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Homework Help: Gravitation energy of a spherical shell

  1. May 6, 2016 #1
    I am asked to find the total gravitational energy of a hollow sphere using the fact that the field energy density is given by ##u_g = \frac{-1}{8\pi G}g^2##.

    Now, ##g = \frac{Gm}{r^2}## in this case and substituting gives ##u_g = \frac{-GM^2}{8 \pi r^4}##. Integrating this over volume will give ##U = \iiint \frac{GM^2}{8 \pi r^4} dv = \frac{-GM^2}{2R}##.

    Is my solution correct?
     
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  3. May 6, 2016 #2

    TSny

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    Yes, that looks correct.
     
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