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Homework Help: Finding the mass of two planets

  1. Sep 23, 2006 #1
    Ok well, I have used up 2 out of 3 of my submissions for this question. I have tried to do a system of equations and failed twice. I really don't even know where to start so I was hoping that you guys could help me.
    The problem is.
    The mass of a robot is 5720 kg. This robot weighs 3720 N more on planet A than it does on planet B. Both planets have the same radius of 1.33x10^7 m. What is the difference MA - MB in the masses of these planets?

    Thank you.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 23, 2006 #2
    Use the defintion of weight. Assume that it's evaluated at the surface of the planets.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2006 #3
    ok... I still don't get what I am supposed to do. Sorry. I get that weight is going to be calculated at the surface of the planets so d=1.33x10^7. I got the equation F=6.67x10^-11(5720m1/((1.33x10^7)^2)). I really just don't get what I am supposed to do after this.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2006 #4
    You are provided with the difference in weight (of the robot), right?
     
  6. Sep 23, 2006 #5
    For planet B it is 5720a and Planet A is 5720a+3720. right?
     
  7. Sep 24, 2006 #6
    WA - WB = Gm(MA-MB)/d2
     
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