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The Gravitational Force of a Hollow Mass

by Patrick Wormsley


Submitted : Spring 2014

In this paper we test Sir Isaac Newton’s shell theorem using specifications taken from the first Death Star, from George Lucas’s 1977 film Star Wars. We make a gravitational field calculation based on the Death Star being a solid symmetric sphere and compare it to an integral calculation based on the Death Star being a hollow sphere with all of its mass as a shell. If the results match then it would confirm the shell theorem and open the door to many other possibilities in many different fields.



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Advisors :
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Douglas Gobeille, Physics
Suggested By :
Douglas Gobeille