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Old 2007-09-15, 14:34   #1
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Default Using geometry to avoid calculus

Show that a spherical shell of mass M attracts an external mass m as would a point mass M at its centre.

The simplest argument uses Gauss' theorem about flux, and symmetry.
To show it directly we sum the force exerted by each element of area in the shell on m.
How would you do this?


PS assume Newton's law of gravitation.

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