A mountain 10.0 km from a person exerts a gravitational force on him equal to 2.00% of his weight.
(a) Calculate the mass of the mountain.
(b) Compare the mountain’s mass with that of Earth.
(c) What is unreasonable about these results?
(d) Which premises are unreasonable or inconsistent?
(Note that accurate gravitational measurements can easily detect the effect of nearby mountains and variations in local geology.)
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Calculate the mass of the mountain from the gravitational force. Then compare the mass of the mountain with the mass of earth. Then explain what is the unreasonable about the result. Discuss the premises where the result is unreasonable or inconsistent.