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Distance between moon and earth

  1. Nov 19, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm stuck at one of my homework questions.Basically,it says there is a line EM between the earth's and moon's centre of masses.The moon revolves around the earth in circular motion.Point X(somewhere in between moon and earth)represents a point where the resultant gravitational force is 0.Mass of moon/Mass of earth=0.012. Given distance EX is 3.4x10^8,determine distance of EM.

    Sorry I can't show a diagram.



    2. Relevant equations
    F=GMm/r^2

    I can only think of this.


    3. The attempt at a solution
    It's quite lengthy and after some time I realised it was wrong so I think it would be better if I just read some suggested solutions from you guys.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 19, 2011 #2
    The point X is at a distance from the centre of the Earth and at a distance from the centre of the Moon.
    These 2 distances add up to the separation of the Earth and Moon.
    Can you see it.... it is an exercise in algebra and substitution of the appropriate distances in your equation.
     
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