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Net Gravitational Field between Two Objects


In the image are two objects. Object A has ten times the mass of Object B. Each object produces a gravitational field that exerts a gravitational force on the person.

The distance between the center of Object A and the center of Object B is $d$. The person is standing at a distance of $\frac{3}{4}d$ from Object A.

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What is the direction of the net gravitational field at the person's location?


$\longleftarrow, \text{ toward Object A}$


$\longrightarrow, \text{ toward Object B}$


The net gravitational field is zero at the person's location and therefore has no direction.


A gravitational field is a scalar and thus has no direction.