Gravity Ratios using pronumerals

  • #1

Homework Statement

There are two planets called Alpha and Beta.
mass of alpha=M
mass of beta=0.01M
They are distance R apart.

At what distance, expressed in terms of R, from the planet Alpha, along a straight line joining the centres of Alpha and Beta, will the ratio of [force alpha : force beta] on an asteroid be equal to 8100?

Homework Equations

I avoided the use of Newtons universal theory of gravity since there are no actual numbers. i used ratios instead.

The Attempt at a Solution

here goes...

[mass (alpha)/distance (alpha)] / [mass (beta)/distance (beta)]=8100

let x be the distance between alpha and the asteroid.
[M/xR] / [0.01M/(R-xR)]=8100


Solve for x:

but the answer is 0.909R!

Thanks for your help.
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  • #2
sorry, quick correction to the answer to the above question.

the book says the answer is 0.1R.
  • #3
dont worry, did it

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