# Escape velocity problem

: Derive a relation for the escape velocity of an object, launched from the center
of a proto-star cloud. The cloud has uniform density with the mass of M and radius R...
Ignore
collisions between the particles of the cloud and the launched object. If the object were
allowed to fall freely from the surface, it would reach the center with a velocity equal to
"root over" GM/R.........

i ended up getting the velocity to be "root over" 2GM/R......
where's my fault?
& how to relalte the escape velocity with this falling velocity?

cepheid
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i ended up getting the velocity to be "root over" 2GM/R......
where's my fault?
& how to relalte the escape velocity with this falling velocity?
I imagine that it is symmetric -- the speed achieved when "falling-in" to the centre from infinity (assuming starting from rest) is the same as the speed needed to escape to infinity from the centre. So you have the answer, you just have to derive it.

I think that the potential energy of the system when the object is at radius r just depends on the mass enclosed within radius r. Does that help?

yes...it makes sense to me that escape velocity & falling velocity is the same for the system....