# Circular Motion (Orbiting Objects)

1. Dec 14, 2011

### physicsluv

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
*Part 1*
A satellite is in a circular orbit 4000 km above
the Earth’s surface; i.e., it moves on a circular
path under the inﬂuence of nothing but the
Earth’s gravity. Find the speed of the satellite. The radius of the Earth is 6.37 x10^6 , and the acceleration of gravity at the satellite’s altitude is3.71055 m/s^2.

*Part 2*
Find the time it takes to complete one orbit
around the Earth.

2. Relevant equations

a=v^2/r
Fc=mv^2/r

3. The attempt at a solution

For part one, I used a=v^2/r (3.71055=v^2/(6.37x10^6+4,000,000) and then converted it to km/s. I got 3.84784035 km/s which was wrong. Am i doing something wrong?

I also have no idea how to do part 2 :(

Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
2. Dec 14, 2011

### Delphi51

I got nearly twice that. Take time to solve it for v on paper before keying it in!
I don't see a part 2.

3. Dec 14, 2011

### physicsluv

Did I use the correct equation? And sorry about that, I just labeled part 2!

4. Dec 14, 2011

### Staff: Mentor

You've used a correct equation, but you didn't finish; you solved for v2, not v.