# Gravitational Potential Energy of a particle

#### peaceandlove

1. Homework Statement
Four particles, each of mass 60.0 g, form a square with an edge length of d = 0.700 m. If d is reduced to 0.100 m, what is the change in the gravitational potential energy of the four-particle system?

2. Homework Equations
U = -GMm/r

3. The Attempt at a Solution
I found the U of the system when d = 0.700 m and then I found the U when d = 0.100 m. Using those two values, I found what I believe to be the change in the U of the system. However, I keep getting the wrong answer.

U_1=-6.45898846e-12
U_2=-2.60012192e-11
(delta)U=1.95422308e-11

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#### peaceandlove

Nevermind, I figured it out.

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