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Chapter 12
Gravity
Answers to Evennumbered Conceptual Questions
2.
A person passing you on the street exerts a gravitational force on you, but it is so weak
(about 10
–7
N or less) that it is imperceptible.
4.
(a)
We can see from Equation 1213 that if the radius of the Earth is decreased, with its
mass remaining the same, the escape speed increases.
The reason is that in this case the
rocket starts closer to the center of the Earth, and therefore experiences a greater attractive
force.
It follows that a greater speed is required to overcome the increased force.
(b)
Satellites in orbit would not be affected.
They would experience the same net force from
the center of the Earth as before.
6.
No.
A satellite must be moving relative to the center of the Earth to maintain its orbit, but
the North Pole is at rest relative to the center of the Earth. Therefore, a satellite cannot
remain fixed above the North Pole.
8.
More energy is required to go from the Earth to the Moon. To see this, note that you must
essentially "escape" from the Earth to get to the Moon, and this takes much more energy
than is required to "escape" from the Moon, with its much weaker gravity. This is why an
enormous Saturn V rocket was required to get to the Moon, but only a small rocket on the
lunar lander was required to lift off the lunar surface.
10.
Yes. The rotational motion of the Earth is to the east, and therefore if you launch in that
direction you are adding the speed of the Earth’s rotation to the speed of your rocket.
12.
Skylab’s speed increased as its radius decreased.
This can be seen by recalling that
(Kepler’s third law) and that
()
3/2
constant
T
=
r
v
=
2
π
r
/
T
(circular motion).
It
follows that
–1/2
constant
v
, and therefore the speed increases with decreasing
radius.
You might think that friction would slow Skylab – just like other objects are
slowed by friction – but by dropping Skylab to a lower orbit, friction is ultimately
responsible for an increase in speed.
r
=
14.
More energy is required to put the satellite in orbit because, not only must you supply
enough energy to get to the altitude
h
, you must also supply the kinetic energy the satellite
will have in orbit.
16.
As the astronauts approach a mascon, its increased gravitational attraction would increase
the speed of the spacecraft.
Similarly, as they pass the mascon, its gravitational attraction
would now be in the backward direction, which would decrease their speed.
18.
(a)
The satellite drops into an elliptical orbit that brings it closer to the Earth. The
situation is similar to that illustrated in Figure 1213 (a).
(b)
The apogee distance remains
the same.
(c)
The perigee distance is reduced.
20.
As the tips of the fingers approach one another, we can think of them as like two small
spheres (or we can replace the finger tips with two small marbles if we like).
As we
know, the net gravitational attraction outside a sphere of mass is the same as that of an
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equivalent point mass at its center. Therefore, the two fingers simply experience the finite
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHYS 105 taught by Professor Klie during the Spring '08 term at Ill. Chicago.
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