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How exactly do i get fnet of the object in this question..

  1. Jul 15, 2015 #1
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    This was an example question done by my teacher but i don't understand how he got the fnet of an object like the yellow part. thanks first time using the forums sorry if i didnt tag this correctly
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  3. Jul 15, 2015 #2

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    Can you be more specific about what it is that you do not understand?
    For the net force on B, do you understand the preceding line, giving -1.25 x10-7N? If your question is why that changed into -1x10-7N, I don't know. Looks like a mistake.
    There's no working shown for obtaining the other two net forces. How would you calculate those?
     
  4. Jul 15, 2015 #3
    yeah like how would you solve the question after the gravitational force you get for Fa and Fc. i got lost after the example like i have no idea how he got the fnet of each object. idk how to calculate the fnet... isnt it fnet=ma but what would that do.
     
  5. Jul 15, 2015 #4

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    Each object experiences a pull from each of the other two, as per the inverse square law formula used.
    The net force on B will be the difference between the forces exerted by A and C, since those are pulling in opposite directions.
    Your teacher has omitted the calculation for the attractive force between A and C. You will need this to find the net forces on A and C.

    Can you calculate the attractive force between A and C?
    How would you combine this with forces already calculated to find the net force on A?
     
  6. Jul 15, 2015 #5
    how exactly do you calculate the fnet for like the object a and c. the mass is 2.. and is the fa suppose to give me the acceleration?
     
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  7. Jul 15, 2015 #6

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    One step at a time. Answer my question about the attractive force between A and C. For this purpose, ignore B.

    After that, list the forces acting on A and which way they act. Do they work together or oppose each other?
     
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