Theory of Gravity
(The Chapter from The Final Theory)
By; Arip Nurahman Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics
Indonesian University of Education
Gravity as One of Four Basic Forces in Nature.
Gravity is one of the most fundamental and familiar forces of nature. As such, before discussing gravity in particular, it is important to clarify what the forces of nature are considered to be and how they relate both to Standard Theory and to our ultimate quest for understanding. Although Standard Theory is a composite of many sub-theories, some of which were listed earlier in Figure 1-1, most scientists believe the search for the Theory of Everything is a quest to understand and unify what are currently considered to be the four separate fundamental forces of nature:
• Gravity – the familiar attraction between all matter, first described by Isaac Newton.
• Electromagnetism – the closely related phenomena of electricity and magnetism, as well as electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves and light.
• Strong Nuclear Force – a powerful, short-range force thought to be holding atomic nuclei together. Atomic nuclei have many positively charged protons in close proximity, which should strongly repel each other and cause the nucleus to fly apart according to the theory of Electric Charge. Therefore, the concept of an attracting Strong Nuclear Force between protons in the nucleus was introduced to explain how the nucleus is held together in apparent violation of Electric Charge Theory.
• Weak Nuclear Force – another nuclear force, considered to be much weaker than the Strong Nuclear Force. Phenomena such as the random decay of populations of subatomic particles (i.e. radioactivity) were difficult to explain until the concept of this additional nuclear force was introduced.
It is currently believed that these are the four fundamental forces in nature, and that, in essence, they are merely different manifestations of one single underlying force or principle that has so far eluded science. To discover this underlying force or principle would be to arrive at the Theory of Everything since, at a glance, it would show the single underlying cause for every observation, belief, and theory in science today. Such a unified understanding is expected to transform the patchwork of separate abstract theories in Standard Theory into a much simpler, coherent whole that shows a true physical explanation for everything, sparking a scientific revolution.
The new theory discussed throughout these chapters suggests that while this vision is the proper intuition, there are several reasons why success has eluded us so far. First, since we obviously lack the deeper understanding that we are seeking, we cannot be certain we have properly identified the fundamental forces of nature. If, for example, our theory of Electric Charge is an imperfect model of the true underlying principle behind many of our observations, then our current model of proton behavior as positively charged particles that always repel each other may not be an accurate description of the nucleus of an atom. Instead, it may be perfectly natural for protons to cluster together when in the nucleus of an atom, according to an undiscovered principle in nature that may have been misunderstood and represented as a “positive electric charge” upon protons. That is, in many situations protons may behave as if they literally possess our concept of a “positive charge,” but this behavior could also arise from a very different principle – one that causes them to naturally cluster together when in an atomic nucleus. In that case, the concept of a “Strong Nuclear Force” keeping the nucleus from flying apart would be a completely unnecessary fabrication, and our attempts to find a unifying theory would be based in part on a force that doesn’t even exist. Our current goal of unifying these four forces may be based on such flawed assumptions from the start.
Secondly, much of our current and largely mathematical approach to finding a unifying theory may be straying from the original spirit and purpose of the quest. The goal of a new and deep physical understanding of our universe may be in danger of merely becoming an exercise in mathematical manipulation of our current equations. Since arrival at this deep physical understanding is expected to yield a common mathematical framework for all the forces of nature, it is often assumed that if we simply pursue this mathematical end result directly – using our current models – we will achieve this deeper understanding. However, this approach may be unsound since it assumes we have correctly identified the fundamental forces of nature and simply need to rearrange our mathematical models. Yet, if this turns out to be an incorrect assumption, then such an approach would only achieve a largely meaningless mathematical link between flawed models of the physical world. This approach also risks trivializing our search for deeper physical understanding into an attempt to achieve a mere mathematical goal, bringing no deeper meaning. We may expect mathematically unified models to emerge once we achieve a deep physical understanding of our universe, but this does not necessarily mean this deep physical understanding will emerge by mathematically unifying our current models. It is possible that this approach may provide some useful insights, but it may also result in little more than contrived mathematical relationships between essentially the same equations modeling the same limited physical understanding we have today.
For the reasons mentioned above, the discussions of this new “theory of everything” in the coming chapters do not strictly follow the format of a mathematical unification of the “four fundamental forces” in nature. In fact, there is very little math and only loose references to these forces amidst a broad and rich discussion of science in clear physical and common-sense terms. The discussions do, however, begin with the first of these forces – gravity – showing the numerous problems with our current gravitational beliefs, and leading to an introduction of the new unifying principle behind a new theory of gravity that resolves these problems. Once this new principle is established, it does indeed ripple through the rest of Standard Theory in the chapters that follow, not only redefining our concept of the “four fundamental forces,” but redefining the complete patchwork of theories in science today in clear physical terms.
The Trouble with Gravity Newton’s Theory of Gravity is undoubtedly one of the most universally recognized and accepted theories in all of science. It has become so deeply ingrained in our thinking and our science over the centuries that this theory has largely become synonymous with the very phenomenon of gravity itself. It is almost inconceivable today to separate our everyday experience of gravity from Newton’s proposal of an attracting force emanating from all matter; yet, as shown in the following discussions, Newton’s theory actually contains many unexplained mysteries and scientifically impossible claims. Such problems should prevent any new theory from becoming widely accepted as fact, leaving it only with the status of a proposal or hypothesis; however, the compelling nature of Newton’s proposal combined with the lack of a more viable theory has meant that it has largely escaped such scrutiny.
● Newton’s theory of gravity does not explain why objects attract one another; it simply models this observation.
● There is no known power source supporting the gravitational field that Newton claims to be emanating from our planet and from all objects.
● Despite the ongoing energy expended by Earth’s gravity to hold objects down and the moon in orbit, this energy never diminishes in strength or drains a power source – in violation of one of our most fundamental laws of physics: the Law of Conservation of Energy.
● These mysteries and violations are overlooked today because of a flawed explanation that arises from the improper use of an equation known as the Work Function.
● Every effect explained by Newton’s theory of gravity today is accurately modeled by non-gravitational equations that existed even before Newton.
● Newton’s gravitational force is actually an entirely redundant and superfluous concept providing no additional usefulness and having no proven existence in nature or scientific support.
Newton’s Error Violations of the Laws of Physics
(Continued from The Final Theory)
Author: Mark McCutcheon
Add And Edited by:
Arip Nurahman
Department of Physics,
Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics
Indonesia University of Education
Gravity is one of the most familiar and important phenomena in nature. Although it has always been known that something obviously causes objects to fall, it wasn’t until Isaac Newton (1642-1727) that we had a clear model of this something as an attracting force emanating from all matter in a manner that is precisely describable via an equation. Newton also claimed that this very same attracting force was responsible for the orbits observed in the heavens, making our universe as comprehensible and predictable as a clockwork mechanism for the first time in history. This was such a monumental achievement in Newton’s day that it set the stage for other models of forces described by equations in similar fashion ever since.
Although today we commonly speak of such forces, it is often overlooked that modern science still has little or no solid physical explanation for many of them. The legacy of theories and equations that compose our body of scientific knowledge today works rather well, making it easy to forget that these are largely abstract models – not solid physical explanations. Newton was the first in a long line of scientists to produce explanatory models for various classes of phenomena, which can be very compelling and useful but cannot be fully explained in physically meaningful and scientifically viable ways even today.
In fact, there was a strong undercurrent of resistance to Newton’s gravitational force concept when it was introduced, since it seemed to represent an almost magical force at a time when solid rational thought was finally beginning to prevail over the mysticism and superstition of ages past. Today, largely as a result of the scientific acceptance of Newtonian gravity, we have grown accustomed to the idea of unexplained forces reaching across empty space to affect objects at a distance in some equally unexplained manner.
We have even grown accustomed to the fact that many of these forces (gravity, magnetism, electric charge, etc.) have no known power source. However, in Newton’s time such concepts were only known in stories of myth and magic. To philosophers such as RenĂ© Descartes (1596-1650), it had been a long journey for society to shake off the mysticism of the past and finally enter a welcome era of solid rational thought and debate.
In fact, Descartes himself had an earlier and widely accepted physical theory of orbits that claimed the planets were dragged along by an invisible material, known as the ether, which presumably swirled around the sun. Although this theory had its own problems, in this era of rationality many considered Newton’s idea of a completely unexplained force acting across empty space to be an unwelcome return to the magical thinking of the past. Newton realized this fundamental problem with his theory of a gravitational force, and never claimed to be able to explain it. However, the compelling and rational nature of his accompanying mathematical model soon solidified the force of gravity as a physical reality and a scientific fact that continued to grow in acceptance for centuries, being the predominant theory even today.
It is important to note, however, that although it is generally recognized that Newton’s gravitational force lacks a proper physical explanation, the much larger issue – that it violates the laws of physics – has gone almost entirely unnoticed. This point will be clearly illustrated, beginning with a reminder of one of the most fundamental and unbreakable laws of physics
– The Law of Conservation Of Energy-
"The Law of Conservation Of Energy Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but merely changes from one form to another. "
This is one of the most fundamental and unbreakable laws of physics, serving as a test for the scientific validity of any proposed theory or invention. If a proposed theory or device either uses or produces energy it must draw on an existing power source to do so, merely transforming energy from one form to another in the process. For example, the stored chemical energy in gasoline changes to kinetic energy as it is “used up” to accelerate a vehicle. In accordance with the Law of Conservation Of Energy, the chemical energy in the gasoline does not actually vanish, but is converted into another form of energy – the kinetic energy of the vehicle’s motion. Similarly, the kinetic energy of the vehicle did not simply appear out of nowhere, but was converted from an existing chemical energy source – the gasoline. Although we commonly refer to power sources being drained, what we actually mean by this is that the energy from a given power source is converted into another form of energy elsewhere. This is the law that tells us perpetual motion machines are impossible since they are considered to be devices capable of producing or expending energy continually without draining a power source. There is no such thing as “energy for free” in our science. Free energy devices violate our most elementary laws of physics.
Also noteworthy, once it was realized that energy (denoted by the symbol E) and matter (denoted by m for mass) can change form back and forth, modeled by Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2, the Law of Conservation Of Energy included matter as one of the energy forms. The explosion of an atomic bomb, for example, does not actually create the enormous amount of energy in its explosion, but is considered to release it by converting its original core of matter into energy. Therefore, in all things the Law of Conservation Of Energy must be upheld.
Newton’s Gravitational Force Violates the Law of Conservation Of Energy
There is nothing in Newton’s gravitational theory stating that the force of gravity weakens as it expends energy. The mass of the moon exceeds one percent of the Earth’s mass and would fly past the Earth and off into space if not forcefully constrained by gravity to circle the Earth, according to Newton’s theory. Yet this tremendous continual effort expended by Earth’s gravitational field is not considered to diminish the strength of this field at all – millennium after millennium.
Returning to the vehicle analogy, when a car increases its speed it is said to accelerate, which is only possible by drawing on a power source, converting its energy into the car’s increased speed or kinetic energy. Turning the vehicle in a circle is another form of speed change or acceleration, involving a constant, forced change from its natural straight-line direction of travel. This continuously forced circular direction change is known as centripetal acceleration, and also requires energy to maintain this constant diversion from the natural straight-line path of objects. Likewise, the natural forward momentum of the moon would carry it away from our planet and off into space in a straight line if gravity were not forcefully pulling it into a circular orbit moment by moment. Yet this tremendous energy expenditure is not balanced by a conversion of energy from any known power source. This is a creation of energy from nothing – energy for free – rather than a conversion of energy from one form (a power source) to another (circular centripetal acceleration). This situation is a clear violation the Law of Conservation Of Energy.
Gravity also forcefully holds down all objects on the surface of our planet, which would drift off into space otherwise. In fact, the pull of gravity holds our very planet together, creating tremendous crushing forces within the center of the Earth. This has been going on for well over 4 billion years, yet no known power source is being drawn upon to support this tremendous ongoing energy expenditure.
This mystery is further deepened when we consider that not only is there no drainage of energy from a power source to support the effort expended by the gravitational force, but in fact there is no power source at all. A gravitational force is considered to emanate from within each atom of matter, adding up to the tremendous overall gravity of the Earth, yet we still have no explanation for its endless power source despite having created detailed atomic theories – and even having split the atom. This is a textbook case of an impossible free energy device.
This discussion naturally raises the question of why such a fundamental violation of our laws of physics doesn’t generate intense scientific concern, curiosity, and investigation. Why is Newtonian gravitational theory simply accepted and its mysteries left uninvestigated? This question brings a curious mixture of responses. One answer is that science has responded to these concerns by accepting a very different explanation of gravity proposed by Albert Einstein (1879-1955) known as General Relativity Theory, which will be explored further in later discussions. However, Einstein’s theory offers no solutions to these problems either. In fact, these violations are not generally acknowledged as the reasons for accepting Einstein’s alternate theory of gravity, nor are these violations even generally acknowledged at all today.
Perhaps more curious is the fact that even though General Relativity Theory is generally accepted in academic circles as the proper description of gravity, it is not widely taught or used by engineers and physicists – usually being reserved for optional or advanced study, and mostly for rare and exotic applications. Most university science and engineering graduates know little or nothing about Einstein’s theory of gravity despite the fact that it is presumably the true explanation of this phenomenon, and it is not generally used in our space programs. Newton’s concept of gravity is by far the main gravitational theory used in space missions today, despite the fact that there was apparently good reason to accept Einstein’s quite different theory of gravity into our science. All of this further deepens the mystery surrounding gravitational theory today, so let’s take a closer look at these issues starting with the currently unrecognized law violations in Newtonian theory.
The serious law violations and mysteries found in Newtonian gravitational theory have just been clearly pointed out in reference to one of our most fundamental laws of physics, yet science does not generally recognize these violations. How can this be? Why might those who are the most highly educated in physics be the least likely to acknowledge these mysteries and violations? The answer is that when Newton’s theory of gravity is taught, it is usually accompanied by further instruction on how to resolve these mysteries and violations by referring to an equation called the Work Function. Although it will be shown shortly that this is a fatally flawed explanation attempt that gives a false sense of closure on these issues, this fact is overlooked by our educational institutions today since there is no other explanation for Newtonian gravity. Therefore, all properly educated scientists have firmly learned the standard (though erroneous) logical techniques that have been taught for generations to provide ready answers for the mysteries and violations of Newtonian gravity. This leads to the curious fact that, on the one hand, science found it necessary to search for and accept such alternate gravitational theories as Einstein’s General Relativity Theory, while on the other hand, Newtonian gravity is still widely accepted by scientists. This makes the Work Function an important pivotal element in this whole mystery, and therefore worthy of a closer look.
The Work Function
A Flawed Explanation
Physical labor typically involves moving heavy objects or material from one place to another. The heavier the object and the further it is moved, the more energy must be expended in the process. The Work Function is merely an attempt to describe this fact using a simple equation – originally designed to help engineer mechanical devices that use energy to do work, such as steam engines that burn fuel to move trains.
This equation is written as W = F d,
which is read as work (W) equals force (F) times distance (d).
That is, the more force required to move an object, and the further the object is moved by that force, the more work is done in performing this task.
The Work Function can be a very useful tool in analyzing and quantifying the amount of work done by a given process or machine, and has served engineers well for over a century. However, serious problems arise when its use is extended beyond its design intent. Its original purpose was as an engineering tool to compute how much work is done when a force moves an object across a distance, which also corresponds to how much energy was expended, since an equivalent amount of fuel must be used in the process. This all seems quite reasonable; however, over the years the Work Function has undergone a subtle and surprisingly deceptive transformation into a “work detector,” whose result is taken as the final word on how much energy was used in any given process. This is such a subtle yet powerfully deceptive transformation that it needs to be clarified with an example:
Consider the situation where an object is simply too heavy to move, despite all efforts to push it. There is no question that one could expend a tremendous amount of effort and energy attempting to move the object, yet never actually manage to move it an inch. However, applying the Work Function as a “work detector,” it calculates that zero work was done. A tremendous amount of force was applied to the object, but the object was nevertheless moved zero distance, and since work equals force times distance, the Work Function calculates that zero work was done. If this were further taken to mean no energy was expended, we would have a worker who is exhausted from attempting to move such a heavy object, yet who is considered to have expended no energy. Of course, this is obviously a serious misapplication of the Work Function that brings nonsensical results, yet this is precisely the logic used to justify the gravitational force, as we will see shortly. The Work Function is only designed to help organize and quantify situations where a force clearly moves an object through a distance, but is not meant to function as a generic “work detector” that further tells us whether any energy was expended by an arbitrary event.
Now, to complete the improper transformation of the original Work Function from a simple engineering tool to a generic “work detector,” it has evolved from its original form of W = F d to its current form W = F d cos(q). The additional term here, cos(q), is the cosine function, which transforms any angle from 0 to 360 degrees into a value that lies between -1 and 1. Therefore, the original result from the Work Function calculation is now multiplied by a value between -1 and 1 that corresponds to the angle (q) between the direction the object is pushed and the direction it actually ends up moving. If the object simply moves in the direction it is pushed, which is the usual case, this zero-degree angle between force and movement results in the work calculation being multiplied by 1, since cos(0) = 1. This means nothing changes from the original Work Function when force and movement are in the same direction. However, if the object somehow managed to move completely sideways despite a forward push being applied to it, this 90-degree angle between force and movement means the resulting work calculation must be multiplied by 0, since cos(90) = 0. Therefore, the work done in this scenario would be calculated as zero. This modified Work Function, W = F d cos(q), is said to calculate the amount of useful work, since only the amount of work done in the direction of the force is considered to be desired and therefore useful work.
This is how the Work Function is taught today, which now sets the stage to explain why the previously mentioned violations of the laws of physics by Newton’s gravitational force cause no particular concern for most scientists. First, the issue of objects being held to the planet’s surface by a force that has no known power source is easily dismissed by noting that an object held down by the gravitational force does not move. If the object doesn’t move, there is no work done according to the Work Function, and therefore no energy is expended and no energy source is required to explain how things are forcefully held down by gravity. The serious law violation that results from gravity forcefully holding objects to the planet’s surface with no known power source suddenly vanishes. This is the same flawed logic used earlier, which left our worker exhausted after trying unsuccessfully to move a heavy object despite having apparently expended no energy. Yet, of course, both the worker and gravity must expend energy in these examples.
In similar fashion, the modified Work Function is used to justify the tremendous energy required to hold our moon in orbit, again with no known power source. Since the moon is actually traveling past the Earth in a straight line but is continuously constrained in its orbit by the gravitational force pulling it down toward the planet, this is considered to be a situation much like an object that slides sideways when a force pushes forward. The angle between the direction of the moon’s travel past the Earth and the direction of gravity pulling down is the same 90-degree angle as in the earlier example of the sideways-sliding object, meaning the Work Function must be multiplied by 0. This gives the result that the gravitational force does zero useful work and thus expends no energy in constantly constraining our moon from flying off into space, removing the need to look for a power source. Once again, a serious violation of the laws of physics suddenly vanishes. Yet, a person who must constantly struggle to constrain a heavy, speeding rock into traveling in a circle on the end of a rope might disagree with this zero-work, zero-energy conclusion for orbits.
Finally, there is the situation where objects fall straight down. Surely the Work Function would have to give a non-zero result here since the direction of movement is in the same direction as the downward pull of gravity. Indeed, the Work Function does calculate a positive amount of work, which should mean energy has been expended by the gravitational force, requiring an energy source be identified within the Earth that is drained by an equivalent amount if this event is to remain within our laws of physics. Since there is no such energy source known to science, we must either admit that Newtonian gravity cannot be scientifically explained, or arrive at some further justification. Indeed, an additional logical abstraction has been invented for this type of situation to avoid the search for a power source, which runs along the following lines:
In order for an object to drop from a given height, work had to be done earlier against the pull of gravity to lift it to that height in the first place. Since this upward lifting could be considered negative work from the perspective of the downward-pulling gravitational force, the positive work done by gravity when the object falls could be considered to cancel with this earlier negative work. This zero overall work then corresponds to zero net energy expenditure, and thus we are once again saved from looking for the energy source for gravity. Of course, this abstract exercise overlooks the physical reality that the falling object must still somehow drain gravity’s unknown energy source, and no known theory states how lifting the object earlier would have charged this power source in order to compensate for this later energy drain. Further, this explanation implies the existence of such a mysterious and currently unknown power source, which is the very issue it was invented to avoid. So the “energy balance” in this logic is a meaningless abstraction that merely diverts attention from the physical law violation that gravity somehow pulls objects to the ground while expending no energy.
Once again, the reason this logical conundrum has arisen in our science is due to the deceptively subtle, yet powerful difference between using the Work Function to describe clear situations where a force moves an object through a distance, and using it as a generic “work detector” in all situations. In fact, in the case of Newtonian gravity, not only has the Work Function been misused as a “work detector” but also as a “force authenticator.”
That is, not only is it used to alleviate concerns about law violations by calculating that the gravitational force does no work and expends no energy, but it is put to this use in order to help justify or authenticate the very existence of the gravitational force. After all, any theory involving a force that violates our most fundamental laws of physics is unacceptable as anything other than a purely abstract model of a still unexplained physical process. It cannot literally be taken as the proper physical explanation since this is precisely why our laws of physics exist – as a litmus test or sanity test for such proposed new ideas.
The Work Function is simply intended to describe the work done by known forces as they move objects, but here it is being used in an attempt to authenticate the existence of the previously unknown force introduced by Newton – a force that is otherwise scientifically unexplainable. This misapplication of the Work Function essentially creates a loophole in the Law of Conservation Of Energy, corrupting the original purpose of both of these concepts.
This Work Function discussion shows the type of logic that keeps most physicists from acknowledging that Newton’s gravitational force violates the Law of Conservation Of Energy. However, once the flawed Work Function explanation is exposed and removed, there are simply no excuses remaining for this unexplained force.
The rationalists of Descartes’ time had good reason to see Newton’s gravitational force as a return to the magical thinking of the past. Perhaps in Newton’s day it was reasonable to expect that future generations of scientists would find a scientifically viable explanation or even a true power source for the gravitational force. However, three centuries later we have found no answers, instead opting to turn a blind eye to its violations of our laws of physics by installing a flawed logical justification for this force into our science. Regardless of its original purpose, the Work Function has now been incorporated into our science in such a manner that most scientists clearly believe a zero-value result from its calculation always means there has been no expenditure of energy. This has led to the logical oversight that gravity need not expend energy to hold objects to the planet, since there is no motion involved, nor to constrain the moon from speeding away, since the pull of gravity is perpendicular to the moon’s orbit.
This state of affairs exists because we very much want to believe in this force. For centuries it has been the only reasonable explanation we have had, and in fact, it is still the only compelling and intuitive physical explanation for falling objects and orbiting moons even today. The official position in science today does state that another viable explanation exists in Einstein’s General Relativity Theory of a “warped space-time continuum,” but this does not address our everyday experiences and seems far off the mark compared with Newton’s intuitive gravitational force. And indeed, as shown in the following chapter where the new principle is introduced, gravity can be explained in a simple, intuitive, and scientifically viable manner – but without appealing to either an unexplained force or an abstract and largely incomprehensible “warping of space-time.”
So far, we have seen a number of questions, mysteries, and even violations of physical laws surrounding the concept of a gravitational force. We have no answer for why it attracts rather than repels objects, we know of no power source within matter that would produce this force, and it expends energy without diminishing in strength or draining a power source – an “energy-for-free” scenario that violates the Law of Conservation Of Energy.In addition, there is yet another troublesome issue with Newtonian gravity to consider – the issue of its speed of travel through space. We begin with a reminder of our currently accepted universal speed limit, the speed of light.
The Speed-of-Light Limit
Neither matter nor energy can travel through space faster than the speed of light.
This is a currently accepted law in our science today, stating that the speed of light in the vacuum of empty space represents an absolute upper speed limit on all objects and also on the speed of propagation of all fields and all forms of energy through space. According to this law, nothing known to man can travel faster than light. This is an idea that Einstein proposed as part of his Special Theory of Relativity, and which currently stands as an unbreakable law of nature.
Newton’s Gravitational Force Exceeds the Speed of Light
Newtonian gravitational theory comes with no speed limit. A common example of this is to imagine our sun suddenly vanishing. While it would still appear as if the sun were present for roughly eight minutes as the last rays of light eventually made their way to Earth at light-speed, the gravitational field of the sun would vanish immediately along with the sun. The Earth would not experience eight additional minutes of the sun’s gravity constraining it in orbit, but would immediately leave its orbit about the sun and begin to drift off into space. This is because the loss of gravity from the sun would be immediately felt at any distance throughout the solar system, and indeed throughout the universe according to Newtonian theory. This faster-than-light transmission of the gravitational force through space – and indeed even instantaneous transmission across any distance in our universe – is a great, unexplained mystery in our science today.
This is one violation in Newtonian gravitational theory for which a logical justification has not been found that allows it to be dismissed or overlooked. That is, unlike the law-violating behaviors mentioned earlier that were justified with a misapplication of the Work Function, this speed-of-light violation remains in plain view. However, although this violation lacks a logical justification, a resolution can be found in Einstein’s General Relativity Theory, since one of the key differences with this alternate theory of gravity is that the element of time is built into its equations. This provides a description of gravity that allows it to take time to travel or propagate through space, proposing a solution to this issue. However, this is only a proposed solution since the actual speed of gravity is unknown – no direct tests have been done to determine it.
So, we have the choice of Newton’s simple and intuitive theory, which violates the speed-of-light limit, or Einstein’s complex and mysterious theory, which offers an unproven solution to this violation. As a result of this type of interplay between these two theories, we are left with an odd combination of both theories in our science today. Neither theory truly stands alone today as the singular, correct description of gravity, as both theories tend to complement each other’s weaknesses. It is this type of interplay between them that leaves us with two very different explanations for gravity in our science today, even though common sense tells us there can be only one clear physical explanation underlying any observation. Clearly one of these theories must be fatally flawed, or both theories are merely useful interim models that have captured one aspect or another of the true and as-yet-undiscovered physical explanation for gravity. It is precisely this as-yet-undiscovered explanation that is proposed in the next chapter, offering a resolution to this odd state of affairs in our science today.