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Homework Help: The ratio between gravitational force of planet x and y

  1. Nov 10, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Planet X has a radius double of Planet Y. Planet X also has a mass that is double planet Y. How do the surface gravitational fields of X and Y compare?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So because were looking for the ratio of gx to gy, we can use the equation gx = n(gy) and say that n = gx/gy. So since Planet X has a radius double of Planet Y, we can say that Rx = 2Ry. Also we can say that Mx = 2My. So this turns out to be (2MyG/2Ry) / (MyG/Ry) = n. So this becomes 2MyGRy/2RyMyG = n. Cancelling out Ry, My, and G leaving 2/2 = n. This would say that gx = gy ? Does this make sense to say that at different masses and radii the planets have equal gravitational force?
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  3. Nov 10, 2012 #2
    Shouldn't R be squared?
  4. Nov 10, 2012 #3
    No, that would be the force of gravity between two objects, g = GMm/r^2. This is just the force of gravity the object exerts, or gravitational field i guess
  5. Nov 10, 2012 #4
    G= γMm/r^2, on the other hand G=mg
    so mg= γMm/r^2
  6. Nov 10, 2012 #5
    oh i see, you were right, the R is squared. LOL thank you very much, i appreciate it
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