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Combined gravitational field strength

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Homework Statement



2 masses, 5k and 10kg are fixed in place at the coordinates 1,0 and 1,1 respectively. what combined gravitational field strength do they produce at the point 0,0?

Homework Equations



g = GM/r^2

The Attempt at a Solution


total g = G(5)/(1)^2 +G(5)/2
not the right answer though -- answer is 6.16 X 10^-10 @ 22.5 degrees
plz help!!
 

Answers and Replies

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ideasrule
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You can't add them like that because the 2 fields point in different directions. You have to add them vectorially, using the Pythagorean theorem.
 

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