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Homework Help: Astrodynamics, mean anomaly related problem

  1. Mar 31, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For an elliptic movement, calculate the mean value for a period of [itex] \left( \frac{a}{r} \right)^k [/itex], with [itex] k = 1,2,3,4,5[/itex] and being [itex] a [/itex] the major radius. i.e. calculate

    [tex] \frac{1}{2 \pi} \int_0^{2 \pi} \left( \frac{a}{r} \right)^k dl, [/tex]

    being [itex] l [/itex] the mean anomaly.

    2. The attempt at a solution

    I am a mathematics student, so I don't really know much about physics, I'm a little bit lost in this subject. I've been searching about mean anomaly and I have a slight idea of what is it but I'm really stuck with the problem, if anyone could guide me on the solution I would be really gratefull.
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