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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Sarah on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:40am.

A at disk of material has the same mass as the Earth, 5.98E+24 kg, and has a radius of 6.25 E+07 m. Point A is
located a distance of 5.8E+06 m above the center of the disk. Point B is located right at the center of the disk. Treat all of the mass as if it were located in the x-y plane.
An object of mass 250 kg is located near the disk.
a. Find the gravitational potential energy (J) when the object is at point A.
b. Find the gravitational potential energy (J) when the object is at point B.

Answers:
a)-2.88E+09 (I keep getting 1.59 E+09)
b)-3.19E+09 (I can kinda get this)


I used the Following
a) (-GMm)/x, where I used pythagorean and them to get x based on radius and height

b) (-Gmm)/r and I used (the r given/2)
that seems to work

I am really confused on what I am doing wrong on part A and if any suggetions on how to correct part B so i don't have to fudge it would be wonderful

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