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Homework Help: Gravity Crossover Point

  1. Feb 26, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The problem asks to find the crossover point between the earth and the moon. It will be the point where the net force due to gravity from both sides will equate to 0.
    Me=mass of earth
    Mm=mass of the moon
    d=distance between earth and moon

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I got to the answer, but it is a negative number, and it is of the same degree as the answer in the back of the book, meaning I'm doing something wrong. I can't seem to work it out. I want to know whether (d-x) has to be negative, because the forces are in the opposite direction. I will post back with a proper detailed attempt at the solution once I get more time, I have to go to class. In the meantime, if someone could set up the initial equation with the correct negative signs, that would be great, I'll learn what I was doing wrong. I'm a strong physics student overall, this is just ticking me off lol. I'm bad with algebra :P.
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