Quantcast

Got Homework?

Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.

  • across
    MIT Grad Student
    Online now
  • laura*
    Helped 1,000 students
    Online now
  • Hero
    College Math Guru
    Online now

Here's the question you clicked on:

55 members online
  • 0 replying
  • 0 viewing

peteproet Group Title

Why does the gravitational acceleration (g) decrease at the distance further from 4500 m below the sea level? and what is the value of g is at the center of the earth?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 months ago

  • This Question is Closed
  1. vinaydatta Group Title
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    The value of g at the center of the earth is approximately 0. If we take a hollow sphere as in the diagram, all the particles of the sphere exert a force \[G m_{1}m_{2} \div r ^{2}\] These forces can be cancelled up resulting in no force acting at the center. When we consider infinite number of spheres from r=0 to r=R(R=Radius of Earth), we get a resultant force of 0. |dw:1404915773985:dw|

    • 3 months ago
  2. Felsen Group Title
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    May I suggest another perspective? Newton developed the concept that gravitational FORCES are related not only to the square of the radius of a planetary body, but also related to it's mass. This in turn affects the acceleration of a free-falling object. The average radius of the Earth is 6367 kilometers. 4.5 kilometers (4500 meters) below sea level means that the radius of the Earth at that spot is (6367 - 4.5) = 6362.5 km, so the radius has decreased and the gravitational force should therefore be reduced by a small fraction. 6367^2 = 40538689 6362.5^2 = 40481406.25 If the radius zero, then gravitational forces should be zero. Of course, no one has been there so this remains our understanding at this time. I hope that I have helped and not hindered your understanding of this problem.

    • 29 days ago
    • Attachments:

See more questions >>>

Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.

spraguer (Moderator)
5 → View Detailed Profile

is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...

23

  • Teamwork 19 Teammate
  • Problem Solving 19 Hero
  • You have blocked this person.
  • ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...

Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.

This is the testimonial you wrote.
You haven't written a testimonial for Owlfred.