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Chapter 13 Problems 1, 2 , 3 = straightforward, intermediate, challenging Section 13.1 Newtons Law of Universal Gravitation Problem 17 in Chapter 1 can also be assigned with this section. 1. Determine the order of magnitude of the gravitational force that you exert on another person 2 m away. In your solution state the quantities you measure or estimate and their values. 2. Two ocean liners, each with a mass of 40 000 metric tons, are moving on parallel courses, 100 m apart. What is the magnitude of the acceleration of one of the liners toward the other due to their mutual gravitational attraction? Treat the ships as particles. 3. A 200-kg object and a 500-kg object are separated by 0.400 m. (a) Find the net gravitational force exerted by these objects on a 50.0-kg object placed midway between them. (b) At what position (other than an infinitely remote one) can the 50.0-kg object be placed so as to experience a net force of zero? 4. Two objects attract each other with a gravitational force of magnitude 1.00 10 8 N when separated by 20.0 cm. If the total mass of the two objects is 5.00 kg, what is the mass of each? 5. Three uniform spheres of mass 2.00 kg, 4.00 kg, and 6.00 kg are placed at the corners of a right triangle as in Figure P13.5. Calculate the resultant gravitational force on the 4.00-kg object, assuming the spheres are isolated from the rest of the Universe. Figure P13.5 6. During a solar eclipse, the Moon, Earth, and Sun all lie on the same line, with the Moon between the Earth and the Sun. (a) What force is exerted by the Sun on the Moon? (b) What force is exerted by the Earth on the Moon? (c) What force is exerted by the Sun on the Earth? Section 13.2 Measuring the Gravitational Constant 7. In introductory physics laboratories, a typical Cavendish balance for measuring the gravitational constant G uses lead spheres with masses of 1.50 kg and 15.0 g whose centers are separated by about 4.50 cm. Calculate the gravitational force between these spheres, treating each as a particle located at the center of the sphere. 8. A student proposes to measure the gravitational constant G by suspending two spherical objects from the ceiling of a tall cathedral and measuring the deflection of the cables from the vertical. Draw a free-body diagram of one of the objects. If two 100.0-kg objects are suspended at the lower ends of cables 45.00 m long, and the cables are attached to the ceiling 1.000 m apart, what is the separation of the objects?... View Full Document
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