# Worksheet: Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying the gravitational forces produced between objects using their masses and the universal gravitational constant.

**Q3: **

Astrology makes much of the position of the planets at the moment of one’s birth. The only known force a planet exerts on Earth is gravitational.

Calculate the gravitational force exerted on a baby of mass 4.20 kg by a doctor with a mass of 100 kg if they are separated by a distance of 0.200 m.

- A N
- B N
- C N
- D N
- E N

Calculate the gravitational force exerted on a baby of mass 4.20 kg by the planet Jupiter. Use a value of kg for the mass of Jupiter and use a value of m for the separation between the planet and the baby.

- A N
- B N
- C N
- D N
- E N

**Q4: **

Find the orbital velocity of Earth’s solar system about the center of the Milky Way. Use a value of 26,550 ly for the distance between the center of mass of Earth’s solar system and that of the Milky Way, solar masses for the mass of the Milky Way, and kg for the mass of the Sun.

- A m/s
- B m/s
- C m/s
- D m/s
- E m/s

**Q5: **

A spaceship is at a point somewhere between the Earth and the Sun where the net gravitational force exerted on the spaceship by the Earth and by the Sun is zero. How far from the center of the Sun is the spaceship if the mass of the Sun is 333,000 times the mass of the Earth. The mean distance from the Sun to the Earth is km.

- A km
- B km
- C km
- D km
- E km

**Q6: **

The mass of the Milky Way can be estimated from astronomical observations as being equal to solar masses. This value can be used to calculate the orbital period of a star that has a circular orbit of radius light-years around the Milky Way’s center of mass. Use a value of kg as the mass of the Sun.

Find the orbital period of the star.

- A years
- B years
- C years
- D years
- E years

What would the mass of a galaxy be if a star’s orbital period at the same orbital radius was years?

- A kg
- B kg
- C kg
- D kg
- E kg

**Q8: **

A Hohmann transfer orbit takes a spaceship from Earth’s orbit to Jupiter’s, as shown in the diagram. Find the magnitude of the change in velocity of the spacecraft between the perihelion and the aphelion of the transfer ellipse. Use a value of km for , the distance from Sun to Earth, and use a value of km for , the distance from Sun to Jupiter.

- A m/s
- B m/s
- C m/s
- D m/s
- E m/s

**Q10: **

An asteroid has a mass of kg. The asteroid passes near Earth, and at its closest approach, the separation of the centers of mass of the asteroid and Earth is four times the average orbital radius of the Moon. What force does the asteroid exert on Earth when at its minimum distance from Earth? Use a value of 384,400 km for the average orbital radius of the Moon.

- A N
- B N
- C N
- D N
- E N

**Q12: **

The Moon and Earth both rotate about their common center of mass, which is actually a point within the Earth’s interior. Find the acceleration produced by the gravitational force of the Moon at the Earth-and-Moon system’s center of mass. Use a value of m for the radius of the circular orbit of the Moon around Earth and use a value of 4,651 km as the distance from the center of mass of Earth to the center of mass of the Earth-and-Moon system.

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

**Q13: **

The Milky Way galaxy is accelerating toward the Andromeda galaxy. These galaxies can both be modeled as having a mass of 800 billion solar masses, using a value of kg for a solar mass, and having a diameter of light-years. The center-to-center separation of the galaxies is light-years. What is the magnitude of the acceleration of the Milky Way toward the Andromeda galaxy?

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

**Q14: **

By using Newton’s law of universal gravitation, the mass of Earth can be determined
from the values of acceleration due to gravity at Earth’s surface and the radius of
Earth. The mass of the Moon can be determined from the mass of Earth and the Moon’s
radius if the Moon is assumed to have the same average density as Earth, and, from this, the
acceleration due to gravity on the Moon’s surface can be determined. In modeling Earth
and the Moon, use a value of m for the radius of Earth and a value
of 1,700 km for the radius of the Moon.
Use a value of 9.80 m/s^{2} for .

Determine the mass of Earth.

- A kg
- B kg
- C kg
- D kg
- E kg

Determine the acceleration due to gravity on the Moon’s surface if the Moon’s average density is the same as that of Earth.

**Q18: **

In the formula , what does represent?

- AA gravitational constant that is inversely proportional to the radius.
- BThe factor by which you multiply the inertial mass to obtain the gravitational mass.
- CA gravitational constant that is the same everywhere in the universe.
- DThe acceleration due to gravity.

**Q21: **

The existence of the dwarf planet Pluto was proposed based on
irregularities in Neptune’s orbit. Pluto was subsequently discovered near
its predicted position. But it now appears that the discovery was fortuitous
because Pluto is small and actually only has a minor effect on the orbit of Neptune.
The universal gravitational constant has a value of
m^{3}⋅kg^{−1}⋅s^{−2}
.

Calculate the acceleration due to gravity at Neptune due to Pluto when they are m apart, as they are at present. The mass of Pluto is kg.

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

Calculate the acceleration due to gravity at Neptune due to Uranus, presently about m apart. The mass of Uranus is kg.

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

**Q22: **

Earth has a mass of kg
and the distance between Earth and the Moon is
km. Assume that the Moon follows a circular orbit.
The universal gravitational constant has a value of
m^{3}⋅kg^{−1}⋅s^{−2}.

Find the acceleration of the Moon due to Earth’s gravity.

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth. Calculate the centripetal acceleration needed to keep the Moon in its orbit.

- A
m/s
^{2} - B
m/s
^{2} - C
m/s
^{2} - D
m/s
^{2} - E
m/s
^{2}

**Q24: **

The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. It has a mass of solar masses and is at a distance of 0.622 Mpc away from Earth. A gravitational force from the Andromeda Galaxy acts on an earthbound observer with a mass of 75 kg.

Find the magnitude of the gravitational force . Use a value of kg for the mass of the Sun.

- A N
- B N
- C N
- D N
- E N

Find the ratio of the magnitude of the gravitational force to the observer’s weight.

- A
- B
- C
- D
- E