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Gravity and Mass Question

  1. Feb 21, 2008 #1
    This is just a general question on Gravity and Mass.

    If you created a perfect sphere of a known element in the vacuum of space, which was 1 metre in diameter, i assume that it would exhibit a gravitational pull on other objects - although probably very weak.

    If you then created another sphere exactly the same size, 1 metre in diameter, but with a known element that resulted in twice the total mass of the previous sphere, would it have twice the gravitiational pull as the previous sphere ?.



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  3. Feb 21, 2008 #2
    Yes, if you compute the pull at the same distance from the sphere's centres.
  4. Feb 21, 2008 #3
    The mass must be equally distributed, so that sphere 2 has twice as high density
    at all points.
    (I assume that is what was meant by perfect sphere from a single element).
  5. Feb 22, 2008 #4
    Thanks for the replies.

    Not done the calculations, but essentially gravitational pull is directly proportional to mass, and is a linear relationship ?.


  6. Feb 22, 2008 #5
    The gravitational field strength at any point in space from the centre of an object is given as g = Gm / r^2 where r is the distance from the object's centre. So yes, gravitational field strength is directly proportional to mass.
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