# an object weighing 32 N on the Earth's surface?

would only weigh 2 N when its distance from the center of the Earth is

a. halved

b. tripled

c. quadrupled

d. doubled

i feel like its a trick question, but i cant seem to get the answer to this question.

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- billrussell42Lv 78 years agoBest Answer
2/32 is 1/16

It's proportional to the distance squared, so a distance change of 4 would decrease the weight by 1/16. (c)

- RayLv 78 years ago
This is an example of what is known as an inverse square law.

If, for example, the distance is increased by a factor of 3 then the force will decrease by 3² = 9.

Now, in your example, the force has decreased by a factor of 16. This means the distance has increased by √16 = 4, that is quadrupled.

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