(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An imaginary planet has a diameter twice that of our earth. The planet has one moon with an orbital radius of 5.0x10^7 km and orbital period of 10 earth days.

Determine the strength of the gravitational field at the surface of the planet.

Radius of earth = 6.38 x 10^6m

Orbital radius of moon = 5x10^10m

orbital period = 8.64 x 10^5 s

2. Relevant equations

r^3/T^2 = GM/4pi^2

g = GM/r^2

i think that's all..?...

3. The attempt at a solution

GM = (4pi^2(5x10^10)^3)/(8.64x10^5)^2

= 6.61 x 10^21

g = 6.61x10^21/(12.76x10^6)^2

= 40597576.67N/kg

this number is massive!!! I must be doing something wrong. any help?

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