Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Weight on another planet

  1. Dec 14, 2003 #1
    Help with this: I dont know how to not use the mass or radius of Earth.

    Determine what your weight would be on a planet that had twice times the mass of the earth and three times Earth's radius. (there is a was to figure this our without knowing the radius or the mass of the Earth.)
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 14, 2003 #2

    Doc Al

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Use the universal law of gravity. You don't need to know the mass or radius of the earth. Compare the weight on earth to the weight on the other planet. Think in terms of ratios.
  4. Dec 15, 2003 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    now lets say the old weight is equal to 1, you'll see why.
    Old weight:
    = Gm1m2/r^2
    = 1

    New weight:
    = G(2m1)m2/(3r)^2
    = 2Gm1m2/9r^2
    = (2/9)Gm1m2/r^2
    = (2/9)(1)
    = 2/9

    your weight on this new planet will 2/9 times your current weight.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook