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is there an equation that could be used to determine the energy output of a given weight being pulled by gravity?
 

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AlephZero
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Yes, it's the same equation as the work done by any other force:

Work = force * distance.
 
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Andrew Mason
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is there an equation that could be used to determine the energy output of a given weight being pulled by gravity?
I think you mean power (energy per unit time) of the weight. Since the gravitational force is:

[tex]F = \frac{GMm}{R^2}[/tex]

where R is the distance of the object from the centre of mass of the large mass (toward which the weight is gravitating), the change in energy by moving a distance dR closer to the centre would be:

[tex]dW = \frac{GMm}{R^2}dR[/tex]

so the power output would be:

[tex]P = dW/dt = \frac{GMm}{R^2}\frac{dR}{dt} = \frac{GMm}{R^2}\dot r[/tex]

where [itex]\dot r[/itex] is the radial speed or the speed toward the centre.

AM
 

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