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Unformatted text preview: 1 GRAVITY Newton’s law of gravity Gravitational force (direct integration) gravitational field Symmetry and Invariance arguments gravitational potential, and PE 2 M1 M 2 r What is the force of gravity on (pointlike) M2 caused by (pointlike) M1 ? A ) r F grav =  G M 1 M 2 r 2 ˆ r B ) r F grav = + G M 1 M 2 r 2 ˆ r C ) r F grav =  G M 1 M 2 r 3 r r D ) r F grav = + G M 1 M 2 r 3 r r E ) None of these or MORE than one of these!! Challenge question: Can you use your answer to predict the mathematical form of “Gauss’ law for gravity”? 5 masses, m, are arranged in a regular pentagon, as shown. What is the force of gravity on a test mass at the center? A) Zero B) Nonzero C) Really need trig and a calculator to decide! m m m m m 2.5 4 A “little man” is standing a height z above the origin. There is an infinite line of mass (uniform density) lying along the xaxis. Which components of the local g field can little man argue against just by symmetry alone?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course PHYSICS 2210 taught by Professor Stevepollock during the Spring '11 term at Colorado.
 Spring '11
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 Force, Gravity

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