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Two point masses having mass m and 2m are placed at separation distance d. The point on the line joining point masses,where gravitational field intensity is zero will be at distance

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2d3+1 from point mass "2m"
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2d31 from point mass "2m"
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C
d1+2 from point mass "m"
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D
d12 from point mass "m"
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Solution

The correct option is C d1+2 from point mass "m"
Let r be the distance of the point from m where the gravitational field is zero.


The field due to m will be cancelled by the field due to 2m.

Hence, Em=E2m

Gmr2=2Gm(dr)2

1r=±2dr

dr=+2r

r(1+2)=d

r=d1+2

Hence, option (c) is the correct answer.
Key Concept: Between two masses, there will be a point where the gravitational field of one mass will be equal and opposite to the gravitational field of the other mass.

Why this question: To make students familiar with the concept of gravitational field intensity.

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