Short Note

Can we apply Newton’s third law to the gravitational force ? Explain your answer.

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#### Solution

Yes, according to Newton's third law of motion, “to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Now, we apply this concept to the gravitational attraction between the sun and the earth. The sun exerts a gravitational force on the earth, and thus the earth also exerts a gravitational force on the sun. Thus, they are balanced in their orbits and the earth revolves around the sun.

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