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Homework Help: Rock thrown on planet Mongo

  1. Jun 30, 2005 #1
    Your starship, the Aimless Wanderer, lands on the mysterious planet Mongo. As chief scientist-engineer, you make the following measurements: a 2.50-kg stone thrown upward from the ground at 15.0 m/s returns to the ground in 7.00 s; the circumference of Mongo at the equator is 1×10^5 km; and there is no appreciable atmosphere on Mongo. What is the mass of Mongo?

    well i started out by finding the acceleration of the rock. I used V=V_o + at and from the problem, v_o = 15, and t=7.

    Then I used F=ma to get the gravity force.

    Then I used the general formula for force due to gravity. from the problem I used: R=1*10^5 / 2*pi (because they gave us the circumference) everything else is pretty self-explanitory. Since I have F, G, the mass of the rock, and R, I solved for M and got the wrong answer. Could anyone tell me where I went wrong?
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  3. Jun 30, 2005 #2
    How do you know v?
  4. Jun 30, 2005 #3


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    It would help a little if you put some numbers in. A shot in the dark:
    If you got an acceleration of gravity (a) that is less than [itex]4\frac{m}{s^2}[/itex] then you calculated that incorrectly.
  5. Jun 30, 2005 #4
    Is this not an acceptable value for v_o? and, if it returned to the ground, wouldnt v be 0?
  6. Jun 30, 2005 #5
    No, v would take that value for maximum height.
  7. Jun 30, 2005 #6
    ...yeah I got a value less than 4...
  8. Jun 30, 2005 #7
    So to get the equation to work out, I would just halve the time right? That would give me a V=0 at the max height. and an A of about 4.3m/s
  9. Jun 30, 2005 #8
    Thanks a lot for the help guys, I got it now.
  10. Jun 30, 2005 #9


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    V = -V_o (?)
  11. Jun 30, 2005 #10
    The OP didn't state that, which lead me to think that he overlooked it.
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