Derived equation...initial speed...
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Use the equation derived about to calculate the exact value of the initial speed that will produce a circular orbit of the satellite at an altitude of 1000 km above earth. 2. Relevant equations Derived equation provided: Finward = Fg m1 v^2 / r = Gm1m2/r v^2 = Gm2/r v= (square root of) Gm2/r 3. The attempt at a solution Finward = Fg m1 v^2 / r = Gm1m2/r v^2 = Gm2/r v = (square root of) Gm2/r v = (square root of) (6.67x10^11)(5.98x10^24)/1000 v = (square root of) 3.98....x10^11 I didn't round of 3.98....on my calculator; I saved the whole number and calculated the square. This gave me: v = 631558.39 v = 6.3x10^5 m/s ???? Is this initial velocity though? Or did I miss a step? 
Re: Derived equation...initial speed...
In Newton's law of gravitation, r is the distance from the *centre* of mass 1 to the *centre* of mass 2. This is true for the equation for centripetal force as well  r is the distance from the object to the centre of its orbit. In other words, you have not used the correct distance for r.

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Finward = Fg
m1 v^2 / r = Gm1m2/r v^2 = Gm2/r v = (square root of) Gm2/r v = (square root of) (6.67x10^11)(5.98x10^24)/(1000/2) v = (square root of) (6.67x10^11)(5.98x10^24)/500 v = (square root of) 7.977...... I didn't round of 7.977....on my calculator; I saved the whole number and calculated the square. This gave me: v = 893158.4406 v = 8.9x10^5 m/s ???? Is this the initial velocity? 
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Where do you get 1000/2 from? This is not correct. I think you should read my previous post again. The distance 'r' has a very specific definition here.

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Finward = Fg
m1 v^2 / r = Gm1m2/r v^2 = Gm2/r v = (square root of) Gm2/r G= gravitational constant = 6.67x10^11 m2= mass of earth = 5.98x10^24 r= radius of earth + altitude of satellite above earth = 6.37x10^6 + 1000 ????? If everything else is right, would this equation give me initial velocity or average? 
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It would give you the orbital speed of the satellite (which is constant in magnitude).

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