(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Earth orbits around the sun at roughly 1.5x10^{11}m. Mass of earth is 6x10^{24}kg. Mass of sun is 1.98892x10^{30}kg.

There is a point between the sun and the earth at which the gravitational force by the sun equals that of Earth and the forces cancel each other out. How far is this point from the center of the earth? You will get a quadratic equation.

2. Relevant equations

I know the force between two bodies is calculated using F=(G*m_{1}*m_{2})/R^{2}

3. The attempt at a solution

Based on the above equation, I thought that this problem would be solved by setting that equation equal to itself. Basically F=F but with the R on the right side as an unknown, then solve for that R. but obviously this results in everything else cancelling out and the R I am left with is equal to the distance between the sun and the earth (1.5x10^{11}m).

So I'm confused, i'm not sure what to do...

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: Gravitational force of the Sun and Earth

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