An 9.00 kg point mass and a 12.0 kg point mass are held in place 50.0 cm apart. A particle of mass (m) is released from a point between the two masses 20.0 cm from the 9.00 kg mass along the line connecting the two fixed masses.
b) Find the direction of the acceleration of the particle. (either toward the 12 kg mass or the 9kg mass)© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 21, 2019, 8:57 pm ad1c9bdddf
What we basically need to do is to first find the gravitational force of attraction between the particle and each of the masses using Newton's law of universal gravitation;
F=(G * m1 * m2) / r^2
where G= 6.67 * 10^-11 is the universal gravitational constant, m1 and m2 are the masses in attraction and r is there separation.
Now, to get the force of attraction between the ...
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