Asked Jan 26, 2020

Two heavy spheres each of mass 100 kg and radius 0.10 m are placed 1.0 m apart on a horizontal table. What is the gravitational force and potential at the mid point of the line joining the centres of the spheres ? Is an object placed at that point in equilibrium? If so, is the equilibrium stable or unstable?


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Step 1

Given information:

Mass of the spheres (M) = 100 kg

The radius of the sphere (R) = 0.1 m

The distance between the spheres (d) = 1 m

Step 2

Since the spheres are identical the gravitational force at the midpoint of the line joining the centre of the sphere will be...

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