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There is a gravitational force of 9.6 N9.6 \mathrm{~N} that pulls two masses together. If the gap between the two masses is increased by a factor of four, what will the force of attraction be?

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Concept Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that the gravitational force between two objects is proportional to the mass of each object, and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two objects. This can be described by the equation:

F=Gm1m2r2\begin{gather} F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} \end{gather}

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