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Gravitational Field.

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
    The Moon's mass is 7.34x10^22 kg, and it is 3.8x10^8 m away from Earth. Earth's mass is 5.97x10^24 kg.

    (a) Calculate the gravitational force of attraction between Earth and the Moon.
    I already did that. It's 2.01e+20.

    (b) Find Earth's gravitational field at the Moon.
    This is the part I'm having trouble with. Could someone please explain to me how to do this?
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  3. Dec 11, 2009 #2
    How do we get 9.8m/s^2 on the earth? Basically I think they want you to ignore the moons mass, and compute a new "g" , not at the earths surface but at a distance from the center of the earth to the moons surface. Here, the distance given from the earth to the moon will be the quantity you use as accuracy won't suffer too much.
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