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Physics - Formulas - Tidal Forces

Tidal forces are the effect of a massive body gravitationally affecting another massive body. A classic example is the Moon's effect on Earth. More specifically, the gravity of the Moon "tugs" on the Earth's oceans causing them to swell. These are called tides.

The effect of tides is not restricted to Earth. The intense gravity of Jupiter also causes "tidal flexing" of the moons of Jupiter.

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