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Posted by on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1:07am.

A bowling ball (mass = 7.2 kg, radius = 0.12 m) and a billiard ball (mass = 0.31 kg, radius = 0.028 m) may each be treated as uniform spheres. What is the magnitude of the maximum gravitational force that each can exert on the other?

  • physics - , Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:00am

    That would be when they are in contact, with the centers separated by a distance
    d = r1 + r2 = 0.148 m

    For that separation,

    F = G m1*m2/d^2

    where G is the universal constant of gravity,
    G = 6.67*10^-11 N*m^2/kg^2

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