Moon and Sun Gravitation

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Hello! I came across this website on my quest to find an answer to this physics problem. I read a topic that was a similar problem, but it didn't address my question in particular. So now I'm posting my problem specifically, and thank you in advance for any help!

Homework Statement


a. What is the gravitational force on the Moon from the Sun?
b. What is the gravitational force on the Sun from the Moon?
Use 1AU as distance between the Moon and Sun.

Msun = 1.989 x 10^30 kg
Mmoon = 7.35 x 10^22 kg
1AU = 1.4960 x 10^11 m
G = 6.67 x 10^-11

Homework Equations



[tex]
F = \frac{G M_1 M_2}{R^2}
[/tex]

The Attempt at a Solution



When using the above equation, I am only able to get the TOTAL gravitational force between objects, not the force of one on the other.

Is there another equation I must use or is there some way to rearrange the variables to get what I want?


THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!
 

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DaveC426913
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[tex]F_m_1 = \frac{Gm_2}{r^2}[/tex]
 
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Stonebridge
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The force of the Sun on the Moon is equal to the force of the Moon on the Sun, and that force is given by the equation you quote.
The equation is saying that the force is mutual (double ended) as in Newton's 3rd Law of Motion.
 

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