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

Consider a large uniform ring having a mass of 2.36x10^{20}kg and a radius 1.00x10^{8}m. An object with a mass of 1000kg is placed at a point 2.00x10^{8}m from the center of the ring. When the object is released, the attraction of the ring makes the object move along a straight line toward the center of the ring. Calculate the gravitational potential energy of the object-ring system when the object is at the starting point, and then calculate the potential energy at the ending point. Calculate the object's speed as it passes through B.

2. Relevant equations

U= -Gm_{1}m_{2}/r

3. The attempt at a solution

I used this equation for the initial condition with G=6.673x10^{-11}m_{1}=2.36x10^{20}m_{2}=1000 and r=2.00x10^{8}. The answer I got was -7.87x10^{4}. The book says that the answer is -7.04x10^{4}, I am assuming that I need to factor in the radius of the ring somehow but I don't know how I should work it into the equation.

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# Homework Help: Gravitational Potential Energy of an object

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