University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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Chapter 13 - Gravitation - Problems - Exercises: 13.7

Answer

(a) The force exerted on the person by the moon is $2.40\times 10^{-3}~N$. (b) The ratio of the force exerted on the person by the moon and the force exerted on the person by the Earth is $3.50\times 10^{-6}$.

Work Step by Step

(a) We can find the force exerted on the person by the moon. Let $M_M$ be the mass of the moon. Let $M_P$ be the mass of the person. $F = \frac{G~M_M~M_P}{R^2}$ $F = \frac{(6.67\times 10^{-11}~m^3/kg~s^2)(7.35\times 10^{22}~kg)(70~kg)}{(3.78\times 10^8~m)^2}$ $F = 2.40\times 10^{-3}~N$ The force exerted on the person by the moon is $2.40\times 10^{-3}~N$. (b) We can find the ratio of the force exerted on the person by the moon and the force (which is $mg$) exerted on the person by the Earth. $\frac{2.40\times 10^{-3}~N} {(70~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)}= 3.50\times 10^{-6}$ The ratio of the force exerted on the person by the moon and the force exerted on the person by the Earth is $3.50\times 10^{-6}$.
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