A Tunnel so long!

Classical Mechanics Level 3

Consider the earth as a uniform sphere of mass \(M\) And Radius \(R\). Imagine a straight smooth tunnel made through the earth which connects any two points on its surface (The two points are not diametrically opposite). Determine the time that a particle would take to go from one end to the other through the tunnel. If Your answer is \(T s\), then find the value of \(\frac{T}{100}\) to the nearest integer.

Details And Assumptions:

  • Consider only gravitation force due to earth be acting on the particle during its motion along the tunnel.

  • Take acceleration due to gravity on surface of Earth = \(10ms^{-2}\)

  • Radius of Earth = \(6400 km\).

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