Cavendish - Finding the Mass of the World
but Cavendish found a contstant called the gravitational constant
which allowed us to write an equation.
|In this equation:||F = The force of gravity
G = The universal gravitation constant
m = The mass of the smaller object
M = The mass of the larger object
r = The distance between the centers of the two objects
How did Cavendish find G? Click Here to see a simulation of the experiment
How did this allow him to find the Mass of the world? Well do you know your own weight? This allows you to find your mass if you convert pounds to kilograms. The distance from the surface of the earth to the center of the earth has been known for over two thousand years. (click here to find out how this number was known) Plug those values into the equation and solve.
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