Three object net gravitational field problem

In summary, the problem involves two 10 kg masses placed on an x-y coordinate plane, with one at (0,0) and the other at (2,0). An additional 5 kg mass is placed at an unknown point K, and the task is to calculate the gravitational force and acceleration exerted on the mass due to this net field. The relevant equation for this is Fg= (-G(m1)(m2))/r^2, and the first step would be to find the x/y components of the force.
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Homework Statement



Two 10 kg masses are placed on an x-y coordinate plane measured in meters. the first mass is at position (0,0) and the second at (2,0). that's the first part of the problem the second part is: if an additional 5 kg mass is placed at the point K, calculate the gravitational force and acceleration exerted on the mass due to this net field.

(there are two answers one for each part)

Homework Equations



i tried Fg= (-G(m1)(m2))/r^2 (not sure if its correct)
I don't know where to start can someone help. thanks
 
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Your equation for the force of gravity is correct, although I don't think the "-" is necessary, the direction of the force depends only on your chosen co-ordinate system.
You will want to start by finding the x/y components of the gravitational force.
 
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thanks for the response. i figured out the problem. but thanks
 

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