A spaceship of mass m is located between two planets of masses M1 and M2; the distance between the two planets is L. Assume that L is much larger that the radius of either planet. What is the position of the spacecraft (given as a function of L, M1, and M2) if the net force on the spacecraft is zero?
Physics - bobpursley, Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:06pm
GM1/r^2=GM2/(L-r)^2 solve for r, which is the distance from the center of M1
Physics - Fernando, Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:17pm
I tried that... I get L/(L+sqrt(M2-M1)) but that's not it...
Physics - bobpursley, Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:55pm
recheck your algebra, dimensional analysis shows it is impossible.