Magnitude of the maximum gravitational force

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A bowling ball (mass = 5.9 kg, radius = 0.11 m) and a billiard ball (mass = 0.36 kg, radius = 0.028 m) may each be treated as uniform spheres. What is the magnitude of the maximum gravitational force that each can exert on the other?

    2. Relevant equations

    F=-Gm1m2/r^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    6.67*10^-11*5.9*.36/-(.11+.028)^2 = -7.43913043 × 10^-9 N

    right?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Right. altough I don't think the minus sign is right.
     
  4. but that's the minus sign from the formula isn't it?
     
  5. The formula is usually given without a minus sign. The question also asks for the magnitude of the force, wich has to be positive.
     
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