Forces in a gravitational Fields

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Forces in a gravitational Fields

If the field strength at a point in a field is the force per unit mass, it doesn't take a huge leap to realise that the total force acting on an object of mass, M, in a gravitational field will be

F = M.g

Apply that to the equation for field strength in a radial field to get:

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Note: that all the points made about the field strength equation are just as valid about the force equation. It is a vector, it's an inverse square relationship, it depends on the masses involved, etc.

However, force is not a property of the field. It depends on what is inside the field.

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