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Weight dependent on planet size and rotation speed?

  1. Nov 12, 2007 #1
    I recently read a sci-fi story where they implied that the planet was much larger than Earth, but because that planet was rotating much faster than Earth, a person's weight on this planet was similar to what it was on Earth. I always thought it was strictly the masses that controlled this... However, intuitively, if a body was rotating fast enough, I would think it would tend to fling away objects from the surface... So it certainly seems possible that rotation could affect weight. Does anyone have an equation handy for this?
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  3. Nov 12, 2007 #2


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