- Parent Category: 02 Newtonian Mechanics
- Category: 08 Gravity
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7.3.7 Gravitational Potential (symbol: ϕ and units: J kg-1)
The gravitational potential, ϕ , at a point due to the gravitational field set up by a mass M is defined as the work done per unit mass in bringing a point mass from infinity to that point.
Mathematically, it can be shown that
22.214.171.124 Equation U = mϕ1) This expression is similar to the expression for gravitational potential energy, . and they are related by U = mϕ.
126.96.36.199 Scalar quantity2) Gravitational potential is a scalar quantity. (i.e. it has no direction and a negative value simply means it is less than zero).
188.8.131.52 Always negative3) This expression implies that ϕ is also always negative (less than zero) and by convention, the gravitational potential at infinity is also taken to be zero (maximum).
184.108.40.206 Independent of test mass4) Similar to gravitational field strength , gravitational potential is also independent of the mass of the point mass, m.
220.127.116.11 Vary according to inverse law with distance r5) As distance r of the point mass from source mass increases, ϕ increases according to the equation .
7.3.8 Activity to do
|units||N kg-1 or m s-2||J kg-1|
|meaning||Gravitational force per unit mass||Gravitational potential energy per unit mass|
|equation|| towards the centre of the source mass |
|relationship to mass||Force, = mg||Potential energy, = mϕ|
|computer model if M = 500.||-6.67*500/(abs(r)*r)||-6.67*500/abs(r)|
7.3.10 ModelingTry to input your own model for potential until you achieve a close fit to the data set graph from potential.
What is the value of M is the model?
no need to key in x10-11
try something like -6.67*500/abs(r) in the equivalent for
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