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The weight of an object of mass 1kg at the surface of Mars is about 4N. The radius of Mars is about half the radius of Earth. Estimate the ratio:

mass of Mars/Mass of Earth

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

The answer is 0.1 but I don’t see where that comes from? 1kg would be 10N on Earth but 4/10 is 0.4 not 0.1? I’m assuming the radius is important but I don’t know how.

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# Ratio of planet masses

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