# Gravitational acceleration and pendulum period on planets

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Search the Internet to find the mass and radius of Mars, Venus and Jupiter in our solar system.

THE MASSES MUST BE EXPRESSES IN KILOGRAMS AND RADII EXPRESSED IN METERS

1. Using your data, calculate the gravitational acceleration on each of the three planets you selected. Note: With the masses measured in kilograms and the radii in meters, the units of gravitational acceleration would turn out to be meters per squared seconds.

2. Use the gravitational accelerations that you calculated in Step 2 to find the period of a 2 meter long simple pendulum on each of the three planets.

Note: The length of a simple pendulum is normally expressed in meters, so it is sufficient to replace L with the number 2 in the period expression.

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The solution explains on how to calculate the period of the simple pendulum. It also elaborates how it is affected by the gravitational acceleration, which is dependent on the mass and radius of the planets. The solution includes step-by-step examples on three of nine planets of the solar system.

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