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Calculate Gravitational Field Strength

  1. Nov 25, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Given Radius is 4.76*10^5 m
    Astronaut drops a hammer of 0.85kg from a height of 1.25m. It takes 3s to reach the ground
    What is the gravitational field strength?

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    g=a=Δv/t
    v=d/t
    v=1.25/3

    a=1.25/3/3

    But that's not the answer
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2012 #2

    PeterO

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    That 1.25/3 is the average velocity.

    Our formulas make use of a specific velocity, usually initial or final depending on which formula you wish to use.
     
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